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Old 10-27-2006, 05:08 PM   #15
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Vulkem is lumpy stuff and takes a long time for a skin to develop. Do a search on Sikaflex 221 -- it is a smooth material with good body & skins over within about 12 hours. I sure like it!
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:00 PM   #16
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frank n'shar still have just one post... think they are okay?
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:06 PM   #17
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Frank doesn't post, and Shar's been away!!

Greetings,

Many thanks for all the great feedback. I think what you have been hearing is still the stunned silence.

Frank would like to know where this Vulkum stuff is going? Does he smear it on the outside of the frame, does he have to remove the window and apply it between , or does he have to remove the inner panel and smear it on the inside edge of the frame where the water is coming in?

We sound so retarded......

I am just curious about the thermal panes themselves - can they be taken apart somehow and resealed - there is everything from crystals to actual water to foggy condensation in between.

The trailer has approximately fourteen windows - as far as we can determine three of them are currently leaking, three have blown thermal units (but not leaking) and the door leaks like a seive.

Do you start on the inside and take out the rivets, or do you have to come at them (the windows) from the outside?

We are in obvious agreement that we have to get this thing watertight before making any other repairs.

I called Can-Am Trailers to try and get a service manual for this baby, and they tell me that Airstream doesn't print them any more, I have to order one from New York for $150. Does anyone have any different leads or ideas - I'm cheap, I'm Dutch, and I have 6 kids.....need I say more.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:18 PM   #18
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You can get a reproduction manual from Helen Davis at Secretarial Services, PO Box 484, Sidney, OH 45365 (937) 492-8885

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Old 10-27-2006, 10:25 PM   #19
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I'll call tomorrow!

Thanks for the manual info. I'll get on that tomorrow. Getting a manual sooner than later would probably help with the whole wiring puzzle.

Glad that's no my portion of the work. I get to figure out how to reappolster (sure I spelled that wrong) the couch. The dinette cushions need new foam too, but it looks pretty straight forward, as does the fabric panels on the bedroom walls and the yards and yards of curtains.

Any opinions on roller blinds verses the original equipment mini blinds?
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Old 10-28-2006, 02:28 AM   #20
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Vulkem is for interfaces between windows, vents, frames and such to the outer shell. There are other sealants for the paper thin gaps that can occur on the outer shell piece overlaps which work great for weatherproofing the aluminum ribbon band where the belly skins join in... the list goes on and on - look at the window and door gaskets on the unit closely, check for water intrusion there...
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:24 PM   #21
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Vulkem Question

Vulkem is a Tremco product that we use in the renovation busness for sealing cracks in concrete. It absolutly never hardens and woe to him who ever has to remove it. However it is quite runny.Is there a special grade of this stuff made thicker for this purpose? There must be an ID number on the container. Would you have this imfo so I can order some from my local Tremco dealer? Also if I understand you properly I have to drill out all those rivits and get this stuff between the wndow frame and the outer skin. Is that correct?
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:35 PM   #22
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The current part # 635 is for alum.

It's not runny or lumpy
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Old 10-28-2006, 08:07 PM   #23
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Thanks!

Appreciate the information. My frustrated husband is still wondering why no-one will actually say whether or not he has to drill out the rivets from the outside to do this repair???
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Old 10-28-2006, 08:48 PM   #25
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So do we go for broke??

Thanks for the frank reply. Of the 14 widows, only 3 are currently leaking. Do we only ix what's broken or bit the bullet and deal with all fourteen before proceeding to the interior headaches.

Oh yeah, and where do we get these rivets. Do you need a special tool to install them?
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:15 PM   #26
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So we got to it!!

It was a nice day today, so Frank took the afternoon off to spend some time with the airstream - now fondly dubbed the 'Airbus 500".

He took a scraper to the window edges and removed the silicone that had been applied later on in the Airbus's life. Then he cleaned off the gunk with some solvent of some kind, and went at the cracks around the window seals with Vulkem 45 that he had put into a medicine syringe - nice fine lines and specific placement.

Then he took the drip edge off over the door and did the same there - some of the rivets had just deteriorated from all of the excess water - so he cleaned that up, and used the syringe there too. He is currently removing interior panels form the bedroom area to track down more window leakage.

Frank also consulted with our local glass guy - who agreed that having him fix the thermpanes would be costly, but is willing to lend Frank his shop and experience this winter, and show him how it's done.

I think he is just gratefull that this never ending rain has stopped for a bit, so he can get busy in there.

He's been using the search button as you have all suggested, and has spent lots of time reading other people's threads.

Very helpful stuff guys! Thanks!
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