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Old 01-09-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Crack in roof

Have a crack in my 2015 flying cloud 28 ft
It's about 6 months old
Found the crack when I was washing it
The crack was by the airvent for the shower
I would like to know if Anyone else had a crack in their roof
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Old 01-09-2016, 01:58 PM   #2
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In the roof metal itself?

Certainly not a common problem. Definitely a warranty issue for Airstream to take care of.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:12 PM   #3
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I can't imagine how the roof sheets could be structurally stressed without it showing up on the sidewalls. Have service people been up on your roof? Would love to see a pic.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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you can see picture if you look under photos
Heading crack
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:44 AM   #5
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you can see picture if you look under photos
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Hope you don't mind that I posted a thumbnail of your "crack" on your thread.

It certainly looks like a hairline crack. Are you sure it's not a scratch? Even a deep scratch? If it's a crack it will (or has) leaked and will be a long term problem. Time for a visit to an authorized service center or Jackson Center.
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Wouldn't that just be in the white finish, and not the aluminum?

Perhaps it could just be "fixed" with some crack sealant.
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Old 01-10-2016, 08:58 AM   #7
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Wouldn't that just be in the white finish, and not the aluminum?

Perhaps it could just be "fixed" with some crack sealant.
The aluminum panels on the roof have white enamel paint that's baked on.

Colonial Airstream's Patrick Botticelli talks about this in the video below.

(One minute and 40 seconds into the video.)

Roof of the Airstream Trailer
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:55 AM   #8
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The aluminum panels on the roof have white enamel paint that's baked on.
True, but it can be scratched exposing the aluminum. In the photo it looks like a scratch to me.
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Put a couple drops of water on the crack.

Does it disappear into the crack?
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Put a couple drops of water on the crack.

Does it disappear into the crack?
That seems like a good idea. If it's a crack the water will wick into the crack to some extent.

The OP could also push (lightly) on one side of the crack to see if the aluminum on one side of the crack moves independently of the opposite side of the crack.
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Instead of water, get a bottle of Captain Tolley's and use a fine brush, q-tip or even a toothpick to drop some on the crack. If it doesn't wick in, then there was never a crack; if it does wick in it will seal the crack - it's a win-win situation.
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Instead of water, get a bottle of Captain Tolley's and use a fine brush, q-tip or even a toothpick to drop some on the crack. If it doesn't wick in, then there was never a crack; if it does wick in it will seal the crack - it's a win-win situation.
Never hear of Captain Tolley's before this. Seems like an interesting product and perhaps something many of us would like to have in our "tool box."

If it really is a crack it should be covered under warranty for a 2015 trailer.
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Never hear of Captain Tolley's before this. Seems like an interesting product and perhaps something many of us would like to have in our "tool box."

If it really is a crack it should be covered under warranty for a 2015 trailer.
Yup! Magic juice! Once you find a "leak" retreat regularly just to be sure.
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For pesky small leaks start putting one drop on every rivet in the roof within 2 feet of the leak.

After you've done 10,000 bizillion rivets - look closely at your running lights, remove and recaulk them.




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