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Old 07-11-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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The Leak Hunter

Our Caravel has had 2 distinct areas where water has leaked in and damaged the floor.
#1) The rear battery compartment area - this leak was so bad that over time it destroyed the back 5 feet of frame and flooring...all repaired now.
#2) Front left area near the wing tip window - after some sluething by my daughter and I we found what I hope is the ONLY source.

I drilled out some rivets from the skin on the front left (non curb) side and peeled up the skin for a look see while my 5 year old poured a hose on the suspecting side. BINGO!!! within 10 seconds I could see water dripping in along a rivet going throug theC channel! What is funny is that I can actually see daylight coming through the rivet center.

The offending rivet is holding the rub rail to the side skin and all of that to the C channel. Why would they use hollow shaft rivets to pass through from the exterior all teh through to the inside of the wall? All the rivets holding the rub rail are of the same this likely from a previous owner?

What is typical here? - add vulcum to every rivet along the rub rail?

At any rate I'm very glad to have found at least one leak..... I'll fix that and hit hte hose elsewhere.


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I wonder if there is value in having a Leak Detective forum where you can list leak prone areas of your trailer by trailer thinking here is that certain trailers may have specific areas that are more prone to leaking. It would help others in tracking down their leaks.

Feedback appreciated.


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Old 07-11-2006, 10:26 PM   #2
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This does sound like a good ideas!!
I know there are some sites on airstream forums.
But I think it would be ideal to find out where various leaks are according to model and length of trailer
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