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Old 11-08-2004, 11:54 AM   #43
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Partial update

I contacted A.S. today to confirm who I should call for the repairs. They referred me to the Lithia Springs, GA dealer, Atlanta Auto Broker, which is who I purchased the trailer from. I called them and they told me that they didn't have a technician at this time and that I may have to pull the trailer to AL or SC for service. I questioned this based on my concerns for the bearings. I would not be a happy camper if my wheel broke while driving out of state for repairs.

The guy was nice and said he would call A.S. to see if he could out source the work to some other type of mechanic shop near them, and if A.S. would pay them for the service.

I will post a further update when I hear back. I can't take my trailer out of state and leave it. What a pain that would be! I hope to be able to wait on it wherever it has to go.

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:59 AM   #44
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Old 11-08-2004, 04:06 PM   #45
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Sorry, no additional information.

I just got back from taking trailer to dealer for some work. I asked about the recall notice and the service manager said he heard there was a recall on some trailers but didn't have the information available.

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Old 11-08-2004, 04:23 PM   #46
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2004 Recall Notice

I just spoke with the dealer who handled the axle replacement on my Minuet about the time the new coaches were being produced that are subject to the recall. It seems that the problem is evidently related to the grease that was used on some of the axles - - my dealer's Service Manager said that he was going to pull one of the wheels on my Minuet to check to see whether the grease was the correct (brown) or the problematic (red). If it turns out to be the red, he indicated that repacking the wheel bearings with an examiniation of the races would be required. From the description the Service Manager at my dealer gave me, it sounds like the red grease either in time or with exposure to heat liquifies to the point that it can escape the seals causing problems with the brakes and if not caught the bearings can run dry causing the loss of a wheel.

The Service Manager at my dealer wasn't aware of whether any of the replacement Henschen axles are subject to this action, but since my Minuet was already in the shop for its regular post-season service it is going to be checked-out.

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Old 11-08-2004, 06:48 PM   #47
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Got my recall letter today. It states that there are two potential problems, the first being insufficient grease, the second is a lubricant break down that inadequately lubricates the outer bearing.

Symptoms of an impending failure include improper wheel orientation (in comparison to the others), and wheel hub to hot to touch.

They also note that if you are not close to an authorized Airstream dealer to contact them for authorization to have the closest, qualified non-Airstream service facility inspect and repair the trailer.

For those of you with a Hi-Lo dealer close to you, Hi-Lo's use the same axle as Airstreams. They may be an alternative for some if distance is an issue.

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Old 11-08-2004, 08:20 PM   #48
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I also got may recall letter today for my Safari 28 manufactured in March 2004. I had a trip planned for this coming weekend, but it looks like that is out. Better safe than sorry. The closest dealer in Sacramento (90 Miles) let it be known that service was only for customers who purchased there. I will give Toscano's in Los Banos (175 miles) a call tomarrow. They seem like nice people. I have had no need for service yet, so I hope it goes well.
Stuff happens. I have been happy with my trailer so far.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:58 AM   #49
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We got a recall letter today for our 16 CCD... production number 515810
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Old 11-09-2004, 05:30 PM   #50
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Received our recall this week.

Our trailer is at N Dallas RV. One of the major problems we've encountered is the exactly what Randy found on our trailer - "signs of misalignment (i.e., wheel(s) oriented at a angle different from the other wheels...).

This explains the strange wear and vibration we were having on the front curb side. Randy had to perform an alignment on that side, and he had to pack the bearings. He said they showed some signs of being hot.

N Dallas RV is working the details of complying with the recall before we pick up the trailer after having the other long list of warranty work performed.

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Old 11-09-2004, 06:05 PM   #51
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The closest dealer in Sacramento (90 Miles) let it be known that service was only for customers who purchased there. I will give Toscano's in Los Banos (175 miles) a call tomarrow. Wilco
Airstream's warranty states that you only need to return your unit to an authorized dealer for repairs. Why should you be forced to incur the extra expense of taking it to a dealer farther away?

On a separate warranty repair issue, I was told by Airstream management that I had to return my trailer to the factory for repair (a defect that the factory had caused during manufacture), at my own expense, because their dealers are not capable of performing the repair.

Does anybody other than me have a sense of impropriety here?

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Old 11-09-2004, 06:15 PM   #52
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On a separate warranty repair issue, I was told by Airstream management that I had to return my trailer to the factory for repair (a defect that the factory had caused during manufacture), at my own expense, because their dealers are not capable of performing the repair.

Does anybody other than me have a sense of impropriety here?

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Seems to be an industry thing. I had to make two round trips to Tennessee to take my SOB TrailManor back to the factory because they wouldn't ship parts to a qualified installer near home. The trailer was at the factory 3 weeks between trips. At least, Airstream trys to get the work done while you are there and, if feasible, they return the trailer to the RV sites at night so that you can stay in it.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:57 PM   #53
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Airstream's warranty states that you only need to return your unit to an authorized dealer for repairs. Why should you be forced to incur the extra expense of taking it to a dealer farther away?

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In the case of this particular recall, the recall letter states that they will allow you to use someone other than an Airstream dealer by contacting them for authorization to have the closest, qualified non-Airstream service facility inspect and repair the trailer.

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Old 11-09-2004, 11:03 PM   #54
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Our trailer was made December 23, 2003. It is in the recalll. We always check the wheels when we stop. We have close to 10,000 miles on it. It looks like we would have already had problems if something is wrong. Anyway, no need to take chances!

I made the appointment today and Dec. 2 is the earliest they can get us in. So we will be camping at Bill Thomas so we can be there at 8:00 for our fix. We hope for good weather.
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In the case of this particular recall, the recall letter states that they will allow you to use someone other than an Airstream dealer by contacting them for authorization to have the closest, qualified non-Airstream service facility inspect and repair the trailer.

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Jack -

That certainly sounds fair and proper for this recall, but I'm not so sure about the dealer in Sacramento refusing service, as Wilco mentioned.

I don't know whether they do or not, but I would expect that Airstream should have included a requirement in their written agreement with dealers that the dealer provide warranty service on all Airstreams regardless of where it was purchased. Otherwise, the warranty is misleading, and won't stand up, IMO, if challenged - the warranty states that customers need only take their trailer to any dealer or authorized service center.

The only justification for Airstream and its dealers to refuse warranty service at any of these authorized service locations, to require customers to take their units to a remote dealership, or to return units to the factory at a customer's expense, is because customers (myself included) do it without hesitation.

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Taking the trailer to the factory results in hundreds, if not thousands, in additional expenses to the buyer. We think it is way too hard to take it 200 or so miles to Dallas. That's a day out of work with the lost income.

It's like taking our GMC pickup to Michigan or California for warranty repairs.

Our 2004 has been in the shop for almost 12 weeks out of the first 17 months. That's bad enough. We find that most AS service locations rarely stock parts, and they seem to use ground shipping with several days delay. Imagine if your car sat in the dealer for a week waiting for a door hinge.

Why do AS owners, without hesitation, assume such an additional cost of ownership? Why do AS owners accept long periods at the dealers for service?

Is this a hidden cost of RV ownership?

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