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Old 12-06-2008, 06:12 PM   #29
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My wife and I have looking to purchase a 25 Safari SE either new or up to a few years old and in very good condition. I have spent a great deal of time on this site reviewing hundreds of postings complaining of poor quality, problems with construction and quality control issues. After all this information, I have begun to doubt the purchase itself. I thought that Airstream was top of the line and a great product. It is hard to understand the simple issues they seem to have failed to address.

How can a company with such a history allow this to happen and once it's aware allow it to continue? What if anything is Airstream doing to address these issues and customer complaints?

Should I go forward and if so, how do I insure that I don't get to spend our travel time in one repair problem after another?

The dealers seem to be a good group, but you can only do so much to fix the issues caused by poor quality production. Are these really issues or just a few perfectionists? Keep in mind that getting things fixed isn't the only issue. The lost time and cost to travel to a dealer are major time and cost factors.

Any suggestions? New or used? Airstream or something else? If something else what?

We really want to travel and have finally retired and are ready to go. I just don't look forward to an endless stream of problems to take the enjoyment out of our trips. We are planning to spend 100-150 nights on the road a year and having our new "home away from home" function properly is VERY important to us as if should be to all buyers.

This is a major part of our plans and we are trying to make the right selection. I don't want to sound over the top, but after reading hundreds of complaints concerns exist.

Any suggestions or help will be appreciated.


I spent a certain amount of time on this forum before buying our AS (our first).

As (bad) luck would have it, It seemed like it was only after I bought the trailer that I came across the more negative threads and started wondering if I'd made a huge mistake!

Its still too early for me to tell as we have only slept in it three nights so far when we went to bring it home from Ohio. Our first real trip will be to Arizona (My favourite State!) this winter.

What I can say is that when we sold our last trailer, we spent a LOT of time researching and looling at new SOB trailers and found nothing to our liking.
The AS was the only one that just felt right. (Our last trailer was an Award.)

At this point, I'm thinking (hoping?) that I spent too much time reading the negative threads and that, putting things in perspective we will have made the right decision for us.

I'm not naive enough to think we won't have some problems, but after just three nights in the AS, it sure seems nice and I'm really looking forward to getting out on the road!
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:28 PM   #30
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Airstreams are made for travel and are very expensive. They appeal to the hard core traveller, full timer or retiree. So the typical Airstream is used far more, and far harder than the average trailer.

In spite of this Airstreams outlast other brands by 20 years or more. So they can't be all bad.

Another factor is the aircraft type construction. This is good for light weight, streamlining, immunity to crosswind sway etc. But it brings along disadvantages too. Principally that the trailer will not take a lot of pounding. If you use too heavy a tow vehicle and too heavy sway bars you can cause problems of loose rivets and even crack the frames.

The cure for this is to listen to the experts and set up your tow vehicle and hitch as the factory recommends. And then, check your tire pressures regularly and do the regular maintainance and inspections just as you would if you were the pilot of an aircraft.
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Our AS is 20 years old and has travelled tens of thousands of miles...behind (2) 3/4 ton TV's. There are no loose rivets, loose cabinets, etc. We plan to have this camper for many more years. I have heard this theory of "too much" TV...preposterous. This theory assumes your camper has no functional suspension, possible, but not likely. You might want to look at an old thread I started about out towing experience:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ice-28886.html

There is no substitute for a properly sized TV for enhanced safety, comfort, and lots of miles behind the wheel.

I do not know the condition of your AS, but I do know they are built and travel unlike anyhting else on the road. We ride it hard and put it away wet, and the AS is always ready to go again.
Get a good TV, hook up anf go!

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Old 12-06-2008, 08:38 PM   #31
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I was going by this thread and others.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ars-45839.html

According to the Airstream factory and long time experienced dealers it is possible to have "too much" tow vehicle and "too much" hitch to the point of damaging the trailer. The above thread is an example.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:45 PM   #32
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We researched Airstreams and when we felt comfortable with our knowledge we shopped like crazy til we found our unit. We bought a slightly used 07 safari 25 SE and paid half the msrp. We knew we would have repairs, everything does, but we felt the price was a good balance for us and we are happy. It even has a year left on the warranty. Hunt for a good deal and it will be easier to put money into repairs and maintenance. I just paid 200$ for two new batteries. There will always be something no matter what you buy. Winter is also a great time to find a deal. Good luck.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:22 AM   #33
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I was going by this thread and others.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ars-45839.html

According to the Airstream factory and long time experienced dealers it is possible to have "too much" tow vehicle and "too much" hitch to the point of damaging the trailer. The above thread is an example.
Yes, there are known frame issues with those models/years...

As with any second hand purchase, do your research FIRST.
To the OP...there is no doubt AS's can last many decades and provide memories for generations...

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