I am not a person who likes to get into the politics, religion, or thinking of other people..... Up until now, I thought the complaints of others referencing the problems with their new Airstreams were just that... complaining, and whining. I read about construction remnants swept into unseen corners (big deal clean it up) or little dabs of glue (scrape it off), a loose hinge (tighten it up), ar something mis aligned (straighten it up). Now I see what the buzz is all about!
A few days ago a fellow, and his wife, newly retired, spent a few days in the same RV park where I am. He rolled in in supposedly the last built 34' triple axle built in 2011. It is Identical to my 1991 Excella in every way, except for trim and fabrics.
He was amazed (not being a real Airstream guy) at how despite the passage of time, they were both the same. Then we toured the others vehicle... What a difference!
I immediately got the low down once inside his... his $107000, got him junk! My eye was drawn to the crookedness of EVERYTHING, all the cabinet doors were warped, mis-aligned, or otherwise not right!
The Counters were beautiful composite, loose from the cabinetry and made a clunking sound when leaned on.
A few Lights ceased to function, a breaker for some 110 v circuit was always tripping. The entry door was a laughing matter, as it was so horribly alighne it wouldnt shut without a slam as it was somtacting the lower sill.
Overall fit and finis was horrid, I chuckeled as I really saw what I had read about, there was glue, and caulking everywhere!
I had to stop being so critical, after all where was my loyalty? His AS felt very contemporary with all the beautiful Hickory wood, the new Airstream smell, but then out came a shoebox of misc rivets, wrappers, hunks of who knows what! Leaks, leaks, leaks, everywhere!
I saw all this with my own eyes! It was raining....
I returned home to my own Excella, greeted by the kindness of time... everything was tight, straight, and strong.
My Excella is fairly new to me, I haven't had to do too much other than add my own stink and modernize.
Please don't interpret this as a bash on AS, but now I see first hand what others are experiencing.
My Airstream is one of those stories you hear about... "a little old lady drove it to church", it really is a rarity, I feel bad for this fellow and his brand new one. I doubt it will survive time like the older ones.
Mine is built like a tank! I hope quality issues will be fixed, I fear this might not survive the way it it!
Be safe and many happy miles Roger!