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Old 11-07-2022, 07:25 AM
Paul Thomas Paul Thomas is offline
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Originally Posted by rv8ch View Post
Seems pretty reasonable I think - some of Van's suppliers are not huge multinationals that can afford to float months of stock before they get paid. This money has to come from somewhere.

Imagine the other way - 100 finish kits on order, COGS is $10k each, Van's needs to pay for all these parts while they pull together all the components and package them into your finishing kit. That's a cool million they need to pay out while waiting for all the parts to come together. Van's is doing well, but that's a lot of money out. And the number might be higher than 100.

Another option is that they can borrow money to pay these suppliers, and increase kit prices to cover these costs - which just make some lucky financial institution richer using your money.

Since you are going to pay the money anyway, and what interest rate would you get from your bank if the money stayed there? Probably less than the increase due to borrowing money.
I have no issue giving them cash, even the full amount, if the wait time were reasonable. I think holding the spot in line, prior to any work being done on the kit should be a $500 deposit max for the sub kits.
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Old 11-07-2022, 08:54 PM
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Greg et al haven't done an update video since April. It's time
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Old 11-08-2022, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by LettersFromFlyoverCountry View Post
Greg et al haven't done an update video since April. It's time
AMEN... be nice to have one before the next price increase update....
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Old 11-08-2022, 01:14 PM
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I royally F'up the canopy on my RV8 while prepping it for paint. I have to order a new expensive plexiglass canopy and it needs to be crated and freighted almost across the county. From the time of the call to place the order to the time the XPO freight truck arrived at my house, it took less than 14 days. Wow. This is the kind of service I used to get from Van's and continue to get. If Vans got it in stock, it will get shipped.
RV8 (N38PV): 90% completed (90% to go)
Days to Final Installation: 999
Days to AWC: 999
Days to First Flight: 999
Painting: 99% completed
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Old 11-09-2022, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Jslow2 View Post
I think they need to find an additional supplier for their welded/powder coated parts
I agree. This makes up the majority of my backorder items for SB parts.
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Resumed work on finish kit after 8 year break.
Avionics received but waiting on a bunch of SB parts before ordering engine.
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Old 11-10-2022, 12:01 PM
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Email update just receivedů to sum up, hurry up and wait!
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:56 PM
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The fuse is mostly done but, hit a brick wall today when after assembling the main gear legs it was discovered that the brackets needed to secure them to the fuse are missing. The finish kit is the only kit on my list with B-O parts. Can't fit the wings to the fuse until the landing gear is on, can't hang the tail cone/emp or the engine either!

My avionics kit showed up first but it was complete... don't need it until last but at least it was all there.

So close yet so far!
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