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Old 05-25-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Rivet Leaking roof repair & impact on resale value

We have a 1969 Airstream Sovereign with a leaking roof. We have sealed up all of the seams along the exterior lights, vents and air conditioner but it continues to leak. We were considering coating the roof with a sealant. Does anyone have an idea if this would greatly impact the resale value if we ever decide to sell it?
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Sounds like you need to clean the overlap joints and seal all of them, along with the joint on the upper side of the awning. It is almost certain that a roof coating will affect the value for resale.

Have you replaces vent gaskets?

Where are you seeing the leak?
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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Pressure test it!

It's the only way to really find all the leaks. The vents, the TV antenna, even the drain pan on the Air Conditioner can contribute to leaks.

Here's a thread

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...est-75773.html

I can't find the one where one owner DID make a do-it-yourself tester.

He closed and locked all of the doors, windows and vents, even sealing the stove fan vent with tape, then took the mattress off of his bed, cut a circular hole in the bed's plywood base that was about 1 inch smaller than a large commercial drying fan, set the fan flat on the hole, opened his outside garage door, and turned the fan on, blowing air INTO the Airstream. He went outside and started spraying soapy water. Found quite a few little leaks and one or two big ones.

There are companies which pressure test houses, and they might be able to do an RV too if you can't find someone near you.

MAKE SURE you use the right sealant on your leaks, and remember they can travel for several feet before they show up on the inside.

Good luck, Paula
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I know when you run water over the top in the back and it runs down the awning joint it leaks for sure. You might be on to something. What do you use to seal the joint on the upper side of the awning.
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What kind of sealant do you recommend?
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Re-caulk with Parabond & Vulkem - Parabond for small cracks like most panel joints & Vulkem for bigger gaps like around window frames, eyebrows, vents, stacks and openings.

Never, ever use %#$@*! silicone...THAT will really impact the resale value IMO!

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We have a 1969 Airstream Sovereign with a leaking roof. We have sealed up all of the seams along the exterior lights, vents and air conditioner but it continues to leak. We were considering coating the roof with a sealant. Does anyone have an idea if this would greatly impact the resale value if we ever decide to sell it?
Check the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets.

They only last about 2 to 3 years.

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