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Old 01-16-2014, 05:50 PM   #57
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PharmGeek - we had the same thing happen on our maiden voyage with our bunkhouse. Apparently one of the "improvements" with our model year was the drawer mechanism - supposed to self-close. However, I think they need to do some more R&D on the staying closed part. For the amount that we paid for the unit I would expect better. One should not have to use an after market jerry-rigged solution to keeping a drawer closed during transport.

That being said, your damaged drawer should be covered by the warranty.

We have our trip to the mother ship all planned out- we will get warranty service Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at JC. We are going to a gospel singing at Pulaki, TN Friday, September 12-15 then traveling to Jackson Center. I haven't yet planned what we will do after JC, but I have thought about Holiday World theme park at Santa Claus, IN, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum, and the vintage RV museum. I am as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve now and the trip is 8 months away.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:55 PM   #58
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I am as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve now and the trip is 8 months away.
We confirmed our April 2014 trip there in Dec 2013. I feel the same way! I can not wait to hit the road to get there!!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:58 PM   #59
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Having read a lot on this forum - quality disappointments as such did not surprise me at all - so far no major problems - they should use a better quality travel latch for sure - all are predestined to fall out it seems - wack

But loving the airstream so far - our next trip is topsail hill in 4 months !!! Cannot wait a our first 1 week trip!!

We are equally excited - we will hit up Jackson Center witching the next 2 years - should be fun - the tour and all that jazz
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #60
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Warranty claim repairs eventually cause the bean counters to review why a specific item shows up all the time and perhaps make a change. If necessary, and an authorized dealer is relatively close, I would show up at the end of any trip with the repair list and say "get'r done!"

I always wonder why there is time to do it over but never time to do it correctly the first time?
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:54 AM   #61
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allison and rhett (iggywalker) have the same bunkhouse and their drawers have not fallen out similarly....but I took a back way on the way home from canopender up 331 instead of cutting west earlier back over the hwy 65...as a result, the roads were more curved and some more bumps here and there...

I would guess that it is only a matter of time before theirs are similarly thrown onto the floor...

I had originally thought that it may just have not been packed tight enough and contents shifted and knocked loose the mechanism...but then there was one of the drawers that came out with nearly nothing in the drawer....

There is a dealer that no longer sells airstreams over just east of birmingham near anniston, AL (dandy RV) that when I last checked are still approved to do repairs only....ill consider checking with them this year with any broken stuff...but if its not mission critical breakage, ill probably just wait for a JC trip which I wanna do anyway before the warranty is up....
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Just take them out and set them on the floor before travel- that's what we do-
I mentioned that in "service to be done" when I made my service appointment with the mother ship.
Ain't nothin' we can do 'bout "40 Miles of Bad Road".
I wonder if balancing the wheels will help. I don't see any weights on my wheels.
I balanced the wheels on my previous white box trailer and it did help- the trailer towed/tracked/rode much smoother, but the curtains still fell off the wall behind the couch- come up in my trailer and be like, "Hey, where dem curtains is?" The Airstream curtain track system is a little better than the Velcro sob's have-
Waiting to go to the mother ship is a good idea. Dealers never seem to have the parts on hand- want you to leave your trailer- a round trip to Foley for me is 10 hours- 2 round trips is 20 hours and I can't camp for a couple of weeks- Jackson Center WILL have the parts- especially after making the service appointment and telling them what is wrong-
It takes some mighty rough road to get the drawers to come out- they have to come up and out- one of my sink covers lifted up and out and across the counter on the way home from Canopener on rough roads.
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Got my confirmation email from the mother ship. They have wi-fi, a huge pet friendly lobby, and free camping while getting service.
The gospel singing we are going to on the way has free camping as well.
What an economical trip! Can't wait!
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I will shoot for perhaps early summer or early fall of 2015 for any stuff I need done...have not decided on itenerary .....I see that from birmingham to JC, I will pass through nashville, TN, bowling green KY and near mammoth caves....I am from that area of KY so could be fun to make a stop in that region...but also see that JC is not too far from lake erie....ive never been there, but know they have killer small mouth bass fishing, that sounds fun, along with just swimming and what not....may need to search the forums for ideas.....alas, that would be another thread.
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Drawers coming open

I did the cup hook thing in mine, but used red-orange nylon strapping with grommets instead of bungee cords, reason? Just the way I thunk it up.

POINT? Well drawers coming open when you're underway can be a pain in the neck. Having a whole box of Rice Krispies or worse yet 2 lbs of flour come out of the cabinet and hit the floor can be a MAJOR pain!

Try rolling your Airstream and then doing the salvage - There are NO clasps that will hold the drawers in an accident and getting your stuff out will be a lot easier if you don't have a big bottle of Tide rupture... along with a small bottle of dish detergent AND the flour and... and... and. (trust me on this - do not learn it by personal experience!)

Not that any of you will ever roll yours, but if you have to make an extreme panic stop or turn - or hit black ice and do the twist for 20 seconds before getting it back under control... you're going to have everything flying everywhere. I also put a cargo net in my bathroom under-sink cabinet. I store all of my detergent, shampoo, cleaning products - basically anything slimey. An ounce of prevention! Oh, and I got some great containers for flour, Rice Krispies, etc.

Getting any kind of clasp that is strong enough to always keep the drawers shut without being a pain to use the drawer when stopped is going to be a pain in the neck. Adding some kind of "underway lock" that doesn't mess up the look of the cabinetry - priceless.

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PS: One big improvement from the 2005 CCD's to the 2012 Eddie Bauer are the sliding doors on the overhead cabinets - they slide easily until the last two inches then they're hard to close all the way. The new slides are metal, not plastic and they DO stay closed while underway. You can put dowel rods in the tracks to double the security of the sliders, but The new tracks are pretty darned good.
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Hmmm - Paula - now I may feel a bit dumb about the latches - I'm skeptical that these heavier duty ones won't hold but perhaps that is just dissonance talking since I already ordered the darn things lol - you may be right - argh

We shall see - I keep no flour or perishable etc in those drawers - some canned goods - a couple pots - dry goods - but would rather them not fall out and damage the drawers

Paula and others - if you get a chance to photograph your solution that would be great thanks

After uninstall these latches I'll subject my "man can" to a few hard turns and see how we hold

Going to put in some drawer liners to help prevent stuff from shifting and adding momentum - more I think about it - the more I think Paula will be saying "I told you so later"
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My AS overhead storage stay closed - they lift up like air plane type and are very strong spring mechanism to keep closed - don't foresee a problem there but I know I need stuff packed tight in there or it slides around in that area like crazy - but even then stuff had no where to escape - unless something ruptures - *cringe*
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My AS overhead storage stay closed - they lift up like air plane type ... but even then stuff had no where to escape ...

Until you open the hatch, just like on an airplane. 😕. A lot depends on what you store up there and how it's packed. I've seen suggestions such a dowels or spring tension curtain rods placed across the opening to prevent stuff from tumbling out. I found some plastic bins that fit up there and put all the loose things in them to solve that problem.
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No, the overhead doors don't come open in transit, but-
When you open them stuff jumps out on yo head!
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Like them little popcorn cans full of spring-loaded snakes...
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