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Old 09-16-2011, 12:58 PM   #15
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. We have since opened all of the windows and have constantly run the fans for the last 5 days straight. It is getting better. I have also been running the heater for an hour each morning while we have been out.
We opened all the windows and door and put on all the fans and turned on all appliances, don't forget to run the oven to burn off the fumes that it will put out when new. I removed the smoke detector and left the oven open as well. Plan to spend time outside while burning off all the manufacturing smells and keep at it until it dissapates. Either you are more sensitive to it than we are or it is only a temporary situation. I hope it is the latter for you and not the former.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:11 PM   #16
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I have to say, for being certified green our Airstream off gasses way too much formaldehyde! My eyes and nose as well as Jenna's eyes especially have been very irritated. We have since opened all of the windows and have constantly run the fans for the last 5 days straight. It is getting better. I have also been running the heater for an hour each morning while we have been out. That way we can lesson the winter-time formaldehyde exposure.
The off gassing is the worst when closed up and heated so I have found a filter I am considering purchasing for the winter, check it out: GCX ChemiSorber http://www.iqair.com/commercial/stan...gcx-series.php

Has anyone else experienced this and if so how can I address this formaldehyde off gassing issue?
We have a late model (May 2011) International 27FB. I don't know what the "smell" was but we had it too for the first week or so. We use it for weekends and summer holidays with the kids - 35 night so far this year. The only real issue we have had is the compressor failing on the AC unit a week after we brought it home. It go's in next week for a replacement.

One other thing of note: the wire cables that support the front hatch door are cutting into the rubber gasket. Be careful when pulling things out of the hatch because I busted one of the rivets and had to drill out and replace. Not a very good design in my opinion.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:12 PM   #17
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I have to say, for being certified green our Airstream off gasses way too much formaldehyde!........Has anyone else experienced this and if so how can I address this formaldehyde off gassing issue?[/B]
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Not a new problem at all, but something the factory should spend more time on addressing.

Our was so bad when we did the initial inspection that we told the dealer it was a deal breaker. During the two weeks prior to taking delivery I called frequently to check on the progress and reiterate how important it was to us. I was told it was in the shop with everything open and two shop fans running 24/7.
It was fresh when we picked it up.

But I still feel that this problem may be partially responsible for the very shoddy PDI the coach received, diversion of attention.

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Old 09-16-2011, 01:23 PM   #18
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Almost forgot. If you have the ultra leather be careful if you frequently remove the cushions to lower the table for a bed. The extra wide super strong Velcro does not release easily and in short order every cushion now has the Velcro separating (fabric ripped). My wife remove the hook part from the seats and replaced with smaller pieces of Velcro. When we find our way back to the dealer I will get this repaired/ replaced. Come to think of it I should take a few pictures and let them and AS customer service know now.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:08 PM   #19
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From what I read, keeping it cool and or cool with windows open helps to reduce the off gassing. It only got to us over a four to five day period when we had it relatively closed up and it was warm. It was most noticeable when we stayed inside at Jenna's parent's place, felt relief, and the next day stayed in the AS again.
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It probably wasn't very cool with the furnace and heat pump and oven going at once even with the windows and door open. The heat will burn off the paint and oils and residue and the open air ventilates. We do lots of cold weather camping and have spent 1-3 months shut up in it during winter months with plenty of heat or even shut up in summer never seems to bring back the new smell and irritation.
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Here are some older threads and comments about the gasses and smells of the Airstreams and adhesives and paneling, that might help you.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...ell-61735.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ams-57475.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f160...yde-32999.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396...mes-30096.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...yde-24769.html
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:23 PM   #22
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I know it has been a while but we've had a series of issues with our Airstream since day one. A brief rundown consists of: Water heater pressure relief valve leaks when water reheats to proper temperature, tank monitor system is completely inaccurate and shows tanks empty regardless of water levels, water filter missing from kitchen sink, awning screw-downs don't line up with awning (unsafe for travel), and a few others. Let me know if anyone else has had gremlins in their Airstream.

The MAIN reason I am writing this post is because of a more serious issue I have experienced. The dealership fixed nearly everything except for the fact that after towing we noticed leaking from inner panels of aluminum in the bathroom above the counter. It leaked like crazy but eventually stopped until we towed it again. We live in Oregon so I am concerned about a leak. After we took it in for inspection and the problem couldn't be recreated with hoses and constant running water blasting the outside shell, we brought it home. Once home we noticed a sticky syrup solution leaking from both the front and rear window frames. The sappy solution only made itself present upon towing. When night fell it actually turned more watered down and leaked awhile more. It saturated my bedding quite a bit more than if there wasn't a leak but I just don't know for sure what is happening.

Has anyone seen or experienced this with their Airstreams? I will attempt to attach pictures of everything including the bathroom water spots.
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I can't say for sure... but on my A/S I had a small leak from a crack in the sealant around the fantastic fan... if you've got water travelling between the exterior and interior shell, it goes through a lot of insulation... fibreglass insulation... this could give your leak a yellow and gross texture until the fibreglass saturates and runs clear.

Once it is wet, it will pack down under its own weight and loose 90% of it's insulating value. It would be interesting if Aistream went to a closed-cell expanding foam insulation, as this would make minor leaks in the exterior very hard to reach the inside.

As far as where it is leaking... you need to go over the exterior carefully and any tiny crack can let in a lot of water over time...
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The leak may be coming from above the windows. Be sure the vents are all closed tight, including bath and shower vents. Towing can set up air pressure differences, lower inside that would act like a vacuum to pull water in through even a tiny opening.

Those other problems sound like the dealer did not perform a complete systems check as required by Airstream before delivery. The water filter is shipped in a box with a replacement water line in its place to prevent filter from being contaminated when winterized.

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We haven't had the leaking but have had a few of your other issues.

My forward awning screw down doesn't line up completely. Per AS and Zip Dee this is an acceptable variance. I'm going to find some straps to secure the two posts together up top to prevent it from coming loose.

I also had to have my tank sensor recalibrated but it seems to be accurate now.

I need a new water filter too but that's my own dang fault. I left it in place when I sanitized the water system. Oops.

And of course I'm still dealing with some sort f blockage in my grey tank venting.
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..... awning screw-downs don't line up with awning (unsafe for travel), and a few others. Let me know if anyone else has had gremlins in their Airstreams.

[QUOTE=bike_addict;......My forward awning screw down doesn't line up completely. Per AS and Zip Dee this is an acceptable variance. I'm going to find some straps to secure the two posts together up top to prevent it from coming loose. [/QUOTE]


Had the same problem with our awning. The rear support arm lock wheel never lined up properly with it's base. Didn't notice the reason 'til we lost the lower portion of the arm while towing.
Turns out the rear support arm was not plumb, it was off about 3" to the rear. It also caused the awning to roll up cock-eyed. Had to re-locate the lower mount bracket. Re-used the forward mount hole, drilled two new and replaced phillips head with hex stainless.

POI...I now zip-tie the two arms together.

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This is all great feedback, I have noticed the temperature does not stay regulated very well so I am wondering if water has been leaking in over a long period of time and saturating the insulation after all!?

Also, Airstream has had issues with the 2012's tank monitors and sensors. They overnight-ed our dealership a new monitor and sensors for ours and after installing and recalibrating it seems to be working. Not sure how they adjusted our awning but it is indeed lining up now; I think they shifted the awning to offset both rather than just one so they barely seat right.

I will inspect for cracks and leaks as soon as it stops raining and storming!
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Do you have time to say how you got the Ipod to play
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