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Old 03-11-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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What do You Think Caused This

Hello,

This a photo from a preowned Airstream that I'm considering buying. I asked my brother in law to look at this unit because I'm too far away, 2005 25', and he noticed the skin crease in the front but said it felt smooth. It wasn't unit he sent me the photo that I noticed the rivet seam to the left of the lower corner front window and just above the label. The owner is the 2nd owner and said the crease was there when he bought but I don't know if the rivet seam issue was caused by the first owner.

To my untrained eyes it seems some force from below pushed up a little. Maybe the first owner had the stablizer jack down and tried to lower the trailer by the hitch jack.

What do you think?

Kelvin
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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I am certainly no expert but you are asking a forum for advise so I will chip in anyway!

I believe it is probably just the way the trailer was made. We have some less severe versions of that crease in our trailer that were there when we purchased it new.

Of course it might be something caused by the dreaded p.o., Marathon tires, too large a tow vehicle, no sway control, too small a tow vehicle, too much load distributing hitch, incorrectly balanced running gear or any of a number of commonly discussed issues!
Hopefully someone with a clue will shed some light on this but I really think it was just made that way.....
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:36 PM   #3
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Our 2005 25 ft is has something like that also. On ours it definitely wasn't from an accident. I have always assumed it was made that way. Now just to the left of the window it looks damaged somehow, though it may just be the way the light is hitting it. Even if it is, it looks like a beauty mark.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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Hello,

This a photo from a preowned Airstream that I'm considering buying. I asked my brother in law to look at this unit because I'm too far away, 2005 25', and he noticed the skin crease in the front but said it felt smooth. It wasn't unit he sent me the photo that I noticed the rivet seam to the left of the lower corner front window and just above the label. The owner is the 2nd owner and said the crease was there when he bought but I don't know if the rivet seam issue was caused by the first owner.

To my untrained eyes it seems some force from below pushed up a little. Maybe the first owner had the stablizer jack down and tried to lower the trailer by the hitch jack.

What do you think?

Kelvin
That horizontal crease was created when the trailer was being manufactured.

But, it should not have passed inspection.

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Possibly the WD bars were to stiff for the trailer and a solid bounce or pothole wanted to dip the trailer but the WD bars said "sorry...you're staying there"
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Looks like someone creased it (jackknifed) with their pickup or topper when backing, then tried to pound it back out with a ball peen hammer.

Also there is a extensive filiform corrosion well underway along the bottom edge of the riveted panel, which probably extends around the trailer, as well as other areas.

These are not indicators of a well-maintained Airstream.

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Here is the full photo prior to crop.

The 2nd owner has been living with this issue and I don't think he is aware of it because he was pointing out other things to my brother in law. It doesn't look like its causing any leaks in the front couch living area. I'd just fill it in with some extra AS caulk.

I'm going to have a volunteer inspector check it the whole out for me before I make the drive up there. I hope its nothing.

Thanks for the comments.

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The other issue is a little bit of hail damage
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