Originally Posted by edfos2
I'm new to this site and Airstream. I've had several questions answered here and the site is a great resource. I'm looking forward to exploring the travel info sections etc. as soon as I fix a few things on my AS. It seems that when I ask AS directly about how to do or fix something, I get answers that are contradictory to the answers I get on the forum. The forum answers usually appear to me more accurate. I'd like to hear from others about their thoughts on this. I already messed up the skin on my AS by jacking in the wrong place based upon AS's recommendation. At some point, we have to make our own best call but I'm still in the "confused" state. Appreciate your thoughts.
Hi edfos2; While at this point you may not be ready to appreciate my comment, but I am going to point out that everyone makes mistakes everyday. Some small, some big. Some are done on purpose by
disgruntle employees. Some even think that is funny. Back in early 80's, when OMC was relocating their plant because of difficulties with the workers Union, we used to get six cylinder engines with five pistons in it. In place of a piston was an empty beer can with FU written on it's end. Most of us would not allow our selfs to stoop down that low, to some it is fun. It is possible that a mistake was made in placing the sticker. The same person may have been responsible for placing stickers on different models and made a mistake as to the location of it. Nonetheless, it is good to think twice before we just jump into doing something without consideration for the outcome from our actions. First and the best thing you can do, is to familiarize yourself with your rig, as much as you can. Think twice, it only cost you few moments.
Decision made in haste can cost you a lot, as you have learned. If you would have followed the belly pan rivet line, you could have avoided your misfortune by realizing where the frame is.
As to accepting any advise, you should only accept it if it makes sense to you, after thinking twice. As for the advise from the Airstream Forums, you should understand that that knowledge is based on experience of our members who made mistakes and learned from them. That is the best part of it.
Your responsibility is to sort it out and apply it properly. The contributions of our members to the Forums is a great source of information, providing that you understand it. If you not sure, the second best thing about the Forums is that you can post a question, and those who are truly concerned about fellow air streamers will gladly help you sort it out. Most likely you will get different opinions, which you are not obligated to follow. They are suggestions not your manual. From here you have a choice, DIY or see the dealer. Because you may have to do repairs on the road it would be good if you learn how to help yourself. Thanks, "Boatdoc"