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Old 10-04-2003, 07:35 AM   #1
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Talking Help track the quality of the '04s!

Ok, I've been slowly collecting data from the forum and PMs, but thought that it might be more efficent if I were to place this on as a thread.

Here's the scoop, we all know that there have been some quality issues with the '03 model year and perhaps some of the early '04s as well. There have been forum posts both here and on the Airstreamer forum (starting about 3 months ago) that have clearly indicated that Airstream is working hard on the fit, finish and overall quality control issues.

To help folks on the forum who are considering buying an '04, I propose that the folks that have purchased any '04 model year unit share some, if any, of their QC, fit and finish issues (or other issues) with the forum.

*** VERY IMPORTANT ***

You need to post the month and year of manufac of your coach. This will help identify possible problem months and help track any improvements that have been made. The build month and year can be found on each unit (ususally on the front streetside) on a metal square that contains VIN#, GVWR, etc. All we need is the build month/year and any good or not so good that you have come across.

I know that I will be posting as many details as I can good or bad after I pickup my '04 in December. Until then anyone that can, please post this info to help the rest of the folks thinking about buying an '04 and also to help the folks that may or may not have issues with '04 identify any trends.


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Old 10-04-2003, 12:03 PM   #2
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I understand our 16 is going on the line this week, and I should see it end of month. The folks at AS seems very serious about their product, and my dealer seems very helpful. They say they like to have the TT for 3-5 days for prep and check out. This sounds good. We have very few AS in Alaska (at least that I ever see), and I expect many inquiries from folks, so this CCD may be some great advertising for AS. Maybe a dealership for us inthe future?
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Old 10-05-2003, 12:23 PM   #3
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Hey Frozen,
We are looking at a 19 CCD, but are having a time figuring out just what options are available on the CCD's. Our only dealer in the state of VA had us call A/S directly and the sheet that we got is confusing.
What options did you choose or what did you have to pick from?
Is the safari upgrade available on the CCD trailers?
We like several fetures on the safari upgrade, but really like the looks of the CCD line.
Any help that you could offer would be great!

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we sometimes refer to ourselves as the frozen chosen also
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Nope, Methodist sinner. I'm in the same boat as far as information. I believe the Safari and CCD are 2 separate styles, the 19' being avail in both. Maybe other lengths too. Our options were few; color scheme, power jack, spare tire, window protection, side panel wraps, and AC. And,,Whoa, allright Broncons!!!(gotta stop watching TV as I do this...) we did not take AC or pwr jack. We went with the blue color, but I am still not sure what this is. The dealer had no samples/photos, and said that info was in the brochure. The brochure came (after 2 months wait) and had no such information. I finally got an E mail from AS with a few photos of the 3 color schemes, but too late to change the order. Oh well. The TT is on the line this week, so I may send a few cases of beer down there as a tip to the guys.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:27 PM   #5
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Here is what I know so far:

Jodynjeep has an '04 25' Six Sleeper and it has next to zero defects...built 8/03.

Bill Price bought a 34' slide out and says the quality control seems to have been working overtime..not sure on date of build

Kimili has had some issues with her 25' CCD six sleeper, and has a build date of 8/03.

More to come.....


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Our 2004 34 Limited with slide was built in September 2003. This being our third Airstream gives me some idea of what to look for. We find the fit and finish to be the best yet. The only problem we have encountered is with the fridge. It went out after one day. I do not see this to be a problem with Airstream but with Dometic. They agreed to replace the entire unit immediately. That is a fair response. Our overall impression of the trailer is a more modern approach to interior colors. Of course this is personal preference. The exterior fit and finish looks perfect. This unit will be featured on a Homes and Garden Tv show upcomming. I do not have a viewing date at this time.
I also find the dealer network to be working closely with Airstream. My dealer, Billy Sims of Lubbock, Texas takes care of business. His Svc Dept. is absolutely the finest I have ever used. Brady and Arley in the Svc Dept KNOW what they are doing. They are not the typical parts changers expermental svc dept.. These men know Airstream products and produce positive results. Keith Austin in the sales Dept has been a pleasure to work with. Every question was answered and when necessary a call to Airstream was placed to firm up any concerns.

To sum up our purchase and delivery of the trailer has been great! It is nice to see a company and a dealership deliver a quality product with pride.
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Old 10-07-2003, 07:16 AM   #7
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Thanks Bill for the great info! Much appreciated.

Enjoy the beauty!

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Old 10-07-2003, 11:37 AM   #8
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A POOR AS JOB!

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To sum up our purchase and delivery of the trailer has been great! It is nice to see a company and a dealership deliver a quality product with pride.
We weren't as lucky. Ours came with a few problems, see list below. Our dealer tried repairing a few but has yet to solve them all!

We have no complaints for the exterior, everything looks and feels perfect. The problems are inside, most are just plain bad workmanship by AS.

We had to repair most of them ourselves, even some the dealer had tried to do but did not succed with.

1. “Magazine Racks” – missing.
Have been added by dealer.

2. “Status Monitor” – Black reads full after a couple of flushes.
Dealer substituted sensor but still gives the same problem.

