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Old 06-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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Anyone have success in Airstream taking back a lemon?

Hello,
I have been unusually busy on the forum and appreciate everyone’s comments.
We just got off the phone with AirStream Orange County and was informed that they STILL cannot duplicate the problem.
My husband’s suspicion is that they are not trying to locate the problem but now are trying to cover themselves and say it was user errors.
Has anyone ever had Airstream replace a unit?
We are making payments on this unit and can’t use it.
We TRULY only desire a sound well made unit.
Suggestions?
Thank you!!!
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:52 PM   #2
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:13 PM   #3
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Slim chance they will take back the unit but they will repair it as needed. Referring to the leak you posted earlier, ensure the condition that indicates a leak is duplicated. That is, water heater on (electric or propane or both), external power and external water hookup (if that's when it leaked).

Everything on the Airstream is repairable, including the shell itself. You shouldn't have to troubleshoot the problem for them, but my experience with cars and RV's over many years is sometimes that's what happens. Or you endlessly take it back and forth to the dealer until they stumble onto something.

This is a relatively new dealership (?), and perhaps the mechanics are still learning Airstreams. I'll bet the old timers could find it in a heartbeat, including many Airstreamers on this forum. And they may be able to walk you through troubleshooting on this forum, has happened many times.

Knowing it is disheartening to have this happen on a new unit, many go through it. Sometimes it takes some time and patience to get the bugs worked out, but with good owner maintenance, your Airstream can give years and years of faithful service.
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:45 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good excuse to visit Jackson Center. Give them a call, politely discuss the issues you are having and make an appointment. The repair facility is staffed by very experienced techs with access to a huge data base of even more experience. I doubt that there are any problems that they have not seen and successfully repaired.
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:20 PM   #5
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I would call the factory also but based on where you live, they may be able to offer you a suggestion as to a different dealership. Or it's not out of the question that Airstream might send someone out to your dealership to deal with this. I know that on extremely difficult situations they have sent service personnel to a dealership to help them. Last resort to me would be towing all the way from California to Jackson Center.

As noted stay calm on the phone call with them and make them very aware of the ongoing damage problems and that you bearing the expense of transporting the trailer back to Jackson Center is not a reasonable option. That's why they have "authorized" dealerships, and when that dealership cannot fix an issue, they need to step up to the plate and get someone to the dealership who can properly direct those local service folks.
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:00 PM   #6
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Check the Lemon Law documentation that came with your trailer or look it up on the California state lemon law website. Some states treat trailers just like automobiles. Others don't.
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Sometimes the factory will refer you to a different dealer. Jim
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Fat chance they'll take it back, they will have it repaired for you.
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My first (2014) 25 FC was, in fact a lemon. The dealer could not fix our shower door leak and between them and Airstream, determined it was an issue that could not be repaired without basically rebuilding the shower. After 3 months and the possibility that an electrocution could occur with water running into converter, the dealer and airstream decided to give me a full refund on the trailer. The trailer also had 10 other (less critical) items that need to be repaired or replaced, as well. I might add that the leaking event that led to their decision to replace occurred on the dealers lot, right after they attempted to repair the leak for the third time. Once they saw the potential for serious injury, they didn't hesitate to make the replacement offer.


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Hello,
I have been unusually busy on the forum and appreciate everyone’s comments.
We just got off the phone with AirStream Orange County and was informed that they STILL cannot duplicate the problem.
My husband’s suspicion is that they are not trying to locate the problem but now are trying to cover themselves and say it was user errors.
Has anyone ever had Airstream replace a unit?
We are making payments on this unit and can’t use it.
We TRULY only desire a sound well made unit.
Suggestions?
Thank you!!!
I may have missed part of this...what are the issues?
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I may have missed part of this...what are the issues?
Dave this will catch you up. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...ve-136512.html

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Good advice here, check the lemon laws in your state and talk to airstream and another dealer. Those and fix it yourself are your options. My 2014 Bambi has had lots of issues, though none as serious as yours. My dealer while having a well meaning salesperson has been no help, the tech is useless. The factory basically told me to take it to a different dealer. I've taken to fixing the issues myself. Not sure if you can do that but maybe your last resort. Good luck.
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Have you personally contacted the factory? Give them a chance. Many times if one dealer is unable to solve a problem the factory will contact another and arrange for you to take it there. Jim
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:54 PM   #14
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Honestly, I would call them & let them know the problems you have been having & mention the advice you have received on airforms.com. The fact that all the Airstream owners who read the forum have now heard your ordeal may help.

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