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Old 02-08-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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"Amish Built"

If I hear one more sales person say "It is Amish built", as if having an Amish employee bestows some magical quality upon the RV..................
Actually I have started making some smart [ moderator edit ] comments to call them on their [ moderator edit ]
Do people actually fall for that nonsense?????

Reading the threads of all the Quality control problems some of the units have I do not see Amish as anything to brag about....

The Quality control issues will not stop me from buy some kind of RV unit, but it is making me practice due diligence in my research.
Plus I am extremely handy with building, and fixing things, so the thought of some fixing does not intimidate me all that much.

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Old 02-08-2014, 05:21 PM   #2
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That's commonly a reference to the Amish built cooling units made by Amish Refrigeration Company. They caused a splash with better than OEM built units.

You should build a few units, and then brand them JerryP units.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:31 PM   #3
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I think the longer the same model is built with the same people, the better they get at it. I have applied it to what I buy and rarely have troubles. The omish can sure cook!
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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I used to do a lot of business with them , and really liked them, looked forward to it.
Sales people, and companies throwing that line around makes me question the company, and sales persons integrity.
Quality control issues are always a management issue, not an employee issue.
From what I have seen there is a diversity of people building these RV units.
Plus considering the chassis/powertrain is rarely a problem, and just normal everyday people build them.......
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Camped a few days last summer next to the wife's sister/ brother in law, in thier new Jayco bumper pull, which they claim is Amish built .
Did'nt see any outstanding quality !
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Did you see any lack of quality?
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Did you see any lack of quality?
Just standard stapled together plywood with veneer cabinets, you find in most travel trailers.
Tried to help him flush his black tank for the first time. Water was going in, but nothing was coming out. Never did figure out where that fresh water was going !
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Camped a few days last summer next to the wife's sister/ brother in law, in thier new Jayco bumper pull, which they claim is Amish built .
Did'nt see any outstanding quality !
Perfect example.

Jayco has used the whole "Amish built" schtick for years, as if it means something besides the obvious truth that since they're located in an epicenter of Amish population, many of their employees come from that sect. There are quite a few Mennonites on the payroll, too, though. Gotta wonder why we never see "Mennonite Quality" in any of the literature!
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There are OEM suppliers and 3rd party replacement suppliers.. For example Amish Cooling Units are top quality, I won't say one can't fail but .. Well, they have a rep for NOT doing that anywhere near as fast as a Norcold or Dometic OEM.

Likewise Amish built furniture tends to be very well built by hand.. The fit and finish tend to be very high quality due to pride of workmanship which most Amish still possess.

BUT the motor home itself, Was NOT Amish built.. Mennonite perhaps but not Amish. and that is where the problems arise.. With the rest of the rig.

Bumper sticker on the back of an Amish Vehicle:
"Do Not Step In Exhaust".
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When we bought our first unit, a Jayco, the tech that did the PDI with us said that even though they tout the amish quality the amish workers arrive hung over occasionally just the same as everyone else.
Even suggested a couple of minor things to check if we had issues before bringing it in. Didn't have any.
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I thought "Amish Built" was Newmar's claim, prior to the big dump in '08.

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We lived among the Amish for 25 years. They built my house. Plumb, square, level, and awesome.

They have the finest crafted products, fresh goods, and services.

If I understand correctly, most troubles with the Amish cooling unit have to do with how they are installed, not the product itself.
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If I hear one more sales person say "It is Amish built", as if having an Amish employee bestows some magical quality upon the RV..................
Actually I have started making some smart [ moderator edit ] comments to call them on their [ moderator edit ]
Do people actually fall for that nonsense?????

Reading the threads of all the Quality control problems some of the units have I do not see Amish as anything to brag about....

The Quality control issues will not stop me from buy some kind of RV unit, but it is making me practice due diligence in my research.
Plus I am extremely handy with building, and fixing things, so the thought of some fixing does not intimidate me all that much.

JP
I'm not sure if there is something specific going on here - or this is general Amish bashing. We have guessed that you're referring to Jayco, Newmar, The Cooling Unit manufactured by Pines, Dave's house, handmade furniture,or the FROG Jelly we bought the last time we were in an Amish store. Can you clarify your complaint?
The jelly was great BTW
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:Thumb: to the jelly!
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