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Old 06-27-2019, 04:59 AM   #21
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How many seams would there be when filming an AS?

I used the 3m film on the boat trailer, it did help with stone chips on the exposed side rails, but the edges did lift after two Seasons. Not in an area that was submerged.

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Old 06-27-2019, 09:53 AM   #22
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My take on the dealer applied add ons is it’s just a way for them to get more money out of you’re wallet while they have you on the hook. The last trailer we bought was a used 2011 fc19 that was originally sold in Oregon and the sales document showed a $900 charge for some fancy clear coat that the name of eludes me of at the moment. Finish on the trailer as I got it a year ago was standard for a 2011.

If there was some magic coating available Airstream would be using it (I hope).


I recall my dealer when I purchased my TV had a $900 charge on the invoice for some sort of coating that they had applied. I said, no thanks, and guy just removed the charge instantly without question. I asked my wife later if she thought they actually did it. What a scam.
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Old 06-27-2019, 11:31 AM   #23
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Unlike a smooth finish car, the Airstream has rivet heads that park above the surface. You can go around them, but that will look terrible IMHO.



If you cover them, there will without question be a gap between the rivet head, body panel and the clear film, just inviting water and such to accumulate under there in that area and leading to finish corrosion. IF it was such a great idea, Airstream would have done it, particularly when these things are now at or well above the $100k mark.



Get a good set of rock tamers for the tow vehicle, get the pano front window, and the post mid-2005 model or newer that has the taller stainless steel rock guards.


If you still wanted to put some in clear film between the rock guard and the pano window, that might be ok, but I simply don't see how you are going to get that film to cover the rivets effectively, and if you don't cover the entire front, what is the point? IMHO, you've left part of the front end exposed.


Road rash and small dings are just a part of the overall ownership. It can be minimized with items mentioned above along with a good washing and coat of wax a few times a season, but you will never fully protect it on the road, plain and simple, unless of course you install Star Trek type shields....
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:45 PM   #24
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Unlike a smooth finish car, the Airstream has rivet heads that park above the surface. You can go around them, but that will look terrible IMHO.



If you cover them, there will without question be a gap between the rivet head, body panel and the clear film, just inviting water and such to accumulate under there in that area and leading to finish corrosion. IF it was such a great idea, Airstream would have done it, particularly when these things are now at or well above the $100k mark.



Get a good set of rock tamers for the tow vehicle, get the pano front window, and the post mid-2005 model or newer that has the taller stainless steel rock guards.


If you still wanted to put some in clear film between the rock guard and the pano window, that might be ok, but I simply don't see how you are going to get that film to cover the rivets effectively, and if you don't cover the entire front, what is the point? IMHO, you've left part of the front end exposed.


Road rash and small dings are just a part of the overall ownership. It can be minimized with items mentioned above along with a good washing and coat of wax a few times a season, but you will never fully protect it on the road, plain and simple, unless of course you install Star Trek type shields....
You make an excellent point about the rivets. To do a proper job the installer would have to make tiny circular cutouts in the film around each one, just like they did with the headlight washer nozzles on my Porsche. If done right it's really difficult to see the edge of the film without very close inspection. Problem is I have only two washer nozzles and there are hundreds of rivets so labor on an entire trailer would be prohibitive, which is why the OP's dealer is probably just covering them over, risking the issues you mentioned.

IMHO, if one is going to do film at all on an Airstream it really only makes sense to do the most exposed bits at the front end. The idea would be to minimize the potential for road damage; you can't eliminate it completely.

My reason for getting into this discussion was when I read comments that seemed to suggest that protective film was a kind of scam similar to some other dealer add-ons. It's not. It a good product and it has it's place, but I agree that whether that place is on a Airstream is open to debate.
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I had the dealer install the 3M version of this stuff on the front painted surfaces of my GMC and I installed the Weathertech kit version on the front-facing lights. I'm glad I did both. We've been to Alaska and throughout Newfoundland-Labrador. It has provided excellent service for 45,000 miles it looks like it will go on "forever". The truck looks "like new".

However, I would not put it on an Airstream. The comment about the rivets is exactly the reason. I can't imagine how it could be applied and look acceptable.

The Walbernize wax that Airstream recommends applies easily. My wife and I can wash and wax our 25 in three to four hours. Jackson Center charged $300 for this task in 2014. We've done it ourselves since then.
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