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Old 11-06-2014, 05:15 PM   #15
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yes though a lot was already gone.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:33 PM   #16
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So, Andy's suggestion seemed to work. All windows are now water-tight except the front one. The leak I can see now is coming from just ABOVE the window. In that first picture I posted, water is coming in above the aluminum window frame... just where it meets the vinyl wall-covering above it.

Is it best to use silicone where the window frame meets the aluminum skin? Or something else?
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #17
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I would use a gutter seal. The kind that is thin enough to wick into the seam. There are many out there,,,Captain Trolleys is one that boat guys use. I buy gray gutter seal at ACE hardware, it works well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:27 AM   #18
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So, Andy's suggestion seemed to work. All windows are now water-tight except the front one. The leak I can see now is coming from just ABOVE the window. In that first picture I posted, water is coming in above the aluminum window frame... just where it meets the vinyl wall-covering above it.

Is it best to use silicone where the window frame meets the aluminum skin? Or something else?
Don't EVER use silicone sealers on the exterior of an Airstream.

You can use Par-bond, Vulkem, Sikoflex and the likes.

Check the clearance lights for that last leak.

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Old 11-27-2014, 09:51 PM   #19
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Hi Andy-Just out of curiosity, why would you never use silicone on the exterior? Thanks, Rolland


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The sun breaks down silicone sealer.

Then, when the sealer falls off or loosens, it leaves a chemical barrier.

If you try to put the proper sealer, such as Vulkem or Parbond over what was left chemically of the silicone, it will not bond.

To then make the proper sealer works, all traces of the silicone sealer must be removed, which in itself, is a royal pain.

Bottom line, don't use it on the exterior, ever.

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Hmmm. Apparently hubby already got out there with silicone.
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:32 PM   #22
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I had a similar leak on my rear window after replacing the glass and seal. I found that you had to really make sure the end of the seal was pressed up tight against the top to prevent it from leaking. Double check to ensure the seal is all the way up. I ended up cutting a small peice and replaced the upper portion of seal so it was good and tight. Water leak is now fixed.
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I believe there only three years in 75 year history that Airstream did not use drip caps above the windows. I think the 66, 67, 68 model years are more prone to window leaks because they don't have drip caps. There is a lot of rain water around the hinge areas of these windows without the drip caps.

Thanks for the tips on getting these windows to sealed up. I noticed some significant gaps between the exterior skin and the window frames on my 66 once I picked off the silicone. That's another place to look for leaks, however it is more likely the water would run down the interior walls to the C channel.

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