Hello there.....just so a few people don't have to wear the T-Shirt
Airstream factory has been in constant contact with me! Randy has been very cooperative and what I need to fix my frame is on it's way.
As for getting to the bottom of the known issue with the 02/03 manufacturing issues and what changes were made to the 04's during their manufacturing Randy is working with the Engineers to get an answer to me - that is pending.
I have had several welders out as well as being in touch with CanAM Andy T to provide me with advice on whether I can move her to a close by location to reduce my costs.
I feel more than comfortable with the information I have been provided to drop my psi put the 4-ways on and take it 10Klm down the road to a reputable welder to weld the Bracing/Stiffener kit that was used on the 02-03 frames.
The only part that I am doing to reduce labour costs is to remove the quarter panels under the trailer for easy access for welding. They are corroded and need replacing anyway. And has not been an overly difficult job as 75% of the rivets have come loose anyway.
My Parts are sitting in Concord at the moment hung up during the Sun/Mon shut down for our Civic Holiday. As soon as they arrive at my Dad's place I will call my welder and hopefully she will be booked in this coming Thurs/ Frid.
Once the frame is fixed then I will going one step further and doing maintenance on the rusty frame - which is surface rust and sanding off the corrosion on the tanks, replacing any parts of the underbelly skin - removing the old pink insulation and replacing with foam, replacing some of the pipe hangers and such with rusted out screws. Get some por-15 in and treat the exposed frame. I need several tubes of the stuff they use to seal up the holes and crevices ?? (what is this stuff called anyone?).
From there she will be better than new underneath.
As for the inside - I will repair the bent L-seating, remove the linoleum flooring and install new flooring, and give once again another fix to the side panel between the bathroom and galley. Another tel tail sign of frame issues - apparently. I'm not removing the entire contents to do the floor - that is why they made trim.
As for customer relations relating to other 04 owners - I have some suggestions that I will make to Airstream upon receiving an answer regarding changes made to the 04 frames.
Sort of along the lines of - awareness and safety.
Gentlemen - there will be no helicopters, new frames issued or replacement of product I can assure you of that. while of course in a perfect economic prosperous world that might be a luxury - but I have to factor in (common sense) that my trailer does have a certain degree of wear and tear, and exposed to a certain degree of environmental elements.
None of course that warrants this type of break and so prematurely.
Airstream IS assisting me financially.
The key on a case by case basis is strictly between that customer and the manufacturer. What I may be accepting, as a solution, is my choice and may not meet others expectations. To follow others expectations and go about this in a
manner I can assure you that I will be sitting here with a broken frame till the cows come home.
And this lady is going on a HUGE road trip....I haves made my decision to change my life radically and I am moving to Vancouver Island - and doing some serious traveling with this baby of mine. So I am just really glad that all this has been discovered BEFORE I just pulled out of here with a set of new brakes....and that IS my silver lining folks....
I will not have any further issues with my frame once it receives the appropriate engineered fixes. That makes me extremely happy and I will feel perfectly safe bouncing down the pathetic interstates - ha no maybe there is where all the verbal efforts should go - to the road works departments - lord knows our potholes up here can break a transport truck in half
Actually the have disappeared into such holes if History is accurate
Sorry I did not get back sooner - but I did not have anything else new till the parts were on their way.