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Old 06-04-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Factory Tour

I want to go to the factory and take the tour. The website says it starts at 2pm Monday-Thursday and after hours on Friday.
A couple of questions....how long does it take / can you go at your own pace or do you have to stay with the group? Can you go inside the newly finished units to see the various styles? Do they manufacture all the models everyday, or are some days set up for certain models?
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Takes about 1 hr to walk thru. You will be ask to stay with you tour guide Don. NO PICTURES. Although they do not encourage it, people do go into new units that are in the final assembly stage. AS far as DIFFERENT MODELS,what you see is what you get. You will see the models that are on order,and are being finished,they maybe several of the same model going down the line at the same time.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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When I went, the Friday tour was also at 2PM, but the workers have Friday off, so it is quiet, and you get to go into some areas which are too dangerous during active assembly.
You stay with the group, but you can get up close, expecially on Fridays (I've done both Friday and another week day)

There are usually half a dozen or so finished and near finished units at the end of the line which you can go into. Could be any mix of sizes and lines.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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It's a group thing and Fridays are best - the equipment is off and you can hear the person giving the tour. BUT - then again you cannot see the actual work going on. There will be campers in various stages of build. Right down to the aluminum in sheets being cut and the floors bare of "furniture". Yes, on FIRDAYS - you can go into some of the partial builds and look inside. Not all models are available in the factory - it's an assembly line - they group units in styles for easy builds (the Ford Model T should give you an idea of how it's done). No cameras - that may have changed from years ago but do not be surprised if it's still the policy.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for your replies....looks like I will try for a Friday visit.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #6
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When we went, for various reasons, we were running late and didn't get lunch before the tour started. Then the tour went until like 4:30 (the tour guide had a lot to talk about). We were pretty hungry. Lesson: Get food before the tour.
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You never know what will be on the line. When we last took the tour, they worked on Fridays, but sometimes we could go into the partially built units. Then we could see them dragging aluminum panels along the floor and scratching off the clear coat. The last time they had a lot of European models and they are really different.

No photos (I think they are afraid of OSHA because they got in trouble some time ago), but I'm sure people sneak 'em with camera/phones.

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