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Old 10-01-2014, 10:16 AM   #15
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So helpful! Thx everyone, going to start building my list of yearly maint to do's! If you have a sec, can someone list out what I need to buy in the way of wax, lubricants, sealers etc? Thanks again - this forum is amazing!


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Old 10-01-2014, 10:21 AM   #16
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Also - which sonin tester? Do I need the one with pins?


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Old 10-01-2014, 10:35 AM   #17
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others on here bought the Sonin - model I think 50211

Be aware...these are not "high quality" - it is quite often people get one that is faulty or the wire in particular is faulty...but they quickly refnded on amazon and set a new one no big deal and mine is working...I test mine on something moist or wet before I use it to make sure it all looks good...
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:02 AM   #18
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We use

Sonin 50211 Moisture Test Meter. Sensitive, has probe to reach tight spots.

Glare polish. Works good on plastic rock guards, shower. Any quality polish will do on shell.

CorrosionX corrosion treatment. Apply to panel edges, rivets, fittings, wheels quarterly.

Boeshield T9. Underbody steel at least annually, leaves a paraffin wax residue.

Clear acrylic touchup pen. Small scratches and nicks. All exterior panel edges, several coats.

Touch up paint for tongue, hitch, truck.

Adseal sealant, presently. Many good ones to choose from. For wide sealant cracks.

Acryl-R and applicator. For narrow sealant cracks. Got it, haven't used it.

Aerospace 303. UV protectant, keeps window gaskets from sticking.

Grease gun. For ProPride hitch, hitch ball.

Lube for cabinet latches, slides, hinges.

Car wash soap to wash exterior, Seventh Generation dish soap for interior.

Microfiber and cotton towels/rags, Q-Tips (to apply CorrosionX on rivets).
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone!

Really appreciate the tips. Should I be using any kind of sealer on the roof of my international? Around the AC unit, sky windows, antenna, etc? How often should I do that?

Does anyone have a favorite exterior wax? Just use cotton towels to apply?

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Old 10-07-2014, 01:02 PM   #20
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Wheels

Do I apply the corrosion x to the rim of the wheels or just behind it? Won't mess up the chrome right? Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:51 PM   #21
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Check all the roof seals around AC, fans, stacks etc. for cracks or gaps. If problems are suspected, re-seal with Silkaflex 721 (white) or Adseal (white).

Checking the roof seals once or twice a year should be adequate.
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:11 PM   #22
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I have used the boeshield T9 on the wheels and wiped off the excess...I think however having done it once I will use the corrosion X next time.

Avoid contact with brakes at all seems a good idea...I was careful about spraying that area to hit only the metal surfaces of the wheels and not all behind them.

I have yet to take off the AC covers to check the seals around them...got up there once before a couple months ago and checked everything out, except for around AC's as they had those covers on them still...
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:42 PM   #23
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On waxes and polishes so many have favorites and report excellent results from them all, I am sure they are all good, one as good as the other if they are a decent quality.

More important is treatment of exterior rivets and edges on clear coated panels and exterior fittings and wheels with anti-corrosion product (CorrosionX works very well). Underbody steel and parts need protection too, Boeshield T-9 works well.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:36 PM   #24
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As Pharm mentions, no need to caulk around the rooftop air conditioner. They are sealed by a gasket, and should never leak. As far as caulk on the roof goes, many suggest using Dicor self-levelling caulk.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:27 PM   #25
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Some annual or bi-annual tasks that have not already been mentioned:
  • packing the wheel bearings
  • checking brakes
  • propane pressure testing
  • lubrication of the door hinges/lock mechanism saves a lot of grief - so does lubrication of the aerial as already mentioned.
  • lubrication of the stabilizer's
  • sunlight deteriorates the roof vent covers over time - think I've changed mine at least 3 times over the years - now carry a spare.
Also - a good set of mud-flaps or some other protection from stones being thrown up is a good investment - ours is now showing the evidence of 12 seasons of coast-to-coast road trips which I think could have been mitigated with better mud-flaps.

One thing about Airstreams - they really age well - and with a little TLC they always look great.


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I just yesterday gave our AS a waxing. Looking good, at least for the time being, but is there anything needed to be done on the white roof surface ???? Would it benefit with a coat of wax or is there something more appropriate to use ??

Jay, do you have fantastic fans or some other on the rooftop. I'm suprised to hear that yours have needed replacement so frequently.
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What a good list. Tagging this post for later reference.
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Good points Jay.

If you use CorrosionX or Boeshield T-9 to lube hinges and stabilizer jacks you will also provide corrosion protection as well as lubrication. It is especially important to spray some corrosion preventive spray up and into where the stabilizers mount to the body, very prone to corrosion there.
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