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Old 09-22-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Disappointed....woke up to a leak

So my fiancÚ and I have always dreamed of owning an Airstream. Well it became a reality a week ago when we picked up our used 2011 FC20. I posted last weekend after we woke up to a drip from the fan above the bed but found out from the forum friends here that it just condensation. Weekend #2....steady rain here in Massachusetts where we are camping and I don't believe what I just woke up to is condensation.....

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Old 09-22-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:30 AM   #3
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A leak in between the reading lights. I looked under the bed and there is some moisture on the floor along the wall. What has me concerned is I have no warranty. I've seen people online talk about newer Airstreams that have leaks that lead to floor rot.

Sorry for the 4 a.m. rant I'm just really bummed to wake up to see this.

I guess my next question would be a good dealer in the CT or MA area to look at it before we head out on our honeymoon with this in a few weeks.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:48 AM   #4
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They all leak!! Eventually

You need a leak test.

Not sure what's in your area.. closest might be Colonial Airstream in NJ.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:37 AM   #5
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Classic RV may be able to do it, avoiding the bridges and city traffic. See this thread for reviews and details.

If you want to leak test it yourself, search this forum for "hillbilly leak test" to find ways that people have used leaf blowers to pressurize and test.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:48 AM   #6
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Just had my stream "leak-proofed". In Southington, CT..Heritage Hills RV. They do the test...seal all seams that need it...then re test.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:00 AM   #7
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You should be able to easily look under the bed at the floor edges to see if there are any water stains on the wood floor. The vinyl flooring is probably curled up at the edges (that's completely normal) so you can see the wood. I check the edges at least annually. Don't despair, we've had a few leaks too, the problem is when you don't catch them and they continue for a long time.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:46 AM   #8
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Just a SWAG, but I think you should look closely at the base of the Fantastic Vent. They are not always sealed with a huge amount of sealant, and sometimes the base will develop stress cracks in the corners.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:02 AM   #9
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Don't be discouraged. As good as Airstreams are, they need regular maintenance. An annual inspection and reseal of questionable areas should be done. My rig is MUCH older than yours, but I've found the vents to require attention every time. These frequently leak but the water runs down the outside of the inner skin until it hits a seam, resulting in something like what you have.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:03 PM   #10
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I've had seams fixed on my AS just after I got it. I had made an appointment to have it checked at Jackson Center. They found and fixed it.

Depending on what your travel plans for your honeymoon are, you could decide beforehand to pass by JC and have it done while you wait - you would stay at the terraport (the JC factory service area with full hookups). What I like is that you don't have to leave your trailer there and then come back weeks later - they start on your rig first thing on the morning of your appointment and work on it until it is done.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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It will work out. Rent the movie the Long long trailer and laugh out loud!
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Baby, a Little Rain Must Fall....but Do Not Despair!

That initial leak freak is normal. But as others have posted, get it fixed and carry on.

I have had a couple of minor leaks, but they were resolved via my dealer and haven't had another one for almost two years now.

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Old 09-22-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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All RV's leak - Airstreams are no exception despite the higher cost! Moving down the highway, things flex and move and eventually caulking gives way. You can't compare it with a house!

I'm sure you will be able to find and fix the leak. It may be at a spot other than where you first suspect though - water can find unusual paths once it gets into a trailer before it actually makes its presence known!

After you find/fix it, You will find it worth doing a check of all caulking once or twice a year (including the roof) and addressing any areas that are starting to look suspect.

Even that doesn't guarantee the odd unpleasant surprise, but it will at least reduce the frequency!

Don't let it bother you - but do keep it in check, floors only rot when leaks are left
un-repaired for a long time!

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Old 09-22-2013, 06:53 PM   #14
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You might also want to check your skylight in that area. The factory installed skylights are notorious for developing cracks and leaking because of their poor design. Many airstreamers have replaced their factory skylights with Maxxim skylights to correct and prevent leaks. Their are several good posts on how to replace them yourself if you find that is what's causing your leaks.

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