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Old 06-22-2015, 03:59 PM   #71
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Go to Amazon and search for Sonin moisture meter. Meter has two prong sharp probe on a cord. Others place moisture sensors in key areas like the water pump that alarm if moisture detected.

Sorry to read about your repair. This can happen to any trailer as they all have wood subfloors.


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Old 06-22-2015, 04:11 PM   #72
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:13 PM   #73
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Originally Posted by 2old2tent View Post
So sorry to hear about your floor, and so happy for you it turned out so well, and that you could do it yourself for minimal cost.
This is my first reply, hope it's not too long or inappropriate. I thought it might help some other newbies to share our story. We too just found a floor rot issue in our 19' 2007 Bambi. It apparently is not from an unsealed leak but appears to be from a very slow drip (1 drop every ~5 sec) from the filter between the fresh water tank and the water pump. Apparently the PO cleaned the filter & didn't tighten it completely, so it's been dripping for about 2 years now, at least as long as we've had it. No water ever ran out from under the dinette seat, so I didn't have anything to alert there was a problem. This is our first RV of any kind, so I didn't think the flex in the floor under the dinette was a big deal until our last trip when the floor popped when we stepped on it, and REALLY flexed. Started poking around, that's when I found the rot and the drip. Searched the Forum and had my eyes opened about the floor design issues and sealing problems. Airstream kind of lost it's luster there.
I am not that handy with tools and am 68, so really don't have a year or so to waste fixing it myself. So come July we're heading to Jackson Center with checkbook in hand. Based on my description of the problem, they say it may be $4-6K to fix, and I'm going to have them do the pressure check and seal everything as well. BUT, as you say, it's our Airstream, we love it still, and can't wait to get it back on the road.

I do have one question. Does anyone have a link to the moisture meters mentioned in this thread? It really makes me sick to think this could happen again from a hidden slow leak in a pipe, for example, so it would be great to be able to periodically check the subfloor for moisture.
Thanks for all the great information!
Sorry to hear about your problem. I truly am. But I don't see how this one is on Airstream. They deserve flack for other issues but a leak from some do it yourself'er that can't tighten a screw fitting is not their fault.

Best of luck. I hope they fix it and you can enjoy your trailer.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:31 PM   #74
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Thanks for the link to the meter, Kelvin. I'll track it down. I have a moisture sensor for my home hot water heater, may look into something like that for inaccessible areas in the trailer, like under the cabinetry in the sink area where a vibration leak may develop. And, around the water pump.
I agree with you, Scott, I didn't mean to imply Airstream was at fault. If it turns out to be just from the filter leak, which it seems to me like it is, it will definitely be user error. Once I found the drip, a slight turn of the filter cap stopped it. It's just amazing what a tiny bit of water has done over time. Expensive lesson. Thanks again for the meter info.

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