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2004 28' International advice

This would be my first RV and, obviously my first Airstream. It is the perfect setup for us (2adults, 3 kids) and I love it! However, I've heard there were some issues with this first year of production. Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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We have a 2005 and there were minor issues that have all been taken care of (loose window knobs, shower door installed incorrectly, and tv mounting was crooked).

Other issues were with appliances and were fixed under warranty (control board for fridge and furnace replaced.)

Leak developed in skylight after four years - I replaced it and the caulking and all is well.

Overall I'd give it an "A" in quality and AS gets an "A" for customer service from me.

Best of Luck!

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Old 10-26-2009, 11:06 AM   #3
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This would be my first RV and, obviously my first Airstream. It is the perfect setup for us (2adults, 3 kids) and I love it! However, I've heard there were some issues with this first year of production. Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
hi booker'

while a/s does occasionally produce something totally new and not part of the continuum (basecamp)...

and they have made 5 or 6 significant production changes over the last 75 years...

most trailers are siblings clustered by decade/generation.

so 'first year of production' is somewhat misleading or a misunderstanding.

the structural components of the 2004s are no different than those many years running.

a 'new floorplan' isn't really a major change.

in fact the only real differences for that unit would be cosmetics and trim and some interior bits,

and incremental updates in appliances or axles/running gear and electronics.

and some of those parts have issues, like the fridge recall from that year (covered in many threads)

all 'streams have issues and from all decades and generations.

but if you "love it" then a 5 year old unit is just as good a place to start as any year,

with the features of nearly new, but without the new sticker price.

and a previous owner may have solved most the the fit/finish bugs already.

IF u are the sort that catches an illness simply by reading about it...

you should STOP READING NOW.

otoh if you want a general overview of owner experiences on these, scan and read here (2002-2005) ....

or read some of these Q threads, but WEAR GLOVES and a MASK

as a new rv'er and new streamer it is easy to get sucked into the silver vortex and the ccd look will sure do that...

and u will notice in the 3rd linked thread how the soon2be buyer totally switched models/styles...

so to counter this almost irresistible force, step back 3 paces put on some anti reflector goggles and...

-imagine in some detail HOW u will use the trayla
-make a list of your MUST haves in an rv
-think about storage issues, water capacity, power needs and so on...
-ask the KIDS and mate what they WANT/NEED in an rv (they might want very different things than you)
-try on as many rvs as humanly possible, streams or other brands (get inside them and fiddle)
-sort out the financials and towing requirements
-((maybe u really need a class C or moho??))

WE don't know the answers to any of the above for YOU.

but an 04 is an 04 and not a lot different than an 02 or 09 (including the goodnbad stuff)

have fun and happy streaming...

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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