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Old 06-26-2016, 11:09 AM   #15
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Buy an older one. I think 1990 was a good year.

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Old 06-26-2016, 11:17 AM   #16
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It is what it is. If you are not happy with your Airstream, post your complaints in the classifieds, sell it, and move on. There are a lot of choices out there.

The rest of us deal with it, replace what we don't like and go traveling.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:24 AM   #17
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Before we go down the xenophobic path of bashing everything Chinese we need to accept the fact that we, as consumers, are constantly demanding lower costs for everything we buy. Why else do we have Wallmarts popping up like mushrooms. China just happens to be the current low cost supplier for a great many items. I am old enough to remember when "Made in Japan" was a sign of the lowest quality products.

As long as business owners (CEO, Board of Directors) and stock holders (us) keep demanding ever higher short term return on investment (profit) the siren call of low cost supplier is impossible to ignore.

If you want better quality they you have to back that demand up when it comes time to open your wallet.
I for one have chosen to stop frequenting Walmart far a variety of reasons. Does the Walton family know or care? I doubt it. But just as it is often said that if you don't vote, you really do not have a right to complain about your elected officials. I am voting with my wallet.
When it comes to quality, I use warranty coverage and length as a relatively reliable predictor. B to B coverage for a good number of years was a major consideration for the last three new car purchase. If all I can get is a short warranty then I expect a very low purchase price so I can afford to buy a replacement.
Especially that dump of a Walmart between Kent and Ravenna. You deserve better up there.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:42 AM   #18
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Seems to me that China doesn't have the exclusive right on making things that are all rubbish!

No doubt they make some, but probably as with any country, they produce both high and low quality merchandise and everything in between!

I have Chinese (Non-Sendel) 16" wheel on our trailer. They looked fine when i bought them through a local tire shop, and after several cross-country trips I have no cause for complaint whatsoever.

Hope I haven't jinxed myself now!

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Old 06-26-2016, 12:24 PM   #19
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I remember when people said Japanese products were junk. Look at them today. I remember when they say Korean cars will never pass muster in the U.S.. Look at them today. While I would buy American given a choice, we have to remember we are a global economy (slowly disintegrating these days), and other countries can and do make quality products.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:31 PM   #20
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Airstreams Aluminum Wheels Made In China

You might look behind the aluminum wheels on your "domestic" branded car or truck, 99.9% they are made in China too.

In fact, a goodly portion of all vehicles are sourced from China.

Am I in favor of this?

No.

It is a result of our political leadership. ALL GENERAL PROSPERITY rests upon production. No production, no continuing prosperity.

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Old 06-26-2016, 12:32 PM   #21
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My Toyota Tacoma was built in the US. It gets complicated.


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With a LOT of parts sourced from China.


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The funny thing is, domestic producers pay taxes, while foreign producers pay not a penny in taxes for access to our markets.

To me that just seems wrong on many levels.

Those Chinese wheels arrived here without a penny of American tax paid save the sale tax paid by the final buyer at the trailer dealership.

That is BAD POLICY tilted heavily against domestic producers.


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Old 06-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #24
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It is what it is. If you are not happy with your Airstream, post your complaints in the classifieds, sell it, and move on. There are a lot of choices out there.

The rest of us deal with it, replace what we don't like and go traveling.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:43 PM   #25
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I Paid 25K Canadian for my '96 Classic. My friends in Michigan paid 25K USD for a 27 foot SOB with two slides. Beautiful layout and features. My trailer is now 20 years old. In 20 years time my trailer will still be on the road, while my friends' will be rotting in a field somewhere in Michigan.
BTW I had an Award before my first AS..fiberglass sandwich walls. They rotted out in 7 years....not so bullet proof in my opinion. Takes a bang; yes...can't handle a small leak without serious damage.

And where else would Airstream buy cast aluminum wheels. Everyone has either gone to China or Mexico or, God forbid, Brazil.
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J. Morgan is right on domestic sourcing. Looking behind the wheels on my new Silverado molded into the aluminum is "Made in China" as is the small anti rattle rubber hood stops. Airstream is no different than any other large international manufacturer...just trying to maintain a sellable product.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:56 PM   #27
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The only thing that you don't have to replace in 20 years of use is the aluminum shell. Brakes, shocks, axles, frame, appliances, etc all have to be replaced or repaired similar to an SOB. Sure, aluminum trailers last longer than SOBs, but there is a major cost associated with it.
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It is what it is. If you are not happy with your Airstream, post your complaints in the classifieds, sell it, and move on. There are a lot of choices out there.

The rest of us deal with it, replace what we don't like and go traveling.
Do what I did and turn the AS into a $67,000 wet bar on the river! Bought an LTV Unity Motorhome made in Canada by Mennonites and travel extensively in a quality RV.
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