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Old 04-05-2018, 10:53 AM   #869
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Sorry this caulk degraded so completely in such a short period of time. Using Sikaflex seems an excellent suggestion. You may be able to get it in black, as well as white, if you care. We've been very happy with Sikaflex where we've used it on our trailer.

Similar rules about checking the integrity of all caulk and seals applies to standard Airstream trailers as well: check all seams and caulked areas at least once a year, preferably every six months, and repair as needed.

One other thought: it usually pays to remove as much of the old caulk as possible (preferably all of it) before applying new caulk. This is in part because sometimes differing caulks don't stick to each other. (Honestly, I don't always take this step either, so I'm not "Mr. Purity" in this regard.) Anyway, keep an eye on it. If it works well, you can save the clean-up for next time you have to renew these seals.
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Old 04-05-2018, 06:55 PM   #870
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Sorry this caulk degraded so completely in such a short period of time. Using Sikaflex seems an excellent suggestion. You may be able to get it in black, as well as white, if you care. We've been very happy with Sikaflex where we've used it on our trailer.

Similar rules about checking the integrity of all caulk and seals applies to standard Airstream trailers as well: check all seams and caulked areas at least once a year, preferably every six months, and repair as needed.

One other thought: it usually pays to remove as much of the old caulk as possible (preferably all of it) before applying new caulk. This is in part because sometimes differing caulks don't stick to each other. (Honestly, I don't always take this step either, so I'm not "Mr. Purity" in this regard.) Anyway, keep an eye on it. If it works well, you can save the clean-up for next time you have to renew these seals.


The caulk used on those seams was different than the caulk used everywhere else and was much lower quality and more brittle. It was literally dried out and crumbling. Point taken though - something to always keep an eye on regularly.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:43 AM   #871
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What Sikaflex product exactly was recommended? I have the cracks as well.
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What Sikaflex product exactly was recommended? I have the cracks as well.


I didn't get an exact recommendation - just to use Sikaflex. The products all look like they are urethane and I just grabbed one that was a patch/filler product.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:08 AM   #873
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I believe I saw a choice of white or silver at the Airstream store a few years back. I just carry silver...
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:20 AM   #874
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We have used Sikaflex 221 on our trailer with very good results, so you may find this to be equally useful on the Basecamp. Best wishes for an incredibly successful repair.
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Old 04-10-2018, 02:16 PM   #875
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It appears Dap 18816 Polyurethane Construction Adhesive and Sealant may be an equivalent. It's readily available in black (https://www.amazon.com/18816-Polyure...ords=dap+18816). I am going to give that product a try. I would have ideally purchased Sikaflex 221 in black but was having difficulty sourcing it in time so I can wrap up the work this weekend.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:10 AM   #876
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We have the same issue on the roof of ours. Original “sealant” cracked wide open within 4 months of purchase. Wonder if that’s what shorted our original truma controller...
Have had it undercover all winter but glad to know there are some options other than another trip to the dealer.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:52 AM   #877
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Basecamp 2018 Refer problem

Am joining the group. Purchased my 2018 Basecamp a year ago, noisy fans added, but still does not cool. As a landscape builder/designer, there are very few refrigerators that truly function after the temperature rises above 80 degrees. My dumb opinion is it is a combination of design and product. The Dometic refrigerator is an on going problem with Airstream trailers. My 2008 Safari at least cools, albeit freezes my food and always has had this problem. Meanwhile, other AS associates, including those with newer models, have both too cold or not cold enough issues.
Seems to me, the Basecamp issue is a "hotter" topic as this vehicle was made to go off the grid. And the refrigerator does not work on propane.
Hope this was not too redundant. So is there an answer or help somewhere?
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:53 PM   #878
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Welcome to the forum! FYI there is the Simple Survey . . . thread about the BC fridge. It is not pretty reading, but is the most current source of info for that specific subject.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f404...ne-169937.html

. . . warning . . . rough road ahead!

You might want to read the last 20-30 posts before tackling the entire thread IMO.

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Am joining the group. Purchased my 2018 Basecamp a year ago, noisy fans added, but still does not cool. As a landscape builder/designer, there are very few refrigerators that truly function after the temperature rises above 80 degrees. My dumb opinion is it is a combination of design and product. The Dometic refrigerator is an on going problem with Airstream trailers. My 2008 Safari at least cools, albeit freezes my food and always has had this problem. Meanwhile, other AS associates, including those with newer models, have both too cold or not cold enough issues.
Seems to me, the Basecamp issue is a "hotter" topic as this vehicle was made to go off the grid. And the refrigerator does not work on propane.
Hope this was not too redundant. So is there an answer or help somewhere?
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:22 AM   #880
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Basecamp Fridge Solution

Dometic was not cooling, so my Dealer added a fan. It was still about seven degrees warmer than optimum temp. Problem solved after cutting an opening in the back of the propane tank case which was obstructing air flow in front of the fan(s).

The new opening allows air to circulate from under the tank casing and in front of the fan(s).

We thought of the blockage of air flow after installing the second fan. We’re not sure you need a second fan. I would ask your Dealer to cut a clean square opening in the back of the propane case before adding a second fan.
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:10 AM   #881
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That's a nice idea in cutting out the propane cover. I though of this as well. There's a lot of space in there where the fan could blow air.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:00 PM   #882
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Air conditioner missing

FYI there is a new thread in the Repair forum about a Basecamp air conditioner flying off the roof apparently:

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You just can't make this kind of stuff up ...
We have a 2018 Basecamp. We've already put about 15k miles on it. But we were driving thru GA yesterday and were caught in a rainstorm with heavy winds. When we stopped for the night I noticed a lot of light coming thru the AC unit ... went outside to examine and ... well... its simply gone???
I genuinely have no idea exactly where and when but, I'd guess it's sitting on the side of the hwy somewhere. I just hope it didn't hit anyone when it flew off.
Anyway, any advice on what to do? I bought all the warranties and extra service packages so I know it's covered (or I hope it is ... ) but, I'm in Jackson Mississippi, headed to Shreeveport LA. Im assuming I need to find a registered Airstream service center ...
This is my first trailer and first significant problem.
Thanks for any advice !!
As Bryan said, you can't make this stuff up!

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