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Old 07-18-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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We have a '98 Bambi - 19'. We bought it used last year at the International Camporee in Essex Junction. We have a leak somewhere and find it necessary to remove the frig cabinet as the rug underneath is damp and moldy. We have removed umpty-up screws and still it holds fast! We would appreciate any hints as to removing the cabinets! We may as well go for all of the rug and replace it all while we are at it. Did this once with a '67 VW Westfalia but this is a whole new ball game!
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Old 07-18-2004, 12:19 PM   #2
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Dents?

A 98 Bambi should not be leaking...what does Airstream say? I'd demand the dealer fix the leak - they'd know how to get those cabinets out. Do you have a dent somewhere that would have caused the leaking on a seam? or is the fridge leaking when it defrosts after storing it?

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A 98 Bambi should not be leaking...what does Airstream say? I'd demand the dealer fix the leak - they'd know how to get those cabinets out. Do you have a dent somewhere that would have caused the leaking on a seam? or is the fridge leaking when it defrosts after storing it?

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We finally got the cabinet out. Hope we didn't wreck anything. The plywood floor, padding and carpet under the cabinet were covered with plastic and soaked. The plywood floor around it is damp but that appears to come from under the cabinet. The screws that came from anywhere near the floor are rusted.

We have had tons of rain but it's been straight down - doesn't even come in the windows of the house. The padding around the wheel well is dry. The walls are dry (fabric).

The frig was run for 24-36 hours on Memorial day weekend. Before that was October. We've only used it twice since we got it!

Thanks for your response. I'll call Airstream tomorrow. Kit
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Greetings Kit!

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We have a '98 Bambi - 19'. We bought it used last year at the International Camporee in Essex Junction. We have a leak somewhere and find it necessary to remove the frig cabinet as the rug underneath is damp and moldy. We have removed umpty-up screws and still it holds fast! We would appreciate any hints as to removing the cabinets! We may as well go for all of the rug and replace it all while we are at it. Did this once with a '67 VW Westfalia but this is a whole new ball game!
A possible source for the leak may be the refrigerator vent - - the rooftop vent cover on my Overlander was damaged in a storm creating evidence of a leak similar to what you describe - - no moisture on walls or ceiling, but a puddle on the floor (in front of the refrigerator) - - the rain was entering through the vent and following the vent chimney to the floor and spreading from there. Replacing the cover was the solution - - duct tape would probably make a temporary repair if this is found to be the source.

Good luck in locating the source of the moisture!

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A possible source for the leak may be the refrigerator vent - - the rooftop vent cover on my Overlander was damaged in a storm creating evidence of a leak similar to what you describe - - no moisture on walls or ceiling, but a puddle on the floor (in front of the refrigerator) - - the rain was entering through the vent and following the vent chimney to the floor and spreading from there. Replacing the cover was the solution - - duct tape would probably make a temporary repair if this is found to be the source.

Good luck in locating the source of the moisture!

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No roof vent on a 98 Bambi.

Leaks are tricky on airstreams I will guess the leak is from a seam on the roof next to the zip dee awning. It can get in and travel down the inside of the wall and get into the flooring. Since it has been raining and the floor is that wet it must be from water pooling in this area on the roof.

Solution? Get up on the roof and check the seams to see if any were missed or have opend up due to heat stress. Fill them with Acrylic R sealent
( Purchased from Aistream web site) Or par bond or metal gutter seam sealer.

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