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Old 08-02-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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I was just reading some things over at rv.net about the Newmar factory tour. It wasn't very flattering. Take a look for yourself.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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I was just reading some things over at rv.net about the Newmar factory tour. It wasn't very flattering. Take a look for yourself.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the invitation, but I rarely find anything useful over there.

As someone who just toured the Newmar plant twice in June and also toured the Fleetwood American Eagle plant in Decatur and the Monaco plant in Wakarusa, I can tell you Newmar's tour is as good or better than the others. And the Newmar factory is a heck of a lot cleaner, too. ED
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Old 08-02-2006, 02:45 PM   #4
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Just there today will post pictures later. Was able to look at almost anything we wanted to and had great conversations with some of the workers!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:44 PM   #5
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rvrose, welcome back haven't seen you posting for a while. Dave has post some pics of the Newmar tour and they look like a MFG that cares about what they produce. I have been on three tours myself and they improve them all the time and such clean shops.
Hope you stay awhile and post often. Hows that sliding door working now that you have been using your coach.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:25 PM   #6
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rvrose, WELCOME BACK to iRV2...

As 007 posted, we have a member that happens to be at the Newmar Factory and has posted pictures in the "factory" discussion...They certainly look very much like the factories I've been through..

Glad you stopped by!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:18 PM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by edgray:
Thanks for the invitation, but I rarely find anything useful over there. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now, now, Ed. You shouldn't say that - just because it's true.

I've been on the Newmar tour twice and both times enjoyed it. The tour guide was informed and was able to answer almost any question that anyone had. She mentioned that if anyone was interested in a specific model to let her know and she would see if it was safe for us to enter in and check it out. We did so and also got to see the workers as they did their stuff inside the coaches. We learned a lot and I highly recommend it. It wasn't one of those boardroom presentations where they shove slanted ad campaigns at you as to how wonderful their company is. They just let you see the truth, and the truth is, they've got nothing to be ashamed about.

(Except maybe some of their prices )
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:28 PM   #8
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Now Mark....those prices aren't that bad...

Wait til you sign that check for Bob's 42'er from Red Bay...
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I think the Newmar owners are holding their own over at rv.!!! and posts changed after Sully2 had his say.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Thanks for the invitation, but I rarely find anything useful over there. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

After reading the comments made in this thread by members I have come to respect, I changed my mind and went "over there" and sufferred through reading all four pages of posts started by a man complaining about a tour guide's attitude (but he apparently can't even remember her name).

I am now more convinced than ever that iRV2.com is the place for me.

I need to stay where the posts are made by people who have the ability to either ask intelligent questions or post thoughtful and accurate answers! The thread over there is full of half-truths and uninformed opinions based on "experiences" from years ago. I am sorry if this turned into a rant, but my loyality to iRV2.com and its members must be coming through. Goodnight, ED
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ED, we are certainly glad you're here and I am proud to have had the chance to meet not only you, but MANY great members of iRV2 at our recent National Rally.

As you know,we pride ourselves in being a place where you can talk about making friends, going places and having fun!!

With the various manufacturer and chassis forums we have given the owners of those units the opportunity learn more and shae more about their experience with their unit.
With the newly realigned "regional" forums we hope to promote the opportunity of inter-regional get togethers when at all possible..

We also try not to "over-moderate" the forums, giving the members the opportunity to have some latitude in expressing their opinions in several forums, with only the obvious controls over lewd or obscene content.

Now....let's get back to teling me what I'm missing as I can't get to Nappanee until fall!!
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Hey Ed...Ed here!

I have to agree with you regarding the differences between the two sites.

I have been lurking over there for over four years and joined over a year ago. Have posted maybe 10 times and got bitten at least twice.

The atmosphere here is friendly, intelligent, helpful, and certainly not condescending.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Now....let's get back to teling me what I'm missing as I can't get to Nappanee until fall!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

OK, since you asked for it, here in a nutshell is what happens-tour wise- at Newmar:

Persons wanting to go on the tour are handed paperwork that explains the rules and you sign a liability release clause. You are required to wear saftey glasses and closed toe shoes, and cameras ARE allowed, which is not the case in the other plants we toured. You then wait in a comfortable presentation room until the tour is scheduled to start. First they show you a 15-20 minute video, and when it is over the tour guide asks for questions. Then you are given a set of headphones. Everyone WALKS the short distance across the street to the main assembly building (#7). You enter near where the prepped chassis' start down the line. You do not get to go where the bare chassis are modified and have the under-floor components installed.

ONE of the unique things about Newmar is that they do not make production runs of a product. They build according to what they have orders for from their dealers. It is normal to see a gas class A next to a hugh DP next to a 5th wheel trailer. ALL Newmar products, except the London Aire Bus, are built on the same (only) assembly line by the same employees. The current production goal is 10 UNITS per day, regardless of type. When mine was built in April 2003, the production rate was 17 units per day. When we were there in June 06, the line was dominated by two DP products-the high line ESSEX and the new mid-engine ALL STAR. There were also quite a few of the more moderately priced gas class A Canyon Star, which is a new name for 07 (it replaced the Scottsdale). We saw very few fivers, but that may be due to Newmar's focus on very expensive luxury models. I'm sure the ratio of products you will see on the line changes from on visit to the next. The mix in mid-June was primarily due to dealer orders stocking up for the 2007 model year.

Although NOT unique to Newmar, a neat thing about the line is that all units are PUSHED from work station to work station SIDEWAYS. They are placed on "air pads" which glide across the floor. Each work station must sweep any and all debris generated into an in-floor conveyor belt which takes the trash away so the air pads will "float". Generally, the workers stay in a work station doing basically the same tasks all day. For example, when a coach arrives where the side walls are added, they guide a hugh sheet of fiberglass into position and it is glued to the aluminum frame wall. Then a guy cuts out all the window and appliance openings with a router. This is really a two man job, because the router operator is standing on a step-ladder, mounted on wheels, and he is rolled into position by his helper who also catches the cutouts. They work really fast, and it is scary to see him jab that router into the sides of a unit.....until you are told by the tour guide HOW he knows where to start each cutout! The tour progresses through the entire assembly building and then you walk over to another building where the paint booths are located. You then go back to where you first signed up for the tour and are escorted through the "fabric" area where you see how they make all the window trim and head boards. You are back where you first started, and turn in the saftey glasses and headsets.

Generally speaking, the tour at 10:00 am is "different" than the tour at 1:00 pm. The main plant works from 5:00 am to 2:00 pm. Therefore, for the afternoon tour, by the time you do the video and get over to building 7, the work day is winding down and some of the workers may have already finished their tasks for the day and are just cleaning up or are already gone. I thought the morning tour was more enlightening, but it is generally more crowded and in fact, they had to put on a second tour guide on the morning we were there. HE was not as "entertaining" or informed as SHE was. Her name is Darla, and she has been doing these tours since at least April 03, 'cause I remember her from my first visit. I do NOT agree that she is "grumpy".

Once a coach completes the paint process, it returns to building 7 where the exterior additions such as awnings are installed and a final inspection is done. It is weighed, labled, and has its front end alignment checked and the headlights are aimed. Then, it is driven to the pick up lot where the delivery driver takes it for the trip to your dealer.

If you have any other questions, please reply to this thread. I can also email you pictures if you have a specific request, just send me a PM. ED
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In addition the afternoon tour can optionally visit the paint shop and at your leisure you can go inside quite a few of the units that are near completion.
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