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Old 04-01-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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One Stained Curtain

Our curbside front curtain keeps getting stained. Below is a photo of how it looked before Airstream replaced it in October. Now, the new curtain looks the same.

Airstream thought the front window was leaking, although we never noticed a leak, and replaced all the caulking and window seals. Now that we have noticed it's stained again, we have tried everything to find a leak. We've run enough water on the window and front of the trailer to fill a swimming pool. I've even pulled off the road after a driving rainstorm and checked for leaks. Nothing is ever found, and the inside is as dry as a bone.

What could be causing this? Condensation? But why only on this one side?

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Old 04-02-2008, 12:11 AM   #2
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Interesting problem.
Does the side that is not stained face the south/west while stored? I wonder if the sun keeps that side drier?
Given your attention to possible leaks, I agree that it sounds like condensation.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:58 AM   #3
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Had the same problem in my 78 Argosy. I was horrified that there might be a leak, but I could never find any evidence of one except for the staining. After a while I just took the curtain down, washed it, put it back up and tried to keep it away from the window glass as much as possible. I've had no more staining in the last year, so I have to consider it was condensation. That's my story and I'm sticking to it anyway.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:22 AM   #4
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The trailer faces west when stored, but is indoors. The sun would hit both front windows when the storage unit doors are opened.

Maybe we'll try washing it and see if it comes back.

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Old 04-02-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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Oooo Oooo Oooo, I know!

Same thing happened to mine. I finally figured out it was condensation. I have some extra pillows on my dinette and I will occasionally throw one up there and lean back while watching tv or reading. If I left it there overnight and took a warm shower without remembering to turn on the shower fan, BINGO!

Good news? Get a spray bottle, fill with distilled water or bottled water, put a clean white terry towel behind the curtain next to the window, then spray and dab the curtain with another clean white towel. Repeat until that nasty brown fades. Remove the towel and allow to dry. Mine came out as good as new.

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Old 04-02-2008, 05:52 PM   #6
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Stained curtain

Thanks very much for the post. we had the exact stain on one of our trailers and could never find the leak. We'll try the towel trick tomorrow!
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We had almost identicle stains on our curtains. They had been caused by leaks. We washed the affected curtain panels by hand in Woolite, and they came out like brand new. We did this several times before the leaks were fixed at the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center.
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