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Old 01-17-2021, 03:37 PM
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Default RV12 wing kit long leadtimes

Just a heads-up that Vans presently has long lead times on the RV12 wing kit.

I placed an order for a slow-build wing kit on October 9. Vans predicted to start crating January 18, and then deliver about a month later.

On January 14, Vans announced that a vendor component for the wing spar was delayed due to COVID, which will push the schedule back by 2-3 months. Looks like it could be 7 months from order to delivery.

Keep that in mind as you plan you purchasing!

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Old 01-17-2021, 03:41 PM
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Just out of curiosity...for these kit components with long lead times, does Van's get payment at the time of ordering, or at the time of delivery?
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Old 01-17-2021, 04:40 PM
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I ordered my -12iS wing back in July and paid, I believe, a 25% deposit at that time. I paid the remainder at time of kit shipment in October. It arrived in perfect condition, and after inventory it was sort only a couple of nut plates. Vans had those to me within a week.
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Old 01-18-2021, 06:53 AM
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Default Kit delay

Did Vans notify you about the delay? How did you find out about it? I ordered my wing kit back in November and at that time they listed a "crate" date of Feb 8.
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:38 AM
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Thanks for the heads up. Website currently says 14 weeks. I hope new orders won't have a 7 month lead time, but just in case, I sent an email to Van's. I will post their response here.
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:48 AM
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Ordered mine toward the end of October with a crate date of 1/25. Havenít heard anything from vanís since.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:02 AM
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Response from Van's: "the lead time on the 12 wings was 14 weeks, but now that we have Covid going thru that department, we might need to extend the lead times out a bit. You might want to plan for 16-18 weeks."

This is for NEW orders. If you have an existing order, you will have to contact Van's if you want an updated estimate for your kit.
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Old 01-19-2021, 06:42 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DavidHarris View Post
Just a heads-up that Vans presently has long lead times on the RV12 wing kit.

I placed an order for a slow-build wing kit on October 9. Vans predicted to start crating January 18, and then deliver about a month later.

On January 14, Vans announced that a vendor component for the wing spar was delayed due to COVID, which will push the schedule back by 2-3 months. Looks like it could be 7 months from order to delivery.

Keep that in mind as you plan you purchasing!

David Harris
David,
I too would like to know where/how you found out about this additional delay. I ordered my wing kit on 9-24-20. As if yesterday, Vans said my kit was in crating, however, could not give me an updated delivery date due to Covid... no mention of the vendor part issue.
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