Over the last several years I’ve had the opportunity to tour a number of RV factories. It is really something, to see just how each manufacturer differs in the manufacturing process. Although most follow a very well orchestrated process of assembly (most likely derived from Henry Ford) I found each manufacturer had their very own personal touches to the process; some even differed from products lines within the same company!
Over these last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of selling a number of different products and have to admit that the RV industry really covers a lot of personal preferences. Let’s start with Motor Homes: they come in a variety of classes all offering both diesel or gas models. Class A is known for its panoramic front windshield, Class C is a little more diverse than your van conversions (better known as Class B). Then you have trailers; offering a wide variety of designs in each class, such as your 5th wheel models and travel trailers as well Hybrids (which are a tent hard wall trailer combination) as well as the conventional tent trailer. Some even produce or specialize in Truck campers (also in a wide variety of models).
With more & more checks at the Airports I have personally found more & more people are going back to the RV life. Some love it so much they full time RV like we do, and although we didn’t start out planning this lifestyle, we’re coming up on 7 years!
Touring the different manufacturing plants really gives you a lot of insight on the product. What was most interesting about the tours was the amount of dealers that send staff to the manufacturer’s facilities to learn about the manufacturing process.
So if your ever in the market for a RV, find out if the person you’re dealing with has been to the factories for training and product knowledge. Having the pleasure of attending three times in the last several years has given me an incredible wealth of knowledge to each manufacturer’s processes of design, innovations and manufacturing of their products. Going for 7 days away from family is no easy task .. considering the travel time by plane, endless hours in vehicles, miles of walking and lots & lots of information retained. However, if you ever get the opportunity to tour a RV factory I highly recommend it. We hope you enjoy the video and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.