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Old 09-21-2014, 01:59 PM   #15
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We just bought an argosy , and after a heavy rain few days ago discovered a leak from the panel above the kitchen cabinet.

So I guess I should start from the top to fix the leak, and after the floor, and the cabinet.
The roof leak, is most likely from the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets.

They only last 2 to 3 years.

Think of the obvious, instead of far out, before you start putting sealers all over the trailer.

Many people on this Forums, will help you with many issues, but ask before you leap.

That will save you time, money, and once in a while, bad words.

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Old 09-21-2014, 02:23 PM   #16
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Before :



after:



The kitchen fan:



after:



Paint chipped:



Do I have to go deeper than this? :


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Old 09-21-2014, 03:56 PM   #17
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On the ends where the paint is coming off I used stripper and went down to bare metal. It is galvanized so you will need an etching primer to get paint to stick. I used an acid wash primer followed by an epoxy primer and then paint. If you have bare aluminum you also need an etching primer for that. Check at the auto paint stores for that. I got mine at NAPA.
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:12 PM   #18
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On the ends where the paint is coming off I used stripper and went down to bare metal. It is galvanized so you will need an etching primer to get paint to stick. I used an acid wash primer followed by an epoxy primer and then paint. If you have bare aluminum you also need an etching primer for that. Check at the auto paint stores for that. I got mine at NAPA.
Etching primer used on aluminum, is a NO NO.

That acid also gets under the rivet heads, and slowly eats the metal away.

Then a water leak shows up and you will have no idea which rivet or rivets is do it.

Aluminum can be sanded with 120 grit paper, followed up with a good primer, then painted. That process has been used for almost 50 years, with no failures.

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Thank You Andy for the adding info !
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Is it any brand or type of paint required or I can go with anything what it used for cars?
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Is it any brand or type of paint required or I can go with anything what it used for cars?
Automotive paints are superior and work great when used on an Airstream or Argosy, providing, the surface is preped correctly, a flexible primer is used, a good quality color is used, followed by a couple of coats of automotive clear.

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Old 10-04-2014, 03:58 PM   #22
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I asked on other section of the forum, but I am putting it here so it will show more process on the remodeling

That frame what it holds the steps in my 20' 1973 Argosy, the right side totally rusted, and cracked. I removed the steps, and wondering if is available to order that "frame"?
I don't know anyone around here who has a welding/machine shop, because I thought it is possible to cut it out a lower part (marked with red dots) like a triangle, and just weld it back a sheet of metal, and paint it over...



The steps kinda folds in, and suppose to slide underneath the belly of the camper, but because of the rusted slide on the right side now it is not safe anymore. It pops any time somebody step on it because the slide is broken.

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Try outofdoorsmart.com. It's where I bought the same item for my 74 Sov.

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What is the name for it?
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Step outrigger.

Others have them as well.

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Old 10-05-2014, 04:36 PM   #26
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I think Inland RV Center has step outriggers, if my memory serves me.
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The issue with the Tempro 635 is that it's a bear to remove once cured. Butyl tape is easy to remove, but doesn't last nearly as long. I used the butyl and screwed the vent down, figuring I would keep an eye on it and knowing that it deteriorates in 2 plus years. A word of caution, be careful not to over torque the screws or you'll crack the plastic. Also, be careful to tighten the screws a bit at a time, not all at once, in a pattern similar to torquing a wheel or cylinder head.
Or maybe that's too cautious.
I don't think so.
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