3. “Fantastic Fan” (over bed) – After its been on for a while it keeps on closing and opening nonstop, regardless of rain.
Dealer changed a few parts but it still does not work. It now closes when it starts raining and shuts off for good. You have to restart it manually!

4. “Hot Water Heater Assembly” - It is loose and therefore does not always work.
Dealer reinstalled this succesfully.

5. “Cabinet Latches” (under: bed & sofa) –
They open during travel.
Dealer substituted with stronger ones, like the black ones installed on all the other cabinet doors, OK now.

6. “Seam” (on right of bth’s door frame) –
There’s an open gap.
Dealer filled succesfully and neatly.

7. “Caulking” (bathroom windows) – Top one: water leaks in with heavy rainfall & bottom one: visibly a terrible job.
Dealer said he could not re do these.??? So he sealed them from outside, not a pretty job, but at least now the top one does not leak anymore.
We'll have to take care of that.

8. “Light Fixture” - Sometimes it turns on and sometimes it does not.
Dealer rewired succesfully. Though the one next to it is doing the same thing now.

9. “Hole” (in bottom left corner of the Shower stall) – Lots of water leaks into the WC area every time you run the shower.
Dealer put silicone but it's still leaking, not as much as before but enough to create a puddle.
We'll have to re do that aswell.

10. “Window latch” (right one on wrap around window) – It does not close.
Dealer replaced succesfully.

11. “Dinette” – needs to be re mounted completely!!
Bench next to the sofa: it’s NOT square with the wall making it very uncomfortable.
Bench next to refrigerator: it’s not leveled, the side next to the window is 1.5” higher than the other side! This because a 1.5” wood piece has been mounted under it!
Table: mounted too high for its leg. Objects slide down to the floor.
The dealer tried repairing this but it was a total mess. AS used power tools to mount this dinette and obviously didn't know how to use them. They squared one bench but only 16" while the other one is 21.5". ???
We had to redo it ourselves. Now they're both 21.5" from the table! We also added an extendable foot to the table.
Dealer ordered new bench next to fridge. Still waiting for part. We'll mount it!

12. Nails (bottom panel next to bth sink) - loads of nails sticking out and panel come off.
The nails are all bent and don't hold the panel in palce, besides making it look like a swiss cheese (full of holes).
Dealer trying to order replacement panel.
We took care of the dangerous nails immediately.

Defintly shows AS rushed it off the line - manufactured in August 2003. Guess they wanted it done quickly so it could sell before season was over. Some of the problems are so blunt obvious you can't believe someone did not notice them.
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Old 10-07-2003, 12:02 PM   #9
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Kimili,
If this helps any, your trailer is not the only one with these sorts of problems.
I go by the dealer often to check out the new models, and it is beyond me how some of the defects could EVER leave ANY assembly line, much less slip through ANY quality control procedure.
Just yesterday i went to look at the 2004 models, saw the new Bambi Safari, all the new Safaris, the 16' CCD. 22 International Safari etc.
Overall, the quality and fit/finish of the inside installations was still very very poor. It did seem like some of the trailers had just been delivered, and were not dealer prepped yet.
Still they were the only trailers on the whole property even worth looking at.
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Thanks UWE, we realize that but still it does not make us feel better, actually worse! Seems AS isn't what we thought it was.

We don't want to start a discussion but when you spend the amount of $$ we all did for a new AS (at least 3 times more than a SOB) and pay the Dealer $495 for dealer's prep, these problems should not exist!!

We're very dissapointed with AS QA.
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Ditto.
But I still am drawn to them, somehow. Maybe they need to charge MORE to do the job they are expected to do.
And, even with the flaws as they are, it's still a better trailer than most or all of the other brands. ( in my opinion)
I am sure that once the bugs in your new trailer are ironed out, you will soon forget the hurdles in the beginning for all the good times ahead of you!
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Old 10-07-2003, 12:43 PM   #12
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Kimili, first thanks a bunch for contributing to the '04 QC list.

I knew from past PMs and posts that you had some issues, but I never knew that some were that bad.

My first suggestion at this point would be to contact Airstream directly. Given the fact that you had issues before this unit (not QC related), and now with this unit, I really believe that you need to contact Airstream.

The answer might simply be to bring the unit to Jackson Center and leave it there over the winter and have them deal with it. I just got a flyer in the mail from Airstream stating just that....bring your unit to us for service and pick it up in the spring......some of the issues you have I would think should be fixed at the factory. I know you are not that close, but you are closer than folks out in the west coast. It's no short stint for me either at 5 hours one way.... Airstream has been known to also pickup trailers and re-deliver them if the case warrants it. Not sure if yours does or not, but I would contact them.

UWE, if you could of the '04s you've seen, it would be VERY helpful if you could share the date of manufacture that is stamped on each unit. The reason for this is that I'm trying to compile a list of build months/year(year since some will be built in 04 and 03) and models to see where the problems still show up and also to see how the improvements are going.

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I will be by there next week again. i am taking a friend who wnats to possibly buy a new trailer. i will try and remember to write down the mfg date for you.
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Old 10-07-2003, 12:57 PM   #14
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Thanks.

Well gladly take the good as well as the not so good regarding fit and finish.

Having that info with model and month and year of production will be a great help!

Thanks again!

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