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Old 01-30-2008, 08:11 PM   #29
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I got stuck in our new AS the first time we took it camping. The little brown latch was bent and had to be fixed. I got stuck a couple of times.
ok looks like the locked in the shower issue is growing...

ONSTAR, a warning label and an escape plan are clearly needed.

we're up to 3 reports, so it may be time for a recall...

maybe that's why the showers leak?

so no one drowns while being trapped inside

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Old 01-30-2008, 08:25 PM   #30
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Like a commercial freezer, perhaps a fire ax mounted to the interior wall...
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:54 PM   #31
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Are Airstreams perfect? Of course not but if you want real horror stories go over to the open roads forum and read about the problems with the white box set. Defective warping light weight frames, gushing leaks and walls and cabinets even flimsier than Airstream. All of this with a projected life span of seven years.

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Old 01-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #32
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Iwood – I think I should clarify my remarks.

Airstream is a great trailer. Although ours has not been trouble free – neither has any new car I have ever owned (except for that 1959 VW in my teen years that just seemed to go and go and go) - all my other cars have been new – some have been better than others – a couple a lot worse – but none were perfect. In an Airstream you are going to find a lot of the same brand name “stuff” found in other trailers – carpeting, frig, stove, furnace, hot-water heater, brakes etc – neither better nor worse than others.

The big value of an Airstream is clearly its looks – they have a cult following of which we are proud members. In addition, they tow better than most, live long and hold their value much longer than others. That aluminum does like some TLC – which I think any long-lived owner looks at as a labour of love.

We took a long time to buy our trailer – walked into the deal knowing exactly what we were getting – and although I may have spent a fair bit of time working on the trailer frankly I’ve enjoyed it a lot – most of the work has been modifications – with some more modifications to come – a few unforeseen issues may have come up that I would rather not have had – but in no way do I think this is different than any other trailer (as above – better than many and not as good as some).

I think the writing on the wall from both of us both is that today we intuitively know we would have traded any other brand by this time – perhaps more than once. Since purchasing the trailer our game plan hasn’t changed – we originally sought out a Bambi as a long-lived one-time purchase and there is nothing that has happened to suggest the plan should change. We put between 10,000 to 15,000 kilometres on it each year and have annual trips planned well into the future. One great plus has been the Airstream factory – they have given us great service – we have nothing but good things to say about them.

If you are considering an Airstream purchase please don’t let my remarks deter you. There is a lot on this forum about quality control and it won’t take much research to uncover the more common complaints. Knowing these issues (and recognizing that it does help to be handy), if you do your due diligence – know exactly what your are buying and take your time to do it – then I’m certain you will also become a happy cult member.


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Old 01-30-2008, 09:52 PM   #33
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So, lets get back to this trapped in the shower routine. It seems to be primarily while the HUSBAND is out touring the campground, chatting with the other guys, drinking (coffee's I'm sure), and in general just shooting the breeze.

One would start to wonder what part in the sticky shower door the husband might have played to ensure he had some quality, uninterrupted time with the guys doing guy stuff.

I like the axe idea, however, it might create awkward issues requiring paramedics and firecrews when those who wish to conserve water by making sure that six gallons washed two bods instead of the intended one get, uh, frisky.

Knowing several folks who have SOB's and the problems they have had with them versus the problems I've seen noted on the forums IMHO I'd say that the differentiator is still that Airstreams are built better than their competitor products on a year by year comparison.

Now, Terry, about those 8 folks, I wonder how many of them were repeats? Some folks take a little longer to catch on.....

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...perhaps a fire ax mounted to the interior wall...
i see a whole new a/s accessory business segment...

like the rubberducksoaponaropefireaxe with moisturizer included!

operators are standing by to take your order!

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Old 01-30-2008, 10:32 PM   #35
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2air

How the heck did you come up with that picture in such a short amount of time. Hilarious.

thanks for my evening laugh.

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So, lets get back to this trapped in the shower routine. It seems to be primarily while the HUSBAND is out touring the campground, chatting with the other guys, drinking (coffee's I'm sure), and in general just shooting the breeze.

One would start to wonder what part in the sticky shower door the husband might have played to ensure he had some quality, uninterrupted time with the guys doing guy stuff.Barry
Ixnay on the showerdooray sabotogay. Your blowing our escape plans.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:26 AM   #38
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Fridge won't stay lit if we're moving

The fridge is not suppose to be "lit" when moving.
We keep ours "lit" in our 2002 when moving and it works just fine. Your refrigerator should stay lit when moving unless Airstream has put a new feature into new trailers that doesn't allow the propane to run when the trailer is moving.
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I am sorry that some may think I'm not happy about the Airstream. I LOVE MY AIRSTREAM. We intend it to be the last one we buy. I've enjoyed the camping we've done so far in it. I'm still disappointed in the "bugs", but then I'm married to an ISO9000 engineer who does quality inspections for a living!
No reason to apologize for that - everybody needs to understand that we can love our new trailers to pieces, while also demanding that the product lives up to its own reputation - to the wonderful experiences shared here every day - and to the promises from the company that builds them.

Without customers to stand up and require that Airstream, Inc. holds to the standards they created, everybody suffers when a relaxed atmosphere causes quality control to nosedive. And that's any company with a reputation for quality... not just Airstream.
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