Back in February Pam and I visited the Ocala RV show. We like to see what's new in the RV world and possibly pick up a new idea or see a new product.
Toward the end of our visit, we saw VanLeigh 5th wheels for the first time. A new 5th wheel company. Who are these folks? Never heard of them...
We came to find out that this new company was part of the Tiffin family. Bob Tiffin serves as the Chairman (and probably Chief Financial Backer?). The company is headed up by one of his sons - Van - and his grandson Leigh (VanLeigh). The company is located in Burnside MS about 40 minutes from Red Bay AL.
We found the large warehouse that is the hub of the operation. It also has the main offices and assembly plant. We met Don K in Ocala and he gave us a tour of a couple of their RVs. Interestly enough, he was on a visit to the factory and he showed us around that facility. He remembered us and had some time, so we got a detailed explanation of what was going on at each of the stations and production lines.
VanLeigh is currently building 10 5th wheels a week and can not keep up with production needs. They are signing up new dealers every week and are slowly expanding their network to the midwest and northeast.
The factory looks like a typical RV production facility and is brand new.
One upgrade for 2017 is the new brake system that is one of the first things that are installed.
This station is where the aluminum supports for the roof gets put together.
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