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Old 01-04-2016, 01:22 PM   #1
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I am taking delivery of a 2016 19 ft. Bambi Flying Cloud later this month. I am really getting concerned over the maintenance issues with Airstreams since monitoring this site. Im not talking about normal maintenance issues but the actual condition of a brand new product.? Seems a lot going on with AS QC. Does anyone know of an inspector or at least and AS owner that can assist me with the initial inspection? I'm a firm believer in holding back the final payment to get things done promptly. Money always works as once its out of their yard you are on your own if you are leaving the area as well.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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I am really getting concerned over the maintenance issues with Airstreams since monitoring this site.
You must keep in mind that AirForums members are a small but vocal subset of Airstream owners. The vast majority of owners experience very few problems and obtain warranty service without the need to complain here on the Forums. In fact, many of them are unaware that the AirForums even exist. It's not like there's an AirForums brochure in every new Airstream, after all.

I like reading the various complaints, and trying to help folks solve their problems by means of long-distance second- and third-hand troubleshooting, but I don't consider those complaints to be truly representative of the majority of Airstreams.

In other words, don't worry about problems that haven't happened yet. Do a thorough walk-through before taking delivery, and test every installed system for yourself. The best inspector for any Airstream is the new owner, in this case you.
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Surf City, NJ is only 45 miles away from Colonial Airstream, one of the more respected dealers. While I've had no personal dealings with them they have good reviews for service/repair.

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I would suggest reading through the forums and compile your own checklist to review when you do your inspection. Make sure it includes interior and exterior items and verifies all plumbing and electrical items.

We took our trailer out for a road trip right after to shake down the trailer and sure enough a few minor things were identified.
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Each trailer comes with an inspection punch/check list provided by Airstream. I would get a clean copy and go over it item by item with the dealer rep. At least that way you will know every system is good to go. The basic warranty is two years. I would keep a list of all issues and either have them looking at by your dealership or better yet schedule a trip to Jackson Center to have the pros in the service center make them right.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:45 PM   #7
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New Jersey - is that Colonial? They should be able to provide good and effective service. The factory is a great backup, but developing a relationship with your dealer's service staff is of significant value. Knowing you can make a phone call just before closing and get information, being able to get a quick turn on an emergency repair, and just knowing that you have a resource when you need it are good reasons for developing that relationship.

The good news is that JC is not that far from you. It's a great destination and the parking is free if you are having service done. You will learn a lot from the staff and customers that you meet there.

Good luck and travel safe. Pat
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