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Old 10-03-2005, 10:35 AM   #43
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You should be able to seal those seams without removing rivets.

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Old 10-12-2005, 10:19 PM   #44
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it would be nice to not remove the rivets, but i don't want to shortcut anything at this point. i'll have to look into the seam sealer, though. even if i do remove all the rivets and reseal, i'd probaly use a second methond to "seal the deal" (ho ho ho, thanks foks! i'll be here all week)...

anyway, the inside of my front endcap seams are covered (and i mean liberally covered) in that black stuff. i have yet to figure out exactly where the water is coming in. mine (like yours, 59) leaks 3 times as bad on the rear, and the rear floor was gone, so i share your opinion on the rattlin around. i'm going to take the rear inner pieces out this weekend as well, and then i guess i need to get a 12 pack of beer, the next rainy afternoon we have, and camp in it, huh? i'm keeping mine covered at the moment as well, after seeing how much water got in the last rain we had.

oh, my rear window is missing as well... the whole thing, just a nice piece of plexi gooped into place. i need a new frame, but that's another story. speaking of the frames, whether i re-rivet the end caps or not i am DEFINITELY planning on completely removing the window frames and re-sealing them in place. i'll already be doing the 2 side windows in a few weeks when i tackle the 2 upper panels.

once she's TOTALLY waterproof, i'll feel a lot better about things. until then, it's just calling me every weekend to get it dry again, ya know?
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Old 10-13-2005, 09:31 PM   #45
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Obsessing is fun!

However, the real easy fix is sealing the seams as good as you can from the inside while you have access to them, and then sealing the segment seams with either Alcoa Gutterseal or Par Bond. You will have to do this either way.
Same for the windows. If you carefully remove the old goop, then there is no real reason, other than boredom, to take it all off just to re-seal things.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:13 AM   #46
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nothing disolves the 50 year old black goop, right? so i guess i could wire-wheel it away from the insides before i start the sealing process... we'll see how "bored" i get next weekend! ha!

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Old 10-22-2005, 12:01 AM   #47
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sealing joints

jp let me know how the reseal process goes. I'm not there yet but I thought I could spend some time fretting over it. Your advice will be helpfull.
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Old 10-22-2005, 08:56 AM   #48
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I guess Airstream dealers in GA just sell them and not support them. Tried to buy the Acryl-R local this week. The Dealer off Throton doesn't even have a service department at all accoing to the person that answered the phone so totally worthless place.

I stopped by the Dealer off I75 between Atlanta and Macon when I was passing through Wednesday. They have a service and parts department but nothing Airstream specific. Hell the parts dept had lots of parts no brains and no spicific product knowledge on anything I asked about.

Here is how that went:

I asked for the sealer.

Counter person: Did you cal this morning? Somebody else was looking for that this morning. I can order it for you. Whats it for? Was the response I got.

Me: No I don't get down this way but once a month so I'm not going to order it. I will need it before the next time I am down.

CP: We can ship it to your house if you like. (I'm sure at an extra charge)

Me: No, I can order it from Airstream and it be the same price to my Door as it would cost to get it from you.

They then proceeded to argue with me that you have to be a dealer to order from Aristream.

I asked if they had ever been to Airstream.com to the shop part anybody can order maintenance related items. They shut up.

Next question:

Me: "I need some 500-550lb Reese WD bars to go with my DC set up. My 750lb bars are too much for my 3/4 ton Suburban."

I am walked out onto the sales floor where the Reece products are and she does the Vanna White point at a tattered DC box held together with tape.

CP: That will be $230 for the DC set up.

Me: No I don't need a DC set up, I already have one. I just need lighter bars. I just need the Load bars in the lightest rating you have.

CP: you have to buy the whole thing then.

Me:

Me: Never mind, I will hit Ebay or a different trailer supply that sells parts.

Customer lost forever due to lack of knowledge by CP:

My week off didn't go well. Had a bunch of other things come up and got almost nothing done but the front wall held in with Cleco's.

See how today goes.
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Old 10-22-2005, 08:34 PM   #49
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I actually got out the pneumatic rivet gun and put in the front interior panel today!

Tomorrow a little wiring (for got to put in a thermostat wire for the heater) and maybe another wall permanently installed.
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Dealer off Thorton?

What's happened to Three-Way Campers?

They were a great help to me before I moved to the swampland in southeast GA.

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Old 10-23-2005, 07:56 AM   #51
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Dealer off Thorton?

What's happened to Three-Way Campers?

They were a great help to me before I moved to the swampland in southeast GA.

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Nothing. They are still there. About 4 miles from my house. Just don't carry the product I was looking for that is more Airstream specific hence going to Airstream Dealers. They turned out to be less help then 3Way.
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