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Old 08-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #183
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I have the same trailer and fortunately have not had that problem but mine doesn't have a 1" gap. I'd either find another dealer or take it back to the factory for repair. Is it still under warranty? I'm not familiar with where you are in Texas, but there seem to be at least a couple dealers there - or go to Airstream of Arkansas. I'm sure they'll be able to take care of it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #184
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Latest problem. The on/off button on the refrigerator isn't working and it seems to be disappearing behind the plate. I got it turned off by pulling the 12v. fuse for the electronics, but the button will have to be fixed to turn it on. Tomorrow I'll have to pry off the plate and see why the button pushed so far back and how to get it back to where it's supposed to be.

We've spent about 15 days on the road since late June and the cascade of broken things has pretty much stopped. Blew another fuse on the jack a week ago.

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Old 08-06-2009, 09:29 AM   #185
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I have the same trailer and fortunately have not had that problem but mine doesn't have a 1" gap. I'd either find another dealer or take it back to the factory for repair. Is it still under warranty? I'm not familiar with where you are in Texas, but there seem to be at least a couple dealers there - or go to Airstream of Arkansas. I'm sure they'll be able to take care of it.
I am under warranty until Dec this year, and it is being looked at by my dealer. I will check with Airstream concerning the seal, but if your seal does not have a gap, then that explains to me why you don't have a leak and I do!
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:50 PM   #186
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I ran my AC for the first time last weekend and discovered the condensate leaks into the unit and into the trailer. How is the condensate supposed to drain?

The bathroom/shower light switch only works if the 2 lights over the sink (outside the bathroom) are on. Unfortunately this means you cannot go to to the batrhoom at night without turning on the lights outside the bathroom and waking up the other person in the bed. Is it supposed to work that way? Would it be hard to put it on it's own circuit since it has it's own off/low/high switch?
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:55 PM   #187
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On our trailer, the water comes out of a tube next to one of the tires on the curbside. That tube may be clogged on yours.

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Old 08-17-2009, 11:37 PM   #188
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2008 27FB corroding handle

Hi guys
The vertical handle on the left side of the door is corroding very fast.
The "clear coat" is peeling.
How difficult is it to replace it?
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:39 AM   #189
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After you pull the interior skin off, it's easy.
Sorry to say, this is one of those problems you will have to live with. If you can get the rest of the clear coat off the handle it will polish up nicely with a good metal polish.
The reason for the clear coating was to keep things shiny without having to wash and wax every month. The vintage trailers with the bare aluminum skins required monthly wash and wax and a good polishing twice a year. By the late 60's Airstream went to a clear coated finsih to make the trailer upkeep easier.
One problem of the clear coat finish is that if water gets in at an edge, it will corrode under the clear coat. Airstream ussually "repairs" this by removing the clear coat and buffing up the bare metal. Then you have that one little spot to polish up every so often.
After 7-10 years, the clear coat on most trailers looks pretty bad. There are several companies that specialize in removing the old clear coat and respaying the trailer. You can get just the basic service or pay more to have the trailer buffed up before it is sprayed.
I have a 2008 and the clear coat is different than the earlier clear coating. It is now a plastic coating that is much more difficult to remove. I'm hoping that by 2018 there is a process to strip and re-coat the trailer. As of now, there isn't anything out there.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:47 AM   #190
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Thanks dlb
I guess one of these days I'll have to strip and polish my handle.
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:27 PM   #191
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I have a brand new leftover 2008 Safari SE 25FB. I have to say so far (towed ~1000mi and slept 4 nights in her) that I feel like I got a good one. I haven't had anything to really complain about. After the first night of lot camping, I had the dealer fix a minor leak in the shower hose. After the first couple trips, most of the sawdust has worked its way out. Everything works, and works well. No screws have fallen out. Fit and finish seems to be very good. I havent found any filiform corrosion yet either. Maybe the guys at Carolina RV just did a great job getting her ready, but so far so good.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:08 PM   #192
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Do the '08 smaller trailers (22' or less) have fewer problems?

Hello!

As an on-the-fence newbie who's been working herself into a hand-wringing tizzy (even though I haven't even come close to making a deposit) I've been wondering how things have been going for the newer 22', 17', and 16' folks--particularly the Safari Sport owners.

Does it seem like the nightmares that have plagued the 2000-2007 models were largely fixed for the 2008 "petite" trailers? is it probably too soon to tell?

Have the '08 Safari Sports started showing the same frame failure problems as seen in slightly older/different models?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ure-48105.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-it-33396.html

Does it seem like there's a correlation between size and lack of quality control?

