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Old 05-06-2015, 01:18 PM   #43
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Quick release hinges

Our 2015 model FC25 came with quick-release, Grass brand hinges. On arrival to our destination we would find cabinet doors on the floor. The hinges have a trigger on the rear that when pressed or bumped allows the hinge to separate. I complained to AS and they acted as if they had never heard of such. A Grass factory is within five miles of our dealer so I made a visit. The receptionist was very helpful in calling an engineer to come hear my complaint. The engineer came back with a Grass catalog page entitled "Clip Protection for Tiomos Hinges". The clips are injection molded plastic and can be ordered from baerwurthsupply.com (this may be wurthbaersupply.com) as part number GFF072135807540. The cost is a whopping $0.57each and they will accept a Visa card. Problem solved.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:32 PM   #44
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:52 PM   #45
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I regularly walk around my trailer inside and out with Philips screwdriver in hand. I check every screw, nut and bolt that I can see. It is rare that I have a screw or hinge come loose. Just like with boats and aircraft Preventive Maintenance is critical to safety and reliability of all systems. The walk around is just a small part of my PM program.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:01 AM   #46
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I use JB weld (a 2 part epoxy used to glue engin parts back togather) the tooth pick in hole gooped up with jb weld, if i may want to unscrew later lightly coat screw with with silacone grease if you never want screw out don't use grease.
And have your tires spin ballenced they can shake your unit apart if out of ballence.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:41 AM   #47
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Spin balance is a great idea. I got back from picking up my Classic last week and the first stop was at my local Discount Tire. Changed the valve stems to metal, installed the screw on non flow through TST TPMS caps and then they did a spin balance of each tire. Tech commented that it took a bit of weight to get it balanced.

Also replaced all of the lug nuts. Standards are the nut with a chrome press on cladding. I think Barry mentioned earlier that he replaced with McGard nuts. Total for all of the work was $90. $60 of that was the lug nuts so a very reasonable $30 for the stems and balance.

Discount Tire just rocks in customer service...
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:33 PM   #48
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I regularly walk around my trailer inside and out with Philips screwdriver in hand. I check every screw, nut and bolt that I can see. It is rare that I have a screw or hinge come loose. Just like with boats and aircraft Preventive Maintenance is critical to safety and reliability of all systems. The walk around is just a small part of my PM program.
That reminds me of my time on the USS Kennedy. My brother was with VAQ-138, and I would help him with Phase Maintenance on his EA6B. Crawl up into the tail with a phillips screwdriver, remove the screw, scrape off the dope, scrape the dope out of the screw hole, put new dope on the screw, screw the thing back in, repeat. There must have been thousands of screws in there.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:39 AM   #49
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Anyone have their microwave shake out of its little hole? We just happened to notice, and it was just about to strip the screws completely out. The little screw-like supports were bent sideways. It will take some thinking to figure out the best way to solve the problem. We had to take it out and put it in the TV to save it. On the good side, the added space was nice for the remainder of the trip.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:53 AM   #50
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I'm beginning to appreciate my '98 Classic more and more. All of the cabinet face frames and doors are solid oak... rarely a loose screw.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:10 AM   #51
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Try reducing the screw tension on the wd part of the Hensley by 1/2"-1", and tow the trailer around. After you do this, please let us know if the reduced tension helps.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:22 AM   #52
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As we approach time to take delivery of a 2016 30' Serenity, this thread steels me a bit in anticipation of QC issues. Remembering that most of these are relatively minor issues that can be semi-permanently corrected is helpful. This is a good thread for any prospective AS buyer to read through!
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:25 AM   #53
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I am starting on my 3rd camping season in my 2014 FC 20, delivered in June 2013. The only problem with screws was the drawer slide attachment to the drawers, one was defective on delivery, and was repaired then. When I took the drawers out to inspect them, I found only two tiny screws attaching the drawers to the slides. There was room for 4 screws on each, AS only put two in. I added the other two and sealed them with a drop of wood glue. Not one problem since, and nothing else has come loose either, not a screw or rivet or anything other than the main door hinge which was apparently not tightened up right on build, and repaired under warrantee. Virtually no other build quality issues. I have towed about 10,000 miles on this one.

I changed to Michelin tires and 16" wheels, all balanced, shortly after purchase.

I tow with an Andersen hitch, and a Jeep Grand Cherokee with full air suspension and automatic leveling.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:30 AM   #54
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As we approach time to take delivery of a 2016 30' Serenity, this thread steels me a bit in anticipation of QC issues. Remembering that most of these are relatively minor issues that can be semi-permanently corrected is helpful. This is a good thread for any prospective AS buyer to read through!
All things considered...... take plenty of time during your walk-thru of your new Airstream. Write down things you want to check so they are not forgotten. All of this experience that has been given by current owners is invaluable for new owners.
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We have been towing extensively with a Ram 1500 and 1400 ProPride hitch and everything has stayed tight. There may be more to it than that. We load any heavier items in front of the truck's rear axle to allow less tension on the w.d. bars. We load the trailer with almost nothing in front, heaviest gear in the center, and bulky light items under the rear bed. We have reclining chairs in front, and slide them a few feet aft when towing.

The idea here is to keep at least 10% of the trailer weight on the hitch connection for good handling, but not excessive weight. By distributing weight in this way we are are to use less tension on the w.d. bars and get a noticeably softer ride. The lightly sprung truck most probably helps. We also run our 16" Michelin trailer tires at 65 psi. Never had any screws or furnishings come loose.

As a side note, we have found our Flying Cloud interior all laminate faced plywood and solid wood construction, no particle board. It's been very durable and easy to care for.

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Old 05-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #56
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I thought I read somewhere that Airstream does not use particle board, just good quality plywood.

Were there times when they did/didn't use particle board?

Do they use any particle board on current model production (2015/2016)?
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