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Old 12-25-2016, 01:40 PM   #141
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Taking down the ceiling

Well, I got the floor back together but the SkyDeck still smells like mold. I had already pulled down one ceiling panel but when I started with the next panel over I found it too was moldy, and the panel over the dash was too and is now down:

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Even removing these pieces of moldy vinyl the RV still had that smell, so I started taking the wood around the staircase were all the leaks seem to come from.

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Several of the screws snapped during removal, but after finding them all I removed the wood intact. Gonna sand and paint the moldy areas but for now I have removed them. The goal is find all the mold and remove it. Once I stop the mold smell I can start rebuilding.

I have to wait for rain to see if I am still leaking and after sealing the panels on the side the front seems sealed. Then I took the RV to the dump station to finish winterizing (just in time, it was 19į last night) and on the drive back I found a ton of water on the floor again, it leaked right thru the remaining luan.

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So SOMETHING on the roof is still leaking and not draining, well, gotta a long winter ahead of me to try and stop the water intrusion, and very few surfaces left with mold on them. The trip I bought the RV for isn't really any closer, but I would like to have this for regular vacations before that big trip so I am getting itchy to move ahead with repair.

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Old 12-26-2016, 11:32 AM   #142
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Winterizing Woes and the Xmas Miracle

So it's that time again (or it was 2 weeks ago when this story is from). Off to Walmart to get my under $3/gal RV anti-freeze.

I opened the spigots on the sinks and went outside and opened the low point drains in the wet bay. Once everything drained, tried to close the valves, but the cold drain just spun and spun. I hooked a hose to the pump inlet and ran it into the first bottle of anti-freeze. I then closed all the faucets and turned on the pump and waited for the pink on hot and cold. I then moved to the next sink, but it just sputtered. OK, moving to the second gallon, OK, bathroom finished, sink and shower, oops, sputting again. Last gallon, finish the shower, flushing the toilet and oops, out again. Wow, those gallons don't last like I remember.

Then I noticed there was a pool of pink on the ground on the other side of the RV. My free spinning cold valve is not keeping the antifreeze in the lines. It has spewed so much on the ground that I had used all three gallons and didn't even get to run the washing machine. I don't think I have run it all year, so I should be fine...

Took the RV to the dump station and emptied it's tanks, now I am set for winter, but not for next spring when I will want the water system to actually hold water. This hopefully explains why the water pump always runs even when I have had the sink turned off. But, how to fix this? So I took the screw off the handle and the nut off the valve and saw that the valve itself was held to the surface thru a hole.

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So I see there is Pex looking pipe and compression rings holding on a barb valve that the parts manual identifies as 1/2". Looking on Amazon and eBay it looks like I need tools to remove and replace the rings and more pipe and a valve, looking like $100 worth of stuff to fix this one issue.

Then the Xmas miracle, got to our cabin and there had been a tremendous flood. The valve in the bathroom had a drip that we had not seen in our many visits the last many months. It had dripped right thru the floor where the drain pipe went thru, dumped the sheet rock ceiling into the closet stuffed head to floor with bedding materials and with a mattress propped up against the door. It all had acted like a sponge and held the water until that day. The carpet was now wet. We wet/dry vac'd the water up, there were 3 inches standing in the drawers of cabinets in the closet with sponge pillows soaking up more water.

When the plumber came to replace the valve he left the old one. Hey, you can just unscrew the plastic piece in the center of the valve. Hey, it screws cleanly into the RV valve. Hey! Reassembled the valve seems to shut off now! Won't really know until next spring when I re-pressurize, but it's looking perfect.

OK, cheap fix for the RV, but there's gonna be construction on the cabin for the rest of the winter as they replace the two floors and all that sheet rock and carpet. Thanks Lloyds of London Insurance.

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Old 02-11-2017, 10:24 AM   #143
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Well, good thing I sealed the RV before winter, this is quite the wet monsoon we are getting in California. http://in.reuters.com/article/us-cal...-idINKBN15P27S

My first winter owning the RV was filled with disappointment as I found water everywhere. Walls, doors, windows. Had to rip up the floor in the front and found sponge cake instead of wood.

I got out my caulking gun and tried to find every leak and seal them up. I had to remove the wall and ceiling coverings to find them, but after weeks of serial storms the only leak remaining has been funneled into a 5 gallon bucket. Time to find it.

I knew it was above the dash, as that is where I had to keep the bucket since last winter. I recently removed the vinyl piece over the dash and it was full of mold. Last winter it had filled with water and the vinyl bowed out. I punctured it and it filled the 5 gallon bucket. I have been dumping the bucket outside after every storm ever since. After removing that piece I still could not see the culprit. Yesterday I finally unhooked all the wires above the dash in those two compartments.

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What the RV looked like originally, and will again some day

There are only 3 sets of screws holding the cabinets and TV stand in place. It mostly just sits on a large piece of wood bolted to the windshield mounts. The screws in the center of the TV mount hold it to the center of the "shelf" and screws then go into the ceiling the keep it from rocking:

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Then it was just a matter of picking the whole unit up and moving it to the floor. There is a bit of mold on the back I will need to paint but it appears to be healthy, though I might do some surgery on it to make it hold a bigger TV.

