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Old 06-15-2015, 08:44 PM   #43
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I think what Airstream is trying to do for you is duplicating the condition that has caused your leak, that would be when you are camping, so that they can troubleshoot and correct the problem. Apparently it is not happening while at the repair shop.

In my previous career in aircraft maintenance I can't count the number of times we had to write on the work order, "unable to duplicate the problem on the ground". Airstreams are cheap compared to those pieces of riveted aluminum art but they still break, even when new.

Work with them and get it fixed.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:21 PM   #44
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Camp on your driveway??
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:34 AM   #45
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Why not try what the factory suggested ?

It almost sounds like you have defeated yourself ... you will not likely be in a position to demand just exactly what the factory authorized servicing agent will do. Try to work with them as I do read a significant amount of negativity in your posts ...

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The suggestion of camping local would bring the local.... i.e. same guys that are working on it now!
Also the issue of logistics come to mind.
We usually go after work or take off early from work on Friday.
So, we drive to our location, set up,level, unpack, unhook and rehook to water, electricity, and cable, etc. So by the time the water seeps/leakes thru, it could potentialy be 10:00-11:00 pm.
Airstream is closed.
Do we not wipe it up?
Try not to slip and fall going to the bathroom in the middle of the night?
Wait for the technition to make it to our camping spot while water puddles and sits.....
Wait the next day for his arrival???
On our last trip, a fellow Airstreamer was camping with us and he took a look all around the usual places and could not locate the week spot.

I do not believe a technician will be able to look at our puddle and determine the cause, but ok.
Most of us have shared your frustration at some point, but please give the factory a chance to work this out without dictating to them or utilizing sarcasm. The squeaky wheel may get the grease ... but often it falls off long before it gets greased.

Unless you follow the servicing agents requests, you may be on very shaky round for any recovery due to a breach of (??)contract. $.02

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Well, we spoke to D@@ at Ohio and were told we have 2 options.
1. Take it back and see if it happens again and then they will send a local technition out to our camp ground to check it out!!!!
Hym, take it out, go camping, and when/if the water leaks again, sit on it, and wait for a “local technition,” to come to our location and check it out.....
2. Leave it at the dealer and sue for Breach of Contract.


They refused to send a factory technition out to dealer They refused to tow it back to Ohio.
A possible cause of our water issues is that the original leak from the cracked toilet, caused water to collect in the vertical lines and so it is residual........
Towing it back to OH might be the best option AFTER it has been properly diagnosed locally. Try to at least see the other side of the coin.
Again, we sympathize - having been in similar circumstances ...
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:03 PM   #46
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All this talk about bad service and bad dealerships has me scared to buy a new unit from a airstream dealer.
Is sounds like they do not have a qualified network of dealer repair techs.
It would suck to have to tow the defective trailer all the way to the factory, but if that is the only place to get it repaired right, that's where I would go...
It sure would be nice to know that if after the problem was diagnosed and determined to be a defect in material or workmanship, that airstream would cover the cost of fuel to take it there and back or the equivalent in an upgrade or modification.
For basic electrical, plumbing and other small stuff, I would try to diagnose myself and if I can repair it ok... if need a AS part, then maybe get in touch with the factory and see if they are willing to send the part.
For structural stuff, take it to the factory.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:17 AM   #47
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Nowisee - there are good and bad trailers and dealers. AS is putting out about 2500 a year and each is hand assembled. Bound to be mistakes from time to time and when we hear of them they can be real doozies. I feel fortunate that mine (purchased new in 2012) hadn't had any major problems - just some minor stuff the dealer fixed and the factory service guys took care of when we went there to have our dining area converted.

I bought from the dealer closest to me (my first trailer ever) because I didn't want to drive "all the way" to NJ (despite the rave reviews about Colonial). Now that I know how fun it is to tow the Tin Goat, I wish I had gone there (although my dealer has been fine). Even the trip to Ohio to visit the mothership was great - those service guys are just outstanding and staying in the terraport was even fun in a geeky sort of way!

Biggest issue we've had so far was clearance lights that leaked and sort of cut in to the shell causing filiform corrosion. My dealer didn't know what to do so I called AS and talked with Michael (I think?) Goetz who shipped a complete set of improved clearance lights to my dealer who swapped them out and - with instructions from AS - addressed the small corrosion spots.

I'm confident there are many many more good trailers than lemons and more often than not, service issues will be addressed properly.

In an ideal world, 100% of the trailers would work perfectly 100% of the time. Murphy won't allow that 😄

Hope the OP has taken AS up on their offer to send a tech to them while camping. They'll figure it out I'm sure.

