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Old 11-06-2009, 09:55 PM   #29
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:27 AM   #30
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We visited our trailer in the repair facility today. We are currently staying at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, about 40 miles south. The floor had been repaired and new covering installed. About 50% of the kitchen furniture and bath had been reinstalled. Definite progress. Our assigned mechanic, Jon, gave me a rundown of all the places where he found some leaks that needed caulking. He had put the trailer in their water flood facility to find vulnerable spots. There were about 10 leaky areas he found and had to repair. My embarrassment is that at least two of these, I had inspected a couple of weeks ago, I thought very carefully, but missed the fact that they might be vulnerable to leaks.

He said we might be able to get the trailer back Wednesday at the latest. That's a little over 7 days of work they've had to do on our trailer.
Hi, TankerIP. Is this repair tab on you or can this be claimed on your insurance? Looks very expensive to me. Hope all of the damage and leaks are repaired. I want to go there some time, [Jackson center] but just to visit, not for major repairs.
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:59 AM   #31
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Welcome Tank to our area. I think you have found the folks at JC are just down-home folks that do good repair work. Sorry you have had so many problems. Hope you have enjoyed the National Muesum of the United States Air Force. They actually changed the name from Air Force Museum a couple of yrs ago.
Hope your stay in our area is a pleasant one. If you need anything,PLEASE feel free.
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Hi, TankerIP. Is this repair tab on you or can this be claimed on your insurance? Looks very expensive to me. Hope all of the damage and leaks are repaired. I want to go there some time, [Jackson center] but just to visit, not for major repairs.
No, unfortunately, no insurance. We went through a lot of soul searching and rationalization before coming up here to do this. I got a few estimates elsewhere - none really much better than what it will cost here. I blame the PO and the original dealer for not really following up on leaks and fits before it came out of warranty. I did get a good purchase price when we bought 3 years ago, but now I am certainly at full retail invested. On the other hand, I now have confidence that with Airstream repair expertise, the trailer will last for a long time to come.

If I had tried to take the trailer apart myself, I might have broken something (like the wet bath) and I would never have found the source of all the leaks(like around the frig) like this crew did.

I figure it like this: Just have to travel a lot more time and trips to get the per unit cost down.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #35
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No, unfortunately, no insurance. We went through a lot of soul searching and rationalization before coming up here to do this. I got a few estimates elsewhere - none really much better than what it will cost here. I blame the PO and the original dealer for not really following up on leaks and fits before it came out of warranty. I did get a good purchase price when we bought 3 years ago, but now I am certainly at full retail invested. On the other hand, I now have confidence that with Airstream repair expertise, the trailer will last for a long time to come.

If I had tried to take the trailer apart myself, I might have broken something (like the wet bath) and I would never have found the source of all the leaks(like around the frig) like this crew did.

I figure it like this: Just have to travel a lot more time and trips to get the per unit cost down.
RV insurance policies, cover damages that are "sudden, accidental and direct".

Long term damages, as from water leaks, would be denied.

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Old 11-10-2009, 03:21 PM   #36
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Tomorrow we go back to Jackson Center from Dayton to get our trailer. The folks said it would be ready Tues evening. The picture below is the work-in-process from Friday.

We spent several hours over a few days touring the Dayton Aviation Trail including the Air Force Museum. DW was really impressed with all the rivets. She even asked if there was a way I could flatten our trailer rivets to look like all those airplanes.
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Is the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Base? I'd like to go there sometime. How far is that from the Airstream factory?
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The Museum is located at Wright-Patt......about 61.9 miles from Jackson Center (Airstream Factory). I highly recommend allocating a full day to see it, and try and take the side tour to the hangars that house the older presidential aircraft. It is sobering to see the 747 (AF One) that carried JFK's body back from Texas, and the modifications that were made to accomodate the casket. It is also sobering to see "Bock's Car".....the aircraft that dropped the second A-Bomb on Nagasaki.

Hope you make it there someday.

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:35 PM   #39
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Jackson is about 45 miles north (give or take a few). The Museum is at the base. It is FREE. Of course they will accept donations. We visited there on 4 different days for a couple of hours. You just can't see all the exhibits in one day. There is so much to see, read and take pictures of. National Museum of the USAF - Home
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #40
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Back in the Trailer

After a nice week vacation in nearby Dayton, our trailer is ready and we got it back today.

We arrived about noon and our tech, Jon, took us through the trailer carefully pointing out all the things that he did. The big change, of course, was our new vinyl floor. They put down the same material currently used on the production line We think it goes very well with rest of the decor. He identified 10 areas of leaks that he worked on. Then the tractor moved the trailer to a Terraport spot. We will spend the night and leave early AM.

We were very impressed with the quality of the work. The trailer smelled great. Everything was left spotless. All the systems checked out perfectly and we are ready for the road.

For dinner, we thought about going to Hobos next door to Airstream but it was closed. Next door to there is Melvin's. That was very good. I had very good bacon mushroom hamburger and my wife had a great grilled chicken salad. That plus my two beers was still barely $10. A clean friendly place. I recommend it.

The Terraport looks full already. Six of the eight sites in our pod are filled. There other two pods are about 50% occupied. It's a cold Ohio evening. Winds are blowing. Slated to drop a little below freezing.
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good report tanker'

jon is a VERY VERY good tech and friendly polite patient guy...

and he's small enough to get into some pretty TIGHT spots too!

he's done ~10-12 FULL days of work on my unit and did great work each time.

he did make one mistake and it cost ME another full round trip back to fix 6 months later.

but he also readily admitted it was his error, not mine or somebody else in the shop.

i'll take an HONEST pretty good service guy over a dishonest perfect one any day...

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