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Old 12-28-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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As a perspective Airstream owner I would like to know what percentage of Airstreams suffer leaks that rot out the flooring. Do they all leak eventually so you need to be dilligent about checking for floor moisture, is it only after they get a certain age? Really looking to trade my 5th wheel in and downsize to a long lasting unit.
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Old 12-28-2014, 02:07 PM   #2
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Yes! They all leak. Some more than others. Due diligence is manditory.


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Old 12-28-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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We bought a used 2006 AS and had leaks in the front bedroom windows and under the dinette in the rear. We fixed them all, but are always on the lookout for more. No floor rot, so I guess we caught them in time.


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Old 12-28-2014, 04:58 PM   #4
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They probably all leak at some point at some place. Floor rot happens to those that sit for extreme long periods with no attention being played when it rains and years of repetitive water without being addressed. It doesnt happen over night.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:01 PM   #5
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So far so good with my 2006. As far as I can tell no leaks and no indications of any in the past.
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Have had three, put things, sat dishes on the roof etc and fortunately never had a leak
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #7
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They all leak ,,,just because you don't see a puddle on the floor doesn't mean you don't have leaks ,they leak in the walls from Windows ,vents, etc and slowly the water makes it to the floor and then rots it out , you must check for leaks when it's new and every 3 -6 months with a moisture meter .
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Yes, sooner or later- just like the SOB I had and the roof on every house I've ever owned. Maintain it or it will leak. It's life.
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Amazingly a lot of folks think caulking everything regularly shouldn't be required preventative maintenance. But if you are diligent about seals and checking things, I'll bet you $100 it won't leak. The only way for it to leak is for there to be a gap, for it to leak. Seems a lot of folks expect Airstreams to not leak because their car doesn't leak, but your car has far fewer seams.

Now, how long it should be leak proof from the date of purchase before you have to start checking everything everywhere, is totally open for debate.

I just spent the month caulking and sealing my Airstream. And I'll tell you what, there are A LOT of seams and places for water to go. I'm confident that if I stay on top of inspecting everything once a month, I can stay ahead of any leaks ever developing again.

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Every camper leaks, whether it be SOB or AS. I'd rather own the latter. Period.


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The only campers that do not get leaks are stored under roof, are never caught out in the rain and washed with a barely damp sponge...
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you must check for leaks when it's new and every 3 -6 months with a moisture meter .
What are the tricks to using a moisture meter on an AS? I have meters, I use them on buildings in my day job. They have needles, not sure how I would use them on my AS short of drilling a hole.

This topic is of interest to me, since I find leaks on buildings I know it takes some technique and experience, so can any one share how it is done on an AS?

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What are the tricks to using a moisture meter on an AS? I have meters, I use them on buildings in my day job. They have needles, not sure how I would use them on my AS short of drilling a hole.

This topic is of interest to me, since I find leaks on buildings I know it takes some technique and experience, so can any one share how it is done on an AS?

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They all leak sooner or later, but a simple and periodic inspection allows you to locate the leak area, and prevent ever having any damage come of it.

I have been using this Sonin Moisture Detection Meter, a tool that should be in any rv tool kit. On the end of the cord is a set of probes. Go around the interior perimeter of your Airstream including exterior storage compartments, probing through the vinyl finish floor into the plywood subfloor. The slightest moisture will move the needle and allow you to know the severity of the problem.

Our Airstream had zero leaks when we first bought it but four minor leaks have been found since and sealed. In cold humid conditions when you are camping in it you may detect moisture that is not from a leak, but from moisture seeping down the wall from condensation. That signals a need for ventilation, especially while cooking and showering, and to move any stowed gear away from the walls for better air circulation.
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They all leak sooner or later, but a simple and periodic inspection allows you to locate the leak area, and prevent ever having any damage come of it.



I have been using this Sonin Moisture Detection Meter, a tool that should be in any rv tool kit. On the end of the cord is a set of probes. Go around the interior perimeter of your Airstream including exterior storage compartments, probing through the vinyl finish floor into the plywood subfloor. The slightest moisture will move the needle and allow you to know the severity of the problem.



Our Airstream had zero leaks when we first bought it but four minor leaks have been found since and sealed. In cold humid conditions when you are camping in it you may detect moisture that is not from a leak, but from moisture seeping down the wall from condensation. That signals a need for ventilation, especially while cooking and showering, and to move any stowed gear away from the walls for better air circulation.




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