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Old 05-01-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
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Hello from the great white north.
We bought a new 25' front bedroom Safari special edition in 2006. We used it four times for two nights each, not too far from home. Our beautiful trailer had leaking in the upper pantry cupboard on our second trip, so they tightened things down up top and did a bit of calking. On our third trip we had leaking in the bedroom which resulted in a wet carpet and, believe it or not, water under the mattress, which I noticed because the sheets were wet. We were told that the stone guards had been riveted using the wrong rivets, so they fixed the stone guards. On the fourth trip, we noticed rippling in our flooring in the kitchen in two lines across the width of the trailer. The trailer was "gutted" , the seams in the plywood flooring smoothed and the flooring replaced. We went to pick up our trailer and upon inspection, found a puddle of water on the kitchen counter. The skylight was leaking. We returned to pick up the trailer a day later and took it to storage. It rained heavily that night, so we went to check out the trailer to make sure all was well. The carpet in the front bedroom was wet. We took the trailer back to the dealer and they gutted the front bedroom. They removed the skin from the inside front of the trailer and found that the insulation was wet. They removed the carpet and saw that the plywood was wet. They fixed the leaking and put in new carpeting.
So...you can understand why I call myself an uneasy airstreamer.
What next???
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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Oh my - I'm so sorry that your first post with us (by the way, welcome!) has to be under such troubling circumstances. This has to be tremendously frustrating and I can't blame you a bit for being uneasy. Have you contacted Jackson Center directly on this?
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

WHat Mel said. Sorry to hear about your misfortunes. Not to add to your misery, but there are a couple threads here that describe new model year "issues". Search around and you'll find them, they are titled something like "2006 (or 2005 or 2007) Model Quality. SOrry I can't remmeber it exactly. Those threads might give you some idea what others have faced and how they dealt with the problems.

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On Edit: Here's the link I was thinking of: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ity-16147.html
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:00 PM   #4
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Wow, if I was in your shoes, I'd be something more than uneasy!

One must wonder how your unit was able to pass the water test they supposedly put every trailer through at Jackson Center before they leave the plant. Maybe the sun was shining that day?

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Old 05-01-2007, 02:48 PM   #5
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I would check out your Province's Lemon Laws, if Canada has any. Here in the US, you usually have the right to demand that the manufacturer buy your vehicle (trailer?) back after sufficient attempts (usually 3x) have failed to remedy the problem.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:00 PM   #6
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similar story

Some friends of ours from Chatam, Ma. were with us at Airstream Paradise Park in Fla. two weeks ago. They had traded their 2006 30' Safari w/slider in for a 28' 2007 Safari. They had problems with the slider leaking on the 2006. Then they had water coming in the overhead light fixtures on the 2007. Their dealer said the wrong gasket was used for the air conditioner at the factory. Don't know if this might help, but worth having the dealer check it.

Best of luck,
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:47 PM   #7
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Dang, I've been wanting a 25FB since I saw one at the dealership a few weeks ago, but now I think maybe I'll stick with my vintage. At least I know where the leaks in it are!

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Old 05-01-2007, 05:36 PM   #8
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Stephanie, Yes. Your Caravel is adorable. And I am sure even with all the repairs it is much more reasonable. The prices of the 25 ft are steep.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:45 PM   #9
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Take them to small claims court. There quality is horrible. I'm in manufacturing myself, and truthfully they need an eye opening because they are not getting it. I'm in the process of a lemon law case myself here in California.
I'm not a big fan of law suits but here it's appropriate.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:50 PM   #10
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That number of leaks is cause for more than concern.Whenever you remove something , taking screws out and then reinstalling them in the same holes, depending on the material it can weaken that connection. Water leaking in a laminate cabinet is going to cause damage. I would check very carefully any place water has had any chance of pooling or setting.I would be seriously upset and if the leaks continue I would be looking a a replacement.What's the quality of the repairs being done??
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Here is what our state (Florida) says about "lemons":

681.104 Nonconformity of motor vehicles.
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(a) After three attempts have been made to repair the same nonconformity, the consumer shall give written notification, by registered or express mail to the manufacturer, of the need to repair the nonconformity to allow the manufacturer a final attempt to cure the nonconformity. The manufacturer shall have 10 days, commencing upon receipt of such notification, to respond and give the consumer the opportunity to have the motor vehicle repaired at a reasonably accessible repair facility within a reasonable time after the consumer's receipt of the response. The manufacturer shall have 10 days, except in the case of a recreational vehicle, in which event the manufacturer shall have 45 days, commencing upon the delivery of the motor vehicle to the designated repair facility by the consumer, to conform the motor vehicle to the warranty. If the manufacturer fails to respond to the consumer and give the consumer the opportunity to have the motor vehicle repaired at a reasonably accessible repair facility or perform the repairs within the time periods prescribed in this subsection, the requirement that the manufacturer be given a final attempt to cure the nonconformity does not apply.
(b) If the motor vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of one or more nonconformities by the manufacturer or its authorized service agent for a cumulative total of 15 or more days, exclusive of downtime for routine maintenance prescribed by the owner's manual, the consumer shall so notify the manufacturer in writing by registered or express mail to give the manufacturer or its authorized service agent an opportunity to inspect or repair the vehicle.
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(a) If the manufacturer, or its authorized service agent, cannot conform the motor vehicle to the warranty by repairing or correcting any nonconformity after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer, within 40 days, shall repurchase the motor vehicle and refund the full purchase price to the consumer, less a reasonable offset for use, or, in consideration of its receipt of payment from the consumer of a reasonable offset for use, replace the motor vehicle with a replacement motor vehicle acceptable to the consumer. The refund or replacement must include all reasonably incurred collateral and incidental charges. However, the consumer has an unconditional right to choose a refund rather than a replacement motor vehicle. Upon receipt of such refund or replacement, the consumer, lien holder, or lessor shall furnish to the manufacturer clear title to and possession of the motor vehicle.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:23 PM   #12
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Loopholes, gotta love those loopholes ~

I'll bet, the key words there are "motor vehicle" an Airstream travel trailer is not a motor vehicle....this would apply to a motorhome, but not a travel trailer.

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Old 05-01-2007, 07:28 PM   #13
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I'll bet, the key words there are "motor vehicle" an Airstream travel trailer is not a motor vehicle....this would apply to a motorhome, but not a travel trailer.

Shari
Actually, Forida law specifies a travel trailer as an RV, and as such it is subject to the same lemon laws.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:56 PM   #14
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If you want too see Airstreame customer care, go too 2006 SE forums and look at And the fun never stops.

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