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Old 09-07-2017, 05:46 AM   #1
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Look at em go.

Pretty interesting even if it is a few years old.

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Old 09-07-2017, 08:01 AM   #2
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Scary video! You could put your order into the factory in the morning and pickup your new trailer at the end of the shift!
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:02 AM   #3
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Lots of nails and staples. It literally starts working itself apart at the end of the video, 6 hours after it was nailed together.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:42 AM   #4
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Not for me

The video sums up why I went to a Fiberglass camper. Not interested in owning any more "sitcky's" and their inherent maintenance problems.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:04 AM   #5
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They've got their process down to a science, and the speed is impressive. That's the only thing that's impressive.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting, Bob!
It's hard to believe Jayco is so proud of the build process, that they made a video of it. The narrator could double as an investigative reporter, exposing the construction flaws of the industry......Shocking!
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:14 AM   #7
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I too was amazed that they showed some of the inferior practices used in building this trailer.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:17 AM   #8
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After seeing this, and compare that it takes at least three weeks to build your Escape trailer, you know why an Escape ts more expensive, but its also a quality product.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:29 AM   #9
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Reminds me of the pit stop guys at the races changing tires.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:50 AM   #10
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As fast as they are cranking those out times other manufacturers, all I could think of was where will we find camping space in the years to come?
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:58 AM   #11
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As fast as they are cranking those out times other manufacturers, all I could think of was where will we find camping space in the years to come?
No need to worry. All those trailers will be at an RV shop for repairs.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:11 AM   #12
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Ever thought about where these things go when they die?
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:24 AM   #13
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While Henry Ford would be proud of this, I suspect that the Amish forefathers of these workers are spinning in their graves seeing what their ancestors have left for job opportunities and the quality standards their employers impose upon their labors.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:30 AM   #14
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The other thought I had watching this confirms what we understand to be "quality control" in the RV industry. That is, it is left entirely to the dealer to check out the unit and fix any quality issues. There is no allowance in that speed of assembly to deal with a problem. As a hypothetical example, imagine an assembler drives a nail/staple through a water line by accident. There is no time for them to stop and fix it. Just keep going, move on, cover the walls and let the dealer (or likely the customer) discover the leak and fix it. To stop that production line means half a dozen guys have to stop what they are doing. And no room to "pull it off the line" to have re-work crews do it. A process designed to crank out defects.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:30 AM   #15
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Ever thought about where these things go when they die?
I always wonder where they all go when they didn't sell them...
(just see the number of them at the dealer lot...)
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While Henry Ford would be proud of this, I suspect that the Amish forefathers of these workers are spinning in their graves seeing what their ancestors have left for job opportunities and the quality standards their employers impose upon their labors.
I subscribe to a YouTube channel by Mandy Lea Photo, who owns a Tab, by NuCamp. Can't tell for certain if NuCamp is an Amish company, but a lot of them who work there are. I have not seen any of the NuCamp Tabs, but from the video, it looked like they take care and pride in what they build. So just maybe, some of the forefathers won't have to spin in their graves.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:24 AM   #17
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I find the large dependence on caulk , sealant and plastic trim to prevent water leakage far more troubling than the method or speed of assembly. It's hard to take pride in your work when you are forced to run your tail off and then are paid very little for your effort.
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All I know is a friend of mine bought one less than a year ago and he's under water with it now because the value dropped so fast. Wasn't real happy when I told him I got my Escape in March and think I could sell it in five years for what I paid for it providing I keep in in good condition. His won't be worth squat....
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All I know is a friend of mine bought one less than a year ago and he's under water with it now because the value dropped so fast. Wasn't real happy when I told him I got my Escape in March and think I could sell it in five years for what I paid for it providing I keep in in good condition. His won't be worth squat....
I think someone would have to be rather naive or foolish to believe a standard stick built trailer is any kind of long term financial investment. So much information concerning standard travel trailers is out in the public domain that it is easy to obtain if one takes the time to look.
The resale value of an Escape trailer vs a standard stick built trailer speaks for itself !
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Rework

It is disheartening to reconnect with someone from your past and learn they have recently purchased a new stick built camper and have experienced major problems from the git go. You know how hard they work for their money and how frustrating it must be to have a new camper that's in the shop. I especially make sure to emphasize the Fiberglass build of the Escape if they start talking about looking at an Escape at a local RV dealer. Cause there's a stick built Escape on the market too.
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