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Old 09-15-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Airstream dealer with Sealtech

I'm having on going leak issues with my '13 International. My selling dealer did use their Sealtech machine to chase down some leaks for me last year but since then we have moved from Michigan to Montana. I'm hoping to find a decent Airstream dealer in either the Northwest or else in Arizona or surrounding states that can help us out.

The only dealer I have found in these areas that has a Sealtech is the one in Missoula, MT. However, I have read so many bad reviews of this dealer I'm unwilling to go there.

By the way, I'm pretty surprised at the number of larger Airstream dealers that do not have a Sealtech machine. It just seems very difficult to track down leaks.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:48 AM   #2
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Next stop west is AS of Spokane, then AS Adventures NW Seattle ... Or, south and west to Boise ...


Hello from Missoula!
There don't seem to be a lot of AS sold right here n MT. We have voted with our checkbook once in Missoula and twice in Seattle. PM if you need more...
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
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Next stop west is AS of Spokane, then AS Adventures NW Seattle ... Or, south and west to Boise ...


Hello from Missoula!
There don't seem to be a lot of AS sold right here n MT. We have voted with our checkbook once in Missoula and twice in Seattle. PM if you need more...
Unfortunately, neither AS of Spokane nor AS Adventures have a Sealtech Machine.. I wish one of them did since both are relatively close by.
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Unfortunately, neither AS of Spokane nor AS Adventures have a Sealtech Machine.. I wish one of them did since both are relatively close by.
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You can go to this link at the Sealtech site and find out who has a machine via this link: SealTech Manufacturing USA | Industry Standard for RV Leak Detection
A quick look in the PNW did not seem to show any AS dealers listed???
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:10 AM   #5
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Just an FYI that although Jackson Center has a Sealtech they typically don't use it to find leaks, or at least they didn't want to on my 2010 International. Oh yea, it will reveal some potential problem areas which can be addressed but it's no guarantee it will identify the offending water entry point.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:46 AM   #6
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Air being forced out of the Airstream is not the same as water being pushed in, but they do have the important thing in common, an opening in the shell. Seal the openings and you have a great chance of stopping the leaks.

Airstream Service Center advertises the SealTech machine as a service they provide. We specifically requested it as part of our service appointment, they used it to identify five minor leaks (which I knew were there using my Sonin moisture detection meter to probe the plywood floor) and fixed them under our warranty. After completing our trip, I checked the floor again for moisture and the leaks were fixed, the plywood subfloor was dry and still is a year later.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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I'm still pretty dumbfounded by the number of dealers that do not have the machine, especially the large ones. I just don't feel there is a comparable way to find some of the leaks other then the larger ones that are easily spotted. I really don't want to go to a non Airstream dealer to have them do a water test, especially with getting on the roof.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:27 AM   #8
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Hi from AZ. . . when we were at the Mothership in '11, they were using a rolling 'Rube Goldberg' looking, hook a hose to it, thing that they rolled over the trailer, sprayed good pressure water over & sent someone inside to watch for leaks. Didn't see him carrying any device, just a big flashlight. Not too impressed by that.. . .Wonder why they don't use the device if they have one ! (I know, rhetorical question ). . . regards, Craig
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Hi from AZ. . . when we were at the Mothership in '11, they were using a rolling 'Rube Goldberg' looking, hook a hose to it, thing that they rolled over the trailer, sprayed good pressure water over & sent someone inside to watch for leaks. Didn't see him carrying any device, just a big flashlight. Not too impressed by that.. . .Wonder why they don't use the device if they have one ! (I know, rhetorical question ). . . regards, Craig
They were using that rain device on another trailer at the same time they were using a SealTech on our Airstream. I'm sure it has been used there since day 1, what better way to find a rain leak than make it rain.

They are probably looking for a specific leak with the rain maker while the SealTech checks to whole trailer, and that's what we asked for. I think both systems are absolutely valid for the task at hand.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:13 PM   #10
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There is a 'rain room' in the factory itself, at the shell complete stage (just before the cabinetry line).
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There are other ways to get a pressure test done. Creativity meets thrifty:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...est-57333.html


and more general information about Sealtech & cost & ebay!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...est-75773.html

And how "doing it right" works

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...ler-50653.html

I also remember a thread where a man used a carpet drying fan, and cut a hole in his bed plywood - and opened his garage door as the air input point. I just can't find that thread.

Morale - you can always do it "cheap" and you may even get it right, but the TIME you spend saving MONEY is often a prohibitive expense itself.

Note: REPO'ed Sealtechs and e-bay Sealtechs are available. If you're active and go to a lot of rallies, you've got a money making hobby!

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This guy has one but its kinda far. http://www.vinniesairstream.com
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This guy has one but its kinda far. Vinnie's Northbay Airstream Repair
I've had a Sealtech 430R for about 10 years. Its a great tool, but there are no guarantees. These trailers flex quite a bit going down the road, so new leaks can present themselves over time. You should really be doing it about once a year. The rain maker boom is a joke, as water tends to travel quite a distance inside the walls before presenting itself.
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I have full plans to bring the trailer in for annual check using this device - not a cure all but may help - but am curious how much it would set me back


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