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Old 07-28-2019, 05:57 AM   #1
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2018 22FB Sport Loose Axle

I purchased a used 2018 22FB Sport from Airstream Tampa in April. I imported into Canada which required both federal and provincial inspections. The provincial inspection was a complete mechanical verification that found the axle loose. The inspection shop did provincial inspections from motorcycles to heavy trucks and where able to lift the trailer and retighten the axle.

I contacted Airstream Tampa that had no answer and suggested I contact Airstream directly (great service...). I did contact airstream and they got back to me and confirmed they had never seen this before and questioned how the previous owner's use of the 22FB. The unit was used less than a year and shows no miss use.

I am now questioning if the axle is defective as I have had my share of cabinet doors coming off though I have to admit I have gone through some rough Quebec roads.

I have an appointment with the local airstream dealer for the recall and will ask him to check the axle at the same time this fall.

Has someone seen this issue or have clues?
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:14 PM   #2
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I would contact Airstream by phone, customer service and get a ticket number to prove you bought it from a dealer and are now reporting a problem. It is possible (as anything is possible) the axle is loose on the frame. But someone is responsible for it IF IT IS ACTUALLY LOOSE.

All caps because I think the 'so called' mechanical inspection may have been a little zealous and may have in fact not have reported factual defects. Your provi inspection seems a little 'over the top'. Did they check the cabinet door handles, toilet flush valve, and the shiny aluminum finish as well?
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:47 PM   #3
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Although I am not sure about your trailer, most Airstreams use Dexter Torflex axles which are mounted using two large bolts on each end of the axle. If those bolts are slightly loose, the Airstream frame would still sit securely on top of the axle mount. Unless your axle was free to bounce around, it is probably not damaged.

Although Airstream reports not seeing this before, the Dexter website says about the "light duty" (up to 8000 pounds) Torflex axles, "Except for periodic inspection of the fasteners used to attach the TORFLEX axle to the vehicle frame, no other suspension maintenance is required on TORFLEX axles." That suggest to me that Dexter realizes that the fasteners (bolts, nuts, and washers) can work loose during use.

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Old 08-06-2019, 05:43 AM   #4
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Just attaching as a point of interest broken belleville washer.

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If you have stuff moving around inside, perhaps your tire pressure is too high?
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I purchased a used 2018 22FB Sport from Airstream Tampa in April. I imported into Canada which required both federal and provincial inspections. The provincial inspection was a complete mechanical verification that found the axle loose. The inspection shop did provincial inspections from motorcycles to heavy trucks and where able to lift the trailer and retighten the axle.



I contacted Airstream Tampa that had no answer and suggested I contact Airstream directly (great service...). I did contact airstream and they got back to me and confirmed they had never seen this before and questioned how the previous owner's use of the 22FB. The unit was used less than a year and shows no miss use.



I am now questioning if the axle is defective as I have had my share of cabinet doors coming off though I have to admit I have gone through some rough Quebec roads.



I have an appointment with the local airstream dealer for the recall and will ask him to check the axle at the same time this fall.



Has someone seen this issue or have clues?


I also bought a used 2018 22FB and during dealer inspection, they found cause to replace the entire axle under warranty. I didnít get the details, but it seemed they knew what they were looking for. Iíd be curious what the dealer says once they look at it.

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Good point, I do check tire pressure and i'm around recommended 80 lbs
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Rich, I would appreciate if you could tell me the name of the dealer you bought your 22FB from. I already mentioned to the local airstream dealer to take a look, but they did not seem to be too sure how they could inspect it being enclosed. Maybe they can contact your dealer for more information.
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You initially reported that the inspection shop found that the axle was loose and was able to "retighten" it for you. Now you say that the local Airstream dealer says that "it" is enclosed. I am not sure what you are asking the dealer to do for you.

The axle itself is external to the other parts of the trailer. The only enclosed part is the internal construction of the axle and, assuming that it is a Dexter Duraflex axle, that internal part is simply compressed rubber and steel. Inspection of the internal parts would destroy the axle.

Your trailer has a single axle and is known for being light. I suggest that a tire pressure of 80 psi is unnecessarily high. The harsh ride resulting from that tire pressure could easily be the reason for your cabinet doors shaking loose.

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Rich, I would appreciate if you could tell me the name of the dealer you bought your 22FB from. I already mentioned to the local airstream dealer to take a look, but they did not seem to be too sure how they could inspect it being enclosed. Maybe they can contact your dealer for more information.


Airstream Orange County in Southern California. I looked through my paperwork and there wasnít any detail on why they replaced the axle.
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