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Old 09-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #29
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I don't own a new Airstream, and my newest car was 5 years old. I get my phones off Craigslist when I have to replace. I have been over every inch of my Aistream and toured several new ones. I was shocked at the new ones. When I walked in, I was impressed by the look and feel, but immediately noticed that it was not designed for the long term. It seems that the RV industry is designed for impulse buys. I make over 6 figures, but intentionally dress in jeans and t shirts for a visit to dealerships. They don't know I could afford a trailer, and the sales guys leave me alone. Plus, I can crawl around to look at the bottoms of the trailers. The 2014 models. I don't know about the seals and such, but I noticed the cushions were incredibly soft. That's great for a few weeks. After that, the foam starts to break down. The wood looks like zebra wood, but is actually plastic laminate. You'll never get a good repair on that if it leaks. There was a brand new unit that had a slide out microwave that was already busted - I expect in delivery.

These units are dramatically marked down the longer they sit on the lot. Same as the other boxes. High tech rubber seals are available with research. Seating could be made with 3 layers of foam - soft, medium, and hard to enable it to last. These things are made to look great at the dealership, not last 50 years. It's a shame that Airstream or Thor didn't say "hey, Wally's trailer design will last for 50 years, lets make a trailer with 50 years in mind". I walked through several of the big white boxes too, with all the toy haulers and bump outs. It looks like they imported their designers from the 80's. Only the Airstreams looked modern and luxuious. There was one white box that had the most hideous bathroom I have ever seen. Looked like it was made using plastic aquarium rocks from Walmart.

In the end, I applaud Airstream for the sense of style, layout, and color. I am disappointed that they don't add 15% to their manufacturing materials to make them last longer.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:22 PM   #30
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Say what you want, our new Airstream shows no signs of wear, nothing's falling off, nothing's broke, and the cushions, cabinetry, and aluminum shell are like new after two years ownership, 14 months on the road with us living in it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #31
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Doug, you're lucky. It appears some workers do a good job and others do not. During the pre-recession years, they were turning out as many as 2,400 trailers per year and apparently had some really bad employees who did a bad job and they worked not only on Fridays, but every day—some of us got those trailers, some didn't.

Our cushion covers got dirty quickly and were very difficult to clean; we had them redone by a local seamstress. The foam has stood up fairly well, but there are permanent depressions where we sit. Lots of other problems, but it has settled down by now. I continue to fix things and change things that needed improvement.

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Old 09-26-2013, 04:37 PM   #32
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Thumbs down Oh no you don't....

I just get to the point where our new AS purchase is a distant memory and you rascals bring it all back....

Well I ain't 'gonna take the bait...

I'll just repeat one of my favorite obtuse AS quotes....


"Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor."
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #33
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Gene, we've been lucky twice; we also had a 2007 Safari SE 20 that was a good one as well. We also do upgrades to the new one, took out the dinette stuff last week and put in swivel recliners in our 25'. Wish it was an option, we spend too much time in it for dinette seating.

I suppose it will all disintegrate soon, as advised, but we sure are enjoying it until then.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:19 PM   #34
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We have had a new 2014 22FB Sport airstream since August, Two trips total of 6 hours/ 30 plus days back at dealer for first issue. Our sewer hose was not located correctly and was under the airstream and fell off on our first trip. Fortunately when they fixed this, they moved the sewer hose container to the edge,so we no longer have to get under the airstream. The roll up cabinets both jammed on our first trip. To Airstream's credit they did replace the cabinets and no problem on our second trip-but fairly smooth driving. Second trip out, all good. We did not use the showers because we were conserving tank so used public showers, yet when we got back I found the shower handle on the floor and it will not go on again and stay put. It appears to be stripped. In the time we have had it the shower was used twice on the first trip. So although these are not major issues, the reason we bought a brand new airstream was so we would not have things falling off. I never thought a new unit would have issues like this right from the start. The sewer hose container could have been dangerous if it had fallen off during the trip, but fortunately it held til we got to the campground. Is this normal for brand new airstream? I get that the Sport is probably lower end, but still it was not cheap and it should hold up.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:16 AM   #35
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You are just getting started. Hopefully these will be your only issues. But I have my doubts.
Keep a close eye on things. Don't be afraid to ask questions about things you don't understand.
Get as many "shake down" trips in as you possibly can. Before the warranty expires.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:34 AM   #36
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You are just getting started. Hopefully these will be your only issues. But I have my doubts. Keep a close eye on things. Don't be afraid to ask questions about things you don't understand. Get as many "shake down" trips in as you possibly can. Before the warranty expires. Good Luck!
Yup. USE IT!!! Get these fixed to
As near perfect as possible during warranty!
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:38 AM   #37
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After the initial problems on the day we took delivery were repaired we have not had any more issues. Some of the initial problems were due to lack of knowledge/caring on behalf of the dealer. Some things happened in transit from Jackson Center to the dealer. The dealers should be more aware/conscientious and have the trailers in perfect repair when the customer walks through them.
We use our trailer almost every week.
After the trip out this weekend we will have been gone 12 weeks straight with no issues whatsoever from the trailer or tow vehicle- one oil change and tire rotation on the tow vehicle- one bath for both trailer and tow vehicle-
The season is winding down. After this weekend we will actually stay home for a couple of weeks before we go out Thanksgiving. Then we will stay home about 6 weeks until Canopener. Then we may stay home up to 3 months until the Magnolia Messenger rally in April. Then it's on again.
Anyway- point is- no problems after weeks and weeks of use.
Our previous trailer never made it to the house. it would go from campground to dealer for service and from the dealer to the campground 5 or 6 weeks straight.
The Airstream has never been back to the dealer and probably never will.
I will take it to Jackson Center in September for any repairs/adjustments in September just before the warranty goes out in October. I can't get any cooperation/satisfaction from any dealer within 4-5 hours of me.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #38
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Cea… (can't remember how to spell your Forum name), I hope you have experienced all the things that can go wrong, but probably not. Some people are blessed by trailers with few problems and others (we are included in the unblessed group) have had repeated issues.

I hope you have a good dealership near you, because it is a long trip to the factory for warranty repairs. Cal. has a lot of dealers, so you probably have choices. We were also unblessed with a really bad dealer, so we had repairs done at the factory service center where quality work is done (unlike the factory itself).

After a couple of years, things have settled down. I have fixed things that were badly designed or where cheap materials were used. The Forum is a good source of info when you need it. If you are near the ocean, check out the corrosion thread (a good week's reading) to see how to prevent corrosion caused by sea salt, road salt and mysterious forces (I made up the last one, maybe).

Airstreams are cool to look at, have an excellent basic design, but the present leadership of the company has cut costs too far and has not been a good steward of the brand.

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Old 10-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #39
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We have been lucky with both of our A/S. The current Serenity had three issues I like to mention here: 1) The Dinning table would not sit on the seats during conversion to bed configuration. Factory forgot to install rubber boots to keep it snug in between the benches, they mailed us the parts to install, 2) The screw which hold the dinnette seat back to the wall was kept coming loose, a lock washer took care of that issue, 3) Screws which hold the microwave keep coming loose that one was also fixed by using the lock washer. By the way our local dealer has been superb and always ready to do what ever we ask for.
We enjoyed both of our A/S and driven over 10,000 miles each. Like some of the folks has mentioned it is a house on wheels and require constant vigil and attention.
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