New member with a question
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.