Airstream Travel Trailer International 2023 Cleaning User Manual
We recommend the trailer be washed about every four weeks, and waxed with Walbernize Super Seal or high-quality clearcoat-safe wax in the spring and fall. In coastal and industrial areas, cleaning and waxing should be done more frequently. When traveling through winter weather, all road treatment chemicals should be removed immediately.
Abrasive polishes or cleaning solvents such as automatic dishwashers or acid etch cleaners are too strong and should never be used. Rinse all grit from the surface prior to washing. Use soft rags or wash mitts, always moving lengthwise with the grain of the trailer (washing or polishing). Never rub hard on the coating. Even the softest rag will damage the coating if excessive pressure
Always clean your trailer in the shade or on a cloudy day when the aluminum skin is cool.
Oil, grease, dust, and dirt may be removed by washing skin with any mild non-abrasive soap or detergent. Cleaning should be followed by a thoroughly clean water rinse. Drying the unit with a chamois or a soft cloth may prevent spots and streaks.
After cleaning and drying, a good grade of non-abrasive automotive paste or liquid wax will increase the life of the finish, especially in coastal areas where the finish is exposed to salt air or in polluted industrial areas. It will also protect the shell from minor scratches and make subsequent cleaning easier.
It is important to remove substances such as sap, gum, resin, and asphalt as soon as possible by washing and waxing. Sunlight and time will bake-harden these materials, making them almost impossible to remove without heavy buffing. If asphalt remains on the trailer after washing, use a small amount of kerosene on a rag and wipe the spots individually, being careful not to scratch the finish.
If a substance is found on the coating that cannot be removed by normal washing procedures, Airstream recommends using DX 330 Acryli-Clean, made by PPG Industries. Follow all directions and warnings on the product container.
Acryli-Clean should be used by trained personnel only, using the proper equipment under controlled conditions. Use the Acryli-Clean as sparingly as possible to remove glue, tar, and other similar substance. To keep your trailer looking new, periodically paint the A-frame, LPG tanks, and rear frame.
It is recommended that the caulking and sealant used in external seams and joints, such as end-shell segments and around window frames, light bezels, beltline, rub rail molding, etc., be checked once a year. If this material has dried and become cracked or checked, or if a portion has fallen out, it should be replaced with fresh material to prevent possible rain leaks. Caulking and sealing products are available from your Airstream dealer.
Clean your trailer windows the same way you clean the windows in your home. Clean the seals with a damp cloth and mild detergent every three to six months. Do not use strong solvents, as they will damage the seals. A coat of natural silicone lubricant applied after the seal has dried will keep it flexible. Spread the lubricant evenly with a brush or finger, working it into the surface. This is good practice for all rubber seals in your trailer.
Failure to properly clean and lubricate the window seals could result in the window sticking to the jamb. Window seals that become stuck to the window jamb should be released by a qualified technician trained in the procedure. Do not force, pry, or apply great pressure to open the window. Failure to heed this warning may cause the window to shatter and/or cause personal injury.
For replacement of a damaged window, contact an Airstream Service Center.
The aluminum wheels and axle end cover come treated with a clear coating. Keep them looking good by washing with soap and water. Do not use abrasive cleaners or polishes on coated aluminum wheels.
General Information and Operation
StepTo operates the step, lift up on the front of the step and pull straight out until step locks into place. Some units will be equipped with a double step. After extending the step, the second portion folds out. To store the step, fold it back into position, lift the front slightly and push the step back into its storage area.
To operate the step, lift up on the front of the step and pull straight out until step locks into place. Some units will be equipped with a double step. After extending the step, the second portion folds out. To store the step, fold it back into position, lift the front slightly and push the step back into its storage area.
Once the steps are lowered, press down on them to make sure they are secure in their notches. Never travel with the step lowered or extended.
The main door of the trailer is manufactured with a built-in, keyed deadbolt and door lock. The door lock is engaged from the inside by a lever and the deadbolt is engaged by turning the knob. A main door hold-back is mounted on the trailer’s exterior side skin. The hold-back secures the door to the side of the trailer. When opening the door, push it gently into the spring-operated slide. To release the door, slide the hold-back bolt back.
If the door handle becomes inoperable and the door will not open from the inside, it can be opened by manually lifting the door latch release tab. Fold back the velcro adhered to the door frame to access the tab. Lift the tab upward to release the latch and open the door. Use the photo on the right (taken with the door open) as a guide to locate the tab.
For lubrication and out-of-adjustment issues, refer to Section 8 – Maintenance.
When towing, the door lock and deadbolt must be secured. If it is not locked, the constant vibration of travel may cause the door to open resulting in possible damage.
The screen door is secured to the main door by a slide bolt-type latch. It can be operated independently by releasing the slide bolt and swinging the screen door away from the main door.
Always reattach the screen door to the main door prior to closing the main door; otherwise, damage may occur.
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