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Old 01-30-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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How can I send my AS back to the factory?

We custom ordered our 31' last March and recieved it in May, 3 days before a six week trip. We found the usual bugs and got those repaired when we got back. We're having major issues with the tv/cable wiring being wrong and not being able to get it fixed. Fridge won't stay lit if we're moving, and some of the woodwork is just plain wrong. Some of the repairs look like I might have done them! LOL

We're to the point we're writing to Airstream to ask them to fix this stuff. Our unit actually left the factory with NO LP DETECTOR! Anyone have a suggestion on who/where to write? The dealer's done as much as they can and it's time to step it up. Funny thing is....David works in quality control for a big company so this one really gets him....that and what we paid for a custom order! LOL

Any help appreciated!

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Seems to me that the dealer should have all the information you need to contact the factory. They should also be able to fix the problems if they're a real dealer. None of the problems you mentioned seem to be all that complicated. Darol
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:06 PM   #3
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We're having major issues with the tv/cable wiring being wrong
Why can't the dealer fix this?

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Fridge won't stay lit if we're moving
The fridge is not suppose to be "lit" when moving.

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Some of the repairs look like I might have done them...The dealer's done as much as they can
Are you saying the dealer is not up to the task of making the correct repairs?

The factory is about a days drive from you and AFAIK you are free to make an appointment for warranty repairs at the factory. I've read that they will even work on your trailer during the day and have it back in the camping area by 3pm or so for you to spend the night... if the repairs require more than one day.

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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hi jenny and welcome to the loose screws club!

the list of issues you've mentioned doesn't appear too challenging, are there MORE THINGS?

still it can be frustrating for new buyers or new rv'ers...

there many threads here on service or warranty issues...

and almost as many on taking the unit to j/c for work.

look over your owner packet carefully, the manual and warranty make clear...

what commitment and responsibility (or lack of) the factory offers to owners.

rarely (2 times) am i aware of a dealer OR the factory covering the costs of getting the unit to j/c.

if YOU take it to j/c they can and usually will do ALL of the needed repair work...

they usually do a great job, but not always.

and i've actually had things broken AT THE FACTORY...

that required a return trip, AT MY EXPENSE , for 2nd and 3rd visits.

i've also had tools left ON THE ROOF, by factory personal, that endangered the lives of other motorists...

in fact tools were left top side even after i notified the service department they were up there!

hey no one is perfect but imo factory service has declined over the last 3 years.

as for who to contact...

you can call the NON TOLL FREE number, or email the warranty department.

i've found chris birch? to be very good at working directly with customers on issues...

it may be best to have your selling dealer make the warranty/service contact for ya, if they aren't capable of making the repairs...

although even that isn't fool proof.

i had repairs 'approved' by the factory and scheduled a trip there...

only to have them renege on the warranty coverage, while i was en route for the work...

(does this read bitter at all? )

while MOST of the folks working there are honesty and caring and professional.

anyway good luck getting them to cover transport, it very rarely happens.

and please keep us updated on your process and outcome...

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IF you are really steamed, write to dicky riegel(past pres), bob wheeler (current pres), or some other corporate officer.

also post your issues in one of the fit/finish threads on these things...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ity-31210.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ity-21553.html


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...The fridge is not suppose to be "lit" when moving....
u may not approve of travel with the fridge running on lp gas...

but it IS supposed to function while in route and many of us have/do leave these modern units on while traveling...
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:19 PM   #5
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Thanks!

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hi jenny and welcome to the loose screws club!
Thanks! I appreciate all the comments! The more the merrier!

We did get the dealer to fix the antenna wiring situation. First it was just wrong in the bedroom and not the kitchen. They "fixed" the wiring and now it's just the opposite. Works (sort of) in the kitchen and not the bedroom.

David works part time and can take the unit back. Our closest dealer is in Tennessee and we're not displeased with them, but I think David's more hacked at what we spent and what we got.

I spent 30 minutes locked in the shower because the new latch broke. Had to wait until David returned from walking the dog/talking to the neighbors/drinking cofee until I could get out! Major leak when we pulled in the rain, water collecting under the fridge in the drawer there, broken fixtures, no LP detector, shower that poured water onto the floor...just stuff that shouldn't have gone out.

We do pull with the fridge on because we are roadies....drive most of the day and then park. We've never had a problem before this unit and I'm not ready for food poisoning because the fridge wouldn't stay cold. Hey, what's a vacation without having ice cream? Can't keep it there because it won't stay cold enough.