P.S. Thanks in advance, and sorry for any redundant questions (I've been working the search function pretty hard).
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:14 PM   #193
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This is not about shorter trailers. Ours has continued to have problems and I got tired of listing them. We had them fixed at JC as our warranty ran out and now we're on our own. I can't say I'm feeling confident it has stopped. I'm guessing about 60 warranty items have been claimed and fixed. No corrosion though.

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Old 11-13-2009, 08:58 AM   #194
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Hello!

As an on-the-fence newbie who's been working herself into a hand-wringing tizzy (even though I haven't even come close to making a deposit) I've been wondering how things have been going for the newer 22', 17', and 16' folks--particularly the Safari Sport owners.

Does it seem like the nightmares that have plagued the 2000-2007 models were largely fixed for the 2008 "petite" trailers? is it probably too soon to tell?

Have the '08 Safari Sports started showing the same frame failure problems as seen in slightly older/different models?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ure-48105.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-it-33396.html

Does it seem like there's a correlation between size and lack of quality control?

P.S. Thanks in advance, and sorry for any redundant questions (I've been working the search function pretty hard).
Our's has been down some rough roads and has over 5000 miles on with no real issues other than a skylight cover with a small crack.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:45 AM   #195
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We have a 2008 Safari Sport 17' trailer. I bought this trailer used from the first owner. He didn't like all the extra attention he got in an Airstream. We really like the little trailer and find it is just fine for two people and our dog. There have been some problems though. Our nearest authorized dealer is 360 miles away so I've done all repaires myself.
One tire had to be replaced....my fault; drove on an under inflated tire.
The microwave went out. Could get no warrenty from either Airstream or Haier. I replaced it with a Sharp convection/microwave.
The black water tank sensor went out. Micro Pulse sent me a new one for free. Seems to be a common problem.
The edges of the laminate were pulled loose, mostly at foot level. I capped these with aluminum L bars. The laminate in the new trailers is just not as good as the stuff from the 1970's. There have been lots of complaints about the laminate. Don't blame Airstream, this about all you can get these days unless you want something that looks industrial. Airstream does offer really nice stuff on their limited production or very high end trailers. At $75,000+ for a 22' trailer you would expect that.
The light switch for the sewer hook up area went out, replaced it with a switch I had laying around the shop.
The cooling fan for the refridgerator made so much noise it would wake me up at night. I modified the fan mounting to isolate it from the trailer. Very quite now.
The AC makes too much noise. This has been a common complaint with all small trailers, not just Airstream. A small box with a big AC is just going to be noisy. At least is cools like crazy. We did some camping this summer and while our fellow campers were compaining about the cooling in their trailers, we had cooling to spare.
Corrosion (this is one topic that seems to drive people crazy)
OK, if I look real close, I can find small amounts of white at the edges of some panels. There is also some small white stuff under the plastic coating in a few small areas. I don't see it unless I look really close, so I don't consider this to be a problem. I had a 72' before this. You really have to deal with a lot of corrosion with a 35 year old trailer.
What I like most about the trailer is that it has all the amenities you could want in a small trailer. AC, heat, hot and cold running water (even on batteries) good lighting, TV/DVD, stove, microwave/convection oven, stainless steal sinks and a full size bath.....all in 17'!
My biggest complaints are the low ground clearance and the choice of foam for the sofa/bed. There isn't much I can do about the gound clearance but I'm looking at what I can do about the bed.
OK, that's about it.
Am I satisfied with the overall quality of the camper; yes.
Am I satisfied with Airsteam dealer service, no. The nearest dealer is 360 miles away. There is a Thor dealer 10 minutes from my house. Airstream will not allow them to do any dealer service on my trailer.
Am I satisfied with the trailer design; yes
Could Airstream improve this trailer without moving the price point? Yes
Small changes to the wheels and tires would improve ground clearance. Adding end caps to the corners and edges of the laminate would made the interior more durable. Better sofa/bed design would make sleeping more comfortable. Isolating fans and pumps would help keep noise down. I believe all this could be done without raising the cost of the trailer.
Could Airstream improve this trailer and sell it for a higher price?
I don't think so. This little trailer lists for $34,000. Yes, it is cute but it is still only 17' long. Better venting in the galley, higher quality laminate, better TV, radio and toilet. Improved sofa/bed. Improved storage. All these would add up fast. It would add some $3000 to $8000 to an already expensive 17' trailer.
Now for the big one! Would I still buy a 2008 trailer instead of a vintage trailer? Considering the price I paid and how much work I know a vintage trialer is; YES, YES, YES!
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:51 AM   #196
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Mine now has over 2200mi on her with over 10 nights slept in with no real issues to report.
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