After the weld shop yesterday, our chassis gets all the weld spots painted, the chassis itself painted and the batteries installed.
The black, grey and fresh tanks are placed and hooked up. Nice thing about this coach is that they use SeeLevel gauges. These give a much more accurate reading of your tanks levels than the older style gauges.
The team also installs all the basement flooring along with the carpeting. Once that is in place they install the basement slide out trays, if you ordered them. The smaller one that you see in the picture is for our outdoor refrigerator/freezer (optional). We chose to have this option installed as we full time in our coach and we like to have some extra freezer space.
We Found Our Floor!
The next station up is where they lay down our flooring. So before the floor went in, David took this opportunity to lay some extra cabling that he had brought.
With station one complete, it was time to roll up to station two. This is where our flooring goes on.
It’s pretty interesting to watch how they move the flooring from the staging area to our chassis.
It is nice to see the guys take care in making sure all the cabling, wires, plumbing, etc that comes through the holes does not get pinched in any way. They really take their time in this.
The slide guide rails get on at this point. A guy goes around and sprays a sealant along the floor edging to fill in any cracks or crevasses.
David couldn’t help himself and climbed up there and walked on our floor for the first time.
Time to roll to station three where they continue working on the flooring among other things.
We opted for the heated floors. So this is where the heated flooring mesh gets laid and stapled. Boy are they quick at all of this.
OK…now for the really cool geeky tech.
The guy that laid the heated floor mesh grabbed this gun and pointed it at the floor. David went to see what he was doing and he was checking to see if the floor was heating properly or if there were any cool spots. He used this Flir Thermal Imaging Detector. Any where the thermal detector see’s heat, it shows up on the screen. As you can see from the close up shot of this gun, it’s working pretty nicely.
Great…now David wants one of these thermal detectors. I don’t think Amazon would sell something like this. So I think I’m safe.
Once this is all determined that it’s working properly, it’s time to lay the tile floor.
No, they are not laying each tile here. That would certainly slow production down. They actually lay the tile at another part of the factory and bring it over to this station when it’s needed. So our tile floor was sitting there just waiting for us.
Again, they took care in making sure nothing got pinched when the tile floor went in. It also took several people to move it exactly into place. You don’t want to flex the tile flooring to much.
While all of this is happening with the flooring, another set of people are working on all the wires for the front dash. They take the wiring that has already been laid before the flooring went in and once it’s all in place and hooked up, the dash itself get’s installed.
The next picture (above to the right) makes me chuckle. Does anyone else find it funny that the first indoor piece that get’s installed is the toilet?
Time to roll up to our final station for the day, station four.
Our coach is really starting to take shape at this section.
Our back bathroom vanity area went in. Our shower, washer and dryer, back walk in closet dresser, powder room vanity and walls all get installed here.
These are all built at other locations in the factory and brought over for installation. Some plumbing gets hooked up and wiring connected.
Things are really progressing fast. It’s amazing to us just how quickly things get done. I know I’ve said that before but it still get’s us.
This morning our chassis rolled in as bare bones and now we have a basement full of stuff, a floor that’s heated mind you and some interior walls and bathroom.
Brenda Standing In Our Coach After Day One In The Main Building
We’re excited to see what day two will bring!
Ok, now for something special. David did a time lapse video of todays work! 8 hours of work compressed into 3 min and 40 seconds. I am sure you will like this and we hope to bring you the entire process in time lapse. Remember, you can play it in Hi-def and full screen with the controls at the bottom right of the video.