Originally Posted by franktafl
Amish, the religious sect up there predominately in Pennsylvania.
Some RVers believe they make the best units, that's mostly folklore.
They don't make the material that comprises the tubes, the percolator nor the boiler. What they do is weld them together just like Nevercold, Dometic or any other fabricator.
They don't make the welding rods that stick all the parts together, they only fabricate.
They may use heavier gauge material but that's still to be determined. As for making a better product, it has not been confirmed. Like most things RV, someone says something this or that is the best and it gets carried on but never tested for fact.
I offered the owner of a northern Indiana gas refrigerator fabricator, that touted the best Quaker built system, a first class plane ride to Mexico to look at what his superior company made. I paid over 2 grand for a refrigerator that had Sharpie marks on the panel to designate the cooling positions. I found that as I was wondering why the switch was flopping around in the mounting hole. Screws were over tightened and pulled through thin sheeting, a corner was broken out in the freezer where they broke it while installing the cold plate. They tried to hide it by caulking it in.
The guy turned down my proposal stating I must have bought a rehabbed machine. I explained to him that if it was a rehabbed unit they must have painted it also because I had the latest color that had only been out three months.
The moral of the story, you will get what you get regardless of who the fabricator is.