Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-18-2017, 01:09 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,270
I too really appreciate the classic look and modern styling of the Airstream. Still think occasionally that I might get one when my kids are grown since space will become far less of an issue.

None of us with RVs/TTs believe there is a perfect issue free brand out there, Airstream is no exception. In fact my neighbor had a new Bambi that developed a rook leak within the first year that the dealer struggled to fix, so much so they ended up trading it for a Cloud that has been issue free for 4 years. No differnt than our Jayco’s, some are totally trouble free and others are a mess.

2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH (Sold)
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2017, 01:24 PM   #12
Site Team
Crabman's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia`s Eastern Shore
Posts: 15,426
Airstream Dreams, love the thread title. I always thought one of their greatest attributes was they did not leak, but in reading some posts that may be a myth.

Crabman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2017, 01:32 PM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Wentzville
Posts: 272
Originally Posted by Crabman View Post
Airstream Dreams, love the thread title. I always thought one of their greatest attributes was they did not leak, but in reading some posts that may be a myth.
Leaks are one of the biggest problems that Airstreams have. And by the very nature of its construction, an Airstreamís insulation is very poor; heat and cold are conducted directly from the outer skin to the inner skin. The Fiberglas bats donít do much for insulation, and they tend to become saturated with water.
chasfenwick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2017, 08:06 AM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,297
I never had the Airstream dream. My grandparents had one when I was little but I never had any desire to go camping in a spaceship. Interior height is also a factor for tall guys like myself. To each their own, but this modern, fancy, Euro styling going on in trailers like Airstreams just isn't appealing to me. I wish Jayco made a more rustic, cabin/lodge style interior to be honest (look up Keystone Fireside). The thing that bothers me the most about the Airstream dream is some of the vehicles that I see pulling them. Just because it's got a Hensley hitch doesn't mean an Altima can pull it!
2013 F-150 EcoBoost MaxTow, Roush tuned (415hp 506tq), lifted on 33s, R.A.S.
2013 Jay Flight 28BHS Elite (Equalizer 10K hitch)
SkyBound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2017, 09:15 AM   #15
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: lima
Posts: 114
I live about 15 mins from the Airstream factory here in Ohio. I know several people that work there. They just added 90,000 square feet to manufacturing because they can't keep up, I believe now it is more of the Sprinter style vans than the trailers. They do offer tours everyday if you are anywhere near Jackson Center Ohio. My brother has an Airstream, he purchased it for about nothing, it had been damaged in a storm and was setting at the repair facility at the factory when the people decided to sell. I helped him some, had the thing completely gutted at one point. What I noticed, all of the appliances (furnace, stove, water heater etc) are the same exact brand as the Keystone Laredo I owned at the time. What I do notice about the Airstream is the towing. My brothers is somewhere around 30' long and is a 2004. It has torsion axles and shocks from the factory. It will actually set level, no need for the tongue jack to hold the front of the trailer up. He and I both had similar trucks, GM 2500HD with the 6.0, when we were towing, he would get much better fuel mileage, similar length and weight campers. My fuel mileage was 8, his was 12-14. We were running together so speeds and roads were identical.
oh355mbqs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2017, 02:49 PM   #16
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: East Side
Posts: 1
Burned by Airstream

Originally Posted by Midnightmoon View Post
Having owned one, I can honestly say that I am cured of the Airstream dream. Ours was a used 31' Excella. We dealt with rear floor rot, popped/missing rivets, and leaks that we could not stop.

Thinking that the issues that we had were due to buying used, we actually considered a new one a couple of years ago. We were standing in a brand new 2015 FB Flying Cloud at the former Airstream of Western PA watching water run in between a seam in the skin above the sink. That was enough for us.

Are they nice.....Absolutely. Are they worth the money....questionable. Are they free of the troubles of the average RV.......absolutely not.
I second that! The ďAirstreamĒ brand has been synonymous with quality and longevity but that is no longer the state of the company or the product after Thor took over.

We purchased a 2017 in April of this year and it stayed in the shop for 3 months getting the flooring repaired. We noticed a soft spot in September and when probed with the moisture meter it read 50% moisture! When the certified Airstream mechanic went looking for the leak they discovered that the galley sink did not drain into the grey tank. HOW DID OUR UNIT LEAVE THE FACTORY LIKE THAT?! Also, the counter tops were just floating on the cabinets and were never attached. Along with other minor issues and lackluster response from the warranty department we are selling our unit and looking for an older Eagle Premier.
Tokyotea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2017, 02:58 PM   #17
Senior Member
TxLoser's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: DFW
Posts: 481
I'd have a tough time being ok with issues after spending that much on a trailer. I'd expect a premium product. I know it's all relative, but from my perspective that a lot scratch for something without an engine.

That being said, I do like the interiors. It's like an Ikea on wheels. Good use of small space. Too bad they have the same quality as issues as the other makes.

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
Eagle HT26.5 BHS
Chevy 2500HD Dmax
TxLoser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2017, 08:14 AM   #18
Senior Member
ReelCool's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Highlands County
Posts: 148
Originally Posted by FeatherFam View Post
We've been dreaming about Airstreams of late. We really like the 30 Classic, 27FB, and 30J. It is possible for us to save for one. It would have to be our retirement purchase, and it would limit or eliminate a few other areas of retirement activity. But it may be worth it. The good news is we have time. We are saving for "something," either a single big purchase like an Airstream or a "package plan" that would include a less expensive RV with more travel and adventure budget. Both would be great.
I thought I wanted an AS when we traded our Class A diesel. A friend had an AS, so I thought I wanted one! I love the look of the interior, but would not trade the space of my WH dsrl for theirs. They purchased a 2014 27 Eddie Bauer new, kept it a year. After a 3 month cross country trip, it did not have the space inside to make them happy. They traded it for a new 2015 classic 32' and just traded for a new Class C motorhome. They got tired of towing a heavy camper. It also did not have much storage so everything was hauled in the back of the pickup with a topper. (I am not sure what they are going to do now as the new one has less storage). The classic had a lot of issues. Price point does not eliminate quality control! With the $$ lost in trades, they could have bought my camper two times over. During their AS ownership I learned a lot of the price is made up in snob appeal. As someone above said it is almost like a cult. I still like the interiors and vintage look. Even though the AS holds its value better than most, it still depreciates everyday just like a car or any other RV. So it is really not an investment. Just my thoughts.....
Maureen & Carl

"Let the Reel Cool Times Roll !!!!!
ReelCool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2017, 08:59 AM   #19
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 2,431
In looking at Airstreams here and there, and aside form the comments here, the owners I've talked to simply rave about their units.

Our problem with them is two fold. I have never seen anything bigger than a double bed in any of them. That's simply too small. We're used to a California king at home, and a queen in our hybrid. The other issue is that they all feel anti septic. Sure they look slick but I feel like I'm visiting my doctor's office. They just don't feel "homey" to us.
2013 Jayco Jayfeather X20 E, 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Z71 SLE
DocBrown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2017, 10:28 AM   #20
Site Team
norty1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 15,264
Most that have them love them. Not much in between. They are to heavy and expensive for me but I like to look at them.

Especially if they are shiny.

2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS
2017 GMC Terrain (future TOAD)

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
norty1 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.