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Old 10-26-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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SAFFORD RV SERVICE - Was it worth it?

Please view these 3 videos and tell me what you think. What are your experiences with getting your Airstream caulked and sealed for leaks? Does it look like this?



YouTube - SAFFORD RV 3.MOD

Granted Airstream does sloppy work, but I think Safford RV tops them here. Is this $125/hr. work? If so, I'd should be an RV tech instead of an engineer.

They also killed my battery by running the radio and not turning it off. The service rep noticed the radio was running, but just switched the battery isolator to "Store". They didn't recharge the battery and I had to use my 7-pin cable from the truck to operate the jack to get it off the lot.

What do you think I should do now?
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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I would take it back and bring it to attention of the owner,that looks like crap. Dave
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Please view these 3 videos and tell me what you think. What are your experiences with getting your Airstream caulked and sealed for leaks? Does it look like this?



YouTube - SAFFORD RV 3.MOD

Granted Airstream does sloppy work, but I think Safford RV tops them here. Is this $125/hr. work? If so, I'd should be an RV tech instead of an engineer.

They also killed my battery by running the radio and not turning it off. The service rep noticed the radio was running, but just switched the battery isolator to "Store". They didn't recharge the battery and I had to use my 7-pin cable from the truck to operate the jack to get it off the lot.

What do you think I should do now?
That sealing job, is horrorable. Next, it won't stop an AC rain water leak.

People indeed make mistakes, but slop is not a mistake.

I would take it back, and let the owner see it, or your video's.

Then I would tell him, that since it was done so poorly, certainly they can't remove it with any quality.

Inform them that you will take it someplace else, have the sealer removed, "at their expense".

Then get to the bottom of what the leak problem was in the first place.

I would also see to it that Airstream be shown those video's.

They need to know what dealers can, as well as can't do.

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Old 10-26-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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I'd also tell the owner if he values customer referals, he should either fix it right, or step up to the plate and refund your money so you can pay to have it done by a pro. Hell, the owner would be welcome to check this thread and see what we all think of that crappy job! I agree with Andy, Airstream should know about this.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:12 PM   #5
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I just re-sealed the a/c unit on my 78 Excella.
Here is what I think and this is from experience. My a/c cover had a similar "seal job".
There is no need of the sealant around the perimeter of the cover, in fact it is probably better not sealed.
There are no entry points for water or anything else at the perimeter of the cover. It is just that a cover.
The top of the trailer is crowned/curved and the cover is actually below the height of the a/c through hole. A good seal is necessary around the part that goes through the top but not on the perimeter of the cover. That is actually better left free to drain any water unimpeded that does find it's way inside the cover .
Now your model may be different but I doubt it is.
This looks like more of the "glob a bunch of sealant on it so it won't leak" method.
It doesn't work, it isn't necessary and it is a PITA to clean up so it can be done right.
If water entry into the cover was a problem you would need to seal off all the vents and openings not just the bottom edge.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
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Oh, man, either a 10-year-old did that, or a blindfolded adult did it. That's awful! We live in Northern Virginia, and you can be sure that we will be making the four-hour trip up to Colonial in New Jersey should our new Airstream need any work, after seeing these videos. You should absolutely make Airstream aware of this, especially for the steep price you paid!
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:37 PM   #7
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YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING....RIGHT?

That is one of the WORST sealing jobs I have ever seen , and as mentioned before:

YOU DON'T USE ANY SEALANT ON A ROOF AIR UNIT !!!

I would take it right back there and tell them what you have learned about NOT using sealant on a roof air (ask them to show you where in ANY installation manual for a Dometic roof air that it specifies the use of sealants) and then do what Andy suggested, as they obviously incapable of any quality work......especially at $125 an hour!!
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:25 AM   #8
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I'm confused! I understand the logic about not sealing the A/C cover. But Airstream had sealed around it in the first place. Why did the manufacturer do this? Safford was supposed to remove the original caulk and reinstall.
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Did I hear you say "1,000 bucks" at the end of the video? I agree about the 10 year old. They bought him an ice cream cone and pocketed the profit. Shameful.
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I'm confused! I understand the logic about not sealing the A/C cover. But Airstream had sealed around it in the first place. Why did the manufacturer do this? Safford was supposed to remove the original caulk and reinstall.
The AC covers are held in place with screws on the very top side.

The only reason (dumb) the factory would have to run a bead of sealer at the bottom, "would be to stop the cover from fluttering" during highway speeds.

That is one of the failure reasons for the older covers.

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I'm going to remove both my covers today to clean them, sure glad the hamhands did not install my roof airs!
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We purchased both our 2003 23' International and 2008 Safari 27FBSE from Safford.

We had Safford RV re-seal all of the openings on the top of our AS when we started experiencing leaks. Didn't bother to go up to look at the work, even after it continued to leak. Took it back to the Mother ship. They didn't do any better.
Took it to an independent shop, RB Taylor in Lynchburg (our prior home) and they got it right.

In listening to the technician at Safford, I found out that he had never worked on AS's before but had recently been hired away from Rolling Hills RV in Ashland VA. (The reviews I've seen on Rolling Hills makes me want to steer clear of them as well). My assumption is that Safford had complete turnover in their technicians and solved that dilema by hiring the Rolling Hills folks.
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Unfortunately, with Airstreams STUPID demand that we purchase all parts, and have all service done by, an "Authorized/Certified AS Dealer" we're left to deal with idiots like the one that did that jewel of a job! Andy, and many others out there, are great people to have work done by and get advice... Airstream really needs to tighten up their dealer standards and work more with owners directly.
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Unfortunately, with Airstreams STUPID demand that we purchase all parts, and have all service done by, an "Authorized/Certified AS Dealer" we're left to deal with idiots like the one that did that jewel of a job! Andy, and many others out there, are great people to have work done by and get advice... Airstream really needs to tighten up their dealer standards and work more with owners directly.
Agreed, what we've found over the years, is most of the techs that really knew their stuff have retired. The days of Airstream only dealers are about over, how many folks per week walk in and plunk down $$$$$? Dealers have to be much more diversified these days to keep the doors open. I pine for the days when we had a dealer in Seattle/Tacoma and Boise that had a stash of parts in stock (no waiting) and guys that had to do no head scratching.
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