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Old 09-13-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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We just returned from a 6 week, 7,100 mile trip covering about 15 states. Farthest outbound point was North Dakota.

Nothing broke, malfunctioned or caused any concern or confusion with either the Airstream or TV.

No owner's manuals were consulted. No web searches or phone calls for assistance were required either.

I did maintain surveillance on air pressure and wheel lug torque. Nothing required attention there either.

Sometimes, some of the "gloom and doom" reports here are a bit disconcerting, but my opinion is that Airstream makes a damn fine product. So does Chevy
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
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Nothing to comment on.

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Old 09-13-2016, 02:57 PM   #3
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Me too, from Missouri to Glacier Natl Park last month. Even the Equalizer hitch was quiet.

Topped off my Ram 2500 DEF tank with Peak and it worked fine. Purchase biodiesel in Nebraska and it worked fine. Everywhere else west was straight diesel.

Had a bad blister under my right big toe from Ptarmigan Tunnel hike but I was still able to hike up to Sperry Glacier and Chalet without pain. Didn't even get any new blisters on that hike.

What did go wrong:
My bicycle got a flat tire going from Fish Creek to Apgar. About a mile or so out it went flat and did the walk of shame back to the campground.

My new propane Honda generator had a faulty hose/regulator. Purchased an equivalent Mr Heater part in Columbia Falls and it worked fine. Got my original one replaced by GenConnex when I got home.

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Old 09-13-2016, 03:08 PM   #4
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Well, for that matter, we have had uneventful trips to the lake, to Branson MO, and to a church retreat..... Just a lot o'fun!
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:11 PM   #5
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You do realize you've Murphed it up for the next trip (or trips). The Airstream Gods are not to be trifled with as they have long memories and love piling on misery; just ask Vycan, who also posted something similar about a previous trip; three head gaskets later and a host of other problems aflicted his next trip. I could go on. Trust me, there are people on this site you firmly believe in those mean spirited hooligans (they actually like being called that).

In the future, count your blessings, keep quiet as a church mouse and pray it never happens to you.

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Old 09-13-2016, 04:48 PM   #6
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What a boring trip report. No drama or other horror stories to rant about.
Nice to hear from a happy camper for a change. May you have many more glorious adventures in your Airstream.
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:19 PM   #7
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On our last outing, we did over 10,000 miles, lived in the AS 12 weeks, and the only non-issue we had was running out of propane. This is with a basically stock 2007 AS and a newly installed ProPride hitch. But I'm not bragging or complaining.

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Old 09-13-2016, 05:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for sharing. Feels a little weird doesn't it? Sharing that nothing happened and all is well? Which is why most people don't do it. Not because it doesn't happen. It's because there's no reason to.

And that gives the impression that mostly bad things happen to Airstreams. It's just Internet optics.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:02 PM   #9
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Call the factory and see if they screwed up? 😳

Just kidding! Glad you took the time to report nothing.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:09 PM   #10
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Other than toasting a set of batteries in storage (my fault) because of low water in them, most of my work on this AS is going to be updates and improvements, plus better tires and 16" wheels once I figure out if they will fit.

Yes, I have many days that I feel like s fugitive from the law of averages and the angry Airstream gods...but hey, I'm Norwegian...

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Old 09-13-2016, 06:15 PM   #11
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We like ours too

Originally Posted by Randakk View Post opinion is that Airstream makes a damn fine product. So does Chevy
We like our Silverado too, and our FC. Here's hoping we all have many more issue free trips!
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:38 PM   #12
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Re: Balancing the Travel Yin-Yang

Our 2015 roadtrip was 13,500 miles (not including side-trips) through 23 states, and it was 8.5 months in duration. The following is a list of challenges on that trip:
  • Hail damage (a little smaller than golf ball size) to TV and Airstream at Mount Rushmore. Broken side-view mirror and bathroom vent cover, plus dents on top of Bambi and Tundra. Bathroom vent has since had an aluminum pie plate as a "temporary" cover. Mirror was replaced several months later after returning home. Luckily, new UltraBreeze vent covers (installed prior to departure) protected both FantasticFans, while most other RVs had broken vents and skylights. The Bambi and Tundra still carry the battle scars from this encounter with nature.

  • Water heater stopped working in North Dakota. After several days of part-time troubleshooting (and no showers), replacement parts were purchased at local RV dealer, and installed. Luckily, cost was only $35.

  • TV had a blowout near Indianapolis. This was the first Michelin tire failure we've ever had in years and years of use on all of our vehicles. Purchased a new set of Michelins even though lots of tread remained on all of them, because the other three were purchased at same time as the failed tire. Tire expense was about $1,100. Insurance covered the tow truck that was dispatched to remove the bad tire and install the spare, because the 2.5 ton floor jack we carried would not lift the rear wheel on our TV (handle was too short with jack under the truck). Blowout caused $1,000 in wheel well and body damage, which was repaired after returning home. Also, we now carry a new three-ton floor jack with a four foot handle.

  • Broke two ribs in a bicycle fall at Letchworth State Park in New York State. Spent several days resting at the next stop, Watkins Glen State Park, where we visited the Corning Glass Museum. Luckily, no medical care was required, but it was several weeks before I was able to lift anything heavy (or ride my bike).

  • In Oklahoma, hardware securing the bumper to the frame rusted through on the right side and allowed the bumper to hang down on that side to where it almost scraped on the pavement. Luckily, a passing motorist flagged us down before it fell off. Rusted parts were replaced with stainless steel hardware.

  • During the 8.5 months, one hinge on the freezer door (inside the refrigerator) broke, and the door fell off. The remainder of the trip, the freezer door was duct-tape closed. After returning home, I solvent-welded several layers of polystyrene plastic (purchased at a hobby shop) to the broken hinge to repair it, and reinforced both hinges with the same material.

    Also, every plastic shelf that hangs on the refrigerator door had the mounting tabs break off, resulting in the shelf and its contents falling on the floor. By the time we got home, all of the refrigerator door shelves were held in place with duct tape. I have since modified the door by adding homemade shelf retainers, so that the broken shelves can still be used. (See modification at this link: Fixing broken refrigerator door shelves)

  • On the last leg of our trip, while approaching home, an oncoming 4WD pickup threw a big rock out of one of its tires and put a starburst crack in our windshield, right in the middle of the driver's view. The windshield was later replaced, and it was covered by insurance.

  • Shortly after returning home, the combination GPS navigation/radio/CD changer in the dash of our Tundra failed. Three weeks and $850 later, it works again.

Hopefully, our experiences fully balance the travel yin-yang for all AirForums members, and everyone’s roadtrips will be fun and uneventful with regard to Airstream and TV problems.
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:20 PM   #13
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My wife and I did a 17 day, 19 state, 6,500 mile road trip this summer in our 2013 25' FB International Serenity and it was also completely uneventful. Oh wait, I take that back, we lost 2 rivets inside. But that's it.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:17 AM   #14
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My vote goes to my FC and Chevy combo as well. I have had 8 trips out on the road since February and enjoyed every one of them. When a maintenance challenge popped up, I took note, got it fixed and went on enjoying myself. I have always loved my Airstream and Chevy truck combo's....nothing better for me

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