It might sound like I’ve lost my mind talking about “The Mother Ship” meaning Newmar headquarters, but I can’t stress how impressed Liz and I are with the entire operation in Nappanee, IN. These folks not only make a great product, but also create an environment of “family” that creates that owner loyalty that makes them a notch above their competition. I know I sound like a “fan boy” and I am after our visit this week.
It is an incredible feeling watching the months of research, order prep, dealer haggling, etc. all start to come together. We only saw 5 days of the 28 day process it takes to manufacture the coach, but it is probably the 5 days where most of the work is done. The unit went to paint on Tuesday and it should be there for several days and then begin quality assurance testing. We are doing the factory delivery and were scheduled for September 14th, but as I said in previous posts we can’t make it till October 12th. Now that I have seen it and actually been inside, it is going to be a long long long 10 weeks. We plan to keep busy by doing stuff around the house, and completing our deal with Dick Gore’s RV which will include emptying out our trailer and cleaning it in preparation for trade. We have to get the storage site ready too and the Blue Ox tow package installed on the Ford Edge, so we do have things to do. I also want to get our tire pressure monitor system (tpms), the Progressive Industries EMS, a larger Garmin GPS, and a few other things we will need for a Class A coach. I’m sure that I will keep looking over the pics we took while we there and continue to develop our plan on how to use the storage space we have and wish I had I could pick it up now. Here is a link to all the pictures we took of the build:
Between current Newmar owners, prospective owners and some in for service during the week, we met a lot of great folks. We were able to join Scott and Lise, who we had met earlier on the iRV2 Newmar Owners Forum, for dinner and some “idea” sharing. We also met Allen and Angel from Tennessee who had to leave before their coach was done. We were able to take pictures of the final stages of the build for them. We’re hoping we will meet them again down the road.
We also got a chance to go the RV/MH Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. It is really an interesting place and certainly worth the time it takes to visit it. It covers RV’ing from the time of the Ford Model T up to the current day with many well preserved or restored units. I got a kick out the one I pictured here where the seemingly house chair was added as an accessory in the 1929 coach. Thirty five dollars was a rather expensive accessory at that time.
Today we are just south of Louisville, KY in a KOA campground. We arrived last night in pouring rain after driving through Louisville in heavy wind that made it hard to keep the trailer in its lane. I always hate setting up when its raining, but it went quickly and we were soon dry in our little house. We, however, didn’t set up the Dish antenna as we planned to be here for only the one night. This morning we awakened to heavy rain. The news indicated that it would rain off and on in the morning and then occasional showers during the remainder of the day. It looked like this was going to be the case all the way to Alabama – our next stop, so we decided to extend our stay one day till the weather clears. It’s nice to be retired and have a flexible schedule. 🙂 I did have to call ahead and adjust our reservations for the remainder of the trip. It wasn’t a problem. We also had a tour scheduled at the Richland Rum Distillery in Richaland, GA so I moved it to Monday. We will now arrive home on day later than planned.