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Old 03-20-2017, 08:09 AM   #1
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2017 Basecamp Axle Recall

I called Airstream this morning and gave them my vin number. My Basecamp is part of the recall. Did not sound like they have an immediate fix, as I was told they would call me when they have the solution ironed out to let me know how and where to get it fixed .... that is paraphrasing.

Airstream recalls some 2017 Base Camp trailers
March 18, 2017

(March 18, 2017) — Airstream is recalling 293 model year 2017 Base Camp travel trailers. When the trailer is heavily loaded, the axle travel may allow the tires on the vehicles to contact the plastic liner of the wheel well or fender, possibly resulting in tire failure. Tire wear would be evident on the tire if it were contacting the inner wheel well liner.
Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle to limit the axle travel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 9, 2017. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111, extension 7401 or 7411.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:40 AM   #2
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Luna Sea recalled

I'm recalled too. Airstream told me the "fix" was not known at this time entirely.
Suggested be mindful loading her and check tires for wear. I asked when they caught it, he said just 2 weeks ago.....
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:36 AM   #3
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FYI the Basecamp Issues thread has a number of posts on this, starting at Post #119, including the following post:

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:01 PM   #4
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Probably no need to check your VIN on the NHTSA site. If you have a Basecamp, yours is on the list.

All Basecamps manufactured up through the date of the voluntary recall are potentially affected. Airstream has received reports of scuffing on tires. They have tried to replicate the conditions leading to the suspension settling to the point where tires might travel enough to contact the fender flare with both an unloaded and loaded to gross capacity Basecamp but have not been successful yet. It is likely that real world driving conditions such as hittng potholes at speed are the issue.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:18 PM   #5
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Probably no need to check your VIN on the NHTSA site. If you have a Basecamp, yours is on the list.

All Basecamps manufactured up through the date of the voluntary recall are potentially affected. Airstream has received reports of scuffing on tires. They have tried to replicate the conditions leading to the suspension settling to the point where tires might travel enough to contact the fender flare with both an unloaded and loaded to gross capacity Basecamp but have not been successful yet. It is likely that real world driving conditions such as hittng potholes at speed are the issue.
I am assuming the problem is behind the tire instead of above it, as there seems to be ample room above the tire on my camper. Seems to me that modifying the wheel well/fender would be a better approach to allow more room behind it.
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I am assuming the problem is behind the tire instead of above it, as there seems to be ample room above the tire on my camper. Seems to me that modifying the wheel well/fender would be a better approach to allow more room behind it.

In my case, the smallest clearance between the fender flare and the tire is toward the front. Given the apparent eccentric swing on the Dexter axle, I would think that the tire would travel away from the front flare as it responds to road irregularities, but there might be another dynamic at play here.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:19 PM   #7
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Don't own one but could someone crawl underneath and look for the Dexter label. It should have enough info to easily determine the axle rated capacity. Then what is tongue weight, UBW and gross weight.

How's the numbers looking?

And dexter just supplied a part number to spec I bet.

My rig was built with lighter axles than parts book stated. Long story. Got me new axles.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:36 PM   #8
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Don't own one but could someone crawl underneath and look for the Dexter label. It should have enough info to easily determine the axle rated capacity. Then what is tongue weight, UBW and gross weight.

How's the numbers looking?

And dexter just supplied a part number to spec I bet.

My rig was built with lighter axles than parts book stated. Long story. Got me new axles.
Not a lot of room under there folks :-) Photo of my Dexter axle label attached.
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Not a lot of room under there folks :-) Photo of my Dexter axle label attached.
A month or so back, I took my SUV and camper to a truck stop to weigh it all. The axle of my camper that day weighed 2400 pounds. I didn't have anything loaded in the camper that day. The loaded capacity of the camper is 780 pounds, per the sticker on the inside of my door.
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In my case, the smallest clearance between the fender flare and the tire is toward the front. Given the apparent eccentric swing on the Dexter axle, I would think that the tire would travel away from the front flare as it responds to road irregularities, but there might be another dynamic at play here.
I see what you're saying about the space in front of the tire. Not much room.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:17 PM   #11
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Not a lot of room under there folks :-) Photo of my Dexter axle label attached.
Thanks for the photo, Gail. I see on one of your posts that you mentioned you are a nature photographer… very cool!!! Do you have a website where you post your photos? Oh, and thanks for the contact information for the recall… I will try calling tomorrow.
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Thanks for the photo, Gail. I see on one of your posts that you mentioned you are a nature photographer… very cool!!! Do you have a website where you post your photos? Oh, and thanks for the contact information for the recall… I will try calling tomorrow.
Here is a link to my 'recent' photo albums on PBase. http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent

The most interesting link is to photos taken at a water feature in my yard:
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Then ... my heart and soul ... my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, my traveling buddies; Floyd and Fiona:
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Here is a link to my 'recent' photo albums on PBase. http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent

The most interesting link is to photos taken at a water feature in my yard:
http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/wate...ure_in_my_yard

Then ... my heart and soul ... my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, my traveling buddies; Floyd and Fiona:
http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/floyd_and_fiona
Great photos… especially of Floyd and Fiona. Did you get the additional tents so they each have their own den? I hope they get these issues resolved with the BC… I haven't even used mine yet.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:02 AM   #14
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I see what you're saying about the space in front of the tire. Not much room.
Makes me wonder a bit if the issue is axle placement. I have not crawled under to look at the manner in which the axle assembly is attached to the frame, but I kinda wonder if there is fore/aft adjustment in the attachment area. Perhaps moving the axle aft a bit might be the ticket.

Then again, if there is only one option for where the axle connects to the frame, then it's on to other theories.
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