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Old 01-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #883
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Mike I had the same problem on my Argosy. It would only leak at times it turned out to be leaking from the clearance lights. There is rubber grommet in the light casting and it shrinks and allows the water to follow the wire inside. In the cockpit ceiling cover there is about a 1.5 inch well in the cover across the front of the windshield. The water collects in there and only will leak at the right angle or when that well gets full.

In my case it would drip down beside the drivers seat. Sometimes after a rain it would be dry until I moved the coach then I would have this annoying drip on my side. When I removed my seat the plywood was all rotted.I resealed the light castings where the wires went through and have not had a problem since.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #884
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Mike Her are some pics of the clearance light housings. You can see the rust on the inside where the water was getting past the Vulkum sealer. And on the outside where the grommet goes through the casting. On a cople of my castings the rubber grommet was missing.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #885
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I've seen pictures of rigs that have the seam between the light housing and the skin caulked with vulkem. I've also seen pictures where there is no caulking. On my Argosy since I am a long ways from painting and wanted to do something to stop any potential leaks I put caulk around the seam where the housing meets the skin. I can't say if it made any difference or not because the windshield gasket was leaking so bad at the time.

I do like the thought of sealing only where the wires pass through the skin mainly because I don't care for the way the vulkem looks once I installed it. Might not look to bad on the later unpainted rigs but it just doesn't look right on a painted Argosy.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #886
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I would remove the light castings and put a bead of caulking on the edge and reinstall and clean the excess vulkum and then paint
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John, that sounds like a pretty good plan. I'll put that on my to-do list when the time comes for painting. Of course that could be who knows how many years down the road

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Just resealed mine, and at least half of them were missing that little wire sleeve. I also put them back on a bed of sealant, but left the lower casting weep hole open upon advice.
I thought Sheperd57's comment on this channel at the top of the windsheild to be most interesting...
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Just resealed mine, and at least half of them were missing that little wire sleeve. I also put them back on a bed of sealant, but left the lower casting weep hole open upon advice.
I thought Sheperd57's comment on this channel at the top of the windsheild to be most interesting...
Yes the inner endcap if in solid condition does hold water and going around a right hand curve provides a nice water stream onto your left leg. Left hand curves really get the boss upset.
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Yep, it used to be after a hard rain the next time you turned left or right there was a nice little stream of water pouring out of the ceiling
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #891
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Very Disappointed - New Furnace is Smashed In...

I purchased a new Suburban NT34SP from an RV company in Texas. It was shipped from some warehouse in So Calif. I just went to open the box and prepare to install it. The entire left front side is smashed in.

I guess I'll cash in my 401k and head down the mountain tomorrow and buy one from CW. ;(
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Wow, that sucks Dean.
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Are you sure a 401k is going to be enough?!!

Is it only the shell or are the insides damaged as well?
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Are you sure a 401k is going to be enough?!!

Is it only the shell or are the insides damaged as well?
There doesn't look like any internal damage, but I paid for a new one so I'm sending this one back!
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Wow, that sucks Dean.
Yup, this was the main reason to head up here this week...lost time and money!
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Entertainment Center...

I really wasn't happy with my entertainment center I built awhile back and after adding the leveler control and an air pressure gage as an after thought, it was time to redo it. I always felt that it just didn't look right for some reason. It eventually dawned on my why...it had square corners. There is nothing square cornered about an Airstream! I recessed the speakers, mounted the equipment different and rounded all the corners. There will be some switches added shortly as well.

Propane Regulator...

The old regulator was been leaking for about 3 years! Oops! I also think my appliances where not working properly due to low pressure. I had a new 12" hose to replace the old one as well, but I didn't have all the fittings I needed. It's at least a 2.5-3 hour trip into town and back and $30 in gas. So I used the old hose which is actually in good shape. The old hose is actually too long and it hung down underneath. I rerouted it a bit so now it should be out of the way of any flying debris from the front tire. The electric solenoid is a shutoff valve controlled by the propane/CO detector.

Brake Master Cylinder...

A new master cylinder for the motorhome? They sure are changing! Well, not! My task list for my ATV seems to be as long as for the MH. Its not a good feeling when I'm racing down a mountain trail and the brake pedal goes to the floor!
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