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Old 12-17-2023, 08:05 AM   #1
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Iím considering purchasing my second airstream but I am concerned. My first airstream was a 16 foot Bambi, which had a leak that I could never find but other than that it was fine Iím looking for another one and I find all these issues about leaks, mold, and rotting Floorboards . The one I sold developed a bunch of leaks that the new purchaser had to spend thousands to fix. That was a 2018. I just looked at 2022 to purchase and it has a leak somewhere under the floorboards and thereís mold all over the floor. The factory is balking even though itís still under warranty. Does airstream deserve my business will I get caught holding the bag if I buy a one a couple years old or so? Help!
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We have had three Airstreams over the last seventeen years. Two were purchased new, one was used. We have logged a total of 2,200 nights of Airstream camping, and have tower them to all of the lower forty-eight states, Alaska, and most of Canada. Only one had any leaks.

We have enjoyed our Airstreaming immensely regardless of the issues. I think what you have to remember is that all RV's have leaks and other issues that have to be endured and dealt with. If you want to enjoy RV travel, you have to accept with these downsides.

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I've had another brand of TT and I've had 2 AS. Both AS's were much better than the SOB I had.

If you use the TT to actually travel they take an unbelievable beating. So maintenance is a constant requirement.

The residual value is considerably higher with an AS.

And then there is the Airstream Club where you can meet a variety of people and make multiple friends. In fact, being in the club has helped when dealing with maintenance issues. You can learn from others.

All the best with your decision.
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Reading your other posts, I’m guessing you will hate an airstream. Don’t put yourself through that much stress. Buy a quality Forest River.
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Iím considering purchasing my second airstream but I am concerned. My first airstream was a 16 foot Bambi, which had a leak that I could never find but other than that it was fine Iím looking for another one and I find all these issues about leaks, mold, and rotting Floorboards . The one I sold developed a bunch of leaks that the new purchaser had to spend thousands to fix. That was a 2018. I just looked at 2022 to purchase and it has a leak somewhere under the floorboards and thereís mold all over the floor. The factory is balking even though itís still under warranty. Does airstream deserve my business will I get caught holding the bag if I buy a one a couple years old or so? Help!
Curious, a 2022 has a composite single-sheet floor. Where is the water coming from?
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Old 12-17-2023, 02:30 PM   #6
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Reading your other posts, Iím guessing you will hate an airstream. Donít put yourself through that much stress.
I tend to agree!

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Old 03-09-2024, 12:02 AM   #7
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Iím considering purchasing my second airstream but I am concerned. My first airstream was a 16 foot Bambi, which had a leak that I could never find but other than that it was fine Iím looking for another one and I find all these issues about leaks, mold, and rotting Floorboards . The one I sold developed a bunch of leaks that the new purchaser had to spend thousands to fix. That was a 2018. I just looked at 2022 to purchase and it has a leak somewhere under the floorboards and thereís mold all over the floor. The factory is balking even though itís still under warranty. Does airstream deserve my business will I get caught holding the bag if I buy a one a couple years old or so? Help!
This concerns me. I had to take the belly band off my 2004 and seal all the back from wheel well to wheel well to keep my floor safe. It was a used trailer with little use I found in California and I was lucky my floors were solid. Now I have a 2024. When I was at the dealer they were replacing an entire vinyl floor under warrantee. It had mold damage front to back and a composite sub floor. I am wondering did they ever get a handle on the rear deck lid leaks so many experienced? Do they still leak there and is it now manifesting itself as water between the vinyl and the composite floor causing the discolored and moldy floors. I have not seen any post aligning these two issues. I think I am on to something. Anybody see this as the possible cause. The explanation of condensation under the floor doesn't go far enough. IMHO
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