So, ours was new in April 06. I noticed it could only carry 90 lbs of our stuff. But, I thought, what the heck, it's an Airstream, it'll be fine. When we weighed it, it was only "overweight" by 160 lbs or so, so we went with it.
1. Sept, 06, for 6 weeks-Denver to the northwest, to southern Arizona, back to Denver.
2. Sept. 07, for 7 months-Denver to northern Minnesota, to South Carolina, to Florida, to western Texas, then to Denver.
3. Mid October 08, 7 and one half months-Denver to Yuma, then north to western Montana, back to Denver.
One badly damaged tire (I must have hit something, I didn't see it) in all that.
Serious hail damage July 09. Timeless Travel Trailers has it now for a full rebuild including a higher capacity axle and some other stuff. Why not, it's only money. I'll be able to sleep easier now. But, Airstream says this model going to Canada had a heavier axle under it. I say why not here in the US. That galls me.
Having said that, I will not let that kind of treatment sour me on Airstreams, they are the finest travel trailer I've ever seen, but they shouldn't have done it that way in the first place. Rant over.
Bottom lines in my opinion. Nothing is perfect-do your research carefully (watch this forum like a hawk-use the search button)-check everything before you buy, and remember, life is full of compromises.
Good luck on your search, and above all, enjoy.