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Old 05-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Leaking new out of the box

Have had my new Eddie Bauer 25 for 6 days. Yesterday while getting it ready for the maiden voyage I noticed a small leak coming out from under the alum panel in the wardrobe. Are Airstreams the Land Rovers of the trailer world? Stylish, expensive, rugged, but leak like an old wooden rowboat.

I figure it must be from the solar panel installation as that is the only thing that has been done to it. What kind of sealant can I use? It is more of a hassle to bring to a dealer then it is worth if i can just put a little caulking up there.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your leak, I too am a NEW AS owner and no problems thus far. Wish I could give you a good sealant but am not really familiar with what to use and what not to use so will not go there either.

As far as you taking care of it, unless it is really causing some damage I would at the very least bring it to the dealers attention, you never know what could occur down the road from a warranty standpoint.

Hope things work out !

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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If it is new and the Stealer put the solar panel on I would take it there. If you do something and later need more work they will try and void the warranty.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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.... Are Airstreams the Land Rovers of the trailer world? Stylish, expensive, rugged, but leak like an old wooden rowboat....
Oh, please,please,please don't tell me my Airstream is like a Land Rover!!!!
I have worked on Land Rover products for 30 years and I know about Land Rovers....

Please, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no!
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These are hand built with a butt load of rivits & screws while made out of alumnium - thus they are going to develop leaks.

After one year of water tight service - mine sprouted a minor leak, quick trip to dealer and all good!
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Ah...you're from Washington...we're in Oregon...and yes, these do leak. Ours is a 2012 and we've had a few leaks that we've seen over the winter after a heavy rain. We've brought ours to the dealership and they found the places and took care of it. We noticed another place that it looked to have leaked last week so back to the dealer for us. Our leaks have all been near the windows or the hood vent.

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #7
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Problem is the dealer who installed the panels is 300 mi away. The local dealer is 10 miles away, but not sure if they would work on it under warrantee if they did not install the solar panels....plus they are probabably still upset that I did not buy from them.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #8
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Give Em A Call

Give Airstream NW in Kent a call can't hurt, If you purchased in Portland they are the same owners.

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Hmmm....since this was an add on and if the leak is from the solar panel install, I'm afraid the dealer who installed these is the the one you have to deal with. I don't think your local dealer will touch this for free. With the cost of gas and a 600 mile trip, it might be better to pony up and pay the local dealer's labor to fix it.

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I guess we will have to send the guys at JC back to "aluminum" school!
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"These are hand built with a butt load of rivits & screws while made out of alumnium - thus they are going to develop leaks."

In six days? That leak "developed" at the factory, and is unacceptable under any circumstances. I have a 1968 AS Trade Wind that hasn't developed any leaks.

I also have a 2005 AS (with a solar panel) that doesn't leak. While I've had quite a host of quality control issues, from what I've read on this forum, I consider myself fortunate that it still repels water.

If Airstream is getting this kind of pass on basic quality control, will this sub-standard work become acceptable?
I hope not.
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OP said dealer installed, not factory. jim
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Oh, please,please,please don't tell me my Airstream is like a Land Rover!!!!
I have worked on Land Rover products for 30 years and I know about Land Rovers....

Please, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no,, no, no, no, no, no!
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Hey! I resemble that remark
So now that I own an Airstream and a Landy, I guess I'm going to be really expert at spotting leaks. Can I use Vulkem on the Landy?
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Take it to the local dealer. They get paid by the factory to fix things. Should not be a problem since the panel was installed by another dealer.
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