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Old 04-28-2005, 07:28 PM   #85
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corrosion issues?

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Just finished replacing most all of the screws on the outside of our '05 Bambi Safari LS with stainless steel screws. The ones that needed replaced the most were all of the teardrop marker lights. The screw in everyone of the marker lights was completely rusted. Airstream said they were looking at buying lights with no screws on the outside. I feel much better now looking at clean stainless steel instead of rust.


Does AS have anything onboard to reduce dissimilar metals corrosion? KaPac system in a boat is an example. In my experience, after putting stainless into aluminum, there was a problem with the aluminum eating away due to an electrical reaction between the metals (usually called electrolysis sp?). If the zinc coating on the standard steel fasteners is thin (common problem with cheap fasteners) it will rust quickly due to the zinc being being eaten away quickly. I suppose you could look at it as a hierarchy of corrosion..... zinc(which allows the steel to rust)/aluminum/stainless....

Again, all this is with the caveat of "my limited experience"

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:39 PM   #86
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Wouldn't the use of aluminum fasteners be the real answer to the rusty screw problem on the outer lights?

I will be inspecting the screw heads on our unit's lights tomorrow, and then the search for aluminim screws will probably begin.
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Old 04-29-2005, 08:45 AM   #87
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In the case of the marker lights where the screw is inserted through the top of a plastic lens and is about an inch above the aluminum skin, wouldn't the stainless steel screw do just fine? I can see how screws that touch the aluminum skin would develop corrosion in a saltwater environment. I would think the marker lights replacement would be O.K. Any more opinions on the marker light screws?
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:10 AM   #88
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Sorry to read about all your problems. We bought a 2005 30 Classic in August of last year and the dealer made sure that we did a good walkthrough and signed off on everything, inlcuding the information/documentation provided, before we left. We took it for a 2 week trip to the Smoky Mountains in September and then to PA, without any problems. This January, after a very snowy winter, we noted a wet spot on one side of the bedroom floor. So we took the trailer back to the dealer and they found a problem with a rivet not done right. The problem was fixed and we just got back from a one week trip to Florida. Getting ready for another trip to the Smokies in May.
Before the Classic, we had a 2004 19 Bambi and it was in a very good shape too. The dealer prep work was excellent and there was nothing that had to be fixed.
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Sonia,
It's encouraging to hear of your positive, trouble-free experience with your 2005 Classic. I'm sure that we will feel the same way once we have the little "new unit" problems cleaned up.
Thanks for your response, and may you continue to enjoy your Airstream travels.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:31 PM   #90
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ericnrb. The shavings issue is one that you'll prob deal with for a few trips until the stuff works its way out. Annoying, yes, but a small issue.

Tom, I too have those brush lines you speak of...they only appear when the sun hits it a certain way. As for balance, Airstream does not balance the tires on any new trailer as far as I know. Not sure why, but that would explain why they won't pay for a balance.
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:49 AM   #91
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Lightbulb wheel balancing

All Airstream trailer wheels are balanced before they are installed.
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Old 05-01-2005, 10:56 AM   #92
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All Airstream trailer wheels are balanced before they are installed.
If that's the case, why are there never any weights on the rims? I've looked at literally hundreds of tires/rims on new Airstreams, and I've never seen any weights on the rims. Do they use some other method to balance?
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Silvertwinkie--- Likewise I haven't seen any weights on Airstream wheels. It is possable they're useing "stick on" or "tape a weights" on the inside instead of the regular knock on rim weights. Think I'll crawl under my classic today and look. Will let you know this PM.
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I thought that too, and on our Bambi I actually looked back there and found nothing....I haven't done that with the Safari yet, but I seem to recall several folks around here talking about how the wheels are not balanced, how true or false that is, I don't know, but next time I'm around the Safari, I'll be taking a peek on the other side of the rims to see if there are any of the "other" kind of weights there. If there are also no weights there I guess I can assume one of two things:

1) The tires/rims are perfect and needed no additional weights (which I'd find hard to believe).

2) The tires/rims are NOT balanced.

I'll let you all know what I find when I get out to the Safari next time.
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All Airstream trailer wheels are balanced before they are installed.
Lynn -

Since you are speaking with such authority, can you tell us when this balancing began, and if it was only recently begun, then perhaps everyone should be told exactly WHY this balancing is now being done.

About this time last year, I had the balancing on my brand new 2004 Classic checked by a local garage that specializes in doing this, and not only wasn't mine balanced, it was SEVERELY out of balance. I then went to Jackson Center where I had a meeting with 4 factory managers who told me that Airstream did not balance, or check the balancing of wheels, tires, et al. (even though my owners manual states that tires are balanced before leaving the factory).

Of course with all the problems Airstream has beleatedly acknowledged in this area subsequent to June last year perhaps they're now balancing tires...?

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I'm glad to know that having to slam the door shut, is some sort of problem. I couldn't imagine how other campers could tolerate the noise. Will check lights and wheels- or pass that along to hubby! silver suz
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I'm glad to know that having to slam the door shut, is some sort of problem. I couldn't imagine how other campers could tolerate the noise. Will check lights and wheels- or pass that along to hubby! silver suz
Just be sure that you aren't using your stabilizer jacks as a means to level your trailer. That can cause a torquing of the frame that in turn may affect the closing of the door.

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Old 05-03-2005, 09:53 PM   #98
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Post New 2005 Safari FB

Purchased an '05 Safari FB last week and just returned from a 3 day "shake down". All went fine with no problems. Towing with an '04 Toyota Sequoia SUV with Reese dual cam wt distribution system and climbed the I-40 mountains to Asheville, NC with no problem.

Quality issues are minor ones thus far. Our FB has the audio/vidio upgrade with the Sharp Aquos LCD TV. This TV operates on 12vdc, and is furnished with a 110vac transformer in order to operate it in a home. The upgrade package was installed by hardwiring the transformer in the wall, with the 110v plug sticking through the wall and into a 110v receptacle. No provision was made to operate the TV on straight 12vdc as it is designed. I called the dealer with no luck about why it was wired this way, with "I dunno" on the dealers end.

I then emailed Airstream tech support and got a reply the next day. A short 2 sentence reply stated the TV was 110vac and I'd have to use an inverter.

I emailed back and told Richard he may want to look at the back of the TV where it says "Power - 12vdc" (and not 110vac), as well as look on page 52 of the owners manual on the TV. It plainly says 12 volts dc, @ 37 watts. I'm still waiting for his 2nd reply. Meanwhile, I'm rewiring the set to use either the transformer or straight 12vdc in order to dry camp and have the news. This is obviously a case where the AS design guys went the extra mile to use a 12 volt dc set yet the installers were never informed how to install it.

Our AS is the new FB (rear door) model and we love the layout, since it has a queen bed up front and a settee with a long sofa. She likes the "L" galley counter as well. Storage is well thought out and abundant. The shower and head can be split to the bedroom or the living area (via curtains) which give some options, depending on guests, etc. The fact that the door only opens 90 degrees is fine for us, since we feel we got as much AS as we could tow with our present vehicle and we like the interior layout better than the other 25's.

The only negative we have is that no microwave was designed into the cabinets. If the rear overheads were 2 inches deeper, several models of micro's would fit. We had to place a small unit on the stovetop or the settee depending on what were cooking. No major thing, but it could have been designed into the overheads.

Overall we're delighted with our first AS, and hopefully future contact with the factory will be better than the TV question.
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