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Old 03-19-2005, 07:05 PM   #29
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Does the radius, other than the actual impact point feel like it is a little lower than the surrounding area?
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I can't really tell that it feels any lower. Maybe just a tiny bit. Miriam just reminded me that the day the trailer was delivered, it was raining cats and dogs here in WPB. No hail though. I'm not sure what kind of weather it had on the rest of it's journey down here.

We've got such mixed feelings ... absolutely love the size, layout, simplicity, aerodynamics, and feeling of history that comes with this trailer ... absolutely disgusted with the sloppiness of construction. Since we took the pictures, more and more stuff keeps popping up. We have mica edges not glued down properly, mica corners have rough edges that were never filed smooth, removable sofa armrest on the right side does not fit into the frame and rests angled above.

Hope Airstream can find a way to make us feel better about our purchase.
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Old 03-19-2005, 07:41 PM   #30
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I feel your pain!!

As I have oft posted here, my new Airstream purchased early last summer had many problems with it too, and should never have left the factory in its poor condition -- similar to what yours appears to be.

The one thing that irritated me more than anything else was that Airstream (specifically, Dave Schumann) refused to incur the cost to return my trailer to the factory for the repairs - repairs that aren't handled by a dealer. He insisted that I return the trailer to Jackson Center at my own expense - a 1000 mile round trip for me.

I assume that you'd want the factory to replace your damaged front end. If so, I'd like to know whether Airstream will pay the cost to transport your trailer to and from Jackson Center. (Not considering the extra wear and tear of 2000+ miles round trip for your trailer to and from JC.)

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Old 03-20-2005, 08:27 AM   #31
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I had problems with my Bambi, but it not was a result of using recycled parts! It appears your Bambi was manufactured with salvaged/scrap parts. Geez, how disappointing.

Here is a pic. of my sofa. Not sure I know how to insert the pic into the message...
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Old 03-20-2005, 09:55 AM   #32
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I doubt this left the factory that way intentionally as some have suggested. I mean, seriously, I've been there and though clearly some things do get missed from time to time (remember we are all human), this could have happened at any point in the delivery process. Not trying to defend Jackson Center at all, but to claim it left the factory this way without ANY proof of this is reckless and irresponsible.

As had been suggested, the options will most likely be replacement of the outer skin via the established methods, live with it or trade it. It would be great if I thought exchange would be possible, and maybe it might happen. Having been on this forum for over two years though and reading very closely to all the QC threads I've started and hundreds have contributed, I'll tell you that the replacement of coach option is low, but not unheard of.....

Keep us in the loop, and you might even post some of your issues here to keep the QC issues for 2005 units in one place:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...t=2005+quality
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Old 03-20-2005, 10:30 AM   #33
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The only thing thats going to correct that unsightly spot is panel replacement. I know it must be very exciting picking up a new Airstream but I'm surprised you didn't see that before you left the dealer. It jumps out at you in the photos. As for the window trim they must be using 20 0z. framing hammers to install them.You can beat anything into submission with a good hammer. I'm sure Airstream will go out of their way to correct these problems. It could have happened in transport but it does seem logical that if it were dented it would have had to be pushed out before the inside skin were installed??????
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I know it must be very exciting picking up a new Airstream but I'm surprised you didn't see that before you left the dealer. It jumps out at you in the photos.
I know ... I keep beating myself up on this exact point. The only thing I can think of is the angles and the proximity. I can show you photos from the other side (street side) of the trailer where the damage is virtually un-noticeable. Also, if you are close to the trailer and looking up, it is hard to see. It's when you step back from the curb side of the trailer that it jumps out at you.

Also, again my fault, during the entire walkthrough, we never opened the front curtains. If I had seen the front window trim, I might have not accepted the trailer, even though this will be one of the easier things to repair.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:54 AM   #35
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Here is a pic. of my sofa. Not sure I know how to insert the pic into the message...
luckydc ... sure would like to see that picture. Looks like it didn't make it to the post and I can't find it in you member photos. Can you try again?

Thanks.
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luckydc ... sure would like to see that picture. Looks like it didn't make it to the post and I can't find it in you member photos. Can you try again?

Thanks.
You know, come to think of it our front window inside trim was a bit off too, but the dealer fixed it up real nice, so the issue was only brief.

My biggest window issue with the non Classic, non CCD windows so far has been that most of our windows don't seat properly. I can tell this because when I we camped in the woods, I could hear the birds clear as if the window was open. So much so, that I thought the window was open. So, I turned on the radio in the Safari with all the windows closed and found that more than half the windows didn't get a good seal around the opening part of the window......... oh yea, and that is also on the list for April.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:17 AM   #37
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Eric.

A few of the windows on our CCD fit kinda loose when latched, and I was mostly concerned about a leak during a horizontal type rain-storm.

I tightened up the latch levers a bit by first loosening the first nut (one that seems to hold the second in place) and then I adjusted the second nut a bit, check for window tightness, and then re-tightened the "locking" nut. When you see this, it will be obvious.

There were also some windows that required the help of Godzilla to latch, so I did the oposite of the above for a better closure.

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Old 03-21-2005, 11:26 AM   #38
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Eric.

I tightened up the latch levers a bit by first loosening the first nut (one that seems to hold the second in place) and then I adjusted the second nut a bit, check for window tightness, and then re-tightened the "locking" nut. When you see this, it will be obvious.
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Unfortunately Jonathan the Safari windows in Eric's trailer aren't like yours or mine in my Classic. They are purely crank knob driven. No ability to make the adjustment you speak of.

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I wish I had the crank type windows sometimes. Leaning over the dinette with arms apart, and lifting two window levers up to open the front window is a back ache waiting in the wings.....

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I wish I had the crank type windows sometimes. Leaning over the dinette with arms apart, and lifting two window levers up to open the front window is a back ache waiting in the wings.....

Jonathan
Sounds like a good trade to me....I'll yank out my windows that are similar in size to your CCDs, we'll swap and will call my unit and your unit the bastardized special edition Safari.
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I wish I had the crank type windows sometimes. Leaning over the dinette with arms apart, and lifting two window levers up to open the front window is a back ache waiting in the wings.....

Jonathan
There definately is a technique in getting these things open. What makes it difficult in mine is the curtains which sit right over or close to the levers. Then add to that the fact that the glass sometimes sticks to the gaskets, it becomes a real project. I learned quickly to do the lube to the gaskets, and have clean hands so that I don't smudge the curtains.

I'll take these windows over the Safari's though in a heartbeat.

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