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Old 10-30-2005, 09:41 PM   #71
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JStanley & Pappy -- nice posts!

Yes, the water pump is noisy, especially the Aquatec in the LS upgrade package. Those rubber feet aren't much. I wonder if it is using the floor in guitar box style to amplify the sound. I'm still thinking of an experiment to isolate it better ...

Ours was an early August production and I thought the smells were quite mild. I particularly did not notice much of the obnoxious formaldehyde type odors.

I hear you on the cuts from the linoleum edges! And totally agree on the curtains; they do slide nicely but don't compare with my recent positive experience with Ambruso replacement curtains -- latter being much more substantial. That light switching issue belongs back at the dealer!

Having a Titan did not stop me from putting 1600 mile on the new trailer this fall. Yes, Pappy, I felt totally confident after watching my weight. Be careful out there!

Silvertwinkie -- ACD? Hmm... probably not 'abscessive compulsive disorder'... I think I have it too -- AIRSTREAM COMPULSIVE DISORDER!!!
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:45 PM   #72
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[quote=Canoe stream]600W Inverter question for OpenHigher: Could you please monitor your battery with your MicroPulse system monitor and get us some estimate of battery levels before and after use of whatever appliances you are running on 110V? I'm assuming you are not at a plug-in site. Do you use a generator to recharge? Or why not just use the genset for perking? It'd be good to help everybody understand this better -- Thanks!

Canoe Stream:

We just called the dealer, and delivery is scheduled for November 28, 2005. So, after taking delivery (spending time overnight if possible, but it looks like a day inspection instead) we will chart the battery use when using the converter. We generally dry camp, so this process should be easy to chart. We do use a generator to recharge when dry camping, and it is a Honda 2000. Can't use the generator for making coffee (although I think the Honda 2000 is exempt from before 10:00 generator rules), but for us the less noise the better.

On the Safari SE 28 footer where is the micro pulse system monitor located? Is that just the same monitor panel which tells you water level, battery charge level, etc?

Sure sounds like it might be a very long day at AS on the day of delivery. Unfortuantely, I am obsessive when it comes to perfection, and am very hard to please. It's just that I know my work product, and I expect the same.

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Old 12-05-2005, 08:56 PM   #73
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Unhappy Fit & finish

I have been satisfied with much I've seen in my 2006 25' FB SE. We've already written on how the laminate edges could be dressed down better. The Safaris have a nice clean look but there sure are a lot of edges. I'd think for the price of the cap & jacket or the price of the Wanderlust book I received they could have attended to this issue -- in spite of how easy it will be for me to spruce things up.

The laminate needs that extra attention! Airstream uses a very thin laminate, I would guess, in the interest of weight saving (don't say profit margin!). The attached photo gives an indication of another issue on this matter. I could show you a few other types of laminate issues -- all minor and easy to remedy in my hands. But at this price? Whether a customer can or can't fix minor deficits isn't the issue. 'Voters' change ever so slowly but change they will if a broad perception of SOB quality or automotive Big 3 quality is creeping in to our lovely liners of luxury...

Now -- just what the h*** they were thinking when they let some flunky drop the rangetop in like that?
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Old 12-05-2005, 09:03 PM   #74
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In my ever so humble opinion, none of the issues I read about in this thread are acceptable for a product in this price range. You guys should raise hell with Airstream. I know I would , had I dropped the kind of cash you guys did.
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Hi all:

We have our A/S home now, almost safely stored on a new RV pad. We are in the process of widening the gate, so we are extending and widening the pad as well.

Anyway, after a very thorough inspection, it appears all is perfect. Rivets are clean, complete, all the cabinets are well finished, and the laminate siding on the table and counter appear satsifactory, excepting a very small end.

Upgraded audio/video is awesome with the Sony and the sound with the aluminum interior is akin to being in a dome music hall.

We are heading out on the maiden voyage between Christmas and New Years.

Best, Robert and Sherry
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laminate fixes

Canoe stream we had that problem with our 2003 Safari. I took a regular emery board and gave them a fine sand. Where the strip was pulling off on the fold-down table, I reglued and "clamped" down with strapping tape until it dried.

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I have been satisfied with much I've seen in my 2006 25' FB SE. We've already written on how the laminate edges could be dressed down better. The Safaris have a nice clean look but there sure are a lot of edges. I'd think for the price of the cap & jacket or the price of the Wanderlust book I received they could have attended to this issue -- in spite of how easy it will be for me to spruce things up.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:51 AM   #77
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Airstream should just make a note on the invoice saying " some assembly required"
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That one put a smile on my face.....
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Hi all: I have some questions about the frames upon which the A/S is built. I am not knowledgeable about iron, etc. so please bear with me. The frame of the A/S is not galvanized, is this correct? If not, certainly why not? I just had a very heavy galvanized gate installed, powdercoated white enamel, and the iron man said his custom gate would never rust. So, I take him back to the rear of the new 2006 Safari SE and show him the section just under the storage area located in the rear. The specific area RUSTING is the joint section between the frame and the "bottom out guard" (the lowest point on the trailer). He said the frame is not galvanized.

Now I am thinking I need to go back to A/S and order the grey tone paint which is on the underbelly below the aluminum. Even so, I am concerned the unit will continue to rust.

We live in a dry area, So. Calif, so it is not like we are on salty roads or high humidity, but still!!!

Anyone enlighten me, and thanks in advance.
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Galvanizing the frame would probably be one of the best improvements Airstream could make.
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Yea really or something at least to help it rust slower.I guess living on the beach is not really helping it out much either.
I wash down the Airstream once a week(Unless it rains)so I wont have problems like this earlier than expected.You just have to do what you gotta do and roll with it unless Airstream will galvanize the frame when building it for you if they are willing to do that sort of thing.
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Although the undersides of an Airstream are covered in aluminum to keep the elements out, any moisture that gets inside is likewise trapped . I wonder if the ducted hot air around the holding tank dries out any trapped moisture?
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2006 Airstream issues

There are many aspects of the Airstream that are admirable but when paying a premium for a product one expects quality construction and components. We have a new 19ft SE Bambi

Issues:
1. Leak over front right window--slow drip in the rain
2. Incompletely caulked shower
3. Bed base not fully fastened to wall
4. Leaky and corroded upper left front running light--poorly fitting lens and inadequate sealant. Amazingly cheap component.

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