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Old 07-31-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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Final Inspection???

On my last trip the rear skylight over the bathroom departed somewhere - which we didn't discover until we stopped for the night. The flailing blind had torn up the interior plastic trim. I made emergency repairs and continued our trip. Upon arriving home, I ordered the replacement parts from the nearest Airstream dealer and today I travelled to their facility to have them installed. I have two comments on this incident. The first is that the screws used to secure the old skylight were installed without washers and, perhaps, overtightened as well. Each screw had a thin plastic ring around it, the diameter of the screw head, remaining from the old skylight. The caulking had long ago ceased to offer any secondary form of attachment, as mildew was evident over the entire surface. The caulking probably averaged about 1/8" in thickness and "globbed over each side of the supporting aluminum flange. I pointed out the old screw heads that I had saved to the technician and requested that washers be used. My second comment is based on an observation I made while looking at a new 30' Classic in the dealer's showroom. I checked the skylights of the new unit, as a comparison with mine, and I was horrified to see the manner in which the living room skylight had been installed! It was obviously tilted up on one side - as though the lip of the skylight had not fitted down over the aluminum frame - and the caulking was so "globbed on" as to be fully visible hanging over the interior plastic trim! My thought was that whoever installed it should have been fired or pulled off the line for re-training! That, of course, would depend on whether or not anyone actually did perform a final inspection??? Unbelieveable that these kind of defects in workmanship could be so evident on a $92,000 trailer!!!
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