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  • Hey, Dean from Leisure Travel Vans

  • We're in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Beautiful Kansas City, Missouri.

  • And we're very excited because we are at the Ford Assembly Plant where

  • they make a Transit Chassis that we use on the Wonder motorhomes

  • and we're going to go through a tour

  • of the entire factory. We are very excited!

  • Okay, I've got all my safety gear on

  • We're going to go through the entire manufacturing plant.

  • They have 1200 acres of manufacturing facility area.

  • So this is the largest Factory in North America.

  • They've built the F-Series chassis here

  • for 41 years!

  • and of course, they started building the Transit Chassis here in 2013

  • and this is where it all begins

  • They make the floor plans right here

  • All done by computers

  • They have a laser cutting machine

  • and this is where it all starts

  • to build the Transit Cutaway Chassis and in 13.1 hours, we're gonna have a

  • completed Transit Cutaway Chassis

  • as you can see behind me, those are called

  • 'Godzilla robots'. Most factories might have 1.

  • This plant has 6.

  • The Transit is the most complex build that Ford has with over 2,000

  • variances of build,

  • so 6 'Godzilla machines' building the Transit.

  • Now that's very cool!

  • They build the Transit Van Chassis and the Cutaway Chassis all in

  • the same assembly line. So depending on the mix of build, similar to what we do

  • at Leisure when we have different floor plans and we mix the build, they do the

  • exact same thing here at the factory so that is very cool.

  • Now you can see these are some of the finishing robots in this area

  • There's one of our Cutaway Chassis

  • Getting made. So you can see, the box tubular steel steel chassis framing all

  • welded construction. You can see the robots are getting it ready for final finish.

  • Very cool.

  • TIG welding MIG welding and fuse welding makes the Transit

  • Chassis super-strong.

  • so this is one of the DC tools that they use here at the

  • factory. They don't use any torque wrenches anymore,

  • so everything is done

  • right here by this machine

  • if I don't torque this at the correct pressure,

  • lights are coming on and we have a problem.

  • so, very cool that everything is done

  • precisely on all the Transit Chassis.

  • I love that.

  • So this is why they don't

  • have me working in the factory

  • because I have 1 minute and 30 seconds to do my job.

  • I would never get it done in time!

  • 1 minute 30 second move times.

  • we're in trim shop, they have nine different

  • assembly lines coming in here to finish the units

  • there's a hundred different pieces

  • of glass they have to choose from

  • and they have to get the units all done

  • Above me is their hour clock of how many units that they have to be building

  • every single day

  • and right now they're a little behind.

  • probably because I'm here, disturbing the whole system.

  • As you can see, the mix of the different Transit

  • vehicles that they make down the assembly line.

  • There's one of our Cutaway Chassis

  • With a diesel engine, 178 inch wheelbase,

  • you see all the box tubular steel

  • framing, spot welded.

  • see the beautiful structures that we have that we can put the floor on.

  • That's one good-looking Chassis.

  • So this is where they put the windshield on

  • As you can see, on the Transit Chassis

  • The Chassis stops, it goes around

  • The windshield goes in. They do a picture of it.

  • If the frame isn't perfect, it won't install the windshield.

  • Very ingenious.

  • You're probably wondering, 'where do all these parts come from?'

  • They have a MSC center

  • that is the size of 3 football stadiums

  • that they collect all

  • the parts.

  • Behind us is the Material Sequencing Center (MSC)

  • and all these

  • carts that you see going by us

  • are all the parts that are coming into the main factory.

  • So they get pulled in the exact sequence so that every single trim kit

  • and windshield in part comes from the assembly line just in time they don't

  • allow any forklifts that could damage parts or people. All done with little trollies

  • that bring the parts from the MSC centers. This factory is incredible.

  • Behind me are the 'clam shells' that actually pick up the Chassis so there's

  • sensors in the floor. If I were to step outside the yellow line, it would stop it

  • and stop the assembly line

  • and I would be thrown out of here like that.

  • so stay inside the yellow line.

  • I'm now in the Chassis Shop. They called the de-skin area

  • so the entire motorhome has gone through all the different areas.

  • Through paint,

  • through final trim, and glass

  • the 'clam shells' come over,

  • Up on the clam shells there's different wheel bases

  • They have to tell the clam shell which wheelbases it is.

  • We build on the 178 inch wheel base.

  • And then it's going to take it off the skids and put it

  • up int he air.

  • now you can see the Chassis is raised up in the air, there's one of our beautiful

  • Cutaway Chassis.

  • Anything that goes underneath the chassis this is where

  • they put the fuel lines on, all the brackets here to get that ready for all

  • the axles and things that are going to get installed next.

