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Old 01-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Airstream... Is it all that or not?

Ok, so there is a lot of trash talk going on about SOB's... So here I go...

I bought a brandnew 25' international less than six month ago... I had to bring it back to the dealer allready three times and I am due for a fourth time... I'm not looking forward to it because the service department sucks and shruggs there shoulders at a lot of the problems I wanted them to fix it last time around...

I don't even care about the small problem such as the one 12volt outlet that is too small to plug the standard cigarette plug into it... Response from airstream dealership: that's the way they come... Great an outlet that I can't use because it's to small...

I've been having a dripping leak problem in the area of the tanks, the problem seems to be mainly there when the gray tank is getting towards the full level...Response from airstream dealership: we can't find a leak and we are good at finding leaks... Great I have a brandnew airstream with a leak and the dealer refuses to find it/fix it...

I can't even boondock for one nite when I have to run the furnace... Response from airstream dealership: the furnace uses a lot of power you can't expect to run the furnace all nite... Great I thought AS advertises even the greatness of indepandancy... On top of that everytime the furnace kicks on it sounds like an jet is taking off...

The door doesn't shut close (to where I can engage the deadbolt) unless I really slam the door, wakup for sure anyone else sleeping in my trailer and half the campground too. Really - this is bad and unacceptable... Response from airstream dealership: that's the way they come, they shut tight... Great I have an AS I can't lock the door on unless I wake up everyone in a 100ft radius...

Folks don't get me wrong... I love my airstream, especially my interior. But I got this thing to get away from stress and my everyday life... My last trip was miserable, stressful and freaking cold with a door that barley would stay closed and an ongoing leak that is really starting to worry me.

I knew going in that there might be a few little kinks getting into this... But am I expecting too much from a $60.000 brandnew trailer? I know this is not a $500.000 diesel pusher, but shouldn't I expect to receive a working product at least when it's new???

I'm really feed up with this, not looking forward to get back to the dealer beause he'll tell me all this things are normal...

I don't know what to do next if they can't fix my leak, battery problem and the door... I am considering legal actions next since I doubt they will take the trailer back for a full refund...

Your opinions are appreciated!!!

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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Thats why I bought a 1992 excella classic,you should have saved your money, and bought a older well maintained A/S. New ones are great but all tailer regardless of SOB have issues even, Airstreams.Its the natues of the beast.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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I know it is very frustrating. You are hardly alone unfortunately in that regard. Eventually your issues will be discovered and taken care of and then all this inconvenience and aggravation will be behind you and you will again enjoy your beautiful new Airstream. Hang in there. New is hardly perfect. Finding a place you feel good about taking it for service will also improve the situation if needs be.

Have you tested your batteries? They may not be charging all the way up and need replacing. The heater should certainly work all night even two nights on the battery charge if full. Leaks are hard to find just keep at trying to trace it. The doors seem to be like that from all I have shut. It was much worse for my neighbors when I used to smoke and poked my head out several times in the wee hours...I didn't like having to slam the door but anything less didn't let the deadbolt latch.
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your problems listed above are EASY ...

1.

-the round 12v outlets SOMETIMES have a thin metal sleeve inside that narrow the size.

-IF this sleeve is removed ALL NORMAL 12v male plugs will fit.
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2.

-the VENT TUBE attachment at the TOP of the gray tank is occasionally the source of leaks in a "full' gray tank.

this is VERY HARD to find because it is on TOP of the tank and hidden in closet wall.

basically the way this is FOUND is to FILL the gray tank till water is backing UP in the shower pan.

THEN look for leaks at the vent tube location.
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3.

-the batteries need to be REPLACED, they are NOT holding a charge.

-this is a simple quick fix and they should still have SOME warranty coverage from either the dealer OR the battery vendo.

ALL of us with newer trailers (and 2 batteries) can typically get 2 nites of furnace use on 2 batteries at a minimum.
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4.

-door closing/locking

the door can be an issue, but the LATCH and POST are both adjustable. typically once adjusted the door closes VERY easily...

like 2 fingers of effort, but ONLY after the POST or LATCH is adjusted.

seals/gaps are a whole different issue.
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other threads on this theme...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ory-39388.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f292...ime-31954.html

or see post #13 here and ALL of the LINKS contained...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post581291

your list of issues is TINY.

the primary issue may be a crappy/uncaring/unskilled dealer, OR poor interaction from the customer side...

but rv'ing means facing the UNKNOWN and misc surprises every trip.

some folks just aren't cut out for this sort of travel

or don't have the ability to deal with issues as they happen and learn to adapt, improvise and overcome.

hotels are easier for some.

which ez U?

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #5
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The simple and honest answer to your question, Is it all that or not?" is, "NOT"
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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someone has to buy the new ones, fix em, and then sell em to uss poor bastards that cannot afford new. We appreciate all of your hard work!

Yes....I am a regal SMARTA$$!!!

Seriously though:

1. All fan motors sound like jet engines.
2. All fan motors pull more Amp Hours than almost anything DC on your AS - guaranteed.
3. What's an odd leak amongst friends? Of all the things you listed they oughta fix this if you can show it to them...I cannot believe they would refuse a repair if the leak is obvious.
4. Boondock in the spring/summer? You live in SoCal...its hardly EVER furnace weather there, right?
5. There is NOTHING like the security of a heavily closed AS door. Mine has TWO deadbolts and a locking handle - the louder the noise the better!!!

Most of us carry a firearm on our camper for extra security as well...oh...you live in the People's Republic of California...nevermind...

