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Old 08-28-2016, 11:01 AM   #1
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Water intrusion at rear bumper - What years affected?

As a newbie, I've read many threads about - or making reference to - water leaking in from where the rear bumper box meets the shell. Are there particular years affected, or is this a perpetual Airstream 'problem' ... or potential problem?
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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I think our trailer are post bumper problems. I believe Airstream now put a rubber membrane back there to prevent water intrusion. Time will tell at our expense if there plan works!
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They put in the shell/bumper plate seal beginning with 2012 models. I believe it helped if not totally eliminated the problem in the long run. I still continue to inspect our floor perimeter around our Airstream interior by probing it with a moisture detection meter on a regular basis. Find moisture, fix the leak right away. No moisture, no floor rot.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:34 AM   #4
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Water intrusion at rear bumper - What years affected?

I read on here they started using sealant in 2015. I know my 2003 had no factory sealant and I just replaced the rear 4 foot of subfloor. Call airstream and ask them
If rear bumper to shell seam is caulked? Way too many rotten floors due to lack of $1.00 worth of Sikaflex 221. Click image for larger version

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Even with the seal, moisture can get to the subfloor from above, down inside the walls, and into the plywood. Awning bracket attachments, window seals, exterior light fixtures, and anything protruding from the roof can eventually leak from use and time.

The moisture detection meter probed into the subfloor on a regular inspection can advise you of a leak before damage can occur, and give you a chance to repair it.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:22 PM   #6
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Moisture meter

Can some of you recommend the best moisture meter to get? There are meters that have a long probe - but they are more expensive. What do you use?

Thanks in advance.
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Even with the seal, moisture can get to the subfloor from above, down inside the walls, and into the plywood. Awning bracket attachments, window seals, exterior light fixtures, and anything protruding from the roof can eventually leak from use and time.

The moisture detection meter probed into the subfloor on a regular inspection can advise you of a leak before damage can occur, and give you a chance to repair it.
Yep, I know about how sneaky water can be! Even though I am an Airstream newbie, I'm not new to RVs.

This morning, I went around the perimeter of the 23Ds floor with my Sonin meter... happily, no moisture despite having just been on the road for a month in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.... with significant raon, too.

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Several years ago I purchased a Tramex Moisture Encounter Plus non destructive moisture meter . It does not have probes but it does have two rubber pads on the back for contacting the surface. I think I paid about $250 but it is flawless. I'd expect it to be more now. This moisture meter will read through the floor vinyl and let you know if the plywood underneath has moisture. I don't see a model number on it but there is some tiny print stamped into the plastic case on the back. It's made in Ireland.
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Several years ago I purchased a Tramex Moisture Encounter Plus non destructive moisture meter . <<< snip >>> I think I paid about $250 but it is flawless. I'd expect it to be more now. <<< snip >>>
$347 now... you got a bargain. Wow, this thing is smart!

https://www.amazon.com/Tramex-MEP-Mo...507539&sr=1-16
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http://m.harborfreight.com/digital-m...ter-67143.html

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$8.99 on eBay including shipping! I am ordering one just for fun

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$347 now... you got a bargain. Wow, this thing is smart!



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It's $410 now!!!
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Water intrusion at rear bumper - What years affected?

I just finished sealing the problem joint on my 2007 International CCD. We are the third owner and did not know the unit had rot in the Bedroom until we made a couple of trips. So with the leak fixed I need to tear out all the bedroom...bed, and closets to replace the sub floor. Not excited about this. Shame on Airstream for not taking the time to do it right.
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Water intrusion at rear bumper - What years affected?

Yes, it sucks. Bad. It cost me a small fortune to have all the damage repaired in my 2008 international. The entire interior at the rear of the coach had to be removed including rear shower, and all the plywood subfloor had to then be replaced.

You'll also need to drop the belly pan and replace all of the moisture barrier / insulation that is attached to the underside of the subfloor....

We owned the trailer since new.

We only discovered the damage when we were in the process of laying down new hardwood flooring....
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