  • Pretty cool to see it

  • coming down the line in the air

  • So in this area here, they're

  • getting all the breaks and the hub's ready to go, and on the Transit

  • that we order, we have 4 all-wheel disc brakes.

  • Okay, so this is the decking area.

  • We've got about 16 decking carts.

  • If you look around that's where they put

  • the bottom part (the motor, the transmission, the axles, driveshaft) all

  • gets done and then we're going to install it into the Chassis.

  • so it'll stop about six inches short before they install it now they'll go

  • inside and connect the shifter cables into the transmission and then they're

  • like fully install it up into the Chassis.

  • So you can see, we got one out of

  • our Cutaway Chassis coming down the line in this area here, they're putting

  • tailpipes on anything below it, and of course the Ford front grill

  • so everything's gonna go on. They're getting ready to put the lights on next

  • They're getting ready for the headlamps to go on and seats are gonna go in next

  • you can see the lower suspension. Leaf spring suspension with heavy-duty shock absorbers.

  • so now we have to get the tires put on to

  • the Transit Chassis. They go through almost 5,000 tires a day putting them on

  • the Transit Vans and the Cutaway Chassis.

  • Is that not crazy?

  • and of course we use a

  • 16 inch tire in all of our Transit Chassis. And that's all done right here

  • This is where the last move station is before it comes off the line

  • as you can see it's

  • always moving as it comes down. So they're going to put fuel in, diesel fuel

  • about six gallons. Fill up the DEF and then they're gonna fire it up for the

  • first time and drive it off the line so all the final inspections are done

  • making sure that everything is perfect before it gets shipped to us,

  • so we can build a beautiful motorhome on top of it.

  • we're at the end of the assembly line, and I'm gonna

  • start this baby up and drive it off the assembly line.

  • it started! Is this not cool?

  • Being able to see a new baby born. From start to finish.

  • Very exciting!

  • So once again, we come off the final assembly line and then it's got to go

  • into testing you can see they're making sure that everything's working they're

  • aligning the headlights making sure that everything is fully functional on the

  • Chassis. Of course, before it gets shipped.

  • Now we gotta simulate road speed.

  • so they lock in these place and got the rollers, they're gonna fire that up

  • make sure that everything is working

  • They're going to run it at full highway speed.

  • so now that we road tested the Chassis, made sure that everything is fully

  • functional, now it comes to the CAL line because we're not done yet this is

  • the 'Customer Acceptance Line'.

  • So it has to come from there, onto this line

  • where all the Ford inspectors go through the entire Chassis with a fine-tooth comb

  • They're looking for pain scratches, or any defects. Anything that isn't

  • working correctly, then it's going to be repaired before it you go to our customer.

  • This is a very important part is why Ford quality is at the top of the

  • industry, because they do this check now. Not later.

  • Okay so CAL line. This is the CAL 2 line. Over and above

  • customer service, customer quality. It takes a picture of every single unit as it

  • comes off this assembly line to make sure that all the right options were on it.

  • Well, that's what Ford quality is all about.

  • You can see, here's one of my

  • Cutaways coming down the line, and of course on our Ford Transit Chassis we

  • order the diesel 5-cylinder engine. 185 horsepower, 350 foot-pounds of torque,

  • six-speed automatic transmission, we've got the SYNC 3 navigation system, we load

  • these Chassis up, so they're perfect for our end customer.

  • We're still not done testing yet.

  • We're now in the, what we would call the 'rain shower' in our factory,

  • but this where they do high-pressure water testing, you can see the

  • water nozzles behind me.

  • They're going to water test the entire Chassis to make

  • sure that there's no water leaks at all.

  • Very cool.

  • Hey, I want to thank Mike for taking us to the factory at Ford here in Kansas City.

  • It was fabulous.

  • And what a beautiful facility where they build the Transit Chassis for us.

  • And I'm just looking at the Ford mission statement:

  • "Our mission is to produce vehicles that meet or exceed our

  • customers and stakeholders expeditions in a safe and rewarding environment."

  • Let me tell you, this plant does that.

  • What an incredible build.

  • Incredible people that work here.

  • Over 8,000 people,

  • they run basically 24 hours a day

  • with the F-150 series, 7 days a week.

  • Correct.

  • Wow, what an incredible factory.

  • Incredible facility.

  • The largest Ford factory in North America by the way.

  • And Mike is great, he's been working here for:

  • Twenty nine and a half years.

  • Twenty nine and a half years! And the guy looks like he's 25 years old.

  • How does that happen? Thank you very much.

  • It's been our pleasure to have you here too in Kansas City.

  • Thank you very much, you have

  • Mike from Ford

  • and Dean from Leisure Travel Vans!

Hey, Dean from Leisure Travel Vans

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