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Old 09-15-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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Failure of a Heartland TT. (Thor Industries)

This story was in today's issue of RV Travel and raises a lot of questions. One has to wonder if it was build quality or abuse/overloading. At any rate it seems that the manufacturer is not interested in helping.

https://4radicalroadschoolersandafat...t-us-homeless/
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:50 PM   #2
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You a started a thread yesterday on Bigfoot and Casita trailers, and now this one today.

You donít own an Airstream, nor seem intent on getting one, so I am curious as to why you are here and the what and why of your posting.


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I seem to recall that Brian had an Airstream last summer on a trip to NM to visit an old church with which an ancestor had been involved. See the OTRA I music thread circa July 2017. [Edit — Post #286] Perhaps he is in the market for a new trailer, like Gene who recently sold his AS and still posts?

Seems appropriate for this Off Topic thread IMO.



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You a started a thread yesterday on Bigfoot and Casita trailers, and now this one today.

You don’t own an Airstream, nor seem intent on getting one, so I am curious as to why you are here and the what and why of your posting.


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I am nearing retirement and am looking at every option for a travel trailer. I am the kind who does extensive research. We have a garage that is 26 feet deep and 10 feet tall so that limits our options if we want to keep it at home, and we do. A 25 foot AS will fit, and it is the first TT we considered because of that, but in my research I am finding others that will fit as well, many of them new on the marketplace. When I first joined this forum we were pretty sure we would get and AS but as we look around and see other options we are going to consider them as well. We can't purchase for about a year due to space limitations (work vehicles will need to go first).

This forum is the best one I have found for Rving and I have learned a ton about RV life, tow vehicles, tires, air conditioners, campgrounds and much more. Most of the RV forums out there have very little participation but not here, this place is always jumping and it has become my favorite hangout.

For now Airstream is still on the table but I hope if we choose another brand we will still be welcome here. I know there are some others on the forum who do not own an AS or kin, there are many topic here that apply to all Rvers.

Several weeks ago I had considered starting a thread about being a non AS forum member but I procrastinated on it, maybe because I wasn't sure how it would be received.
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I am nearing retirement and am looking at every option for a travel trailer. I am the kind who does extensive research. We have a garage that is 26 feet deep and 10 feet tall so that limits our options if we want to keep it at home, and we do. A 25 foot AS will fit, and it is the first TT we considered because of that, but in my research I am finding others that will fit as well, many of them new on the marketplace. When I first joined this forum we were pretty sure we would get and AS but as we look around and see other options we are going to consider them as well.

This forum is the best one I have found for Rving and I have learned a ton about RV life, tow vehicles, tires, air conditioners, campgrounds and much more. Most of the RV forums out there have very little participation but not here, this place is always jumping and it has become my favorite hangout.

For now Airstream is still on the table but I hope if we choose another brand we will still be welcome here. I know there are some others on the forum who do not own an AS or kin, there are many topic here that apply to all Rvers.

Several weeks ago I had considered starting a thread about being a non AS forum member but I procrastinated on it, maybe because I wasn't sure how it would be received.
Wise is the Buyer who does their research. BTW we no longer own an Airstream either.

The link you shared was also posted on 9/13.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...se-187023.html
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I am nearing retirement and am looking at every option for a travel trailer. I am the kind who does extensive research. We have a garage that is 26 feet deep and 10 feet tall so that limits our options if we want to keep it at home, and we do. A 25 foot AS will fit, and it is the first TT we considered because of that, but in my research I am finding others that will fit as well, many of them new on the marketplace. When I first joined this forum we were pretty sure we would get and AS but as we look around and see other options we are going to consider them as well. We can't purchase for about a year due to space limitations (work vehicles will need to go first).

This forum is the best one I have found for Rving and I have learned a ton about RV life, tow vehicles, tires, air conditioners, campgrounds and much more. Most of the RV forums out there have very little participation but not here, this place is always jumping and it has become my favorite hangout.

For now Airstream is still on the table but I hope if we choose another brand we will still be welcome here. I know there are some others on the forum who do not own an AS or kin, there are many topic here that apply to all Rvers.

Several weeks ago I had considered starting a thread about being a non AS forum member but I procrastinated on it, maybe because I wasn't sure how it would be received.
It’s not required that one own, nor plan to own, an Airstream to be a member and/or post here, and non owners are certainly welcome.

Your thread on Bigfoot and Casita trailers particularly caught my eye, tho.

I was just curious.

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I seem to recall that Brian had an Airstream last summer on a trip to NM to visit an old church with which an ancestor had been involved. See the OTRA I music thread circa July 2017. [Edit ó Post #286] Perhaps he is in the market for a new trailer, like Gene who recently sold his AS and still posts?

Seems appropriate for this Off Topic thread IMO.



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That was a rental trailer which we did just to see how we would like it, and we did.
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Thanks for the clarification, Brian.

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Wise is the Buyer who does their research. BTW we no longer own an Airstream either.

The link you shared was also posted on 9/13.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...se-187023.html
oops I missed that...maybe this whole thread should go away
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I posted this 2 days ago
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Kevin linked your thread in Post #5 here.

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Heartland Failure

I viewed the whole thread about the Heaartland frame failure. Looks like a classic case of overweight and rough roads. They stated they had never Cat Scaled there rig. Trailer was 3 1/2 years old and living in it full time with 4 people. They had a crack repaired previously. (Trailer talking to them saying OVERWEIGHT).


Take a look at Lance Travel Trailers. We were impressed with them before going ahead with Airstream purchase. Model 1985 was the one we liked. Very nice floorplan for a 24' trailer. will set you back about $40k depending on options you pick. Very nicely built. Get the Lift option if you buy one. Gives you additional 2+" of clearance. Happy Hunting.
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I think there is much, much more to this story than is being disclosed.
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