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Old 11-07-2004, 10:30 AM   #15
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Wonder if they thought about the people that has purchased replacement axles? We just put our's in about 2 weeks ago. We looked to make sure that they had enough grease, Because you never know. I just wonder what time frame this happened. Them baby's are high and I'm sure that Henschen isn't going to contact anyone. I just wonder if they will contact Andy at Inland.
All good questions. If you hear from Andy at Inland, please be sure to post your findings. I am sure that Heschen knows what serial numbers are effected.
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:34 AM   #16
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:55 AM   #17
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Well, this sounds like one of those winter projects.
The way I figure this is if I wait for anyone to contact me, shame on me.
Now the problem is out in the open it's time to act.
I guess, I'm one of the lucky ones (or unlucky) I do my own maintenance.
Hi Ho Hi Ho a repacking I will go.

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Old 11-07-2004, 12:33 PM   #18
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Our 2004 16 footer had no dust cap on the hub by the time it seized up and shatterred the wheel/hub, so who can say how much grease may have originally been there. We then drove the thing up the Alcan. Jeez, when I think what might have happened..... Anyway, AS was very accomodating and paid for the fix, but I wonder if we will get the recall notice. While at it, they might add something about the overhead cabinets needing to be checked for proper attachment. Its suprising that for all of the legal warning and advisory stickers stuck with apparent enthusiasm all over the TT, nothing is said anywhere (including the manual) on the weight limitations for these cabinets. My bet: someone tries to sleep a kid up there.
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Old 11-07-2004, 03:24 PM   #19
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All good questions. If you hear from Andy at Inland, please be sure to post your findings. I am sure that Heschen knows what serial numbers are effected.
Since we got our replacement axle at the end of September of '03, I will be giving him an email. When I inspected mine before installation, I noticed there was not much grease in there, almost to the point of being nonexistant. I added some, and have had no problems. If the problem is the bearing itself, (ie: wrong temper of the steel bearings) a repack won't help.
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Old 11-07-2004, 04:30 PM   #20
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I can confirm that some earlier units had way too much grease in the bearings. My 2002 25 ft Safari SS was built in November of 2001. I recently pulled the wheels to pack the bearings, for the first time, at about 14000 miles. All four bearings had way too much grease, and some had gotten past the seals. I can understand Airstream complaining about too much grease. What I don't understand is why Airstream doesn't check a couple of axles from each shipment to be sure that what they get is correct. Depending on suppliers is fine, but you have to check occasionally to be sure that they are doing the job correctly.
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Old 11-07-2004, 04:54 PM   #21
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Production numbers

I'm not sure where to find the production number, but the way it is written on my notice is this:

"Airstream production numbers affected range from 515557 through 516568, (not inclusive). Our records indicate your travel trailer is affected by this recall."

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Old 11-07-2004, 05:23 PM   #22
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Thanks for the post Andy....that appears to clearly hit our coach as we are right smack near the middle of that build range.
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a little grease goes a long way....or not!

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why don't you just ask the factory to send you a new set of bearings, races and seals and call it good at that? seems like a big p.i.t.a. to tow the unit to ohio for a repack job.

at least you know it will be done properly!

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Old 11-07-2004, 06:41 PM   #24
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I've never done this. Plus, I have a punch list I need them to address when I am there. This is just one more item on the list.
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Old 11-07-2004, 06:48 PM   #25
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Andy --If you look on the end of your owners notebook there should be a # that is your assigned A/S # & for which they use for all their notices, parts, etc. EX--ours is 516212. We purchased our 25 04 Safari on April 30th, 04 & I think (which is dangerous) the MFC date is 12-03. After bringing it home approximately 120 miles, we later traveled some 100 miles to & from a near by campground for a week-end systems check. When backing into our parking spot at home, the wife was concerned regarding a LOUD grinding noise apparently coming from a roadside wheel. To avoid the long tirade, it was discovered at a local RV business, that the bearing was shot & upon further examination the other 3 bearing had almost none to little grease . We contacted Dave S. at A/S & while it took some time, the problem was repaired to our satisfaction. I will say that we were handled with the courtesy & integrity that we expected from Dave S. & A/S. While our unit was out of use for the better part of the early summer, causing some problems for us, we survived & continue to have faith that A/S, should later problems develop, will make things right. After all that's why we buy A/S, right? If anyone would like further details, please PM me.
BTW, we have not received a recall notice for whatever the reason.
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Old 11-07-2004, 07:08 PM   #26
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AE, looks to me like our coaches may have been on the line the same week. Ours has a 12/03 build date and we are just a very few numbers before yours.

I was reading about these issues for a bit now (pre recall) and that has had me checking the hubs for temp along the way. At no time have I had a hot or very warm to the touch hubs, and so far, no noise either.
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Old 11-07-2004, 07:46 PM   #27
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Looks like I'm part of this also. My Classic was built in October '03 and is serial # 516023. We have watched wheel temps carefully and the trailer should have about 3,000 miles under its belt so far. I'll venture a guess that if there is a problem it probably would have surfaced within the first 1,000 miles or so.

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"Airstream production numbers affected range from 515557 through 516568, (not inclusive). Our records indicate your travel trailer is affected by this recall."
Keep in mind those production numbers are
not inclusive. My number is 516229 .... and I know that the trailer was assembled at the end of the year ... during the holidaze .... but finished after the new year ... thus a stamped date of 01/04. So far ... no problems after 3,400 miles.
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