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:43 PM   #7
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The door doesn't shut close (to where I can engage the deadbolt) unless I really slam the door...
I used to have to pull strongly to slam and shut my door.

I fixed by shimming the hinges. In my case at close inspection, the deadbolt (on the door) and the strike plate (on the frame) weren't meeting at the same height.

I needed to raise and shim the door a few millimeters. I picked up some nylon washers, make a cut on one side, and insert one to each hinge while I lift the door with my foot.

A fraction of millimeter shimmed at the hinges resulted in a few millimeters change in height at the deadbolt.

It worked great. Whenever I step inside the trailer, the door shuts itself properly with no effort.
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:05 PM   #8
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Ok, so there is a lot of trash talk going on about SOB's... So here I go...

I bought a brandnew 25' international less than six month ago... I had to bring it back to the dealer allready three times and I am due for a fourth time... I'm not looking forward to it because the service department sucks and shruggs there shoulders at a lot of the problems I wanted them to fix it last time around...

I don't even care about the small problem such as the one 12volt outlet that is too small to plug the standard cigarette plug into it... Response from airstream dealership: that's the way they come... Great an outlet that I can't use because it's to small...

I've been having a dripping leak problem in the area of the tanks, the problem seems to be mainly there when the gray tank is getting towards the full level...Response from airstream dealership: we can't find a leak and we are good at finding leaks... Great I have a brandnew airstream with a leak and the dealer refuses to find it/fix it...

I can't even boondock for one nite when I have to run the furnace... Response from airstream dealership: the furnace uses a lot of power you can't expect to run the furnace all nite... Great I thought AS advertises even the greatness of indepandancy... On top of that everytime the furnace kicks on it sounds like an jet is taking off...

The door doesn't shut close (to where I can engage the deadbolt) unless I really slam the door, wakup for sure anyone else sleeping in my trailer and half the campground too. Really - this is bad and unacceptable... Response from airstream dealership: that's the way they come, they shut tight... Great I have an AS I can't lock the door on unless I wake up everyone in a 100ft radius...

Folks don't get me wrong... I love my airstream, especially my interior. But I got this thing to get away from stress and my everyday life... My last trip was miserable, stressful and freaking cold with a door that barley would stay closed and an ongoing leak that is really starting to worry me.

I knew going in that there might be a few little kinks getting into this... But am I expecting too much from a $60.000 brandnew trailer? I know this is not a $500.000 diesel pusher, but shouldn't I expect to receive a working product at least when it's new???

I'm really feed up with this, not looking forward to get back to the dealer beause he'll tell me all this things are normal...

I don't know what to do next if they can't fix my leak, battery problem and the door... I am considering legal actions next since I doubt they will take the trailer back for a full refund...

Your opinions are appreciated!!!

Thanks
Call Jim Parrott at Airstream, Monday, and advise him of your trailers problems, your disappointments, etc.

He can authorize you to take the coach to someone else, like ourselves, to remedy the warrant problems.

Try that before you waste the time, energy and money, on any attorney.

Call 937-5966111 and ask for Jim.

I have his extension number, but I am not at my office until Monday.

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Old 01-02-2010, 07:10 PM   #9
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Sounds like you need a new dealership. I've not had the luxury of owning a new Airstream but I am with you in that it should be a wonderful experience not what you are going through. Sounds like most items are not hard to deal with except for the leak. For that money you shouldn't have the grief.

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flm', your story sounds familiar. We too had a bad dealer. A letter to Thor's president helped get some things fixed, but eventually we decided to get warranty issues fixed at the factory service center, 1,400 miles away (another 1,000 for you). It's crazy that owners have to deal with this crap. We have had scores of problems fixed.

As for the door, check to see if the dead bolt assembly has been greased inside. Ours hadn't and a little grease made it work much better. You can also put some paraffin on the striker plate. Otherwise the door can be out of adjustment.

Batteries—how long was the trailer sitting on the dealer lot? They could have repeatedly run the batteries down all the way thereby shortening their life. The furnace fan and ducting system eats batteries, but they should last a couple of days if you are careful with other items. A solar panel and a generator help. The Fantastic Fans use much less power.

As you go through Forum threads you will find you are not alone. Frustration with Airstream leads us all to black humor.

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Arrow Is it all that?.....not.

flm,
If yours was a 25ft Classic,and this was 2004, I would trade you in a New York minute.

I hope those are all the concerns you have.

It does get better........... really.
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Not to pour salt in the wound, but I've had my SOB for three years now, and have never had it back to the dealership for anything, and everything still works just like it should. And your experience is exactly why I didn't go back to Airstream after twenty years of Airstream ownership.

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Thanks everyone for the encouraging words and letting me vent, 2air and others gave some good pointers...

Andy I will take your advise and just do that, I truly think my 'service center' has an attitude and doesn't really care much...

2air, I think my interaction is fine with the dealer, also I believe I'm skilled/handy enough to tackle many problems. However if I wanted to have fixer-upper I would have choosen to buy a classic... I know things can and will happen, but I should have to spend my time and personal effort on such new trailer...

I have heard great things about Andy, so hopefully I can make the switch and deal with a more caring staff...

Thanks!
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Firmgrip,

2Air addressed your issues the only one I would add is that you are clearly going to a pretty poor service center.

You can have your warranty work done by the dealership or an authorized Airstream repair center. They don't sell them. They just fix them.

In Bellflower there is C&G and I think Inland is one also. Go on the otherwise useless Airstream website and you can search for one.
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