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Old 02-24-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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Angry Look what Discount Tire did to our underbelly

We had Discount Tire in Albuquerque install new wheels and tires on our trailer.

Even after crawling on the ground and pointing out the "Place Jack Here" signs, they still failed to do the job properly and also did not tell us they damaged the trailer.

We found the damage when we were de-winterizing.

Upset doesn't come close to describing how I am feeling.

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:34 PM   #2
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I would say that the odds are very high that "Discount Tire" doesn't have any idea that happened, as the tire tech probably pretended it didn't happen and no one in a position of responsibility knew about it.

It's VERY crappy indeed. Not that I'm obsessive-compulsive or anything like that, but I put my trailer on jackstands myself and take the tires to the tire shop. I wasn't even that picky with my '71 Skylark Custom Convertible, but I just assume the tire-boys don't know anything about an Airstream so I don't trust them not to hurt it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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That part of the underbelly covers a holding tank- either fresh, gray, or black water- there may be damage to the holding tank, also.
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Have you spoken to the store manager?
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Same thing happened to me at a mom and pop shop out west last summer. They offered to pay, but a little hammer work by me and it wasn't worth the effort....plus their honesty deserved reward.

Mine wasn't quite as deep as yours, but there is at least 1/2"...maybe 3/4" of styrofoam between the pan and tank. If you work that edge lip back down, I think you're ok. Mine has never leaked and I am sure I no longer have any undue stress on the tank.
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Hope it works out for the best.

You showed them the jacking point and they jacked on axel?
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:57 PM   #7
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Hi everyone,
The Discount tire Manager is supposed to meet us at our Airstream Service Company (Holiday Travel Trailers in ABQ) tomorrow.
Let's hope they pay for all the repairs.
We know the tire techs knew they caused this damage and didn't tell us. We were right next to the trailer the entire time. We showed them exactly where to put the jack, and where NOT to....our mistake was not checking after the work was done. I am most angry with myself for not doing that.
In addition; we may have to cancel a long- awaited trip and will have to pay a cancellation fee.
Also, I am the type of person who can't put off repairs...can't relax unless I know the trailer is in top shape....
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When I have tire work done on my ASCL I pull it up on blocks outside the tire shop, which in my case is National Tire & Battery (NTB) and watch them do each tire as I move the trailer on the blocks. Additionally, NTB allows Customers to observe in the shop.

Many are the times that I have had to correct a "technician" in the proper way to torque a wheel and once had to stop one of them from literally jumping up/down on one of my X5's wheels in an effort to break a stubborn tire bead from the wheel that their machine failed to separate.

Buyer be ware!!!
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Hopefully no major damage done.

I don't know what their training is on working on trailers and proper procedures but I just bought 4 new 16" wheels, tires and TPMS and did the finished wheel installation myself.

They got the right parts, even used dark wheel weights to match the wheel. But while I watched from outside I was impressed by the overall "shop procedures" for moving tires, inflating in a safety cage, cleaning hubs on the vehicle prior to mounting, torque wrenches and other procedures even including using another employee to guide a car being backed out of the shop.

It was Discount Tire in Rock Hill SC.

If their shop guidelines are indicative of their corporation policies, I bet they'll work this out.

Good luck.

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Old 02-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #10
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Hi everyone,
The Discount tire Manager is supposed to meet us at our Airstream Service Company (Holiday Travel Trailers in ABQ) tomorrow.
Sounds to me that you're on your way to an amicable solution!! Hope it goes well!!
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Hi,
We bought 16" Sendel wheels, Michelin tires and a TPMS system. We don't have the equipment to perform the work, so we had Discount tires do it.
I am sure the Manager did not know about the damage until today...when we found it.
.....feeling more sick to my stomach as the minutes pass.....
Thank you all for the kind words....
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I have the same dent in my tank pan. Yours is in an odd place. They missed the axel mounting plate on mine and hit the tank. This was something that happened prior to me owning the trailer but I can imagine it was a tire store or gas station that did it. I was able to bend mine and it looks better but it will never be new. Best way to fix it is to remove the pan and hammer the dent out. It will damage the galvanize to do this and it will rust at some point. A sheet metal shop can make a new pan. It is really thick like .040 galvanized steel.

You trailer is new enough that Airstream can send you a new pan and that is what I would want or a free set of tires.

Make sure the tire monkeys know how much one of these trailer cost the next time you have work done.

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I would be equally or more concerned they bent the axle tube, and have therefore screwed up the wheel alignment. Not supposed to be lifting by the axles, especially what appears to be that far in.
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We had Discount Tire in Albuquerque install new wheels and tires on our trailer.

Even after crawling on the ground and pointing out the "Place Jack Here" signs, they still failed to do the job properly and also did not tell us they damaged the trailer.

We found the damage when we were de-winterizing.

Upset doesn't come close to describing how I am feeling.

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This is why I recommend getting some reflective red tape and marking the jack points with tape. It's no guarantee that they'll put the jack on the tape— laziness is laziness no matter where you go— but then they have no excuse when you come back later and point out the damage because some numbskull didn't put the jack on the tape marks you so thoughtfully provided.
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