Stand By For Action!

When we first started this camper building project we planned to outsource a good bit of the production. We'd focus on our core competencies of machining and robot automation for the smaller aluminum parts and have other folks do our tube and panel cutting, our welding, and our shipping. My how our perspectives have changed. It turns out that if you want to find better ways to do things, you kind of have to do it yourself. So that's what we've done. And it's exciting.

The downside is that setting up a lot of new processes takes time, so we're about eight weeks behind where we'd hoped to be at this point. The upside, and it's a huge upside, is that we now own almost all of the processes required to build the GFC Platform camper. Owning these processes lets us maintain quality but the real advantage is that it allows us to innovate products at a much faster and more cost effective pace. So while this has caused us to get behind in the beginning, most folks will end up getting a better camper sooner because of it. It's exciting times here at Go Fast Campers. So let us give you a quick tour.

 The shop is divided into four areas: Metal Town, Fabric Town, Assembly Town, and the Wedding Chapel. In Metal Town shown here, we process the aluminum extrusion (on the beefy Doringer cold saw), cut tubes (on Drago, the cnc tube cutter), cut and rivet the side panels, weld up the space frames, etc. Basically all of the metal parts except the machined components get made in Metal Town.

The shop is divided into four areas: Metal Town, Fabric Town, Assembly Town, and the Wedding Chapel. In Metal Town shown here, we process the aluminum extrusion (on the beefy Doringer cold saw), cut tubes (on Drago, the cnc tube cutter), cut and rivet the side panels, weld up the space frames, etc. Basically all of the metal parts except the machined components get made in Metal Town.

 Fabric Town was originally called Sew Town but what you see here is one of the only sewn parts on our tents. We've been working steadily to eliminate most of the sewn seams. Instead we use a combination of welding techniques to create waterproof joints. We're lucky that Bozeman, Montana is a hotbed of soft-goods innovation so we have access to a lot of really smart people who know their way around fancy fabric welding techniques.

Fabric Town was originally called Sew Town but what you see here is one of the only sewn parts on our tents. We've been working steadily to eliminate most of the sewn seams. Instead we use a combination of welding techniques to create waterproof joints. We're lucky that Bozeman, Montana is a hotbed of soft-goods innovation so we have access to a lot of really smart people who know their way around fancy fabric welding techniques.

 Assembly Town is where all the individual components get put together into sub-assemblies. The lower, comprised of the space frame and aluminum skin, dzus tabs, hardware, etc.

Assembly Town is where all the individual components get put together into sub-assemblies. The lower, comprised of the space frame and aluminum skin, dzus tabs, hardware, etc.

 The upper tent frame also gets built in Assembly Town from powder coated extrusions processed over in Metal Town.

The upper tent frame also gets built in Assembly Town from powder coated extrusions processed over in Metal Town.

 It's in the Wedding Chapel where the upper and lower frames come together to form a complete GFC Platform camper. From here the final product either gets installed ona  truck, shipped out on a pallet, or loaded on our delivery trailer for an in-person GFC delivery/install party near you (remember we said we decided to do more things ourselves? Well that will includes delivery too, stay tuned).

It's in the Wedding Chapel where the upper and lower frames come together to form a complete GFC Platform camper. From here the final product either gets installed ona  truck, shipped out on a pallet, or loaded on our delivery trailer for an in-person GFC delivery/install party near you (remember we said we decided to do more things ourselves? Well that will includes delivery too, stay tuned).

So now that we're just about done with version 1.0 of the factory, we're ready to start churning out a whole bunch of these nifty little high-performance campers. In the past two months we've tooled up in a very serious way. And when you get your camper, we think you'll be glad we did. So stay tuned for weekly shop updates... and stand by for action.

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