The trailer build shown within http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540...68163#32468163
does looks impressive... However.... Do watch the video again and focus on the below items:
- 3/8" plywood sheeting on their floor is sanded down in some spots. Thus, its now down to 1/4" thick. Way "too thin" for a floor. IMO, 3/4" plywood must be used on the floor. Thus, eliminating squeek - squeek when walking across its floor.
- Their floor wood supports (which are 2x2s) are 24" apart. Stick house minimum code is 16" centers. Being a TT, I would make 12" apart.
- Windows are "dry fit". After 2-3 years (when factory warranty is over), they start to leak. IMO, the windows need to be fit with putty - the old method of installing windows.
- They use traditional fibre glass batts. This stuff has very low insulation value. And, that stuff loves to hold (and wick) water. And, they don't even use vapour barrier on their insulation either. Their factory insulation is very bad construction method as well.
- Within the video, one can see many different areas where "much better" spray foam can be used. Used within the walls, ceiling and under belly areas. IMO, Closed Cell - 2 lbs should be used instead of "water sucking" batts.
- Their roof lacks dicor caulking on this roof edge. Thus, after 2-3 years (when warranty is done), water starts to wick under the outer edge of the roof.
- Their front upper lights are dry installed as well. For much better seal, they need putty (silicone) behind them. Then, screwed down - sucked into the soft putty (for much better seal).
- They guy at the trailer's tonque is "back pulling" in the underbelly wires. Watch the installer's body posture. He's pulling way "too much" on its under belly wiring.
These are the few items I noticed within the video. If Jayco wants to have higher quality than its competitors, they need to apply more quality in many different areas. And, they need to stop thinking about time. re: Pump out 1 x TT every 6 hours. I'd rather have a TT built in 7 hours with thicker floor, more floor supports, better insulation, putty fit windows and wiring that isn't too tight. To me (the buyer), I want quality. And, knowing their pump out a TT every 6 hours doesn't impress me. More quality would impress me much more...