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Old 03-18-2019, 06:22 AM   #1
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owner satisfaction-leakage and tow ability

I am highly considering the purchase of a 2017 27 foot AS and have been diligently looking at the forum and have learned a lot. The cost of repair of an airstream should a mishap occur is certainly a concern. I assume that is what insurance is for, that said it still has to be done correctly and timely.

I am also hearing that water leakage esp in the newer airstreams is something that needs constant attention and that they don't tow well esp with crosswind or trucks coming by on the highway. I would highly appreciate airstream owners feedback to these particular issues or possible other disappointments with their trailers.

I'm not trying to open this up into a big rant, as I realize with anything there will be people unhappy with a purchase or decision. Just looking for some clean feedback from the best source, those that own them. Thank you.

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Old 03-18-2019, 06:40 AM   #2
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There is a great deal of information here on Airstream quality control, if you use the blue search button at the top of your page.

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Old 03-18-2019, 08:51 AM   #3
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Yes some of every brand trailer will leak. Many will not.

I haven't heard of Airstreams being more difficult to tow in wind, in fact my experience is that they tow better.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:52 AM   #4

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Consider all things read here with informed skepticism.

AS trailers tow better than all others because of their aerodynamic design. When set-up properly you won't have a trailering problem.

That will have to be informed about QC issues.
Read the appropriate threads, do the needed research.
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:45 AM   #5
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The Airstreams tow much better than any square box - the air goes over or around instead of pushing against the side. I've pulled through hurricane strength storms, and rock steady. The longer the trailer, the more you should consider sway control to deal with the push from semi-trucks - that's universal.
Leaks? What leaks? oh, yeah. They all leak eventually. seam and sealant maintenance is a cost of being in the club. However, a leak in a wood frame trailer is worse. With an Airstream, an undiscovered leak means fixing the floor.
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:58 AM   #6
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Towability and stability are AS's greatest attributes, IMO. The video attached demonstrates that better than I could describe it. Every brand has strengths and weaknesses. IMO, the longevity of the brand speaks for itself. Good luck in your decision. We would happily welcome you to the party!

If you do negotiate a great price and make the purchase, wait a while before you worry about the dent. You can always get it fixed, if you decide it's a must.

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Old 03-18-2019, 10:04 AM   #7
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As the owner of a 2017 27' FB International Signature, I can tell you that I have never experienced any leaks of any kind. As for towing, the Airstream cannot be beat. This is one of the main reasons I replaced my 2001 Excella with a new Airstream trailer. The towing characteristics are extremely good. Being aerodynamic, they cut through the wind and are not so prone to side winds. My truck doesn't even know the Airstream is behind it. It tows like a dream compared to the box trailers
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:12 AM   #8
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Towing is better than the average trailer. That is why it is called AirStream, we stream into the air, like a plane. The ergonomy is especially well designed for gust winds. I was caught in an AZ sand storm last year, 65mph gusty winds, I felt nothing.
Leakage is pretty much the same as other and more of an ordeal and costly to repair.
Airstream take more care in the construction so chances are better.
I have experienced leaks.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:19 AM   #9
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Ours tows well but we have had the odd leak, one fairly persistent from under the AC housing that was misdiagnosed by several dealerships, and finally fixed by Oasis RV in Tucson. We love our Airstream but recognize that there are QC issues that manifest differently in different rigs. Best advice to you is to find a good and trustworthy AS familiar repair-shop BEFORE you buy your rig, they will be invaluable. "The devil knows more because of his age than because he's the devil" so even if you are handy, working with folks who have worked with AS for years can save you a lot of grief.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:30 AM   #10
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50+ mph winds not a problem

Just returned from a 5500-mile trip from Missouri to Texas to Southern and Northern California and back towing our brand new 2019 Classic with a new 2018 Ram 2500. 50+ mph headwinds and side winds. No problem at all. Towed like a dream.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:50 AM   #11
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We've only had our 2019 GT since last July, but we've got a lot of short trips out -one during a huge leaks at all. We also visited it last week as we wondered if we'd gotten all the moisture dried out at the end of our trip and after a really bad series of rainstorms (my car had 1.5" of standing water in the back seat because a Grandkid left the door cracked open overnight!) and discovered it was dry and snug.

Compare that to our older trailer that suffered a 1/2" rubber roof crack we couldn't even see -probably a branch rub when pulling it, and then had an entire wall delaminate during a storm because of the way the roof attached to the walls. Inside damage -killed the stereo, speakers, overhead lights, delaminated a cabinet and the base of the eating area. And, could it be fixed? Nope -they'd have to tear the entire wall off one side and redo it and replace everything else.

As for towing? As long as your tow vehicle is capable and the trailer is properly loaded, it tows very smartly. They are more aerodynamically sound, less apt to react to wind or turns. The biggest issues we've had when towing is with a vehicle that was pushed to its limits. Our current Silverado 2500 is fantastic.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:52 AM   #12
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I am also hearing that water leakage esp in the newer airstreams is something that needs constant attention and that they don't tow well esp with crosswind or trucks coming by on the highway. I would highly appreciate airstream owners feedback to these particular issues or possible other disappointments with their trailers.

We have had four Airstreams since 2008. A Sport, Flying Cloud, Classic and a new 2019 Flying Cloud. We have not experienced leaks in any of the four trailers. Our first outing in the 2019 included heavy rain for five days after set up with local flooding in the campground but not a drop anywhere in the trailer. We have a Hensley hitch that we have used on both 30' trailers and prior was a Draw Tite ball hitch with sway control bar which we used on the 22 and 25'. We have not had noticable sway with either of those set ups.

I would not describe some of our issues with our 2019 as much as disappointment as opportunities for improvement. We take it to the factory in October and hopefully they can handle what we believe to be relatively minor issues.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:54 AM   #13
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Have an '05 28 foot int. 200,000 miles on it. Minor leaks repairable by you with appropriate silicone sealant. Highly recommend Hensley hitch and three quarter ton pu, we have diesel and rt's been excellent for 14 it's on the Alcan with many many mountains. On the repair issue we have found a group of mechanics in a single facility who all seem to own trailers. Their work has been very reasonable and excellent. But we did a bit of looking. They do exist you just have to locate them. There are good travel trailer dealers but good luck on that. Most are poor in our many miles of travel experience.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:06 PM   #14
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My 2019 25-foot Airstream with 80 day-road-trip behind us has never leaked no matter how many times I’ve visited her over this past winter to check. However, i dented both rock guards and 1 panel on her during our 80-day maiden voyage and got her repaired at Jackson Center and was probably why I worried a bit more about follow-on leaks occurring. But then there were none. Yay. She tows wonderfully as is but I have decided to add a sway control bar to augment my Reese WDH system. I had same set up with previous AS (albeit an Equalizer) and thought it made a real difference.

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