After leaving the fairgrounds in Charlotte, Michigan we headed to Indiana. On our way we stopped to look at a Newell (an RV we had found on line) only to discover it was being stored about two hours away. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. We arrived at the Newmar factory in Napenee, Indiana. Marc went in the tour office and asked about overnighting there. They have about twenty sights with water and electric that are free to use. How cool it that? It was just a parking lot really, but right behind us were lots of new Newmar class A’s. This is the place our camper was built! The Mighty Cypress, as we call it, is more than just a 5th wheel, it is our home that we love. After dinner we walked around among the buildings and saw the camping area of the campers there for service. The next morning we did some school work before heading to the tour. We all wore safety glasses and headsets so we could hear the guide. Inside the factory we saw how Newmars are made from the frame on up. While the chasis are on pads of air so they can be pushed down the line, the workers install everything by hand. We were able to see why we chose this brand for the quality of craftsmanship. They are very well insulated! Marcus and Caroline had lots of questions for their dad and the tour guide. We saw how the flooring, walls, electrical, plumbing, insulation, exterior, engine, slides, appliances, and finishing touches we all installed. We learned how each one was tested and gone over after it was completed. Because Newmar only builds units after they are ordered from a dealer. They don’t have extra ones for you to tour. However, while the workers are doing there final checks you can go in what ever is finished. The people who worked their (mostly Amish men) were so nice and glad to answer any questions we had, even though we were kind of in their way. We spent a long time looking at the four new models that had just come off the line. On the tour we met a great couple who travel several months every year. After we turned in our glasses and headsets they invited into their 43′ Winnebago Tour. Again I must say we meet the nicest people when we take the time.
After the tour we drove to Middlebury. Marcus had read in his Scholastic Book of World Records about the third largest restaurant in the world so since we were this close we had to see it. We had the buffet at Das Dutchman Essenhaus http://www.essenhaus.com/.
It was very good and Marcus and Caroline even tried some new things. We were so full we decided to head to Linton’s Enchanted Garden http://www.lintons.com/ to walk off our lunch. It is a huge garden center and we had a great time walking around. They had some very cool displays. The next day before we left the area we stopped at an RV Surplus store. We had fun looking at all the RV parts and even bought a new light fixture for $10. Now it is time to head east!!!