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Old 07-13-2014, 06:34 PM   #51
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ok good I feel better now
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:50 PM   #52
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Ive had the tour. Yes there is debris on the floor during assembly. That is swept up as soon as the unit is moved. The speed has been increased which gives the impression of poor quality. If you see it in person, you don't come away with that impression
Thanks for the first-hand report. I feel better too! The Jayco exec narrating the video sure didn't seem like he was trying to hide anything; he was proud of what he was showing and that has to be good.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:36 PM   #53
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A few things to consider about the video:

The video was made by Jayco, so no they are not trying to hide anything. It was then showed on TV, I forget which channel first aired it.

If you do the same thing over and over you get faster and better at it after while.

The unit in question is a no slide 26BH Jayflight, one of their most popular and least complex floorplans. The larger multi slide loaded up with candy units undoubtedly take longer.

The 7 hour time frame does not take into account that the walls, cabinets, frame, furniture, roof trusses, windows, appliances, running gear etc are all pre made which increases the actual time it takes to make one. 7 hours is the final assembly. Also those guys knew they were being filmed and perhaps were showing off a bit with all the running and rushing around. I suspect that pace would be hard to maintain, but who knows.

The Jayflight line at that time was the entry level trailer, not a 70,000 5er. That said it is probably the least complained about line of RV`s here on the forum, and the most owned (just look at the TT poll numbers) and I rarely if ever hear anyone say they are unhappy with their 26BH, same as featured in the video. Jayco also claims that the Jayflight has been North America`s top selling TT line for some years now. Just some thoughts to chew on.
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A few things to consider about the video:

The video was made by Jayco, so no they are not trying to hide anything. It was then showed on TV, I forget which channel first aired it.

If you do the same thing over and over you get faster and better at it after while.

The unit in question is a no slide 26BH Jayflight, one of their most popular and least complex floorplans. The larger multi slide loaded up with candy units undoubtedly take longer.

The 7 hour time frame does not take into account that the walls, cabinets, frame, furniture, roof trusses, windows, appliances, running gear etc are all pre made which increases the actual time it takes to make one. 7 hours is the final assembly. Also those guys knew they were being filmed and perhaps were showing off a bit with all the running and rushing around. I suspect that pace would be hard to maintain, but who knows.

The Jayflight line at that time was the entry level trailer, not a 70,000 5er. That said it is probably the least complained about line of RV`s here on the forum, and the most owned (just look at the TT poll numbers) and I rarely if ever hear anyone say they are unhappy with their 26BH, same as featured in the video. Jayco also claims that the Jayflight has been North America`s top selling TT line for some years now. Just some thoughts to chew on.
We owned an 07 jay flight 25rks for six years and it was a great trailer! Unfortunately we traded it in for our 14 26.5 rls eagle ht. Hindsight is 20/20.
We're off on our first outing since getting out trailer back from repairs completed at the Jayco factory. We're sure hoping this trailer outing goes smoothly, and not like many of our past outings with this trailer. Something going wrong.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:49 PM   #55
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Hope you have a good trip, let us know how it goes.
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Hey N.W., Best of luck on this outing. After what you've been through, Lord knows you deserve it. Hopefully, they got it right this time and you'll be able to start enjoying it for a change.

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To think I had an entire 1,781 sq. ft. house built in a manufacturing plant using many of those same construction methods.

I've viewed this Jayco video many times and you can't believe everything you see. That video is a professionally made documentary and certain liberties were taken during it's filming that would not occur in the course of a normal construction day. This fact is clearly evidenced by those previous posters who remarked on their visit to Jayco's manufacturing facility and witnessed the construction process first hand.

I think even Superman would have had difficulty keeping up with the work pace that's portrayed in the video.

Way back in 1988, I toured GM's Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY. The tour guide said that they made 88 cars a day. There were three shifts. The day shift made the 88 cars, the evening was the maintenance shift and the night (or "hoot owl" for all you coal miners out there) shift the plant was idle. I find it interesting that back in 1988 GM made 88 Corvettes in a shift while Jayco made only 32 Jay Flight travel trailers in seven hours.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:03 PM   #58
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Having seen the video, .......and previously owning a corvette- glad I didn't see a bowlings clip back then!!
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Comparing the Jayco line to the Corvette line is as different as Apples and Oranges.
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The video is impressive. I have 40 years in manufacturing as a design engineer and that's my 2 cents on the video.

Most people don't understand that you must work out all kinks in manufacturing when you cut the build time down. More quality issues come from allowing to much time which in turn allows for rework and mistakes and makes people lazy about problem solutions. It's a system that forces problems to the surface where they must be solved in order to meet the schedule.

I am impressed.
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