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Old 02-10-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Frame Failure - 22 foot International

i have a 2003 22' international airstream that i am having serious frame problems. the frame has cracked and outriggers have saged. if anybody else is having similar problems please contact me at [removed by moderator. please use PM system or post to this thread].
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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Wow! And I complained when my frame sagged in the rear after 40 years! I can't believe a trailer that new, especially one only 22 feet long would have frame troubles already. Sorry to hear about that.
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Is it a rear kitchen model?
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i have a 2003 22' international airstream that i am having serious frame problems. the frame has cracked and outriggers have saged. if anybody else is having similar problems please contact me at [removed by moderator. please use PM system or post to this thread].
Early frame failures are usually due to grossly out of balance running gear, or, towing with a super heavy duty tow vehicle and an excessively rated hitch bars, or a combination of those.

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Old 02-11-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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broken frame

tnx andy, there is more to the story however. but first, i tow with a 3/4 ton tundra and never exceed 55mph.
this is my second frame, the first one cracked and was untowable, they hauled it back to the factory and put a new frame on it. the new frame cracked at all of the outriger points. they welded suports on the outrigers. now the frame has cracked again just behind the rear axial. it this point it is towable. there is more but i have to be careful what i say here.
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Is it a rear kitchen model?
no, rear bath.
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Hello Don and welcome.

Not one but two frame failures? It sounds like your rig is well matched? There must be more to the story as you indicate by being careful what you say. Everyone reading this is trying to apply simple logic as we try to imagine what is happening to your trailer but without details I can only speculate that some outside influence is damaging the frame. Its hard to believe that the factory is just not getting this right on such a new unit. Hmmm.
Let us know how we may be able to help. There is a wealth of knowledge here, people far sharper than me.. that you can tap into.

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I believe our first AS was the same model you describe. We had no issues with the frame. Below is the floorplan of the one we had.
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How many miles do you have on it? Where do you travel off road or all blacktop?
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I believe this is a well documented issue for this specific model. I also believe Airstream has a frame kit for this model because of this issue.

I would contact the factory. I recall seeing this exact same thing on another identical model trailer and seem to recall them saying something about a frame kit.

I believe this issue was later addressed with the newer 23' model.
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the frame failure seems to be wide spread as i am hearing from many 22' ccd owners all having the same problem. if it is a driving problem then we are all driving the same. i tow with a 1/2 ton and never exeed 55 mph. however i do have a lot of miles on this tr but no more than other airstreams trs. it is just this model that has a poor design. the factory has been helpfull in the past but now seems to want to blame me or cop out with the waranty statement. ''it is out of waranty''.
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o, the frame kit. i think you are refering to a kit to beaf up the outrigers. i have that kit on mine and it did little good. the outrigers are still saging.
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How many miles do you have on it? Where do you travel off road or all blacktop?
i may have 40,000 on this frame. almost all on black top. i do not have 4x4 so off road is limited.
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