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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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Old 08-28-2019, 05:15 PM   #4
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We did the morning factory tour this morning that lasted 3 1/2 hrs but it was so very good. We had never seen the frame shop or the paint shop. Very impressive. Weíve been to Newmar over the past 10 years multiple times but I was impressed with the number of completed units awaiting for shipment or other reasons. And the production line was very active. Today coming off the line for viewing was a. Essex, Ventana, Dutch Star, and a Super Star (40 ft model). A New Aire was not open to view. I really liked the floor plan for the Super Star. We were told it will come in both 37í and 40í models. They will also offer a 45í which will be called something else. Donít recall the name.
We also toured the new service center and again very impressive. And busy. The new campground by the service center is so much better.
I know this isnít new information but I had to write about my really favorable impression about Newmar. Not that I didnít have it before but just confirmed it again. Newmar currently has 1,100 employees with average tenure of 7 1/2 yrs. it is one of the few Rv manufacturers in area that is still running production 5 days a week. Several are either down to 3 or 4 days a week. Iíd say business is very good for Newmar. Good to see.
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:08 AM   #5
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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?
Two weeks ago I did both tours - as I wanted to see my coach being built. The afternoon tour was a quickie and good - but the morning tour is what you want. The morning tour takes you thru the entire build process - the afternoon only hits the highlites. Morning tour goes thru chassis build and paint shop tour. The chassis tour is a much bigger deal to see how they do it and how they test the chassis before it leaves the chassis building. Many things you don't think about are added in the chassis tour. The floors are done in the chassis plant, the generators are added, the water tanks, I think the hydronic is as well. It was very interesting to me. I enjoyed both tours and was glad I did the afternoon first. The morning tour also takes you to the brand new service center on a bus. The afternoon tour is a complete walking tour - the morning tour you take the bus - so it is not that much more strenous in my opinion.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:51 AM   #6
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Well I just finished the morning tour of the Newmar facilities. Wow all employees were very friendly, professional and working at a brisk pace.
They answered several questions I had.
Thanks to everyone at Newmar and my fellow tour mates for accommodating my walker.
Great tour, Christa!

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