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The screws on the front of the roof that hold the fairing in place go right thru the roof fiberglass and water just comes right in. Gonna need new insulation too.

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Hopefully this will be as thrilling to someone else as it is to me. I grabbed the screws with gloves and tightened them as much as I could from the inside. It is going to be dry for a week (crazy right?) and so I have time to paint and buy more insulation. Not sure how to prevent the ingress of water from those screws however.

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This is what the rooftop Omni TV antenna looks like coming thru the roof, no leaks here. Should find out what this goop is and use it on the screws so they don't continue to leak.

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Old 02-17-2017, 05:14 PM   #144
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Great pictures. I have a similar leak minor and only comes if I am driving in rain.
You got your work cut out with this one hope you get it some day to use.
Here is one you may consider
http://www.rvt.com/Airstream-Land-Ya...58256-UX205720
I visit with Alan and saw Big Blue which is in great shape.
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Old 02-18-2017, 11:13 AM   #145
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Yeah. Funny guy. That one does look nice but I paid $65k for mine and other than the floor and this last leak it's in the same condition. Probably need a new ceiling though. I am working on this RV to fix it up as we are not ready for our trip yet and I have another RV we are in this weekend. The skydeck is for full timing. Oh and it's repair is a hobby.

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Old 09-29-2017, 12:57 AM   #146
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Leaking front axel?

Miserable hot summer, so I have not really touched the RV. Went by today and discovered this:

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This seems like a bad thing, any thoughts?

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Old 09-29-2017, 06:17 AM   #147
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Either a dog just pissed on your tire and you missed it, or your have a grease seal leak....no big problem. Have you done the grease seal service before ? A lot easier than removing the TV ceiling mount in the front, Regards, Bob
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This is the oil filled wheel bearing leaking. I had a bad bearing and saw how it was filled.
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This is the oil filled wheel bearing leaking. I had a bad bearing and saw how it was filled.
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If you get that far I. Check your brakes in the same time. I had to replace the shoes and drums in the front because of cracks in the shoes and burn marks in the drums.
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Miserable hot summer, so I have not really touched the RV. Went by today and discovered this:

This seems like a bad thing, any thoughts?

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Saw a similar leak at rear wheel, lucked out finding one of the small bolts was loose, tightened all the little bolts and it hasn't leaked in 5 yrs
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Did you have to refill it after finding the loose bolt? Where do I learn how to do this?

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Did you have to refill it after finding the loose bolt? Where do I learn how to do this?

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The trail of leaking oil on the rim showed up after driving 100 miles, by the bolt placement and size I guessed that they were only there to hold a gasket in place. Didn't bother with further checking at the time, when I got home I did check the differential oil and it was full. Your chassis manual should show all the parts involved and checking procedure. I found a complete set for my Chevy P-30 for less than shipping cost on ebay.
Your chassis is not an Airstream problem, Airstream buys the complete chassis and builds the body on it.
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Skydeck New kitchen/bath floor and back splash

Just had the kitchen and bath original floor replaced (opted not to do the whole coach) to take care of a soft spot from icemaker and hatch leak (now fixed) . Changed backspash as well. Done at Classic Coachworks in Ormond Beach FL (near Daytona). Done on time, on Budget and we are very happy with the worksmanship/ end result. Will see how it all holds up going down the road....
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Looks real nice. Good to know there are still some good craftsman out there.
We should keep a database of recommended and non recommended shop.
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The wife wants to know what kind of flooring that is, real wood or vinyl plank?

Also, since this forum is for Airstream, yet the flat front represents a TINY fraction of the people going to shops a data base is probably better shared with companies like Newmar and Monaco, or obviously Thor, as those are more our compatriots.

Do you guys store your RV indoors? I have not so far, but it's about to get stormy here and was thinking it might be a good idea, just for the winter. Curious what others do

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The floor is a vinyl plank (weighs less, not too thick , easier to install, and likely more durable in rv as it flexes when necessary) but it has some surface texture and looks almost real) Its Karndean Design, EWo1, Hickory Paprika color.

We always kept Big Blue inside when we lived in CT- a necessity due to winter in our opinion. Here in Fl its under a port but not enclosed. But, the goal is to keep it outside, on the road, in decent weather!
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Thanks for the pic, that is AWSOME. I have been shopping for a new home and one of the things I would not hate is cover like that. Looks a smidge short, must be a bear to get around on the roof when under the cover. It would be nice when working on the roof however, it's normally sweaty work with lots of sun burn.

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Mine never was under a roof for the past 2 years + but was lived in constant. Had the roof redone by Mastertech RV in Elkart IN an would not recommend them for any work. They are just butchers.
Still have some small leaks.
Donít see a need for a roof unless in extreme weather.
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We are getting Snow this week so it has me thinking! Nothing holds onto a snow storm like a Sky Deck.

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The advantage it melds where if you getting under trees you collect all leaves and whatever comes from the tree which is a pain to remove. If you donít remove you soon end up with a pool on the roof.
Got mine moved to TX no trees on my lot.

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