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Old 04-11-2015, 08:46 AM   #15
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If not rubber roof patching tape, is it a rubber roof membrane used as a patch, and the same around the old antenna mount?

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:34 AM   #16
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looks eternabondish to me. not a good job of it maybe.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:49 AM   #17
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What's Wrong Here??

The thing I see that will burn an Airstream down is the routing of the cables.

The positive cables seem to be lying across the negative cables and lying across the grounded battery hold down. In either case abrasion can cause a big short that can burn an Airstream down really fast.

The rest of the stuff is stupid, the cables are dangerous.

I always take extra care with the routing and securement of unfused battery cables, limiting what the cables can possibly touch, and double insulating at securement points.


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Old 04-11-2015, 06:44 PM   #19
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I started this thread as an example of what NOT to do to your Airstream. In this case, the PO was responsible for all of the travesty I have been correcting during the course of the present owner's solar/battery installation and upgrade.

Here a couple more shots of what I encountered today:
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The top pic is.....you guessed it dsrtgrls........ETERNABOND TAPE (EB tape)!!!!! This crap was placed down the seams at the edge of the roof all the way....front-to-back, along with 'sealing' around the fans/vents, front and rear cap seams and antenna base.You ever try to remove one of these Winegard crank up bases that Airstream used to use? Aside from the 12 screws that hold it to the roof, the factory beds it in liberal amounts of SikaFlex. THEY JUST DON'T MOVE!!!

THIS STUFF (EB tape) DOES NOT STAY DOWN AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED ON AN AIRSTREAM!!!!! It's like silicone (which I'll get to in a minute). Once it's down, it's very hard to get off clean and it leaves a residue that is a sticky mess.

And speaking of silicone, not only did they use this garbage tape liberally, they ran........you guessed it........silicone along both edges of the Eternabond tape. Guess they didn't have confidence in it either. The top pic shows how it was detaching from the front edge of the rear cap seam.

The second pic is of the front dead vent that is being replaced with a MaxxFan. It had the entire edge covered with 3" EB tape, but due to the chemistry of the plastic in the vent bezel, I was able to get it up with almost no residue. The silicone around the edges is another matter!!!!!

And for the batteries......lots of good answers!! J.Morgan was spot on about crossing positive and negative cables, strshpntrprz had a good observation about the proximity of the hold-down (which is frozen at the moment) to the positive terminal, Jim and Susan caught the silicone, J & S and overlander63 got pretty close on the antenna base and Dave added some encouragement!

The shot with the awning cover was another of the EB tape peeling back from the surface.

The last shot of the vent also showed that the PO deliberately removed the factory SikaFlex layer that they use to seal such items so the EB tape would lay flatter? REALLY???????

And the piece-de-resistance........ the roof cap for the black tank vent pipe, which is fairly new.....was totally sealed with silicone!!!!!!!

Some folks just don't get it.....but you guys are getting MUCH BETTER!!!!

Thanks to everyone for your comments!!!!
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