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Old 07-14-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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roof resealed every 5 years ????

We got a leak this last week in our 2010 25 Flying cloud FB while traveling. one drip from the roof (over table top) and bigger leak next to side window around 5 feet up from floor (which soaked one of our big seat cushions).
I was talking to another Airstream owner at the campground - and they told me that they take their AS in every 5 years to a dealer to get their roof resealed; and that I probably should do the same. I had not heard this before. Any comments on this approach? Do others do this? Is it expensive?
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:09 PM   #2
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Never any leaks so far on our 13 classic, our 04 classic leaked from the cracked skylights...
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:11 PM   #3
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I think you should inspect it (or have it inspected) every couple of years, and if needed, have it resealed. I have a 2014, and while washing it the washer told me there were a couple of spots that needed resealing. I had an AC tech take a look, and sure enough there were, and he did. If I take it to a dealer for something else I will certainly ask them to inspect the roof.

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Old 07-14-2016, 01:27 PM   #4
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Yes, I also heard from Airstream and my local dealer that you should have it inspected every couple of years and resealed as required. I just had our 2012 completely resealed, old sealant removed, new installed.

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Old 07-14-2016, 01:31 PM   #5
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I had it done to my previous 05 Safari 18 months ago. It is expensive if you want to be thorough. Personally, I did not want to spend the time and effort and was more than happy to have JC do it. I asked them to replace ALL sealant. Mine was a 25' trailer and I think they charged me about 10 or 12 hours of labor. My roof had the usual orifices, but also 2 fantastic fans and 2 solar panels. They found issues. They also told me they could "pressurize" my trailer and check for exterior leaks. I opted for that as well - I think that was an extra $250 or $300. That exposed an issue around a window near my storage opening which they subsequently cured.

Tough money to spend, but gave me peace of mind and was a nice selling point a year later.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:52 PM   #6
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Nearly five years since new, we had the roof sealants inspected as part of routine maintenance at Jackson Center this spring. They found the tank vents needing new sealant, everything else fine so we had them do it.

Sun exposure is the enemy of sealants so it depends on the climate you live/travel in how long they might last. If stored under cover much of the year they could last a long time.

I've got some sealants at our house that have been on there for 15 years, in the sun much of the day. They are covered with high quality latex paint (needing renewal in maybe ten years) which has taken the UV exposure and left the sealant under in perfect shape. I am considering something to cover the many sealants on our Airstream in a similar fashion. Any suggestions or experience here?
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:48 PM   #7
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I have been wondering a GACO. Just had a rubber flat roof coated and the roofing guys swear by it.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:09 PM   #8
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That rubber stuff works really well. Phil Swift is always telling me his FlexShot &/or Flex Seal stuff floats airboats built of screens all day in the bayou and you can't get a better endorsement than that.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:18 PM   #9
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Evidently AS sealing roofs much dif. than older yrs. as my 1976 has never had resealed or needed and not recommended from JC at that time that I am aware of. I have 1 leak at one of 3 red marker lights above rear window that does not leak all time so I don't mess with it. AS must have better design now to rec. resealing every 5 yrs plus so many leaks. Maybe have real engr. design instead of bean counters and looking for max. $ to sell for. none of my 5 AS pur before [76] had recommendation of resealing. Only 1 leaked was 1966 caravel [17 ft.] and I don't think any sealer was used as first rain woke up to 2in. water on floor it leaked every where. Traded for 1967 30 ft. AS same day. I never heard any one complain of leaks in those yrs. Another exc. design is banana wraps over lap side sides instead of under, that was around time Beatrice pur. AS and QC went into toilet, I don't no if wraps still go over or under after 1976 models. My 76 sat outside and was never in until 1991 then now inside from Nov. until May outside all summer.
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Skylights can also be the cause as the mounting screws are usually over torqued at the factory upon installation causing them to crack around the edges.Water will the then run different directions on the inner roof.Remove the screws on the inside plastic trim and check for water stains on the wood mount with a small step ladder.When I installed my Maxim skylights I found mine had been leaking.
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Evidently AS sealing roofs much dif. than older yrs. as my 1976 has never had resealed or needed and not recommended from JC at that time that I am aware of. I have 1 leak at one of 3 red marker lights above rear window that does not leak all time so I don't mess with it. AS must have better design now to rec. resealing every 5 yrs plus so many leaks. Maybe have real engr. design instead of bean counters and looking for max. $ to sell for. none of my 5 AS pur before [76] had recommendation of resealing. Only 1 leaked was 1966 caravel [17 ft.] and I don't think any sealer was used as first rain woke up to 2in. water on floor it leaked every where. Traded for 1967 30 ft. AS same day. I never heard any one complain of leaks in those yrs. Another exc. design is banana wraps over lap side sides instead of under, that was around time Beatrice pur. AS and QC went into toilet, I don't no if wraps still go over or under after 1976 models. My 76 sat outside and was never in until 1991 then now inside from Nov. until May outside all summer.
My '79 Sovereign had the banana wraps on the outside of the side wall skin. Cannot fathom why they would do that.
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Nearly five years since new, we had the roof sealants inspected as part of routine maintenance at Jackson Center this spring. They found the tank vents needing new sealant, everything else fine so we had them do it.

Did they explain how they knew the sealant needed replaced?Was it a visual inspection? Was it peeling or coming loose? I went to JC and bought the Acryl R and resealed the seams on the sides and was going to redo the sealant on the roof but everything LOOKS OK so I decided to leave it alone.


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Visual inspection, starting to crack. He's been doing Airstream maintenance daily for 25 years so I took his word on it. Another fellow there doing maintenance on our trailer has 50 years at Airstream.
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Seems to me most owners seem to have leaks not so much from segments but appliances penetrating the shell like lights fans skylites antennas etc.
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