Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017
Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Where Our Manufactured Home Will be Made - Fri., Mar. 24, 2017

Backtracking to dawn yesterday, my friend Susan, her husband Darren, and their son Travis and I did a 10k walk in Lady Bird Park along Salado Creek in San Antonio. After the walk, I showered then met other people from our RV park to go to an Open House and Tour at Lighthouse for the Blind, just 1/2 mile down the road from the RV park. 

At 11:30, we were ushered into a beautifully decorated meeting room and treated to a lunch of turkey croissant sandwiches, chips, cookies and soft drinks. Nancy Lipton, Director of Public Relations/Events, gave a talk about Lighthouse for the Blind, the jobs it provides, and the products that are manufactured there. She showed us a jacket that is made for the Army consisting of 100 pieces. Her talk was fascinating. 

Chris talked to us about purchasing office supplies, cleaning supplies and furniture from their catalog. A percentage of each sale goes to Lighthouse for the Blind to help them hire and train visually impaired or blind individuals, then help them to find jobs. 

When the lunch meeting portion was over, we were taken on a tour through the factory.

Mike, CEO, explaining new chin strap for helmets

Sewing new waterproof Army pants

A cadre of people sewing

Lining up fabric to be cut later
We had our tour leader take a photo of the group from the RV park. Unfortunately, it turned out blurry.

An Army outfit that is sewn here

Laser pattern cutter
Intently listening to our tour leader

High-tech sewing machines

Delia, Lee (hiding behind Delia), Lynda, and our tour
leader Nancy Lipton

Finishing up the tour
Our group headed back to Travelers World RV Resort. I then packed for our overnight trip to Athens, Texas, and made my way to the hairdresser for cut and color.

The hairdresser took way longer than I thought today. I didn't get to Bob's work until 5:35. (We had originally planned on me arriving at 4 pm.) That's when I found out our truck had been stolen. [See yesterday's blog for that story.]
After the truck was stolen yesterday, we made haste to Titan Factory Direct in New Braunfels, Texas, for our appointment with Vanessa, our Professional Housing Consultant. We went over the floor plan we liked and changes we wanted to make, then signed a contract for our new manufactured home. Earnest money was paid to Titan Homes to signify how committed we are to buying it. 

Tonight we will start our drive north to Athens, Texas. On Friday at 11:00 am we have an appointment to tour the factory that makes the homes.

Sunset over Titan Factory Direct in New Braunfels, TX

When we finished at Titan Homes it was sunset and we had to backtrack to Converse, TX, to fill out a police report on the stolen pickup. (The police department told us when we first called that all police were busy with a brush fire on Hwy 83 and we should come in later to fill out the report.)

Where we filled out the police report
At 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. we arrived at the Converse Police Department. It only took 10-15 minutes for an officer to show up to take our report. We then left a message with our insurance carrier who said we would be called back between 8-5 Central Time on Friday.

From Converse, we again headed north, past New Braunfels, on our way to Athens, TX. 

Austin, Texas is known for its heavy traffic and we bought a Texas tag so we could use the toll road around Austin. However, as we approached the toll road, a signboard showed travel time on I-35 versus Toll Road 130. The travel time was shorter on I-35. It was about 10:30 pm and it was the least traffic we've ever seen through Austin. We sailed through in record time and skipped the toll road. 

By 11:30 p.m. we were dog tired after our exhausting day. Bob pulled over in a small town south of Waco, Texas, and we spent the night in a motel. 

This morning, we had  breakfast at IHOP, then continued to Athens. What a gorgeous morning! Everything was so green. Bluebonnets were blooming along the road along with pink evening primroses and Indian paintbrush. We passed lakes, rivers, farmland and swamps.

A lady from our insurance company called us about 8:30 am. She gave Bob all the details about what we need to do.

I snoozed quite a bit on our trip to Athens this morning. We arrived at the factory a little ahead of schedule. That gave us time to figure out where we needed to go to meet Celous, our tour guide.

He took us through the manufacturing process step-by-step. We started where they build floors. 

The floor of a single wide manufactured home
We watched them put sheet rock on the walls

Attaching the sheet rock on the walls
Next, overhead cranes are used to put the walls in place. You will notice in the middle of the photo below there is a shiny substance on the floor. That is 3 mm thick plastic to protect the floors from the worker's boots, paint splatters, etc.

Wall being put in place by overhead crane
Cabinets and showers/tubs are installed next.

Cabinets being put into place
The photos below are taken from a catwalk, looking out over the manufacturing plant.
Working on the roof. You'll notice the
insulation is in the walls now too.

A park model (under 400 sq ft)

Park model on right next to manufactured homes on left

Putting on finishing touches at the eaves

Preparing a double-paned window

Celous explaining window wraps to Bob

Waterproofing and painting
The two photos below show how the manufactured homes are moved around inside the warehouse. In the first photo, you can see tracks on the floor. Under the home are wheels like on rail cars. The piece of equipment bottom center is a come-along which is attached to the frame and is used to pull the manufactured home along the track.

In the photo below, you can see rectangular cut-outs in the floor. Once the manufactured home is over those, the rectangles are raised up out of the floor to lift the manufactured home. That's when axles and wheels are added underneath. 

Note the rectangles in the floor...those raise up
under the manufactured home to support it
while axles and wheels are installed.
 Roofing and painting are next. This is quite a production!

After the tour we started toward home. We had lunch at Taco Casa, which we love. (There aren't any in San Antonio.) Big rainstorms crashed down on us just before lunch.

On the way home we did use Toll Road 130 to bypass Austin and avoid I-35, (which has the terrible traffic). On the toll road the speed limit is 85 mph. We made great time getting home!

Now it's late and it's time for sleep. We've had an exhausting two days. 

Tomorrow, we're doing a 10k walk in the morning and then going to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in the afternoon. Another full day is planned. 

Plus, we might go into downtown San Antonio tomorrow night to see the set of American Ninja Warrior. They will be filming the competition Sunday night, Monday early morning, Monday night and Tuesday early morning. (They like to film at night for the lighting, and I'd think also because it's cooler...our daytime temps are around 82 right now.) The show they film in San Antonio will air in late June.

Good night all!


  1. Don't know if you remember, but I used to manage a Taco Casa in Palmetto Florida. Had to go to Topeka KS the headquarters to get the management training.

    1. I don't think I ever knew that. Didn't even know Taco Casas existed outside Texas.

  2. Hi Susan,
    We live in an Athens park model at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails Resort. We enclosed the 10' back porch & made it an all purpose room with extra cabinets for storage & a counter top. We have an extra fridge & a freezer in there. We also built on a 12x18' room with a half bath. So now we have around 700 sq ft. We love it!

    1. Sure sounds nice with all the improvements you made!


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