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Old 02-26-2009, 10:33 AM   #15
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I agree completely on that 34 year old trailer, but was also interested in where is the line drawn - as soon as the trailer gets out of warranty, at the end of 5 years, 10 years or when?
Gotcha...it's a good question. For example, my 2004 Safari SS was discontinued last year I believe. Even though it is still made in CCD format, what if I need a counter or a cabinet or some other part that is exclusive to the 25' SS? that is non CCD? I wonder......
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:51 AM   #16
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Airstream still has many parts for even your 1975 Airstream.

You probably need to call one of the older Airstream places like Oasis, C&G or Inland to get them. A lot of the new dealers aren't sure what to order.

I find that the service centers will spend time to help you out.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:30 PM   #17
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Parts for older units.

Airstream has down sized the parts department, a number of times, since the early 70's.

In doing so, they have dropped many parts from their inventory.

Things for the older units, like sheet metal, windows, frame parts, some light lenses, some tail light and clearance light parts, some doors, some appliance parts, they still carry in a very limited supply.

As an example, to get a window for the 70's trailers usually takes 2 to 3 weeks, at least.

We have tried very hard, to fill the gap of what is NLA from Airstream, but it depends on the demand. Obviously, a need of 1 or 2 a year, is not worth the investment.

There is no law that requires Airstream to keep parts for so many years. But they do try to at least have the more popular parts available, far longer than any other RV manufacturer, that we are aware of.

Their huge problem, is space. It's now very limited, in fact it's primarily part of the service department.

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Old 02-26-2009, 09:51 PM   #18
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I haven't taken a step forward. I am on a slippery slope and sliding. Today, I repaired the shower tub and the trim. I then found out the furnace, which I serviced, repaired, checked and rechecked was not lighting. Holy crap... I have spent every day I have had off since December working on this aluminum hulk. Today I thought I made progress.

I am, I need a breather before I post here right now. I don't want to loose any friends here...

If the chat room was active I could vent there. But, it would be a one sided conversation... I'll rest and see how I feel tomorrow.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:03 PM   #19
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Hang in there Pepsi! When you're done, you'll know everything there is to know about that trailer, and how to fix it and keep it going. It will give you years of pleasure!
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:11 AM   #20
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I haven't taken a step forward. I am on a slippery slope and sliding. Today, I repaired the shower tub and the trim. I then found out the furnace, which I serviced, repaired, checked and rechecked was not lighting. Holy crap... I have spent every day I have had off since December working on this aluminum hulk. Today I thought I made progress.

I am, I need a breather before I post here right now. I don't want to loose any friends here...

If the chat room was active I could vent there. But, it would be a one sided conversation... I'll rest and see how I feel tomorrow.
A/S now supplies Prozac with all new trailers, see your dealer for details. Offer good til warranty expires.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:37 AM   #21
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Time to take a step forward... The Furnace is working pretty well so far. Today we will be testing all the systems tongue to bumper and giving the trailer a thorough cleaning.

We'll be making a list for you Andy.
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Since most parts of an Airstream, or any other trailer for that matter, except the body and frame, are common throught out the industry, parts are readily available. Things like lights are can be a problem. I'm amazed that Airstream will fix older trailers at the factory, auto makers won't do that, and genuine oem parts get scarce for older cars and such. There really isn't much of a market for doors and cabinets for 1968 travel trailers, only truly hardcore owner, such as those found on these forums, will make extensive restorations of 20 year old trailers. After a point, its thank God for the internet.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #23
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Well said HDS. We are having a much better day today.

I just twisted off when I went to show it off to the wife and the first thing I fixed didn't work any more.

Sooo glad to have it working again.

I view this trailer as our rolling cabin.

I just want something I can maintain and make reasonable repairs to.

Now Log onto the CHAT Room and share your experiences. Good bad or indifferent.
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