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Old 05-14-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
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Pre-check for New Airstream Interstate

Hello everyone.

First, thanks for a super nice forum. It was actually part of the reason I decided to buy an Airstream! Calm forum with lots of good information/posters .

We have put a deposit on a new Airstream Interstate that will be arriving mid next week. I will be inspecting it prior to finalizing the purchase. It will have about 1,000 miles on it due to it being driven from another location to here.

I have told the salesman I will be going over everything to be fixed prior to purchase. I have owned boats and cars and have done a lot of such inspections. I am also an electrical engineer.

My question is, for those of you who have bought these, what were the items you checked for or wish you had checked for prior to purchase?

Like to take advantage of the leverage I have now to get things fixed.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:55 PM   #2
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If you've read our dozens of battery and solar threads, you already know that we could use a sparky around here. Welcome aboard.

Here is the unofficial airforums checklist (motor home bits at the end):
http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...8&d=1215128295

Some folks have had leaky window issues upon delivery and rust around some of the body cuts. Assembly is done on a tight timetable so check every switch and device. It's not unheard of to have something installed without being fully connected.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:48 PM   #3
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Check every power outlet, 120VAC and 12VDC, to make sure it is wired correctly. A friend of mine on his first trip in a Roadtrek Sprinter B-van,similar to an Interstate, discovered a 12VDC outlet wired backwards after smoking two phone chargers.

The only issue I had with my Interstate was a loose connector on the Battery Isolation relay. It manifested itself as intermittent operation of the tank monitor panel. A telephone call with one of the techs at Colonial Airstream lead me to the right spot for a quick DIY fix.

As an engineer and former boat owner you should be well suited to deal with any of the Interstate's idiosyncrasies.

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Old 05-14-2016, 03:56 PM   #4
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Spend a night in it at the dealer and go thru everything before leaving with it.


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Old 05-14-2016, 04:41 PM   #5
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Check every power outlet, 120VAC and 12VDC, to make sure it is wired correctly. A friend of mine on his first trip in a Roadtrek Sprinter B-van,similar to an Interstate, discovered a 12VDC outlet wired backwards after smoking two phone chargers.
Ouch! Thanks for that. I would have never thought to be this thorough on checking the systems!

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The only issue I had with my Interstate was a loose connector on the Battery Isolation relay. It manifested itself as intermittent operation of the tank monitor panel. A telephone call with one of the techs at Colonial Airstream lead me to the right spot for a quick DIY fix.
Oh boy. I think my inspection went from a few minutes to a few hours .

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As an engineer and former boat owner you should be well suited to deal with any of the Interstate's idiosyncrasies.

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Thanks Mike. Boating sure prepares one for nasties. Nothing like getting stranded on the water without steering because of a single screw fell out of the rudder control!
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Spend a night in it at the dealer and go thru everything before leaving with it.

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This is a great suggestion. Do they let you do that???
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Old 05-14-2016, 04:44 PM   #7
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If you've read our dozens of battery and solar threads, you already know that we could use a sparky around here. Welcome aboard.

Here is the unofficial airforums checklist (motor home bits at the end):
http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...8&d=1215128295

Some folks have had leaky window issues upon delivery and rust around some of the body cuts. Assembly is done on a tight timetable so check every switch and device. It's not unheard of to have something installed without being fully connected.
Thanks for the checklist. The first thing that went wrong with our first boat purchase was leaky window! It took weeks to get it resolved and at the end had to send the boat to the manufacturer to fix it. So hope we don't have to deal with that.
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This is a great suggestion. Do they let you do that???
I've never heard of a dealer refusing, tho we have heard of folks getting theirs home and finding the battery is dead or some other such serious issue.

We didn't do it, but we knew nothing at the time.

We had a pipe to the toilet that was leaking and returned three times to the dealer....now extinct...to get it fixed.

The third time was because the pipe had exploded on a weekend trip, spewing water everywhere.

Yes, spend the night in it, get some water in the tank, flush the toilet, run the faucet, try everything out to be sure it is working properly.

Then....leave with it, and have a blast.


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My wife and I spent two days (and nights) in the dealers prep lot when we bought ours in March. Of course I showed up with DVM's, current probes, and wall socket testers (yep, I'm an EE too). I had a pretty good idea how things should work and we found no problems. On the trip home from Orlando, we had two minor mechanical problems. First, one of the tank heaters started flapping loose and was corrected with Gorilla tape in a Home Depot parking lot. The second was a big surprise when the sink faucet blew right off the sink and sprayed me down with water. I just screwed it back on with my fingers and it's been fine since. If your van is anything like ours, you will love it.
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This is a great suggestion. Do they let you do that???
Yes they do. Ask. I'm spending the night at Colonial RV and I'm bringing my toolbox with me...
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Ok, ok, now hear this: The Interstate is a lousy RV. And to prove it, I'll gladly submit my name (see below) so that you can sign the ownership papers to me.

My name: Lynn Eubank

PS: Please arrange the paperwork so that I can transfer it to New Mexico immediately.

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Old 05-14-2016, 07:25 PM   #12
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Ok, ok, now hear this: The Interstate is a lousy RV. And to prove it, I'll gladly submit my name (see below) so that you can sign the ownership papers to me.

My name: Lynn Eubank

PS: Please arrange the paperwork so that I can transfer it to New Mexico immediately.

Whoa. You had me worried at first. Take it easy on the new guy until he gets the lay of the land.

So, speaking of sleeping there, do these things come with the linens for the beds or do I need to bring my own?
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Bring a pillow and a light sleeping bag...no linens provided.


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So, speaking of sleeping there, do these things come with the linens for the beds or do I need to bring my own?
If I were you I'd plan on bringing your own stuff. You never know where that stuff has been.

This is what my truck looks like headed to Colonial...
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