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Old 09-03-2015, 07:57 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by Hiho Silver View Post
Sooo sorry for you that u got sooo turned off to airstream. I love mine
We love our 25fb too!!! We love it even MORE now that we didn't get sucked in by the uppity "wow factor" and spend nearly 100 grand more for a cherry-stained cornucopia of crappy craftsmanship...or is that crapsmanship?

There are NO excuses in a trailer that costs that much. None!!!!!!


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Old 09-03-2015, 08:10 PM   #44
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We inspected our fresh-from-the-factory 2012 with a fine toothed comb looking for problems; it was nicely assembled and not a single gripe. Outside of very minor issues of extensive use in 27 months total travel and living in it, it remains as nice as new. It's been a joy to have, can't imagine retirement travel without it.

We do use a regular inspection schedule testing for leaks, touch up nicks and scratches, corrosion prevention treatment, and checking equipment operation.

Our first new Airstream (2007) as also excellent, but sat on the dealers lot two years. We found some 20 items for the dealer to fix before delivery, all related to tire-kickers and kids beating the dickens out of it while in dealers inventory. Fixed these and it was trouble-free.

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Old 09-03-2015, 08:36 PM   #45
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If one insists on a thorough pre-delivery, pre-signing walk-thru inspection which includes running both AC units, running the furnace, running water through every water functioning advice, hot water heater running on AC and gas, fridge cooling, inspections under all cabinets where water lines and connections are made... and a close inspection of all drawer and cabinet latches, the operation of all lights, televisions, sound system, and the fit and finish of panels and cabinetry THEN, a buyer really has little to fear when buying a new Airstream. Insist that fix-it items are corrected before delivery and then complete the purchase.

Those who claim, after hearing some bad reports, that they have decided not to buy a new Airstream are just running scared. What is there to be scared of, if you do a proper job of inspecting the unit you are considering buying?

Whatever RV, trailer, 5th wheel, or motor home you decide to buy... you are quite likely to find at least one or two "fix-it" items. To avoid Airstream because you're afraid of having a few fix-it issues is folly.

Add our 2016 30' Serenity to the many new Airstreams that are found to be fine, problem-free examples. But each coach is a unique product, thus each needs to be carefully inspected before purchase.

If you are considering buying a new Airstream... all you need to do is approach the purchase sensibly, with a comprehensive inspection, and you'll be fine. Don't run iike a fraidy cat, just 'buck up', take charge, and move on it confidently!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:47 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by Zybane View Post
Some pretty huge assumptions there...

If you bought my trailer now, you would have a good trailer with a blown refrigerator light and a loose bar on the front of the cooktop- not 70+ flaws to have fixed-
The 60-something item list is what was repaired at Jackson Center- not including what the dealer fixed and what I fixed-
The extreme end of the spectrum-
You could buy a trailer from someone who never fixed anything and never maintained it.
My trailer has new tires. Another second hand trailer might need tires, brakes, batteries, axles-
I take care of my stuff. I have people lined up wanting to buy my daily driver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder for stoopid high money-

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Old 09-03-2015, 10:46 PM   #47
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I am picking up my new Airstream this Saturday. I am having second thoughts now. Where in Texas did you purchase the trailer.
Got it in Virgina at Stafford RV were they've been selling them for many years.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:53 AM   #48
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The major problems we have had - bad a/c unit and a leak under kitchen sink - are still minor to us. It has not affected our memories that we have had in our Classic. We do not consider our unit to be a lemon and are very, very thankful we are proud owners of an Airstream.

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Old 09-04-2015, 06:10 AM   #49

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I do believe that JC has lost their sense of direction, QC was lacking when we purchased in 2004, 2015 shows little improvement.

Wally's famous advice to make no changes, rather only improvements.....

"If your confused about what to do, whatever you end up doing will turn out to be the right thing to have done."

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Old 09-04-2015, 06:57 AM   #50
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I think it is a shame that new trailers have such problems, relegated to the dealer network to repair before delivery. As I have said before, these trailers are junk compared to the cruising sailboat that I owned and the whole RV industry should be ashamed. It has been proven that building it right the first time should not cost more money, but the objective seems to be maximum production.
Having said that, we are the second owners of our trailer, originally purchased from Colonial. We have had only minor issues, although they were all related to inferior materials or construction practices. We have enjoyed using our Airstream, but I cringe at what I am facing to keep it operating as designed. Had I been smarter before getting into this, I might have stayed with sailing.

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Old 09-04-2015, 08:23 AM   #51
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The good news is that when you get your items resolved, you will have many years of enjoyment. I love just hooking up to my '98 and hitting the road.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 09-04-2015, 04:21 PM   #52
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I have to say that I am surprised by the tolerance of AS buyers for poor quality. The expectation when buying an AS product is the best of the best. Unfortunately, based on these posts buyers are willing to pay top $ for a shoddy product and then go to great lengths to get their issues fixed. A manufacturer who doesn't consider quality as the most important part of their product will only improve it if their sales are impacted by it or their cost of correcting it becomes excessive.
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Old 09-04-2015, 04:44 PM   #53
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Why do people think AS is the best? It's because that's what they are told AS should be by those on the forums. You folks are your worst enemy. False expectations punctuated after the fact by complaints. AS are iconic, unusual, beautiful, a thrill to own, but just a little better on QC than an SOB. Enjoy it for what it is, not for what it isn't!
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #54
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Ditto to Avion. If you want the AS Supreme model have Timeless Travel in Denver buy a shell and truly custom build you a one of a kind piece of art. Probably double to triple the price and since it is still a trailer that moves/bumps/shimmies down the road I'd guess that you might have fewer problems but still have normal wear and tear and the same complaints.

Or bet a model like Pat has in post #51. Now that's a Timeless travel trailer.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:15 PM   #55
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I don't see what the big deal is. All RVs have issues. Even the super pricey Class A motor coaches. And while we would all love it if they were built to the quality standard of new cars, that isn't a reality today.

Our $350,000 44' Class A diesel pusher had a bad AC unit (one of three units on the roof). That's not a coach manufacturer quality problem... that's an issue with the AC manufacturer. The AC maker covered the replacement. Should that have been caught at the factory or dealer prep? Sure. But it wasn't. And one of the slide topper had an issue as well and had to be replaced. Also had a small windshield leak. As these issues became apparent, they were taken care of under warranty. Also had a couple of shades that went bad... also covered under warranty.

Yes, we needed to visit the shop a few times to get these things all sorted out. Did I moan and groan about bad QC on the motorhome? Swear I'd never buy a high-end motor coach again? Not at all. ALL RVs have issues of one sort or another. That's life. You should expect to have to deal with a few. And it's not the end of the world.

If you decide to buy a cheaper unit than an Airstream, thinking you won't have any quality control or manufacturing problems, you've probably got some major expectation problems.

If you want a new Airstream, go peruse, decide on one, check it out thoroughly before signing papers and you'll likely be as well of,f if not better off, than with any other trailer or 5th wheel out there you might buy. That goes for ALL RVs, including high end Class A coaches.

Lastly, don't be surprised if you buy a new Airstream and it happens to check out practically perfect! Our 2016 30' Serenity did. But that doesn't mean I don't expect to have some fix-it matters crop up with usage. I do expect that... it's the way with RVs... ALL of them.
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Old 09-05-2015, 04:20 AM   #56
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For me I guess the big deal is expecting more for my hard earned dollar.
This trailer is the most expensive thing I have ever bought.
I guess expecting new car or electronics quality out of any TV is a pipe dream.

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