Tiffin Motorhome gives a factory tour every morning starting at 9:30 AM, Monday thru Friday. We have been busy the last few weeks and were unable to make the tour, but since all the work is finished, we decided to take it today.
We arrived just in time and met Brenda & Floyd who were giving the tour today. There were four others there waiting and we watched a film about Tiffin. Originally, the factory had been a cotton mill and storage area, but was converted in 1972 to change over to motorhome production. The current president of Tiffin was in charge of the cotton mill and also a building supply business. He bought some chassis from a motorhome manufacturer who went out of business. Five motorhomes were built the first year and production has grown since then, with the line producing 12 mhs a day now, with a capacity of 18.
The old storage building has been converted to the woodworking section of Tiffin. They make every cabinet and wood component from scratch in this area. It looks like a mess, but they have modern planers, sanders, computers, etc. to make it a highly efficient part of the business.
|Tiffin Cabinet Factory|
More woodworking and cabinet production areas. Many of the workers didn't wear a mask, but they have them available and are encouraged to wear them. I know I would have the best mask on if I worked in that area due to the dust.
|Tiffin Cabinet Factory|
Brenda, the tour leader, is a retired high school history teacher and really knew her stuff. She kept up a line of chatter and moved the tour along very well.
|Brenda, Tour Leader|
I was especially interested in checking the diesel motorhome chassis over since mine is closed up and not viewable. It was really interesting to see the chassis up close and personal.
|Diesel Motor Home Chassis|
These are water tanks for gas powered motorhomes waiting to be installed on the assembly line. These tanks tend to be smaller than in the large diesel units.
|Fresh Water Tanks for Gas Motorhome|
Floyd is explaining what the different tanks are in a motorhome, fresh water, gray waste water and black waste tanks.
|Diesel Holding Tanks|
|Side Wall Construction|
It is estimated that there are over 2 miles of electrical wiring in a typical motorhome. Tiffin has fashioned large boards with pegs to arrange the wires in the proper order and length. Then it is wrapped to keep the wires together and placed in the proper place on the chassis.
|Wire Harness step|
Wiring board here is in the process of being set up for a motorhome, all neatly wrapped and ready to go.
|Wire Harness area|
|Seal Coat application|
|1976 Allegro Bay|
|1976 Allegro Bay interior|
|Old Gas & Diesel Pumps|
Tiffin only assembles sold motorhomes and it takes about 2 months to order, build and deliver a motorhome in case you want to get one quickly.
That was our morning, how was yours?