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Old 09-26-2013, 05:49 AM   #1
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Focusing on prevention an owner experience compilation


For the past two years or so I have been an Airstream owner and a member of this forum which is an invaluable source of help and advice.

As we all know, there are all kinds of posts on repair, issues, etc., as with any product. I belong to other RV forums too and see all kinds of issues happening to owners of SOB as well. The problem though is not as important as what owners of similar models can do to prevent their having the same thing happen. This is the ultimate purpose of sharing right? For example, on this forum, I have learned that as an owner, I need to check my rear bumper area for sealing between the frame or floor area and the shell to make sure it is water resistant - a common thing. Ok, so now there is a focus on prevention, not a bad-mouthing of product. This is the power of forum! It took me a while to find this info though.

What other things might be of focus? Are these for a particular model or window type or vintage? It is difficult to track everything on a forum so it may not be that this thread is where to answer specific questions but that such posts be placed under the forum threads that pertain to various models - Flying Cloud, Safari, International, etc. or not. This is not to scare potential owners but to focus on preventative measures to add to maintenance that aren't in any manual but from experience from owners. I will start with a question.

Is there any known issue with the RV type windows used in Sport or Safari models and if so, which windows and what to do? (for prevention sake)

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Old 09-26-2013, 06:02 AM   #2
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Rodster, the only issues which come to mind on newer AS windows are:

Opening capable Plate windows: keep the seals treated with a product to prevent sticking to the seals. I use 303 protectant.

Permanently fixed windows with frames: The sealer does eventually crack and separate between the glass and the frame. I dig out as much as possible with a plastic "v" shaped scraper, tape off and reapply sealer. I find Parbond works well.

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