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Old 05-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Where's the quality control?

Well, I ordered a new license plate light. took off the 1980 license plate and this is what we found. Harold keeps saying that this trailer was built by college students on spring break and now I have to agree with him.

Why in the world would they install the bracket upside down? If you turn it right side up you can still install the license plate. Also the taillights, now how much effort would it have taken to install them straight?

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Old 05-16-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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Actually as far back as yours was built (and mine) I would suspect some use of marijuana may have figured into it. I found evidence of it in mine behind a wall panel.

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Old 05-17-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
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Yes, indeed, it is an issue. We thought ours had been built on a Monday, Friday, day before a holiday, day after a holiday, ad nauseum, but it seems to be a common problem. Not good.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:16 PM   #4
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They are in a hurry to push the units out.
Build them faster and faster..
Seems to be a common issue from the 50's to 00's
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:26 PM   #5
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It seems the Quality control dept has has been layed off to save a few bucks. Bean counters are taking over the build process now.
In this case, "you get what you pay for" does not apply, sadly. These rigs are very expensive and they should have better or some Quality control prior to leaving the factory. Our Komfort was not that bad, problem is is that its square.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:33 PM   #6
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Well, I ordered a new license plate light. took off the 1980 license plate and this is what we found. Harold keeps saying that this trailer was built by college students on spring break and now I have to agree with him.

Why in the world would they install the bracket upside down? If you turn it right side up you can still install the license plate. Also the taillights, now how much effort would it have taken to install them straight?

Annette
Let's see, your trailer is 37 years old, the license plate you took off has been on the trailer for 29 years, and you took the license plate off to replace the light. Sounds to me like the QC of the license plate bracket was not bad at all since it has stayed solidly in place for all this time. From the look of it, I can see no mechanical reason why one would consider it to have been mounted upside down. Perhaps you think so because it has "top" or "up" marked on it somewhere?

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Old 05-17-2009, 02:25 PM   #7
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Let's see, your trailer is 37 years old, the license plate you took off has been on the trailer for 29 years, and you took the license plate off to replace the light. Sounds to me like the QC of the license plate bracket was not bad at all since it has stayed solidly in place for all this time. From the look of it, I can see no mechanical reason why one would consider it to have been mounted upside down. Perhaps you think so because it has "top" or "up" marked on it somewhere?

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Tim If you take a GOOD look at the picture you will see that the bracket is indeed on upside down. There is a hole in the braclket which you can see and that is where the wire is suppose to run through, If you were to swing the bracket UP if would mate with the light. No it's not marked "top" or "Up" I was just born with some common sense.

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My lights look pretty much like yours, Annette. My opinion is that the design of light assembly was just poor. I decided to leave mine in place, rather than try and straighten them out. I'd probably make things worse.

My tag light still works and the license plate mount is the original. I opted to restore those rather than buy new. Came out pretty nice.

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Old 05-17-2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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The `simple truth is, the quality control is not good. The materials are to industry standards ( for the most part) but the assembly leaves something be desired. To many units out the door to fast. Although there are many workers at Airstream who could do their job in their sleep. There are probably a lot of new hires who's only contact with a screw gun was hanging curtains at home. Airstreams should come with a lable stating " some assembly required.
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