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Old 01-23-2018, 09:05 PM   #1
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New here. Need help

Hi, I am Kate in Wyoming. I have a 2005 Airstream International 22 ft CCD. I am the original owner.
Needless to say there are several things that need to be done to it, and I am looking for some permanent solutions to some reoccurring problems.

So far I have replaced the heat pump twice. The second time with a regular AC unit. Also replaced the water heater.
One of my worst problems is that I have a front bedroom, and the dinette which is free standing has worked itself out of the floor sevral times. I was wondering if dry wall anchors would hold the screws or if the solution is to go underneath the trailer and place lock bolts on the other side.
I dont find the dinette particularly useful, and have also considered replacing it with captains chairs or a jackknife sofa. However new furniture would need to accomodate the power panel which is accessed under the right hand seat of the dinette. I will probably post these questions, and others in the repair forum but any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks all and greetings, Kate
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:43 PM   #2
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Hi Kate.
No to drywall anchors. I can’t really give you a good fix based on your description but drywall anchors won’t be it.

Could be an issue with your towing setup, perhaps too stiff spring bars if you have them.

Try separating your post out into concise descriptions, such as, “my heat pump failed several times under these conditions”.

Give a bit more background about your whole setup and how/when your issues occurred.

Folks here will be glad to help.

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Old 01-23-2018, 11:47 PM   #3
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hello Kate, welcome to the forums! for you dinnete, you can use longer screws. also go up 1 size in dia. drill your pilot holes than use contractor's glue in the holes. this helps to keep the screws in the floor; hope this helps you. kurt
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:34 PM   #4
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Hello from Colorado: Nice to meet another Airstreamer from a neighboring state. All of us here have had issues with our Airstreams. You have joined an excellent website where folks enjoy helping others.

I don't know how much help I can be. Many Airstreamers know the mid-ought trailers are prone to floor rot at the rear of the trailer. It is do to a crummy sealing system between the body and the rear bumper area. This may explain why the screws holding your dinette furniture down are working loose as you bounce down the highway.

Grab your ice pick, or your awl, and probe along the interior wall at the rear of your trailer seeing if you can easily poke the ice pick through the subfloor. You also may have noticed a "soft spongy" floor around the dinette.

Your trailer likely has OSB subflooring that doesn't like moisture. This exacerbates the problem.

My 66 Trade Wind and my 75 Overlander both had floor rot at the rear of the trailer. The 75 Overlander for the exact same reason as I suspect you may be experiencing, poor sealing between the body and the rear bumper.

Floor rot can be repaired. Some nut cases like me think its fun to do. Most people cuss Airstream for not designing a better sealing system at the rear of the trailer, especially since it is such a well known problem.

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Old 01-24-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Hello from Colorado: Nice to meet another Airstreamer from a neighboring state. All of us here have had issues with our Airstreams. You have joined an excellent website where folks enjoy helping others.

I don't know how much help I can be. Many Airstreamers know the mid-ought trailers are prone to floor rot at the rear of the trailer. It is do to a crummy sealing system between the body and the rear bumper area. This may explain why the screws holding your dinette furniture down are working loose as you bounce down the highway.

Grab your ice pick, or your awl, and probe along the interior wall at the rear of your trailer seeing if you can easily poke the ice pick through the subfloor. You also may have noticed a "soft spongy" floor around the dinette.

Your trailer likely has OSB subflooring that doesn't like moisture. This exacerbates the problem.

My 66 Trade Wind and my 75 Overlander both had floor rot at the rear of the trailer. The 75 Overlander for the exact same reason as I suspect you may be experiencing, poor sealing between the body and the rear bumper.

Floor rot can be repaired. Some nut cases like me think its fun to do. Most people cuss Airstream for not designing a better sealing system at the rear of the trailer, especially since it is such a well known problem.

David

Thanks David, I dont think I have floor rot. My trailer has spent very little time in the weather. Im the original owner and I keep it garaged. Iím glad Im not the only one walking around with a screwdriver and a tube of Loctite.
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