Originally Posted by hddecker
I watched the videos of Dutchmen assembly process, guys running from station to station to catch up, if they didn't no big deal, just cover it up and ship it out.
Then I watched the video of a Lance being built, the assembly line ran at a slower pace and stuff got done in the station it was supposed to done in.
The biggest peave that I have is the wiring. Dutchmen, cut a chunk of wire hook it up and stuff the excess in the wall, under the tanks or whereever it will fit. If it's to short splice in another chunk.
Lance builds proper wiring harnesses and lay it in and secure it the way it should be. There is probably a good chance that Lance would be able to provide a wiring diagram that made sensce.
Not only CAN Lance provide a wiring diagram; they WILL if you ask nicely and provide them with your VIN. I have had contact with the Lance factory with a couple of questions that my dealer couldn't answer. We are looking at a Lance to replace the Coleman eventually. They have been more than happy to answer the questions and make suggestions on where to look for alternatives. FWIW Lance is privately owned, which means they need to make a profit, but it does not become the primary motive.
I have seen a lot of RV's over the years, poked, prodded and torn quite a few apart. It seems that the smaller volume manufacturers make a better unit overall. Everybody has a bad day and puts out a poorly assembled unit every now and again, but the big volume companies seem to have a lot more problem units than the law of averages would indicate.
The last RV assembly line I toured was Sunline back around 1998, it moved at a steady pace but things were completely assembled and checked prior to it moving on to the next station. The Sunlines were some of the best built conventional TT's around. There are still quite a few of them on the road, and Sunline has been out of business since 2006. They were purchased by venture capitalists in 2004 and gone just over 2 years later. It has happened to many great brands. Unfortunately RV's require competent assembly, and that just cannot be done on a high speed, high volume production line with today's work force IMHO.