A quality problem - 2003 Classic
The slideout pantry in my Classic has always been balky, but it was impossible to see what was binding. Last week, when I arrived at Inks Lake, I pulled the pantry and it didn't want to move. I thought maybe something had fallen off a shelf and was jamming it. A stronger pull and all hell broke loose. Ball bearings and slide parts flew all over the floor.
Today, I had time to take the pantry out. What I found was that the assemblers had driven a screw through from the wardrobe into the wood where the fixed part of the slide is attached. Unfortunately, they had used a 1 5/8" screw which went clear through the wood and bent the slide outward about 1/2" where the screw hit the metal. The slide had been bent in a sort of S-shape. There was also a long screw projecting from the sink side, but it had missed the slide and put a scratch in the wood.
This pulled out one of the screws that attached the slide to the wood. The pulled out screw had finally jammed the slide.
I already replaced the long screw with one of a more suitable length. I guess I might just go to HD or Lowes and look for some new slides; that will be cheaper and easier than towing to the dealer again and killing a half-day. I will send a gripe to Airstream; there is no reason for such sloppy work..
John W. Irwin
2005 Classic 28 "Sabre-Dog III"
2013 Silverado 2500HD Duramax/Allison LTZ
WBCCI #9632, TAC TX-10