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Old 03-24-2016, 12:54 AM   #225
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Wow, what a thrilling experience. Wouldn't it be great to be at the factory and have first hand influence on customization? Would be the ultimate airstream experience. I envy you for this once a life experience.



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Old 03-24-2016, 12:55 AM   #226
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Brave soul- I'm on day 3 of 4 and fear they may be tired of me already. I brought my Sirius/XM Vehicle Connect Kit that plugs directly into the Polk Ultramarine in the Pendleton. Was hoping they would route the antenna wire to the unit but don't have an answer yet...
I'm taking bunches of photos and will create and print a nice book to keep in the AS.
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Hey gang, wondered if anyone else has experienced a delay on Pendleton's? We've had our trailer on order for a few weeks and they initially said it would be here last week. I heard yesterday that the factory ran out of a couple items and am waiting to hear a new timeline. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Any other new Pendleton owners out there?
MarkFinATX, did your trailer make it home yet?
Well... so I saw a number of Pendleton's on the production line in addition to ours, #62. That was Friday, March 18. The factory works 9 hour days Mon.-Thur. and Friday 7 to noon. So on the Friday tour, at 2:00 p.m. the place was empty. We had information from the production schedule that indicated she'd be complete on Tues. 3/22. I asked our sales rep to see if there was a solid ship/arrival date and late Wed. 3/23 I received a text reply that said they are waiting for laminate for the cabinets... Odd, I thought... I saw Pendleton cabinets already built on the production line and ours seemed to be pretty complete. I could swear that the Pendleton ahead of us was totally complete. So I don't know what laminate they're waiting for.

Here's the deal at the Mothership. They can complete about 17 trailers a day, half day's on Friday, so what? 75ish total per week? Now here's the real kicker... they are backlogged over 1350 units. You do the math. Plus the production there is JIT (just in time). So one little glitch and bunches of units go unfinished.

Plus they do make units for the Euro market which are pretty different than the domestics. But they're on the master production schedule.

BTW- there were a bunch of trailers in the finished lot that apparently were waiting for something. Oven or range maybe?

Hope that answers some of your questions.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #227
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Our Classic was delayed because of a television bracket and an arm rest for the sofa. This was just after the blizzard in early January 2014 when the "just in time" inventory system became "whenever".

I did point out to the QC supervisor in person many issues (some were pointed out to me by others on the tour) and I made a list and sent it to him along with photos. They were not addressed at the factory.

When the 2013 25FB International Serenity was made in June of 2012, production was about 26 units per week. No QC issues. The Classic was made in January 2014 at 42 units per week with many issues. The 23D was made in September 2014 t over 51 units per week with significant issues including leaving the Airsrtream brand name off the back of the trailer.

Now that production is crowding 71 units per week, I expect to see more QC issues as nearly half the work force is now new employees and their work ethic is much different.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:05 PM   #228
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Sounds like a good time to once again consider the Bowlus Road Chief. They're certainly expensive, but these days so are the Airstreams.

We really want one someday, though we're not a fan of the cassette toilet thingy. Maybe we could squeeze a composting toilet in there instead. Hmm....

http://www.bowlusroadchief.com

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Old 03-24-2016, 02:36 PM   #229
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I have been to Jackson Center & done the tour myself - do they let you do anything differently when your own unit is on the line? I'm just curious as to how thoroughly you can check out your own trailer when the tour (at least from my experience) is constantly moving. I'm sure they don't let you hang out there indefinitely, but it would be nice to let you thoroughly check things out - it would save time and money on their end if you can find problems before they get really messed up.
You can take as many pics of your own unit as you like. The tour starts at 2:00 p.m. and I would have loved to just hang out all day, but not an option. I can see their point of view. Dozens of crazy owners interfering with the work flow.

I'm not sure that the line employee would be that receptive to input but the shop floor manager might be helpful. Plus I'm not so sure that the average buyer would even know what's bad or defective. What I did was take pictures and when I saw a major problem (huge oil stains on the queen platform top), I forwarded the info and photo to my sales rep who forwarded it to the AS rep (who we've met) and he has been very helpful.

