We had a great week since arriving Tuesday evening in Nappanee. Our campground is great despite the mosquitos we have to fight off at dawn and dusk. The sites are 95% grass and some are not level, but we are fortunate and have a nice level site with shade. Temps and humidity have been a real break from southeast Georgia. The folks at the camp store are great and so is the ice cream. Even better ice cream made with nitrogen gas can be had downtown (see pic below). I love the butter pecan. We have been checking out the local eateries in Nappanee and so far they have been great. Things seem to be at a slower pace here, but that’s good as we are used to it anyway living in the south for the last few years.
The area has a large population of Amish which use horses and buggies and ride bicycles everywhere. I have a lot of respect for these folks and their dedication to their lifestyle. We ate at the Miller’s Dutch Kitchen this morning and the breakfast was great. I even had a side order of mush which I haven’t had in probably 30 years. It’s made out of corn meal, fried and drizzle maple syrup on it. YUM!! My father ate it all the time.
We have met a lot of great people this week which continues to re-enforce our belief that RV’ers are some of the friendliest people. This week we have met folks that are having a unit built , like us, those having service work done, those interested in purchasing a Newmar and those people just interested in learning more about Newmar and the manufacturing process. We have been on 6 tours so far – 2 each day since Wednesday. Actually, at this point I think we are qualified to conduct them. The tour is the only time we can view our unit as Newmar does not allow customers to stay with the unit as it’s manufactured. We even have to hand the
camera to the tour guide who goes inside the unit and take the pics. She said on the last day she will work it so we can go in and check it out. It will still have to go to paint, but indoor production will be done at that point.
I have taken a lot of pictures of the construction process which is very similar to the building of a custom house in that there are no modular sections placed into the unit. Each coach is built individually and can be easily modified based on the customers desires. Wiring is individually run through the units as opposed to using wiring harnesses which allows for a great deal of flexibility in customer requested design changes. Studs and roof supports are on 16″ centers allowing for a sturdy structure. Insulation is stuffed in every possible void to insure the best heating and cooling performance possible.
We are headed back on Monday for the two tours and we will find out when it will be finished in Bldg. 7. It should be either Monday night or Tuesday morning. Once they are done in that building, we can’t view the unit any more. It goes to paint which takes from 4 to 18 days depending on
the model (The top of the line take longer). I would imagine ours will be somewhere in the middle. They then go through quality control, rain check, and testing of the systems. It will be finished toward the end of August. Since we are picking it up at the factory ours will get additional testing and checks before we arrive. This is a service that is provided by the dealer, but In my opinion, they do a much better job at the factory than at the dealer. We were scheduled to do the pickup on the 14th of September but do to family commitments we re-scheduled. We will start our 5 day delivery process on the 12th of October. The wait will be hard, but when the time comes it will be even nicer!!
More to come on Monday!!