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Old 03-21-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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Should I pull the trigger on this used airstream?

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and am currently on the hunt for a used 25' front bed twin airstream travel trailer from the last 10-20 years. I found one that fits the bill, but I am concerned by the fact that it seems to have a lot of rust in the undercarriage, which is surprising because it is a 2017 model. Also there is a slight, perhaps 2 degree, bend in the long square tube that I assume is the axel. The bend is evident in person, but not so much in pictures.

Please take a look at the attached pictures and let me know if you think the rust under the trailer is not a big deal, or if it will cause major problems in the future.

Also, if anyone has any leads on other uses 25' front bed twin airstreams, please let me know!
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:39 PM   #2
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Does not look like any structural damage, but normal corrosion. I see you are in LA - in northern California this dealer is well respected as having good quality trailers.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:12 PM   #3
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The slight bend in the axle is used to align it. Normal.
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Perhaps it was an East coast trailer and ran on salted roads.

I just peeked under my 2017 and the only rust is on the bottom of the stabilizer pads.
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Does appear to me to be normal road salt corrosion. It is time for some maintenance down there. A thorough washing, wire brushing and a coat of paint on the frame and axles. Looks superficial at this point.

As said the bend is normal. The camber and toe-in are set by physically bending the axles slightly while on a trailer alignment rack.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:45 PM   #6
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Really depends on the price. There are lots of 25FB out there to choose from and personally I would not pay the typical price of a used 2017 with that much rust already. Our 2013 has virtually almost none.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:51 PM   #7
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Our 91 trailer has less rust. Probably not a big deal but guessing your in the $60K + range I would look for a nicer one.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:23 PM   #8
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Our 91 trailer has less rust. Probably not a big deal but guessing your in the $60K + range I would look for a nicer one.
Yeah, you live in California. One day on a wet salted road and that's what you see the next spring. It os entirely normal for any AS used in winter. Not sure where OP lives, but get used to it.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:12 AM   #9
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That rust is normal for any AS that has seen some travel. I would have expected that.
I believe the axles do have a slight bow which is original to the Dexter axles. Serious damage shows up as a dent or uneven curvature on one end.
The pan is quite clean, so it has not seen any long term exposure to salt from what I can see from the pics.
What is the exterior finish like?
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The axles are designed with a slight arch. Most all trailers are like that, from utility trailers to Airstreams.
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Yeah, you live in California. One day on a wet salted road and that's what you see the next spring. It os entirely normal for any AS used in winter. Not sure where OP lives, but get used to it.
The OP is from Ca too and why go get a rust bucket to bring back?
Wondering what the
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Yeah, you live in California. One day on a wet salted road and that's what you see the next spring. It os entirely normal for any AS used in winter. Not sure where OP lives, but get used to it.
I'm in RI and we bought our trailer from a woman in MA, we know our salted road pretty well! From the lack of rust on our frame and running gear, our trailer though has apparently never seen salted roads.


Is that trailer about to fall apart? No. But if I had two 2017 FC25 trailer to choose from and one had rust from salty roads and being stored outside while the other was stored indoors every year before winter hit I know which one I would choose. There are lots of FC25s to choose from.
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The OP is from Ca too and why go get a rust bucket to bring back?
Wondering what the
I guess I cut myself off...Wondering what the clearcoat looks like in terms of corrosion?
Some of the trailers I've seen here that spent their life around the ocean have had seriously ugly filform corrosion.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:00 PM   #14
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Is that trailer about to fall apart? No. But if I had two 2017 FC25 trailer to choose from and one had rust from salty roads and being stored outside while the other was stored indoors every year before winter hit I know which one I would choose. There are lots of FC25s to choose from.
I agree with this wholeheartedly; after many years in Michigan and then many more in California, I can say that wrenching on a vehicle that has never seen salt is now an imperative for me, and was a serious consideration when searching for our AS.

...and also 2nd the recommendation upthread to talk to Vincent at A to Z Motors.
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