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Old 09-04-2015, 02:38 PM   #11
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First photo shows some trailers still in the warehouse. I believe that's "Nomad", but I'm not 100% sure. This was taken before our tour and by the time we got around there the doors were closed, so I was a bit disorientated and all that. Those fiberglass fumes must have been getting to me! Holy cow, that's a strong smell!

Second photo shows more trailers on the lot and two big doghouses. The shepherd greeted the people that got there before us and later on we saw one of the rotties sacked out. They had lilac scented candles lit in the office area to cover up the wet doggie smell.

Third photo - more trailers! And a dark green decal. Didn't realize that until now.
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Old 09-04-2015, 02:51 PM   #12
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First photo shows half of a mold (don't know which size). The orange you see on the inside the surface of the mold. A lot of care, attention and money went into creating this mold. The orange is a painted surface, which will be coated with the fiberglass resin mixture, so it needs to be very durable.

Second photo shows some of the different components they mold there themselves. Heck if I know what was what. I wasn't able to hear much of what was said on the tour as I was busy snapping photos and I figured my husband would hear and absorb all the information far better than me. He's quite interested in stuff like that, while for me it just flies over my head. You can see the trailer body molds off the right side of the photo.

Third photo shows what is probably the same half of the mold from the first phot and if you look closely you can see it's labeled "21". All of the molds were labeled. The half mold is attached to a rotating stand. Dirk figures the fiberglass is sprayed in upside down, which is easier to do and then later it'll be mated to the other half. On the left is a mold that most likely has a fiberglass inside and is curing.

Fourth photo probably shows the end of the same one seen on the left in the third photo. The thingies on the end are the things used for rotation of the mold. I think Sarah said it takes 2-3 days for each trailer to cure.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:04 PM   #13
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First and second photos show the inside of the trailer. Dirk was pretty impressed that the trailer is actually molded as one piece instead of the two halves curing separately and then glued together. Shown inside the trailer is probably the door opening. Which is now waste material as it unfortunately can't be reused.

White spots are not from my camera, like I first thought, but are in the trailer body itself.

Third and fourth photos show the room where a combination of fiberglass bits and an epoxy resin is sprayed on a mold surface. Dirk is guessing that since we see the white coloring, it was sprayed on the outside surface of the mold. Fortunately they weren't spraying when we were in there as you were required to wear a respirator while working in there (according to the sign on the door).
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:12 PM   #14
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Wow, Laura thanks for all these awesome pics. Felt like I toured the factory with you!! Awesome job.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:13 PM   #15
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First photo shows a 5.0TA with the windows and doors and such cut out. You can see some of the build sheet notes by the door and some wiring hanging out.

In the second photo I'm outside, looking in through the kitchen window. Here you can see the wood attach points that have been added in. they'll be used to attach things like cabinetry, fans, etc, etc.

More of the same in the third photo.

Fourth photo shows the openings all cut out for the windows in the dinette, bathroom and loft, as well as the venting areas for the frig, the skylight and the storage areas. As well as the worker taking her lunch break inside. Yep, need a breakroom ETI!
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:22 PM   #16
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The next 4 photos show the inside of a trailer (don't remember what size, maybe a 21', but don't quote me on it). The insulation (the shiny stuff) has been installed as well as the inside liner (the white stuff).

Heck if I know what's going on with the heart cut-out. I teased the worker taking his lunch break next to the trailer that there must have been some story going on and/or some work place romance. He just laughed and didn't say much about it. Hee, hee. It was cut out in the window opening area.

I also asked if that means they're going to start offering custom shaped windows. Yeah, right, like that's really gonna happen. but it was fun to see.

I don't know what the white thing is inside the trailer.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:30 PM   #17
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First photo show a trailer in progress. I think this is the same one shown earlier where I mentioned the guy hanging from the harness to install stuff.

Next 3 photos are from the inside of a trailer. Not even sure if it's inside the same trailer. In the 2nd photo you can see they're getting black countertops. I was just popping my head in and snapping photos and then quickly catching up to the rest of the group as I was usually trailing along behind everyone.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:38 PM   #18
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First photo shows the various sheets of information taped to the side of the trailer (back left). As well as a copy of the build sheet (to the right) and a copy of some customization. Sarah thought it might be for the fabric, but she wasn't 100% sure (she's only worked there for a month and is still learning).

Second photo shows the workers' sheets. Each person had a section they were required to check off after it had been completed. Later on someone (not Sarah) would double check everything had been checked off and completed against the list. the right side is the Trailer Test Checklist.

Next two are more of the inside work.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:43 PM   #19
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Don and Teresa, here's 4 more photos of The Pullman.

Sarah is the tour guide on the right. the two in the middle are the ones from CA that ordered one like yours, so they were thrilled to see one in person. Dirk is the partially shown person on the left.
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Next batch of photos show the 5.0TA up on a hoist. This is when the underneath insulation is installed, if it was ordered. I think Sarah also said they inspect what all is underneath, but don't quote me on that. I also don't know when the tanks and such are installed. As I already mentioned, I wasn't able to hear most of the tour and much of what I was looking at I was clueless about. But it was great fun seeing everything!
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