So while in production the units move from day to day but it isn't a moving line like an auto manufacturer. I was able to take pictures every day, but they don't allow photos of the plant while on the tour. After meeting many owners, I've come to the conclusion that the Mothership relies on their dealer network to iron out the bugs, so to speak. They have a backlog of over 1350 units and so many new employees... These babies are really still hand built. An American Icon. So, made by the hand of man; nothing is perfect!
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:47 PM   #230
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Well... so I saw a number of Pendleton's on the production line in addition to ours, #62. That was Friday, March 18. The factory works 9 hour days Mon.-Thur. and Friday 7 to noon. So on the Friday tour, at 2:00 p.m. the place was empty. We had information from the production schedule that indicated she'd be complete on Tues. 3/22. I asked our sales rep to see if there was a solid ship/arrival date and late Wed. 3/23 I received a text reply that said they are waiting for laminate for the cabinets... Odd, I thought... I saw Pendleton cabinets already built on the production line and ours seemed to be pretty complete. I could swear that the Pendleton ahead of us was totally complete. So I don't know what laminate they're waiting for.

Here's the deal at the Mothership. They can complete about 17 trailers a day, half day's on Friday, so what? 75ish total per week? Now here's the real kicker... they are backlogged over 1350 units. You do the math. Plus the production there is JIT (just in time). So one little glitch and bunches of units go unfinished.

Plus they do make units for the Euro market which are pretty different than the domestics. But they're on the master production schedule.

BTW- there were a bunch of trailers in the finished lot that apparently were waiting for something. Oven or range maybe?

Hope that answers some of your questions.
Perfect, thanks! I assume ours (#53) is in that lot waiting for parts. We aren't in a rush, we're just excited to have one coming.

I assume they're selling well since everywhere I look online seems to have either "Sold" or "Pending" on their website.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:31 PM   #231
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Pendleton and Sirius/XM

If any Pendleton owner or future owners are interested in Sirius/XM here's the info I gleaned at the factory. You would think your dealership would know but that was not the case here in TX.

The installed unit in the Pendleton, and I believe one other model (?) is the Polk Ultramarine, that as the name implies was designed for a harsh environment. There's a nice Quick Start users guide on the website if you google Polk, plus the owner's manual.

On the device packaging is states "Sirius/XM Ready" so that's cool... if you are already a Sirius/XM subscriber that means if you have the receiver plugged in and an antenna on the roof you're all set. What no one seems to know, that I found out while taking the tour is that all of that is already installed in the Pendleton. It's not on the Airstream website, not in the printed literature and not in the Pendleton Owner's Manual. So all you need to do is download the Ultramarine app to your smartphone and upgrade your Sirius/XM account then use the access number supplied by Sirius.
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Old 03-28-2016, 05:54 PM   #232
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#22 finally made it home today. This is the only pic I got because it started raining.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:22 PM   #233
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If any Pendleton owner or future owners are interested in Sirius/XM here's the info I gleaned at the factory.
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Thanks for the heads up. Do you happen to know what kind of antenna the Sirius/XM requires, and where it is mounted on the trailer (if it is a separate dedicated antenna)?

For a retrofit in our 2014 FC20, I wonder if the antenna lead from our existing radio to the exterior would be usable, or will a new lead have to be run?

Thanks,

Peter

PS -- edit -- I see an existing thread about the Polk unit, and will post any further questions there.

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Congrats No. 15.

What a happy day even with the rain! Can't wait to see more pictures of #22.
What if any add-ons did you have the dealer install?
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:48 AM   #235
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We acquired the XM/Sirius antenna on line and had it mounted on the 2015 23D. However, there is an intermediate receiver box with the license number that also has to be purchased to make the system operate. Access to the space behind the radio in the roof locker is challenging.
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Thanks switz, did you feed the XM signal into the trailer's sound system AUX input?
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Mark, are our Pendletons being built on the same assembly line as others like flying clouds? Just curious if they us better people for the "expensive" Airstreams. I know...wishful thinking.
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Hey gang, wondered if anyone else has experienced a delay on Pendleton's? We've had our trailer on order for a few weeks and they initially said it would be here last week. I heard yesterday that the factory ran out of a couple items and am waiting to hear a new timeline. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Any other new Pendleton owners out there?
MarkFinATX, did your trailer make it home yet?
We are right on time, pick up on Friday instead of Thursday only a 1 day delay!!!
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