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Old 12-24-2007, 07:02 PM   #1
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Pet Peeves / Solutions

Alright, so i just bought my first Airstream,2007 25' FB,SE. The purpose of this thread is to discuss problems and solutions regarding design/functionality of airstream trailers. I am a retired Architect who has camped alot so design and functionality are my forte. Its the nuances that hopefully we come up with that will improve our camping experience!!!
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:16 PM   #2
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So here is first pet peeve. Fortunately it is not my problem as i found a brand new 2007 airstream and not a 2008, but for you folks that may be ordering a new one, here's the problem. Vinyl flooring !. The new 2008's all have a vinyl flooring different from the 2007's. It's an embossed (raised) design that has narrow strips in two directions, lke quilt /patchwork fashion. Good luck as this is going to be a constant cleaning nightmare, collecting heaps of dirt vrs a smoother non embossed one directional vinyl floor. Whoever came up with this particular flooring from airstream should be fired, as it is a major mistake !!! If you are ordering a new airstream see if you can get the prior years vinyl flooring (they may have some left), or perhaps they will change design midyear as they sometimes do. Good Luck, Fred
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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If one orders from the factory, I wonder if you couldn't specify flooring type. Have them istall marmoleum or other sheet goods to your own specs. I'm an Architect as well and with two Labrador Retrievers, I tend to design for durability as well as aesthetic.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
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This reply is more in the "design", than "functionality" area; But AS's have always had what IMHO are marginal frames. Also, the interface between shell, frame,and floor, is suspect. I sometimes wonder if AS has now, or ever has had,on the payroll, a "real" structural engineer. The problems of frame sagging, shell seperation, and rotting floors from water intrusion, are decades old issues. In the AS design, the lack of a curved steel frame connecting the ends of the outriggers, forces the floor, in the areas between the outriggers to carry all the loads, with only a thin, aluminum channel to help. The design of this whole area almost insures leakage and subsequent floor problems over the years.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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Composite floors would go a long way to solve the floor rot problem.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:54 PM   #6
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You're right about composite flooring, properly integrated into the system, would go a long way to prevent future problems. If shell was attached to the frame, directly, with floor inside of connection, this would be even better. A few lb's of steel and aluminum would make a world of difference. As to your floor cleaning issue, I would love to have a nicely finished hardwood floor with some throw rugs; easily cleaned, and so warm and beautifull.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:57 PM   #7
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Airstream has stated they will make changes to your trailer for the price of a change order, plus whatever the stuff costs.
As someone whose nickname for a time was "slewfoot", the ridged/raised flooring may be for better traction when wet.
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Old 12-24-2007, 09:35 PM   #8
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hi fred...

this your floor is an issue?

until recently most/all units were fully CARPETED.

only a few years ago did they start using vinyl and it was limited to the galley area.

while safari and ccd units started using vinyl 5-6 years ago, i paid EXTRA to have full vinyl with NO carpet.

there are some interesting threads on the various a/s floors (good and bad) tried over the years...

you may benefit from reading or searching the archives.

also, many threads already here on design issues, improvements, peeves and so on...

here's just a couple but there are many of them.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...ngs-29964.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...nts-18053.html

as a new owner and poster it might be useful to scan these threads too...

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

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

there are annual threads like these back into 04 and with hundreds of posts...

there are also more generic fit/finish/materials threads like these...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f293...ity-27019.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ams-31743.html

and there are another slew of threads on design issues, like this one...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...sic-37114.html

it seems there are lots of design, engineers, archi' and so on who have better ways to build 'em...

so, many of the restoration threads have photos and tips on greatly improved units...

happy peeving!

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Old 12-25-2007, 06:33 AM   #9
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They do Composite flooring for the overseas market as well as radiant heat. No Furnace and blower. I like it!
The flooring is probably not the composite you are thinking about though.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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Hi, my question is: If you don't own it or you didn't buy it why are you complaining?
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:55 AM   #11
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Bob,
Well i guess i have a natural propensity to complain. Well actually i just happened to notice that was major difference between 07 and 08 Safaris'

Hey 2Air,
Thanks for all those post links, i see corrosion is really a big issue. I will check that out closely when i go for final pick up/delivery of my rig.

Another pet peeve, actually the main one i had, which is inclusive of most rigs, including mine is the shower standing floor space. I was trying to see if i could order a rig without the built in fiberglass seat,which takes up precious floor space. Answer was no.They said that most folks like that feature. Well that was BS,(i don't know anyone who likes to sit down to take a shower),and actually the recess created by the seat is where the outside shower access/components are located. So that was main reason (i concluded.)
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Another pet peeve, actually the main one i had, which is inclusive of most rigs, including mine is the shower standing floor space. I was trying to see if i could order a rig without the built in fiberglass seat,which takes up precious floor space. Answer was no.They said that most folks like that feature. Well that was BS,(i don't know anyone who likes to sit down to take a shower),and actually the recess created by the seat is where the outside shower access/components are located. So that was main reason (i concluded.)
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my last a/s had a standing only shower, like a small phone booth...

it was adequate, but even at 25 when i was loose as a goose, bending over was as issue in such a small space.

now that i've got a seat i love it!

for boondocking, and trying to conserve water it is very useful.

-sit, wet down quickly n turn off the water.

-lather up while sitting. take your time, no need to bend over or stand 'crane style' to get yer toes...

-then rinse quckly while standing.

perhaps the outside plumbing on your unit is located under the seat...

but on mine the seat is over a wheel well and contains plumbing lines to the galley.

i think a/s is tellin' ya the truth, folks DO like the sitting space.

have fun gettin' to know your hut.

cheers
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can't edit my first post, but it should read "think your floor is an issue?"
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:32 PM   #13
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We ordered our 2008 27FBSE with the "old" vinyl floor and had it installed throughout. I'm certain we paid an upcharge, but in the negotiations it got worked into our other upgrades. (We had the couch and dinette covered in the ultraleather used in the Classics.) We objected to the "new" vinyl because it appeared so "busy". Picked up our new Airstream 2 weeks ago and the old vinyl floor looks terrific with the tan ultraleather and the dark counter tops (Midnight Sun). We were told the factory would supply the old vinyl for as long as it is available. It appears they are continuing to use it in the Internationals, so they must have enough to go around.
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My 25' Safari six sleeper is carpeted, with the exception of the bath area, which makes perfect sense to me. IMHO carpet does not belong around a toilet anyway.
I am a fan of hard flooring in a trailer. My '72 has laminate flooring which is MUCH easier to keep clean when boondocking.
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