Hello from the Plant,
All great observations, statements and comments. I want to make a hopefully brief reply as I sit on the couch at home watching Survivor Island (Yes, it is TIVOED or whatever)
Topguns $5,000 statement is a bit higher than the actual cost back then. We may have miss informed him at the time or whatever no worries, I just want to clarify. The $3,500 was the actual cost at one point in the 2014 restart which, yes, it was high as well. With the increase in sales and other factors this has been reduced considerably and is now in line with similar cost of product liability insurance for auto manufacturers and other similar products.
The above mentioned other factors are cost we incur per unit that we feel adds value, safety and confidence in our product:
RVIA Certification: Look it up. We have 6 unannounced visits a year to insure we are conforming to their standards to be listed by them. They demand ANSI codes be met just like a county or city government requires when building a new home. Electrical
components are all UL or equivalent listed. Wire gages meet ANSI specs based on amp load per line etc. Plumbing is all UPC or equivalent certified. Lots of hoops and testing to be RVIA Certified and we pay for all the cost of those six annual visits.
NATM Certification- They visit twice a year and insure we are in compliance with DOT guidelines concerning DOT approved lighting
, proper tire data info for load capacities to mention a couple of areas.
While we would be more than willing to compare our original frame construction against ANY other trailer manufacturer on the market, for the 2016 model we are introducing a newly designed A- Frame construction with a custom, extruded for us only structural piece of aluminum. More details to come. It is intended to with stand a much more rugged use over 20 years of boon docking while traveling the back roads with the 18 inch ground to frame clearance. This has been designed and 3rd party tested to wrap up every aspect of our build process to back up the “Legacy” aspect of the trailer.
Legacy (leg-uh-see), noun -
in families, an object that is handed down from generation to generation
I have read that the industry norm for stick built and motor homes from a manufacturer’s standpoint is designed for a 5 year existence. Do not know if this is true or not, maybe someone can research this for accuracy.
I am not including other fiberglass trailers in the above generalization as we all know that be a Casita
or one of the other fiberglass cousins we are all in another class of quality over the others.
Sorry but I did intend to be brief originally.