.........Pardon me for intruding here but I am somewhat curious about the rest of the story here......
Has this frame received the appropriate engineered fixes?
Yes it has August 7
Is a local welder applying the fixes?
Yes I went with a local welder to reduce costs as much as I could and to have less risk in taking the trailer on the highway
Is an Airstream Authorized Service Center applying the fixes?
NO - closest one is 6 hours away
Is this frame repair finalized?
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Yes it is and will be better than new - ha that is an understatement. I am confident with the welded braces and gussets supplied by Airstream and the welder was more than qualified to do the welding as per Service Bulletin #133 also instructed by the Airstream Service department.[/COLOR]
What was the outcome?
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Two bracing mounts were welded behind the rear wheel and 8 of the 11 gusset (outrigger) supports were welded. The three in the front of the trailer were not installed at this time due to time and financial constraints. It is a lot of work to remove the under belly aluminum. I had advice from Andy Thomson that in all likelihood the front three outriggers would not be affected. I will look at having them welded during the winter when I have more time to remove the belly panels in the front.[/COLOR]
Are you satisfied?
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]I am more than satisfied. Randy at the Airstream factory has been most gracious, helpful and supportive of this unfortunate situation. He was prompt courteous and we have settled the monitory amount such that I have not been out of pocket![/COLOR]
Are you planning on posting any additional photos of the repair or repair process?
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]I only have a few crappy photo's taken with my iphone, when I returned with the trailer it was pouring with rain - the underside was covered in a chalk gravel mess from the camp road. Also the last thing I was going to do was to take my wheel off my baby - as I have taken them off at least a dozen time, doing brakes and removing the panels in the back ready for the welding job to be done - to save on labour costs. They needed replacing anyway as they were corroded. Thus I could not get my big camera in between the wheels to shoot the brace properly - but have posted what I took anyway.[/COLOR]
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]PS you can never judge rust by a photo by the way - this shows rust from over night after them getting wet.
I am in the process of reinstalling the rear panels and sanding down exposed frame and spraying on a good coat of "Rock Guard" to protect from road salt. I was thinking of por-15 but for the hassle and expense Rock Guard does just as good at retarding rust and protecting against road rocks.
I realize you must be very busy with moving.
I have had recent developments in my freelance contract that has been renewed which I am thrilled about - however that foregoes my plan of moving out west. I will need to stay on the east coast during the winter so that I have closer more economical flight/drive access throughout the winter.
So I am back to my original plan of over wintering in Charleston SC. I have found an RV mobile home park - small family park just outside of Charleston that will accept my little trailer until I wish to upgrade in the future to a more permanent type of park model. I have also confirmed the site I am on here in Stirling for next year - so will stick it out in the 22' to regain my financial footing.
Sorry I have not got back sooner - my contract has me working incredible hours these last 3 weeks. We launch the new History Moments Series September 29th. It has been a lot of fun, but lots of comp time in post and research as well as onsite shooting.[/COLOR]
I assume (No t-shirt thank you) you are going to move after the frame repair.
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Ha - nope - might come up with one after this - I am taking her out for a 2200 run some time in October to Charleston and back to complete my contract for this season, and hope to head back down for the rest of the winter late November early December.
Just in the short 10KL at 40 mph in and then 80 mph return I noticed a big difference - can't explain it - but women have an uncanny ability to FEEL things when they tow (or at least I do) she seemed to "track" better for lack of a better description. She rides nice and high in the back too. Guess I could say I am not dragging my ASS around anymore.[/COLOR]