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Old 02-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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From new - how long before a Classic will leak

I watched the video from the Long Long Honeymoon where their 25 foot Classic had some bad rain leaks. I am guessing as the trailer rolls down the road the rivits work loose from vibration. I never seen an A/S leak while on a dealer lot.

So I have a few questions.

1. Will all A/S leak.

2. What do you need to do to stop the leaks and how often.

3. Do the rivits ever need to be replaced.

The Classic is such a beatiful trailer.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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1) All RVs will leak, sooner or later. Only ones which are later, IMO, are those molded out of one or 2 piece fiberglass.
2) Be vigilent about inspecting, annually, all seams and resealing as necessary. Reseal, on average every 2 - 3 years (spot sealing as necessary) depending on climate.
3) only if there mechanical issues which cause undue vibration or stress which would cause rivets to pop off.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Every couple of years I have my old Airstream pressure tested for leaks with a Sealtech machine. It always finds something (usually small) that I've missed. Great piece of mind and relatively cheap.

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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I watched the video from the Long Long Honeymoon where their 25 foot Classic had some bad rain leaks. I am guessing as the trailer rolls down the road the rivits work loose from vibration. I never seen an A/S leak while on a dealer lot.

So I have a few questions.

1. Will all A/S leak.

2. What do you need to do to stop the leaks and how often.

3. Do the rivits ever need to be replaced.

The Classic is such a beatiful trailer.
We have a 25ft classic and love it! But to answer your questions:

1. Will all A/S leak.
Yes, they all leak. Anything made by humans will leak. Houses, cars, and even trailers. No way around it.

2. What do you need to do to stop the leaks and how often.
As dznf0g said, be vigilant and do the preventative maintenance. Better to fix things before they become a problem than fix them later and all the damaged they caused as well. We just had all the roof seams resealed on ours this summer. A good piece of mind. A high quality trailer like an airstream is like a high quality home or car. You need to work on it before it looks like it needs it to keep her top notch.
3. Do the rivets ever need to be replaced.
They don't need to be replaced per se, but they they can get broken or vibrated loose on rough roads with a lousy tow set up that is just shock loading and flexing the trailer. Causing you to put a replacement rivet in place of the missing one. Quite easy to do. If you have a good weight distribution set up that has its bars dialed into you tow vehicles suspension stiffness, should be no problem. We have a 2500 HD so we also use an airsafe hitch to do away with the shock load that can be transferred from such a heavy suspension back to the trailer.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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Wxbouy, I see you guys are in the Memphis area, Olive Branch here. How do you like the air safe hitch? I'm thinking of getting one to add to my setup.
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