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Old 05-13-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Diesel Soot inside cabin

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We have a brand new 2011 25' FB flying Cloud. We bought it and on the way home we found the water heater was sending carbon monoxide into the compartment. We took it to an Airsteam Service Center and they could not find a "smoking gun". they caulked around the water heater and we have not had any monoxide in the cabin.

However, the huge quantities of diesel soot that have spread throughout the entire cabin have persisted.....We thought the water heater was the culprit, but now we don't know what it is. The soot has impregnated the white plastic around the Fantastic Fans and it has stained the white covers of the sterilite containers. It has been found inside every cabinet in the cabin, and on the walls. We have taken it on ONE trip since we bought it.

We tow with a 2005 Dodge 250 Cummins and get 16.4 mpg. The vehicle is in top shape and does NOT emit tons of black smoke.

Can anyone help?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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Are you using a modified chip or is it still a factory program?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Firstly, welcome to the Forums - we're glad to have you.

The Airstream does not do anything with diesel. How could it come from the trailer?

As for your water heater, were you running the water heater while driving down the road? Why?

Not leaping to conclusions, but perhaps the truck should be checked out.

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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Hi pmclemore,

No, the water heater was not running during travel. The truck was serviced before the trip and after the trip. No problems. We are wondering why and how the soot is getting onto the cabin when all windows, doors, vents are closed and turned off. We are running the fridge only when we are driving. we do not think it is anything in the trailer, but do not know why we have black soot all over everything.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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I think I would check the underbelly. Maybe there is some seams that are not sealed. Check the tongue
penetrations
Maybe you need to do a positive air flow test on the unit like the do for water leaks.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:31 PM   #6
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Firstly, welcome to the Forums - we're glad to have you.

The Airstream does not do anything with diesel. How could it come from the trailer?

As for your water heater, were you running the water heater while driving down the road? Why?

Not leaping to conclusions, but perhaps the truck should be checked out.

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No but that 2005 Dodge Cummins Diesel in front of the trailer could have something to do with the problem.
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Could you explain? I am sorry, but i know nothing about the chip!!!
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Hi and thank you.. We think airstream should do this....How do we go about getting this accomplished?
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Could reroute your exhaust.
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Sorry, i did not explain myself well. We thought that the diesel soot was coming in through the pathway that the water heater monoxide was. when the monoxide problem was solved, we thought the soot problem would be also....but not so.
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Could you explain? I am sorry, but i know nothing about the chip!!!
A lot of Diesel truck owner buy programmers to change the settings on their truck for added power and towing. It changes all kinds of settings, some of that cause the truck to show more residue.

If the refrigerator is on the exhaust side you could be getting some through there.
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there are thousands of diesel trucks towing trailers...why might our truck be different?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:45 PM   #13
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Hi and thank you...no, we do not have any mods on the truck. The fridge is not on the same side as the exhaust pipe, but the water heater is. We are wondering if there are still air gaps around the water heater that are allowing the soot to get in. I have spent more time cleaning the trailer than enjoying it. i am very disappointed in the quality control at the factory.
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I am towing with a Powers Stroke.
From now seeing your truck and where the exhaust is I would think it could be coming down the Refrigerator Rain Hood area and see if there is soot on the inside of it.
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