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Old 05-15-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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81 Motorhome storage compartment leaks

Has anyone had success stopping water from leaking into the road side storage compartments , I have installed a driprail above the opening seam and filled the holes left by the factory on the ends and replaced the seals, all in vain it appears , I am tempted to cut the bottoms loose give them a good rearward slope with drain holes so at least the water wont stand in the compartments
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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Can you post a picture? I managed to seal mine but I'm not sure if they are like yours.
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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Where is it leaking, on the pull-out? You could have a leak in the copper lines up above. Mine leaked from a crack around the upper openings. Pic?
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:20 PM   #4
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And mine was a split pipe behind the shower....
My floorsafe was full of water too!
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:42 AM   #5
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My 280 doesn't have pull outs or copper lines above. The doors are aluminum sheets formed into a curve to match the lower panel. No reinforcement or edge trearment of any kind. A simple "L" shaped rubber gasket and that's it. And yes they are not water tite.

I've thought of maybe an inner lip around the edge of the compartment and then drill some drain holes at the bottom of the door for the water to run out before entering the compartment.

Without a perfect fit and a reinforced edge or more clamps around the door edge I don't think a rubber gasket is going to do much.

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Old 05-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #6
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Sounds like Dan has been down this road , think I will just sand blast them and repaint and set them up for quick draining rather than picking a battle I can,t win
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I have battled with mine as well. I think most of my moisture is condensation and just can't be helped. Drain holes are probably a good idea.
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Would someone post a pic? I'm confused (normal for me).
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:00 AM   #9
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Sounds like Dan has been down this road , think I will just sand blast them and repaint and set them up for quick draining rather than picking a battle I can,t win
Thank's Dean
It always amazes me how the lads at Airstream put so much effort into the design of some things and so little into others. I think the storage doors were designed too late on a Friday afternoon.

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Fixed my leak on my right pull out!

I got tired of my tools rusting away, so took out the right side pull out and started to work it over. I welded up all the holes, used 1" wide x 1/8 thick metal and MIG welded up a leak free lip. I also sealed up all the corners and the screws that hold the lid hinge on. Sealed where the lock goes into the lid as well. A lot of work, but no more leaks

Here is a shot of the old plastic bad idea for a storage bin. Next up the Left side!
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:04 AM   #11
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You guys with the 310's ans 345's have those fancy pull outs. Us guys with 280's aren't so lucky. We just have a sheet aluminum door with a hinge on the bottom. The door swings down to expose a wet little hole in the bottom edge of the coach.

Nice repair/modification madmaxman.

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Old 06-12-2010, 07:55 AM   #12
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Thumbs up!

Mine don't leak yet, but nice to know there is a solution when they do. Fantastic job!!!!
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Angry 81 Motorhome storage compartment leaks

I thought I had sealed mine on both sides, but the last big rainstorm we went through the Driver's side got wet again. Not to worry though, I will get after sealing it again. I had sprayed it with spray undercoat on the outside as well as all those listed previously in this thread. Still shipped water though.

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Old 06-19-2010, 08:43 PM   #14
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Here is another shot of the completed project. Just had a 2 to 3 inch down pour and the box is nice and dry. Have not drove in a rain storm yet, but think that it should stay dry. Will keep my fingers crossed!
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