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Old 07-08-2016, 09:46 AM   #99
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I guess the solution is not buy one! Think of all the whining you won't have to do. There really is no excuse for any new AS owner to complain. All the info is on the Internet. Yes, many have major problems all of which are well documented. So if I google AS quality control and get post after post of negative comments and still buy one, which leads me to the forums to complain, who do I have to blame? Be respnsible for your actions, if the info is there , take advantage of it, and if you buy, admit your mistake for it was your decision.
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I suppose some just have higher standards while others expect far less.
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:10 AM   #101
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Whatever your standards are, the info is there.
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Yes....buyer beware!
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:25 AM   #103
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And to add to the conversation, there is no perfect RV out there coming from any manufacturer. Even when I built a new home, it was a battle with the builder regarding mistakes, shoddy workmanship etc. The problem becomes our perception of dollars spent equating to quality. Unfortunately the more you spend will not always improve your chances of quality when human beings hand build products. The only thing you can really do is refuse to purchase a product if you feel that the quality doesn't justify the price. Obviously that will send the message to the manufacturer, but it doesn't look like the consumer is making that statement to Airstream as of now.

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Simply put.... as American consumers, we like to satisfy our need it now appetite for things. We will buy despite its value or for most, the ability to fianance things we could never ever afford.
I personally seek the ultimate in quality not just the ultimate in price.
Its sad that my old 91 Classic is bomb proof where my newer unit which sits 99% unused is crap!
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I have personally seen the new Bolus product.
They are flawless! Id buy one but I need the space afforded by AS
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:27 PM   #106
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I have personally seen the new Bolus product.
They are flawless! Id buy one but I need the space afforded by AS
Do you mean the Bowlus? $140,000 for a small trailer with wet bath, cassette toilet, and so on? It is outrageous that anyone should have to pay so much for so little...to get quality.

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Old 07-08-2016, 12:37 PM   #107
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I'm now of the mind that if we buy any new RV, our initial walk-through / inspection will take most of the day and that we will find plenty of things wrong, some of which we will want fixed before we even take the unit off the lot.

That stinks, but aside from Bowlus most RVs aren't built any better than AS, and many are even worse. It seems to be a sickness across the industry. There's no legitimate excuse for it, but there it is, like a dead rat on the dining room table.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:59 PM   #108
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Do you mean the Bowlus? $140,000 for a small trailer with wet bath, cassette toilet, and so on? It is outrageous that anyone should have to pay so much for so little...to get quality.

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But you could tow a Bowlus with your Subaru Outback. No need to buy a $50k pickup, a $3k hitch, etc. Then the overall package becomes comparable with most Airstreams.
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Someone else can live in a Bowlus, we'll stick with our Airstream which was delivered with excellent quality and continues to provide trouble-free service traveling all over the country many times and over 1,000 nights camping.

We inspect and maintain it well, fix whatever it needs, change whatever we don't like, have towed it with very inexpensive half-ton trucks which give us and our Airstream a nice soft ride, and travel on.
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They make different products for people with different requirements. Some don't want to spend money on buying/insuring a dedicated tow vehicle.
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I neglected to do any research beforehand.
I knew there would be problems. All RV's and boats have problems.
I perceived, just like the general public perceives, that Airstreams were the best travel trailers on the market bar none.
I set the bar too high.
I was disappointed.
Life goes on.
I will never buy another one, but I will never get rid of the one I have.
I always wanted one and enjoy having one, but will not pretend that is s n surly perfect trailer.
I don't think it is necessarily complaining to call it like I see it.
It is what it is.
When people at gas stations or campgrounds ask me about it, I give them the tour and complete honesty.
Yes, they are nice trailers, but have issues- some uncalled for, unnecessary, avoidable, preventable problems-
Jackson Center has the best service center in the world.
Why can't they have the best factory in the world?


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Michael, I agree.

I knew there would be problems. All RV's and boats have problems.

I will never get rid of the one I have.

I always wanted one and enjoy having one.

I don't think it is necessarily complaining to call it like I see it.

It is what it is.

When people at gas stations or campgrounds ask me about it, I give them the tour and complete honesty.

Yes, they are nice trailers, but have issues- some uncalled for, unnecessary, avoidable, preventable problems-

Jackson Center has the best service center in the world.

Why can't they have the best factory in the world?


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