By Chuck Woodbury
Did you read the news that Airstream is recalling nearly 2,000 trailers because of a welding error that could result in the RVs’ ball couplers not providing enough clamping force, which could cause the trailer and tow vehicle to separate? The actual recall information is here. How could this happen?
For now, until it is checked by a dealer, Demco has manufactured a temporary use adapter that can be slipped over the ball portion of the coupler to allow the owners to tow their RVs (presumably to a dealer to get it checked it out).
The recall states that if the trailer were to be disconnected it could “become a road hazard resulting in a crash which could result in personal injury” (a little understated, perhaps?).
Airstream learned of the recall through social media in early October. A trailer owner posted a video showing his Demco hitch coupler detaching from the ball hitch while in the latched position.
The company will contact owners by phone if possible to notify them of the recall and tell them not to tow their trailer until it is checked by a dealer.
If you know someone who owns any one of these trailers, please tell them. Or send them the following web address so they can read this article for themselves, and then take action: https://www.rvtravel.com/airstream-recall .
You do not want to be towing one of these trailers, or, heaven forbid, following one on the highway!
Here are the models involved
• AIRSTREAM/FLYING CLOUD/2019-2020
• AIRSTREAM/TOMMY BAHAMA/2019-2020