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Old 03-09-2004, 09:46 PM   #15
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You have 3 choices IMHO.

One is to vulcem it from the inside. The vulcem will stop the leak, but it looks like it needs to be repaired.

The other is to find a welding guy that does aluminum. The welding scares me a bit because if he gets to the skin he could blow it out, creating a hole. If he is good it will be a nice strong leak proof weld.

OR

You could remove the window form the trailer, have it welded and reinstall it. This would return the strength, not chance the skin and be sure the leak stays fixed.
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Old 03-09-2004, 09:48 PM   #16
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Wow! That is kewl! But I'd hate to see what it does to the running gear/trailer balance, not to mention tongue weight.

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Old 03-09-2004, 10:18 PM   #17
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Thanks Kidd for the response.
So then i should take the window out and take the glass out correct? where would I get a new window seal from?
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Old 03-10-2004, 06:02 AM   #18
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I would remove the glass, should just be a matter of taking the the pane past vertical and it will "fall" out of the hinge, be prepared!


The seal can be bought from any Airstream dealer by the foot.
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Old 03-10-2004, 08:17 AM   #19
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Clean out the crud to oil free and vulchem it. Had a acess hatch frame doing that and it cured it.
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in the beginning......

just starting the restoration........
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Leak Quest......

Hello Friends,
It seems where the awning attaches is leaking all the way down the side of the trailer, one long leak. In the picture you can see where the PO(s) went mad with sealant, so much so that i cant see the rivets. I dont want to gut the entire interior to get to where the rivets come thru on the inside to see which ones are leaking but it seems to be the majority of them. All along the edge if the ceiling panel where it meets the wall panels on the curb side shows signs if leaking at one time or another.
What kind of rivets are these?
How should I remove them?
Im getting off the subject here but since these leaks are directly related to the floor problems im having, ill keep everything together in this thread (as jaco pointed out i should do )

Thanks to all of you who have replied to this thread, and to everyone in the forums. God bless all of our silver palaces!
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I had a leak coming in between the ceiling and wall panel, and I'm pretty certain that the culprit was actually the plumbing vent gaskets. those need to be replaced every few years. when they go, water gets in around the outside of the vent pipe, then saturates the insulation in the ceiling. from there, it can wick just about anywhere. do a search on the forum for vent gaskets. there are pics of everything. gaskets can be had for 5 bucks or so from InlandRV. easy fix.
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Thanks chuck,
Yes i have seen many posts about the vent pipe gasket but i didnt even think about it. Im gonna run out there right now and take a look at it.......
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The installation instruction sheet for my zip-dee awning seems to indicate that the "awning rail" is installed by Airstream and is not part of the awning hardware package...is this correct?
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Yes, The rail is installed at the factory for the main awning.
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Thanks Kidd,
Wow I just read a post by someone that states his leak in the livingroom was comming from the vent pipe gasket. is the really possible? thats aloooong way but water does strange things.....
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jjonesnc,
The awning rail is typically is installed with the same type of bucked rivets that are used in the rest of the skin on the outside. UNLESS the rail was added by a dealer or replaced at sometime. In that case it will have an Olympic pop rivet instead. You proably need to try and remove as much caulk as possible and then check for loose rivets then recaulk. BTW another leak source that I have discovered is the dead bolt that is mounted just in front of the door. Mine had NO caulking anywhere near it, and leaks like crazy.

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Wow I just read a post by someone that states his leak in the livingroom was comming from the vent pipe gasket. is the really possible? thats aloooong way but water does strange things.....
Once water gets inside it will find a way. There is a natural channel that runs bow to stern on each side of the roof. Once the water gets to that it can show up anywhere.

One way to find the leak is to have someone inside while someone else is outside spraying water on a 2 X 2 section of the trailer. Start at the top and work down. Stay on each spot for 5-10 minuets. This will allow you to verify where the leak is. It is too bad that the PO took the shotgun approach

Hope you find it/them. I have been down this road, it is not fun.
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