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Old 08-06-2007, 08:42 PM   #41
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That's good news that it's being repaired and that you are not having to scrimp and cut corners to have it done properly. Pictures will be good. This of course means you can get back out and put some serious campground time on it again.

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Old 08-07-2007, 01:04 PM   #42
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Sounds like this will be a very happy ending.

Thanks for sharing your story.

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Old 08-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #43
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I feel your pain. Hit a guard rail coming out of a camp ground when our trailer was 2 days old and hit a dear less than 100 yards from the turn-off to a state park when our trailer was 3 weeks old. Cost of the two repairs was approximately the same plus the trip to drop off and the trip to pick up the trailer in JC. Sure you have the same.

The up side...there is no up side. But, you can't tell that either accident ever happened. The folks in JC do excellent work. Hope you told them you wanted bucked rivets. That was my whole reason for going back to the mother ship.
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:18 AM   #44
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Work started today at the Airstream factory. Airstream projects the work will take two or three weeks. The final cost for repairs is just a little over $10,000 dollars. I must have hit the sweet spot!!
The price includes $295 dollars worth of Olympic Rivets!!!
We saw your trailer while on the factory tour yesterday, the skin in the area was off and they looked well on the way to fixing up your baby!
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:45 AM   #45
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Work started today at the Airstream factory. Airstream projects the work will take two or three weeks. The final cost for repairs is just a little over $10,000 dollars. I must have hit the sweet spot!!
The price includes $295 dollars worth of Olympic Rivets!!!
OUCH~!
That's just shows you, fine craftmanship is expensive..
I am wondering if, by any chance, you asked about running your rig thru the water tunnel when the work is completed?? If it were me, I know I'd want it tested for that.. At least while you're there..
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:24 AM   #46
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OUCH~!
That's just shows you, fine craftmanship is expensive..
I am wondering if, by any chance, you asked about running your rig thru the water tunnel when the work is completed?? If it were me, I know I'd want it tested for that.. At least while you're there..
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Running an older Airstream thru the factories water test booth, is not a good idea.

If the trailer is more than 3 to 5 years old, depending on it's exposure to the weather elements, it could have a number of gasket problems.

That being the case, the risk would be huge that water damage to parts of the interior would almost be guaranteed.

Then the owner would have more problems than he needs.

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Old 08-08-2007, 03:23 PM   #47
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Thanks for the update

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We saw your trailer while on the factory tour yesterday, the skin in the area was off and they looked well on the way to fixing up your baby!
Thanks for the update
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:36 AM   #48
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While it is in the shop we might as well.....

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OUCH~!
That's just shows you, fine craftmanship is expensive..
I am wondering if, by any chance, you asked about running your rig thru the water tunnel when the work is completed?? If it were me, I know I'd want it tested for that.. At least while you're there..
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I spoke to the folks at Airstream. They are going to test for leaks as part of the repair. As I understand it they pressurize the trailer and look for leaks with a soap and water solutions.

I also have asked them to do a general inspection to see if there are any other items that need attention.

For sure the Dump Valves are being replaced. I sure hope the tanks are empty. With all the drama from the accident I can’t remember….
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:46 PM   #49
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For sure the Dump Valves are being replaced. I sure hope the tanks are empty. With all the drama from the accident I can’t remember….
I hope you mentioned that to them. Some poor guy, first thing in the morning comes in and someone forgot to warn him and ............... You could have a whole new set of dents in your baby and for good reason .

Glad it's coming along nicely. Once you get it back it will definitely need several weeks of "personal testing". How far a trip is it to pick it up?

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I'm sure they can handle that.... Our lone MN Airstream dealer simply slaps a $50 flat fee dump charge on anyone wanting or needing to use their dump facilities and that does not include labor if the owner isn't there to do it - no exceptions and could become expensive at $95 an hour too!
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I'm sure they can handle that.... Our lone MN Airstream dealer simply slaps a $50 flat fee dump charge on anyone wanting or needing to use their dump facilities and that does not include labor if the owner isn't there to do it - no exceptions and could become expensive at $95 an hour too!
I was going to say Holy C..p but didn't want to offend anyone. $50 bucks - this guy sure knows how to win friends and customers. And $95/hr? When it hit $60 I started doing all my own work, I had no idea things had grown that much. Thanks for the heads up. I'd of been in some shop to get something done and when they mentioned the hourly rate I'd of hurt myself trying to get out the door too fast. Yah, Donna say's that I'm just the other side of thrifty.

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Old 08-14-2007, 11:06 AM   #52
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190 miles to Jackson Center

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Once you get it back it will definitely need several weeks of "personal testing". How far a trip is it to pick it up?

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We are lucky that we are only 190 miles from Jackson Center. So the personal testing will include two short weekend trips and then a 4 day trip to to York PA in mid October. Hopefully there will not be any issues but if there are I can get it back to Jackson Center before the BIG SNOW hits Ohio.
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:37 PM   #53
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With all the latest tech available, I am amazed they still use water as part of the overall test. Ultra Sound transponder are so much neater to use. Several yrs ago when I was working at an now defunt A/S dealership, one of my co-worker brought in a test unit consisting of a ultra sound transmitter unit and a seperate rcvr unit..Made the job of finding a pestie leak on the roof a real snap..As it turns out, the leak was around the rear (factory installed) vent !!
These would be a fantastic item for a WBCCI unit to have on hand.
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Airstream called

Airstream called today. The major repair is complete and now they have begun working on the items I asked them to fix. It looks like I will be able to pick it up on Wednesday or Thursday.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:18 PM   #55
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Hi John,

I have been following your progress. I’m sure you are thrilled. Think you’ll be getting much sleep between now and then?

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John,

Wow, I'd be so excited I'd be spending a lot of time sitting on the, uh, oh, well, maybe never mind .

That's great news John. It will be good to have it not only home but in better shape than when she left with the extras you are having touched up.

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Today is the day!!!

Today is the day!!! Leaving at 8am to get the Excella. I plan on taking the Factory Tour at 2pm and then heading home. With luck I will be able to post some pictures tonight. :-)
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I know that your are excited to see the end results and get your baby back! Have a safe trip and enjoy the knowledge that she has been taken good care of and is as good as new!
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Looking forward to the pics!
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Home again HOT HOT HOT

We left at about 8:30 and arrived in Jackson Center around noon where the temperature was over 90. We ate lunch at Hobo’s and then filled the Suburban at the Shell station. After a quick look at the Excella we headed into the Factory office area and paid the bill. I met briefly with Chris and Kevin who were able to answer all my questions. At 2pm we took the factory tour which was OUTSTANDING. By now the temperature was 95 degrees so it was a very hot walk from the offices to the factory. If you love your Airstream you need to take the tour. After a brief visit to the factory store we were on the road at 4pm. The drive back to Michigan was uneventful but about 20 miles from home we got lots of rain. The Airstream passed Mother natures leak test.

The door side of the Excella looks brand new. I could not be happier.
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