This is one of several posts I will make about problems encountered on a recent 2-week trip with my 2007 25' International CCI, from Southern California to the Tetons in Wyoming.
In Southern Idaho, driving into a heavy quartering headwind from my left front, I suddenly saw in my mirror that my port side plexiglas window rock guard had come loose and had been turned back on its hinges, where it hung, flapping in the wind. I stopped immediately and found the guard's frame was bent, there was a chip missing from the plexiglass and there was a crease in the trailer body from the impact of the guard being slammed back. I could not put it back in place, so I lifted it off the hinges and stowed it in the tow vehicle.
I purchased the trailer in February from the original owner who had just had it inspected and detailed. We had taken a couple of trips with it, including 800 miles RT to Death Valley, and had driven over 1500
miles on this trip, all without any incident with the rock guards.
It's going to cost me about $500 to have the guard replaced - and it's not even in stock.
This never should have happened. A guard that comes loose from its attachment fittings never should fly backwards, but mine did because of very poor design:
1) the hinges should be on the side wrapping around to the front of the trailer, like the aluminum rock guard below it. A loose guard might rattle and flap, but it would not slam around backwards, deform and break.
2) the riveted on aluminum receiver slots into which the two very small quarter-turn pegs engage to hold the guard on are insufficient to keep the pegs in place when the trailer is buffeted by high winds. Both of mine were unable to lock the pegs in because they had been deformed too much. A much more robust system should be used to secure the guard.
I am shocked that such an expensive RV like the Airstream would have a design that is both foolishly illogical and flimsy.
Check your guard pegs for tightness, using a large flat screwdriver. They lock with a quarter turn. Make sure they are secure. Check them again if you're driving into strong winds. Good luck!