I am not biased, but ....
If anyone ever tries to argue that Airstream is as well built as Silver Streak
I'll simply refer them to this page
Removed the inner roof panels, then the front and rear fibreglass bulkheads.
Six roof struts fell down .... it wasn't a case of rivets giving way .... they were never connected to the main frame (cross ribs)
In fact several of them were too short and didn't even touch the cross rib!
Where's the quality control during the build?
Five roof struts had pieces tacked together to make the distance between the frame cross ribs.
There is a total of 5 frame cross ribs supporting the entire shell, but only 3 where one piece side-to-side.
Those 2 that were made up of half ribs were located through the CENTER section of the trailer.
What was holding it together in the centre of the trailer... not much!
You've got to be joking ... is this really indicative of the general quality of the product ex the Airstream factory back in 1963?
When removing the roof-mounted air conditioner
There was inadequate structure in the frame to support the weight of an air-con unit ... there was no reinforcement at all.
One roof strut had severely fractured, several had bowed, and a couple had also popped the rivets at both ends.
As a result, the outer skin was severely buckled by the weight of the air conditioner
Had to reinforce the support struts with box tube sections bracketed to frame ribs
Rear window was not fitted ... or should I say most of it. The welds on the top window rail had cracked open.
Top window rail was still in place on the outside of the trailer, and the rest of the window was on the bed when the trailer arrived
Removed the glass and cleaned up the weld surfaces.
Has to use a Dremel to clean out the old rock-hard window putty .... what a tedious job!
Painful refit - turned out the top drip-rail (which the window mounts to) had been bent up and squashed, so the window would not pivot correctly. Took a long time to get the window closing properly
Water leaks became an interesting challenge.
Turned out that the amount of twisting in the body had sheered several rivets, and had dislodged heaps of them, meaning that water was seeping in from nearly every seam and frame rib.
Used 4 tubes of silicone on the inside, and another on the outside, and it took 2 days to get it to a point where we could be comfortable that we had 95% of them rectified .... the remaining 5% are still causing grief!