Good luck and happy camping everyone!
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You said AS told you to leave the trailer at the dealer and sue as one of the options as you posted earlier? I doubt that! See post number 38. Statements like that could make one wish we had the other side of the story. Don't make a bad situation worse.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:35 AM   #49
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You said AS told you to leave the trailer at the dealer and sue as one of the options as you posted earlier? I doubt that!

I know this was for the OP - but actually, I can imagine how that could come up in conversation. If the customer feels absolutely exasperated, I could imagine someone using something that dramatic for effect - not meaning they should take that action, but to demonstrate the range of possibilities and hope to help the person understand it doesn't have to be that bad - a simpler solution would be better and get you back to camping which is the reason you buy one of these aluminum tubes (as my boss calls it &#128515.
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The OP hasn't gotten back to tell if they took the factory's advice. This has to be tried and then other options may come into effect. For instance if the tech comes out to the campground and cannot locate the leak then this info will be sent to Ohio. With tnis info the factory can then make a decision. But the factory instructions must be followed first.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:05 AM   #51
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All this talk about bad service and bad dealerships has me scared to buy a new unit from a airstream dealer.
Is sounds like they do not have a qualified network of dealer repair techs.
It would suck to have to tow the defective trailer all the way to the factory, but if that is the only place to get it repaired right, that's where I would go...
It sure would be nice to know that if after the problem was diagnosed and determined to be a defect in material or workmanship, that airstream would cover the cost of fuel to take it there and back or the equivalent in an upgrade or modification.
For basic electrical, plumbing and other small stuff, I would try to diagnose myself and if I can repair it ok... if need a AS part, then maybe get in touch with the factory and see if they are willing to send the part.
For structural stuff, take it to the factory.

No need to be scared.
Buy the trailer at a reputable dealer if you can.
Then, get it serviced at Jackson Center.
Jackson Center beats even the best dealer service department in parts availability and getting the trailer repaired quickly while you are camping in it every night.


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The OP hasn't gotten back to tell if they took the factory's advice. This has to be tried and then other options may come into effect. For instance if the tech comes out to the campground and cannot locate the leak then this info will be sent to Ohio. With tnis info the factory can then make a decision. But the factory instructions must be followed first.

Agreed.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:18 AM   #53
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You said AS told you to leave the trailer at the dealer and sue as one of the options as you posted earlier? I doubt that! See post number 38. Statements like that could make one wish we had the other side of the story. Don't make a bad situation worse.
I truly have no reason to say something that is not true.
D** in Ohio ABSOLUTELY told my husband and I (we were on speakerphone,)
That was option 2.

We have NOT taken the dealer/ factory up on their offer of camping out because of a couple reasons.

1. Our trailer is not ready yet.
I visited our trailer on Thursday to see how the testing was going.
She was closed up, with no active testing going on.
The service manager is waiting to replace the warped toe kick and should be ready to pick up early this week.
I discussed the logistics of having the tech, which would be the local AS tech, come to our campsite if/when it happens again.
as mentioned in my earlier post, the timing is the challenge with that option.
My dealer closes at 5 during the week and 1 on Saturday.
We would have to sit on it until they can make it out to our site and see if they can find the source.

We are not retired. We have to work.
We can not set up in our driveway because I don't have full hookups to duplicate the environment that the leaks happened prior.

The Los Angeles and Orange County AirStream Dealer is one and the same.
They have pressured Ohio to only have them, the AS dealer approved for warranty work.
I asked to have it worked in at C & G trailer Services, but BECAUSE he does not sell the product only services them, he is no longer approved.

Our ONLY option is the AS Los Angeles or As Orange County.

I am sorry, but on my first trip out, I reported water leakage around the toilet.
I took her in and they said " sorry, can't duplicate it."
This happened 3 times before they located the crack in the toilet!!!!
So when they tell me they can't duplicate it, with this issue, but I have warped/ruined toe kicks in my 100K trailer, I lack confidence in their ability!

I have gone on way too long. My apologies to those who feel our pain.
We are not mechanically inclined, we work hard and want to make happy memories with our boys in our trailer. We don't want to fight to have a product work and be free of defects in the first 90 days of ownership.

FYI

I waited to speak with the owner; however he NEVER came out to speak with me and while I was in the work bay, he scooted out.
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Not acceptable. I am aghast.... Sorry for you troubles
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I didn't mean to accuse you of lying, only misinterpreting. Hope you get this resolved.
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You're in a bad situation but leaving the trailer at the dealership which I assume means discontinuing payments will only ruin your credit. Bite the bullet and do whatever AS or the dealer wants before doing anything that may follow you for years. Keep in touch with the factory, please!
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