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Old 09-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #29
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This is the Sonin moisture detection meter I and others here use. It is battery operated and has a probe at the end of a cord to get into tight spots. Works very well. I sharpened the probes a little extra.

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Where do you recommend testing? Do you push the pins through the vinyl floor?
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:25 AM   #30
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Where do you recommend testing? Do you push the pins through the vinyl floor?
Thanks. Was about to ask same.

I have likewise endured that Airstream disappointment. The FaN was purchased from a nice indoor showroom (during one of the rainest winters here on the wet coast).

So, the besotted one brings 'er home and leaves 'er outside - and notices a few drips from a bathroom wall seam.

The dealer repaired it - and a couple of small ones since that were easy to track down; one involved the fantastic fan seal, and the other one was from the smaller bedroom window.

The experience has put me on constant "leak" alert. So, a couple of nights ago we had heavy thunder and rain - I go into the FaN and there's a wet spot just inside the door. Oh no! Upon closer inspection, the "wet spot" is shaped like a dog's paw. Whew! Ole' Rover jumped in and out when I left the door open for a sec.

The Airstream "honeymoon" period tends to be more realistic than romantic. You don't want to trade 'er in because you still love her/him/it, but you realize the relationship is going to involve some degree of work. (BTW, no more leaks for over a year and a half now).
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:54 AM   #31
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Have you travelled in her yet, FaN? For me, that is a real test of leaks.

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Old 09-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #32
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Hi Aage, the FaN still has less than 2,500 km on her, but we hit heavy, driving rain in the Cascades on the last, and she was as tight as a drum.

Am back in the driveway for a few days; getting reading for my biggest trip. Am heading east on Monday. Not as far as your part of the woods, but I will be on the road for 2 - 3 weeks. I guess my next big leak test will come this winter. If I pop another one - it won't be like the first feak-out. She shall be fixed.....and ready to roll, roll, roll, roll on....(caution Canadian content)....down the highway again!....

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My new unit will be here in october...
Are your feet feeling wet and cold yet ?
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Where do you recommend testing? Do you push the pins through the vinyl floor?
Yes, I go around the perimeter of the interior, paying special attention to leak prone areas such as under the pano windows and entrance door. Some cabinets and appliances prevent getting behind them. Also probe around the shower.

My probes are almost needle sharp so they make tiny openings in the vinyl which "self-heal" somewhat soon afterward. They are virtually invisible.

Have found two leaks, one under the entrance door hinge that worked loose, tightened and resealed the hinge. Another (very minor) at the floor inside the left A-frame (I resealed top of the exterior front rub rail). I suspect that was caused by too stiff a hitch (Andersen) I was using, also had the corner banana wrap tear loose from a rivet there. So bought a hitch with more flexible w.d. bars.

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No col feet - hopefully they stay dry with the advice here
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