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Old 07-25-2015, 11:33 AM   #15
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On my 2011, they just ran it with the cables from the antenna and awnings with the cable entry plate. The power comes from the proprietary small box in the front-over the drivers window compartment.

I don't think there is any other entry point for those with the Pioneer camera. However, I'm not sure what they do with the newer models. They may well indeed have an entry point as well and may be wired completely differently, and you could well be right.

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It's glued on, but there should still be an entry hole underneath it. The camera has to get power from somewhere, and signal has to get from the camera to the monitor.

That's not likely to be the source of the leak, though. I only mentioned it for the sake of completeness.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:36 AM   #16
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In follow-up to what Lewster said about the AC gasket: I watched JC try to find a repair a leak in my AI. As part of this they removed the inside plastic cover (two screws are hidden behind the slide-out filters at the front). Instead of simply tightening the screws he backed them out several inches and applied sikaflex to the threads then tightened them down. Apparently they have a tendency to loosen with vibration. Then he proceeded to fix the problem - which was at the vinyl cover where the awning, antenna, and rear camera wires entered the coach. Good luck.

Now I am in process of figuring out where the sliding door window leaks - to try to help guarantee that JC fixes in in one visit and not the two it took to get the aforementioned vinyl cover leak fixed.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:56 AM   #17
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Speaking of these sealants, I wonder if Lewster would comment on Dicor self leveling ? If I'm not mistaken, it is polyurethane based.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:11 PM   #18
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+1 on Sikaflex 221. Also check the black flex wiring cover for the awning/antenna/camera wiring. The split cover which makes it easy to install can also be a source of leaks.
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Lew is AdSeal now being used on new Airstream trailers? If so perhaps they are also using it on the new Interstates and that is causing this rash of new leak complaints.
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:20 PM   #20
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Lew is AdSeal now being used on new Airstream trailers? If so perhaps they are also using it on the new Interstates and that is causing this rash of new leak complaints.
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I would not doubt that it is one of the issues with the increase in leaking. That, along with improper surface prep ( read less time spent to do job properly) and a push thru attitude from management and you have the present results.

From what I've seen of AdSeal, it doesn't hold a candle to SikaFlex 221 !!!


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Old 07-25-2015, 07:17 PM   #21
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Thank you. That was most helpful. Your guess about the air conditioner makes sense. Yes, my repair guy just added more caulk and made an unsightly mess of it. I'm trying someone else for the next attempt at repair who has some supposed leak testing method. And thanks for the welcome. Those other commenters were not very kind.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:54 PM   #22
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I don't use Dicor either! It has a very high level of VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) and WILL exhibit cracking in as little as a year, depending on exposure to the elements.

If you're looking for a self-levelling sealant, use either SikaFlex 715 or Alpha Sealants Auto-leveling 1021. The latter is very difficult to find at the retail level, but is now being used by many of the high-end motor coach manufacturers. It is a very high solids compound, which translates into a very thick, durable covering once cured.

And since these both are very LOW VOC sealants, they require an extended cure time....usually a week for full cure, but typically skin over in a couple of hours. Once fully cured, they are extremely durable, will not crack during prolonged weather exposure, and are extremely tenacious in adhering to the bonded surfaces.

In fact, Airstream should be using Alpha Sealants 1021 rather than AdSeal, as it comes in 55 gallon barrels and is especially well suited for volume application in a manufacturing environment.

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Thanks Lew ^^^^^ I will seek out one of those two brands.
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The repair guy should be the dealer, if not, that may be causing more problems. If still under warranty, I would go to the dealer and insist that every attached item on the roof be removed, gaskets replaced with OEM items, and caulking, if the original factory, be replaced by OEM spec product.


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Old 08-05-2015, 11:06 AM   #26
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Raining in our Interstate. Yours Too?

I posted this thread title regarding our 2015 Interstate Grand Tour that has been in the shop going on 4 times for continuous leaks since purchase. Please check that thread for additional information.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:36 AM   #27
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We had a leak in our 'new to us' AI this spring. It drove me crazy as it never leaked when we were driving or parked facing up hill. But it leaked like crazy when we were parked and facing down hill!

I finally figured out the windshield was poorly sealed along the top edge. All the water running off the roof toward the front of the van was coming in thru the windshield.

I ended up having a glass company pull the window and re-seal the entire window. Problem solved.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:29 AM   #28
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2016 Grand Tour in rain

Have had lots of hard rains by now. Zero leaks.
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