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Old 02-16-2013, 07:07 AM   #29
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If you do not like your AS or do not think you would like owning one then either sell t or do not buy one. I sold my last one after owning several..I was suffering from SAD or slow AS death from all the hassles of ownership. Happy Happy now!! Jim
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:05 AM   #30
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My view if A/S trailers went from cool to they are junk. Now I am not sure you could give me an A/S POS.
Interesting observation from someone who has never owned an Airstream, of course I have found fault with many of the SOBs I have looked at but never felt the need to call them a POS. I respect others right to chose and make decisions, meeting the owners so I can call them friends is much more important than insulting their choice in accommodations. Tuffr2 if life works out in my favor I will never have that privilege with you.

I don't think is anyone is going to give you a Airstream so you can cross that off your bucket list.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:24 AM   #31
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My suggestion is to NEVER trust your Airstream repair to anyone, dealer or not, who doesn't fix it right the first time. NEVER trust your Airstream to someone who doesn't know Airstreams, CW or another in S Ft Worth.
In Comanche, TX is a dealer, Bayer Motor Co, Inc. with a gentleman named Steve Woods, 1-800-843 5230, who has excellent service techs and he sells numerous Airstreams. While it may be a trip for you, it sounds as if you need to get it done right and would be worth dropping your baby off there for a few days worth of TLC and evaluation. We bought our 2004 Classic 30' Slide Out from Steve in 2004, then worked with Roger Williams in Weatherford while he had an excellent Airstream dealership. Williams crew even modified our trailer to our interior design specs and the relationship was wonderful even after moving to Virginia. I would travel to Weatherford for future mods until Williams closed his dealership. On a recent trip to TX we were camped near an electrical storm and the hard start capacitor on our AC blew. I called Steve Woods and he assured me he had a new capacitor and even an air conditioner if we needed one. Thankfully we did not. Steve's crew worked on our rig while I went into Stephenville for lunch and he was finished upon my return. I pulled out and went back to our campsite on Lake Grapevine happy once again with Steve and his service. Don't mess around with bad dealers and those that don't have the capacity to specialize in Airstreams. It can be a "Pay me now, or pay me later" kind of thing otherwise. Travel to the factory for repairs and mods can be an enjoyable way to vacation and get things repaired as well. You get to sleep in your rig on the property each night as well. Think about it and good luck.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:06 AM   #32
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Not Sure What You Expected

I have read and reread this thread several times.
Don't want to sound unsympathetic, but all your Airstream "issues" except one seem within the realm of routine maintenance.
When I purchased my new/used Classic, I replaced the converter/charger right away before it cooked my new/new batteries.
Should that have been necessary in a late model? Obviously not.
But, I knew it had to be done right away.
The other things you mention are all in the category of routine, watchful, maintenance and repair of any travel trailer that is going to be drug, bouncing down the highway at 65-75 mph.
One serious chuckhole can bring down a cabinet, or an overhead door in any tag along trailer.
One particularly bad stretch of Interstate in Mississippi in 1996 ripped mirrors and cabinets out of our 1976 Safari with amazing efficiency.
I hope all newbies will read this thread to fully appreciate how much owner involvement is required to keep any tag along trailer ship shape.
I have owned two SOBs and four Airstreams. They all require constant attention.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #33
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Like Ken says - - - - - - You have to work at it. (some owners call it a hobby)

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:04 AM   #34
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I consider it a lifestyle supported by a hobby and cash. I live in other delusional worlds as well. But It's fun and I am happy over here in my own little world......
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:47 PM   #35
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It's an Affliction

In our case, it's more of an affliction.
My wife brought the affliction with her to the marriage.
Her parents had a 60s Airstream26' in which my wife and her brothers and sisters camped all over SE and SW US and a good deal of Mexico.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #36
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In fairly short order you learn what tools to carry. A handful of various shark bite fittings, rescue tape, safety wire, some marine epoxy putty.

Then you deal with the problems. As you get better at it, it is even fun.

I put a lot more work into my stick home in a given year and it doesn't get dragged across I10 in Louisiana...

I will say that paying close attention to your hitch set-up and keeping your running gear balanced will preclude a mess of the problems you are having.

Shiny side up!

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #37
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I am in the camp of it easier to fix the minor problems than to tow the the trailer to have an RV tech tighten a screw. The OP stated they had owned a boat and had no problems, I have owned several boats and still do and I know of no boat that is in perfect shape and doesn't need something done or tweaked.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #38
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It's about getting a good dealer, isn't it?
Good point. When the trailer arrives at the dealer, the dealer is supposed to go through it and fix things they missed at the factory. They get paid to do that. It seems obvious that the place we bought it did not do that, or only did a cursory job. This contributed to the many, many problems we had.

You have to follow the Forums pretty closely to figure out which dealers to go to and which to avoid. There aren't many to start with, so if you subtract the bad ones and the mediocre ones, you don't have many to choose from.

It seems that bad dealers hurt Airstream sales a lot and the company should be doing a better job of making sure the dealers are doing what they should do.

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I am in the camp of it easier to fix the minor problems than to tow the the trailer to have an RV tech tighten a screw. The OP stated they had owned a boat and had no problems, I have owned several boats and still do and I know of no boat that is in perfect shape and doesn't need something done or tweaked.
I agree...up to a point.

Our AS and boat are both the same age.

AS a lot of time & dollars spent repair/fixing/improving thing's.
End result...pretty darn good.


Boat, no QC/build issues, with ours. NO issues in 10 active Seasons.
The most dollars/time has been spent on spit and polish, so we look good do'n it.
Plus the Lake is just 100' away so it's hard to resist..


Both very fun though...

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Gene, one of the reasons I used Foley Rv was because Rick Foley is an Airstream Dealer, Chevrolet dealer and a Airstream owner. I met Rick at the first CanOpener and when my Safari was damaged he actively solicited my business. I was told by his sales manager that Rick owns 3 classic Airstreams. What this meant to me was that when I saw a problem with the work being done I could call the owner and he knew exactly what I was talking about. BTW as Foley RV progressed with the panel replacement work they sent me updated photos. I feel that they are a good resource to use in the Gulf Coast Area. We need a strong dealer network to keep our trailers serviced and repaired.

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I agree...up to a point.

Our AS and boat are both the same age.

Boat, no QC/build issues, with ours. NO issues in 10 active Seasons.
The most dollars/time has been spent on spit and polish, so we look good do'n it.
Plus the Lake is just 100' away so it's hard to resist..

Both very fun though...

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It must be nice to have a lake in your backyard. What fun.

Old Boat. Notice how nice she is floating in the slip, Thanks to Isaac. I was paid out and sold her for salvage.



New Boat. Decided that it was time to do some lake cruising and inland waterway exploring. That stack conceals a Honda 3000, I just installed a remote start, press a button and the lights go on. Hot water heater, nav. gear and radios. This picture was taken a few weeks ago, she is now sporting an antique spot light, air horns and a new name "Lil Toot". I am sewing all new canvas, also rebuilt the trailer. I may have to come check out your lake.


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