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Old 01-23-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am really excited about obtaining a Bambi 16' trailer. I am looking at a couple of them, one is a 2006 Quicksilver and the other is a 2008 DWR.

While researching on the internet I came across some disturbing complaints about leaks, both internal, and external that are causing the floors in these units to become wet. From what I can gather, the subfloor is particle board, which is like a sponge when it comes to water and very quickly begins to disintegrate. I can see where this can be a very expensive proposition to remove all interior, pull up the floor and replace with something like marine plywood. Apparently, one of the leak tests involves pressurizing the unit and pouring soapy water all over the outer surface to see where bubbles are coming out. This sounds like a lot of work and may be expensive as well.

It was my understanding that Airstreams outlasted most other trailers and were built with the utmost quality and care, hence the initial cost. I have been looking at Airstreams since I was a kid. To me, they represent an American Icon, just like the Jeep or a Harley motorcycle.

Now I am wondering if my dream of owning one of these American Icons is better left unfulfilled. Has anyone here experienced these problems and would you be willing to share your experiences?

Thanks form a wannabe Airstream owner.

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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"Now I am wondering if my dream of owning one of these American Icons is better left unfulfilled."

Fulfill your dream!
We bought a new Bambi in 2005, have been tens of thousands of miles all over this great country on all kinds of roads and, while there were a few quality control problems in the beginning, it hasn't leaked a drop. Although I realize that could change any day, it continues to be one of the best investments we've ever made. Not just the Airstream, but the travels and the friends we've made, both on the road, and on this forum, are priceless.

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
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They all leak, at least eventually. Even if they were each perfect before leaving the factory, use and abuse towing them in the real world will require maintenance to prevent and/or stop leaks. The real benefit of the Airstream is that it's durable, maintainable and eventually rebuildable, and it's worth maintaining both because of its potential resale value and because well-maintained Airstreams will hold up to decades of use. TANSTAAFL.

Some models in some years have OSB subfloors. Oriented Strand Board is *NOT* particle board, though it's not that much better if it gets wet. For any Airstream purchase, a thorough inspection is very important so you can avoid the bad ones, have any small issues fixed prior to/as part of the purchase, and know more or less exactly what you're getting yourself into.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I just made the deal on the Quicksilver. I am looking forward to my Airstream adventures. I will be pulling it with my Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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GOOD for YOU!!!! you're gonna love it. Dreams do come true. Here's to many safe and happy travels. John
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