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Old 07-13-2007, 02:24 PM   #1
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Who should plug my leaks?

Greeting folks – my first post in airforums– please help me make a decision!

My wife and I have a 73 Safari – owned it a few years but have not used it a lot past a few overnighters.

We haven never used anything but the electric system in it. We also have moved from South Louisiana to central Kentucky (new job for me). Recently we have decided to get more serious about using the Safari and, since my new job has so much more pressure, get out of town and especially out of phone/e-range.

I took it to a highly recommended camper dealer north of us (in Lexington) to have done work done on it (gas line/brakes) – they sat on the job for a month. I have not seen the work done yet but I will assume it is good work.

They tell me there are water leaks caused by frozen pipes in the rear end of the trailer and described the process they will have to go through to pull out the bathroom and do the repairs.

Involved and expensive.

Here’s my concern: These are not Airstream people and, while I think they have a lot of experience working on trailers, they do not do a lot of Airstream work and are not in love with the product. We are just a few hours from Jackson Center. Would we be better off taking it to the factory and having them do the work or is this just another day at the office for the Lexington people and my imagination is running away with me. I am concerned about quality (first) as well as costs. I realize there are a lot of unknowns in my question but this is as much as I know right now –

Any opinions would be appreciated! TIA


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Old 07-13-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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If you are not all that far from Jackson Center, I would bite the bullet and go to them and have it repaired correctly. As you said, this may just be another work order for the local dealership and the may have the "new guy" install your water lines. Just my 2 $ worth.

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Originally Posted by digger bear
Greeting folks – my first post in airforums– please help me make a decision!

Any opinions would be appreciated! TIA

Call the Airstream factory, make an appointment and let them fix the leaks. You will like that and so will your Airstream

You may wish to have them take care of other things as well, unless you want to do them.

Some of those other things are, window and door gaskets, sewer vent pipe gaskets, wheel bearing/brake work, exterior lights, check the LPG system for leaks as well as proper pressure, axle condition etc.

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