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Old 08-11-2019, 06:18 PM   #1
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Factory tour

I am planning a factory tour in Nappanee.
I understand the morning tour is strenuous and the afternoon tour not so much.
What do you miss by taking the main plant tour and not the other tour?

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Old 08-11-2019, 06:52 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Nellybelle View Post
I am planning a factory tour in Nappanee.
I understand the morning tour is strenuous and the afternoon tour not so much.
What do you miss by taking the main plant tour and not the other tour?
Well, I can't tell you exactly what you might miss since I took the morning full tour about two months ago. What I can say is that I didn't find it "strenuous." And, where significant walking was encountered, our tour guide offered the option of sitting on a bench until the tour group circled back.

What I think you'll miss with the afternoon session is a tour of the service center. If you are in Nappanee for a service visit, you may see most of that on your own.


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Old 08-11-2019, 08:02 PM   #3
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You miss everything except building 7 (where they put the house on the chassis). The chassis plant is very interesting and the only place to see all the substructure and bracing being added to the bare chassis and before welds are cleaned and the whole thing is painted. The subfloor and tiled floors are put on here also and the entire basement is built and covered with sliding trays put in. This was a highlight of the tour for me. You also will go into the paint shop and see the coaches after the base coat is applied and where the graphic patterns are applied. Then you will be driven to and through the service bays and walk in to see the customer lounges and the parts store. I highly recommend making an appointment and taking the full morning tour. Quite a bit of walking but not excessive. I am 74, overweight and just finished a long stretch of cancer radiation therapy a couple of days before the tour, plus we drove a t
thousand miles to see our new coach on the afternoon before. All JMHO
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