Don't get me wrong...I love my silver palace...it's reputation is just a little tarnished at this pont.

Jenny
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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u may not approve of travel with the fridge running on lp gas...
but it IS supposed to function while in route and many of us have/do leave these modern units on while traveling...
I find it hard to believe that any current day corporate stucture would allow it's product to be sold with a requirement that it function in a fashion that would be in violation of state law in many of the states the product will be used.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:28 PM   #7
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...Don't get me wrong...I love my silver palace...it's reputation is just a little tarnished at this pont....
agree completely!

most of us are pretty loyal airheads...

my suggestion is to make a list of EVERY single item...

so IF you go to the factory the big issues can be addressed,

but so can every single other issue big or small.

my list of repairs was many pages and dozens of items long..

the first trip

you've got warranty coverage, so use it!

i've never heard of anyone being locked in the shower! wow.

this might be a great place to install ON STAR service...

"hello ONSTAR, i'm taking a shower and can't get out!"

"yes mama, we'll send someone right over, with a towel..."

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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I guess everyone has their own story.

We purchased a "new" 2002 Bambi that had sat on a lot for a year and half before we came along. During that time it must have had an untold number of walk-throughs. When we looked at the trailer there was no shortage of visible problems - most of which the dealer passed on to Airstream (we weren't impressed with the dealer).

To make a long story short .... we knew the dealer would not be a help ... we got a great deal .... but it came with some problems that I knew I would have to deal with (I'm sure the dealer was thrilled to see the trailer leave the lot) .... we accepted that if Airstream coughed up the parts I would likely have to do most of the repairs.

At the end of the day ....

Airstream was great - I got the parts I needed that were identified during the sale - and a number of others identified after the sale - I did the repair work (Ohio is also a 2 day drive away in the other direction) and they did additional repair work that I didn't have the skills to do as part of a vacation trip which took us past the factory.

All I can say is that I felt exceptionally well treated by Airstream the factory.

I should also mention that after warranty was over - I still felt exceptionally well treated - but this time I had to pay for it.

We now realize that the high price of an Airstream is not in a presumed "superior" product but is rather the price paid for its looks and an expensive aluminum construction technique.

Today we still love the trailer - but work on it from time to time (actually quite a lot) - but have no inclination to trade.



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I find it hard to believe...
i find it hard to believe ne1 thinks product codes and state laws are in sync...

or that users pay attention to either!

don't hijack her basic thread topic, there are many threads here already on travel with the fridge or furnace or water heater running....

some are technical, some are the legal issues, tunnel restrictions, and some are wild fist pounding...

so take yer pick

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:48 PM   #10
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We took our trailer to Jackson Center for some fixes, and some custom modifications we wanted, a few months after we bought it. I would highly recommend you do that. Not only will you get your trailer fixed, but you'll have time to tour the factory and really get a feel for how the unit is constructed, and why things work the way they do.

Our trailer was one of the first 28' CCDs built, and based on our experience in the repair shop, Airstream actually modified the design of that model in subsequent production.
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While I was out strolling and gossiping the shower door lock broke and the Mrs. was trapped in the shower til I got back. She was mildly upset at that but truly mad at my responses and actions. No I won't go into that.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:04 PM   #12
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While I was out strolling and gossiping the shower door lock broke and the Mrs. was trapped in the shower til I got back. She was mildly upset at that but truly mad at my responses and actions. No I won't go into that.
LOL LOL LOL I almost wanted to start a thread about the funniest thing that happened in your unit. I'm glad to know I'm not alone! It made it into our trip blog at the time, and our friends really got a kick out of it! Someone suggested it was a good thing we weren't conserving water and showering together. I told the friend it was a little hard to do that with six gallons of hot water! LOL

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don't hijack her basic thread topic, there are many threads here already on travel with the fridge or furnace or water heater running....
2air,

You're the one who chose single out the issue... it was just one of the opinions I offered in reply to the original post.
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Just my 2 cents, I believe there are many dealers who can sell a product but they do not have the people to perform a quality punchlist or fix it for that matter. I can see the current workforce of builders of these fine trailers having the mindset of letting the old school service guys and gals fix the problems that take place during their assembly due to their lack of skills, Take it to their service there is a group of techs that can fix your problems. Robert
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