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Old 09-25-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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Airstream design glitch.

I use the word glitch because for some this would not be a problem.

The rear storage hatch on my 2000 Excella has a rubber seal that I'm certain keeps critters, dust etc. out pretty well.

But I have noticed on many like mine and including mine that outside chairs, tarps, cushions and all sorts of things used outside are stored in this area.

After camping for several days all sorts of critters attach themselves in all sorts of cracks, rods, poles etc.

When you repack your storage area then all these critters proceed to enter your home on wheels VIA under your bed.........

Spiders love round poles, especially black widows.........

This storage area should NOT be designed to go under the bed. It should be sealed off by putting a piece of 1/4 inch plywood easily done against the entry part under the bed.

Once this is done, it can be caulked with clear silicone or something to keep smaller critters out.

Another problem is all the dirt accumalated on the legs of all the chairs, tables etc. end up under your bed and eventually will end up in your bedroom or carpet from pulling stuff out from under your bed.

All outside things that have been in the rain and outside should be stored in a sealed area away from your living quarters.

This is a simple 1 hour fix, though it does cut down a little on under bed storage I would rather know my under bed is clean as the rest of my camper.

On the excella model like mine I have found 2 storage hatches that have open access to the inside, one in rear and one on street side that is open at top a bit and goes under my dinette seat.

The battery boxes are pretty well sealed to the outside.

The reason I am mentioning this is because I found a monster spider under my bed.

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Old 09-25-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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After our first trip with our new AS a few years back, I got a tube of caulk and completely sealed the storage compartment from the inside for that very reason - there were several places where critters could migrate to the bedroom.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:16 PM   #3
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Then how do you get in when you lose the door key?

The storage is your secret way to get back into your Airstream when you lose your door keys? If you can't lift up the bed you can't get in?

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The storage is your secret way to get back into your Airstream when you lose your door keys? If you can't lift up the bed you can't get in?

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I guess you better screw it down from inside the storage compartment. That way all you will need is a good insecticide, a screw driver and a miners light
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:42 PM   #5
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Mine is sealed and done as of today. Screws are from the inside and easy to get out if needed from inside the storage place.

Sure is nice to raise the bed and see it sealed tight as a drum under it now.

There is still plenty of room in the storage area and most of the area sealed off was too far to reach in to anyway.

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Old 09-25-2009, 05:25 PM   #6
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Anything of the nature you are describing (stuff that stays outside while camping) goes in the bed of my truck (covered with tonneau).
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P.S. I kind of like spiders
I was bitten on the ear lobe by a Black Widow (spider that is) a couple years ago. It was not too bad an experience.
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My gosh, you eastern folks have a lot of little critters to deal with, huh. Worst event that I have is forgetting to close the garage door at night. Dem racoons eat the dog food I don't.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:48 PM   #8
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storing lawn chairs and floor mats, that have picked up beach sand and critters, under my bed gives me that 'roughin it' in the wild, rugged camper feeling-- while I snuggle up under my comforter (after a long hot shower, of course), with my favorite Newt Gingrich book, by the light of my LED reading lamp, enjoying the climate controlled 74 degree air conditioned bedroom. Oh- and I must have my Celestial Seasonings, Sleepytime Vanilla, warmed to 180 degrees on the range.

No, sealing off the trunk storage from the bedroom would wreck the camping experience for me entirely.
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that's NO GLITCH, it's a high priced factory issue, extra feature...

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I use the word glitch......because I found a monster spider under my bed.Robbie R.
was it a 5 legged spider?

a/s equips every unit with a couple of these to help with other bugs.

the air-achnids can eat but can not get away with their running gear altered.
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it will be interesting to see how this change works out in USAGE.

the bed/mattress area collects a LOT of moisture (under the mattress, on the plywood platform and IN the storage box.

if you r not flipping the mattress regularly, mildew and other stuff may grow on the underside.

MOST of these units have CARPET in that storage area, originally covered with a sheet of clear plastic.

again a moisture trap for gunky gear, body losses and rain/wash water that creeps inside.

so opening the outside hatch and propping the bed up is a quick way to vent.

SEALED gaps work both ways, and trapping stuff OUTSIDE may trap other stuff inside.

anyway KEEP an EYE on the water issue under the mattress.

you might need to replace the solid board with spider proof chicken wire...

but then how will the chickens get back inside after feeding?

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Not sure what kind of spider, we both were moving too fast to see each other........

Under my bed is very dry and I hope it stays that way. I think one reason some campers might get damp under the bed is because of this outside hatch allowing moisture to enter under bed.

If mine gets damp I will air from inside by raising mattress and wood support.

I am sure it is not the perfect idea or solution but it makes me feel better to know it is not open under me while I am sleeping.

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"again a moisture trap for gunky gear, body losses and rain/wash water that creeps inside.

so opening the outside hatch and propping the bed up is a quick way to vent."




Body losses?

Ok.. kinda gross
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Gosh, why are you sealing it with caulk? Why noy put some more rubber seal around the opening. You can then keep it closed tight with a snap type latch that you can open from storage area. This way you can use as needed without having to recaulk every time.

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i 4 got to mention the barking spiders...

they need an exit route too.

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...body fluids, Ok.. kinda gross
well THAT is one of the reasons we travel in 'streams and don't sleep in hotels right?
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... it makes me feel better to know it is not open under me while I am sleeping...
a nearly universal childhood fear...

WHO (or what) is under the bed?

seen that horror flick where the KNIFE comes UP through the bed?

or the one where the bogey man grabs and drags the screaming teen down under?

i think THAT is the issue here,

not an 8 legged creepy crawly fuzzy bug eyed thing, that paralyzes then SUCKS your brains out...

sleep well.

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Classic childhood fears!




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