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Old 03-18-2018, 06:00 AM   #1
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Leak at Front Window

Hello all! We have a 2001 Limited 30' we purchased in July 2017. While removing carpet to have flooring installed we discovered that the carpet padding was wet from what appears to be a leak at the front curbside window. The local RV dealer (not an Airstream dealer) was confident regarding the repair and resealed the front window. However, we are still seeing water come in after the repair! We have taken our Airstream back to the dealer for a follow up repair (no charge!). You can see a black streak from the window to the floor on the "mouse fur".
Any advice on where else this leak could be coming from? The inside of the battery box was dry. We have to be sure this leak is gone before having our new floor installed. Thank you!!!!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:18 PM   #2
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On our 1999 34’ the water came mostly from the upper clearance lights. Care must be taken in that the wires to those light positions are notoriously short in length. Add more if you replace and seal wires well. Make sure wires are also clean!!!

Now I knew the other lights would have issues...

Some folks drill small drain hole at base of housing but this also allows water intrusion.

I used “potted” led replacements and sealed the area “properly.” Without proper seal, water builds up inside then drips into the hull through he wiring hole.

To verify this is the leak you can dry it well and run some more water into the hole... day about a turkey Baster full.... check for water.

Next, wherever the aluminum window sides join to build a frame are leak prone... put water in ther after the clearance light test.. does the water “wick” away??where to?

On floor, I used “Git Rot”.... amazing marine low viscosity epoxy... it seeps and can be injected into the wood where it is “wicked” into the open dry pores... those 3 steps resolved out leak in that area (there is likely more than one””)..
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:20 PM   #3
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Oh... you can clean the mouse fur with a upholstery machine... water and baking soda and good soap.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:31 AM   #4
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The window leak can be persistent and difficult to "patch seal". It may need to come out and be resealed completely. Relative to the battery box....dry inside doesn't necessarily mean leak free. I just noticed that mine leaks while driving only. Look into the vent slots in the box door frame and examine the "rolled over" area of the plastic liner. (the plastic flange which is trapped between the frame and outer skin). Particularly pay attention to the one directly above the A-frame member. You may see a crack which is caused by the flexing of the frame while driving. I used windshield adhesive to fill and seal the cracks on both boxes.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:01 AM   #5
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Leaks find their way in check you clearance light and also your front window sometimes the water will follow a rib between the skin . We had ours resealed at Jackson Center last spring they did a pressure leak test . I did have a front window leak and the replaced the weather seal on that window plus some other areas .
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:53 AM   #6
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FWIW, I had a leak in the same spot. Mine was water getting between the curved window glass and metal window frame by going past the seal that connects the glass to the frame. I discovered the source by removing the window bezel inside the trailer. I'm not sure if your windows are constructed in the same manner, but on my 2014 there is no mechanical fastener holding the glass from the inside to the aluminum frame which is riveted to the outside... only the gasket/adhesive. Where the frame follows a slightly different curve than the glass that adhesive layer was not thick enough to span the gap after a few seasonal cycles.
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Pressure testing can help
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:50 AM   #8
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I recently removed all my interior front skin and end cap, I was unaware of any leaking until I did this but found one of my battery box doors leaked and windows between pano and center window joint.
The battery box door was removed to find no sealant at skin/door/box just a big smear after assembly from the inside around the plastic box and skin.
This leak was significant and rotted through the floor in a small area under the box. the window seal not so bad but enough to be concerned about long term.
Had no leaking at marker lights though.
My intention for the removal was for repair of some outer skin dings and build an aluminum end cap to replace the ugly yellowing and cracking end cap, my wife thought I was crazy until it revealed the leaking that I was not aware of and better able to stop.
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