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Old 05-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #43
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Mike, you maybe should start a new thread instead of adding to this one, you'll got lots more relies. But one thing I do know is NO NO NO silicone on an airstream. You need to seal the leaks with Vulcum or a product called TremPro.

Does you rot go under the edge of the floor to the outside wall? If it does, you can't just cut out the plywood, or pull it out if it's that rotted and piece it in. You need to remove the lower interior skin and you will see that the plywood slid under what is called the c-channel and it is then bolted through the c-channel through the plywood and through the frame. The floor is a very intricate part of the airstreams structure.

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Old 05-14-2009, 09:34 PM   #44
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Mike,

I will second the statement about NO silicon seal ever on the outside of an Airstream. It sticks well enough that it is horrible to get off but not well enough to keep leaks sealed up.

You might want to think twice about treated plywood. I replaced all of the plywood on my floor with treated plywood and very shortly after I did I discovered that the newer varieties of treated plywood have chemicals in them that are extra corrosive to metals, especially to aluminum. I had to take it all out and start over. In the few weeks that it was in place I could already see corrosive action on screws and etc. I used a plastic type of plywood replacement. If you are just repairing parts of the floor I suggest that you just use a good quality regular plywood and make sure your leaks are fixed.

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Old 05-15-2009, 09:12 AM   #45
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Hey, thanks to both of you for the insight.
I almost made 2 mistakes right off the bat and I've only had this thing a week.
Now I just have to find the right sealants.
By the way, I was thinking of using the silicone from the inside (on the skin), but I guess if it doesn't work outside it won't seal well on the inside either.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #46
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One more question.
What about Parrbond? (instead of the Vulcum or TremPro) I see they have it at outdoorsmart.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:28 AM   #47
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Mike,
Parbond and addionally Acryl-R is good at wicking in tight spots like panel overlaps and between trim and body panels. I think Vulkem is better if you have a larger area to span and want a visible bead of calk like on window and door "eybrows" and where the back of the trailer meet the bumper / storage lockers. I do not know if Out of Doors Mart carries the Acryl-R, but I know you can get it on the Airstream Store home page...

Acryl-R aplicator

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Good luck sealing you leaks, we've all had them.
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I understand your age situation. Find a "handy-man" fellow in need of work and agree to an hourly wage. Remove the things necessary to get at the rotted area. Then consider the possible solutions to the problem. Posting photo's back into this thread
would be very helpful. Materials that are strong and "cheap" and relatively easy to work....stiff sheet metal and that green colored Fiberglass Bondo. Oh yes....the leak that caused this....find that bugger soon! An '88....21 years old....get a few tubes of caulk while you're out.
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