Russ, don't let the naysayers and self-proclaimed Airstream experts get to you. Sounds like a few folks have loose rivets that only the factory trained techs at Jackson Center could fix...
I read through a lot of older threads here on the forum about frame loading. Bottom line is that Airstream hasn't performed finite element analysis on their trailer frames and can't say with any degree of certainty just how strong the frames are for each model configuration. It appears that numerous requests for this information have gone unanswered. The fact that they use the same frame jigs for models with differential loading (rear bath vs/ center for example) bears this out. Without the structural data, fatigue cycles, material specs, manufacturing tolerances, etc,who can really say what the safe load limit is? Certainly not the shoot from the
hip crowd taking potshots here.
A lack of outside storage is
a problem with AS compared to SOB's. Berating posters who have managed to address a factory shortcoming and making unfounded accusations about their future intent is mean-spirited and counterproductive to the intent of this forum, IMO. I joined this forum to learn about using and improving our AS, but I'm learning a lot more about the people instead...
Despite what others may believe, it's your trailer, use it any way you see fit. I intend to do the same with mine.