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Old 10-01-2016, 06:56 AM   #1
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When to repair floor?

Hi all,

We have been looking for an Airstream for quite some time. I saw a 1997 Excella the other day and really liked the floorplan. The interior was in pretty good shape. The exterior had some dings, but was okay.

I looked under the bed from the exterior compartment and pulled up some of the carpet along the back wall. I can see and feel damp floor that extends about an inch along the whole back wall. I also found floor dampness and damage by pulling up the carpet near the left side of the door on the inside. The original carpet has been replaced on the interior of the AS, but the old is still under the bed.

My question is, When would this need to be repaired? The floor seems solid everywhere I walked and stamped my feet. I did not have my moisture meter with me so couldn't check other areas for damp. Could we live with this for a while and just try to find and repair the leaks? At what point does it become imperative to fix it? If there are other threads on this, please point me to them. I could not find anything.

Also, since this is at a dealer, is there a way to find the previous owner? I'd love to talk to them.

Thanks so much.

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Old 10-01-2016, 07:06 AM   #2
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ASAP, it is only going to get worse. Certainly fix the leaks or all your hard work on the floor will be wasted. Unless you are willing to do that it might be best to find another trailer that has been better taken care of.
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ASAP, it is only going to get worse. Certainly fix the leaks or all your hard work on the floor will be wasted. Unless you are willing to do that it might be best to find another trailer that has been better taken care of.
As stated above, fix leaks first. Just to give you an idea of what a complete floor replacement would cost. You are looking at around the $4,000 range from the Airstream Factory, ask me how I know
Wish I had invested in a moisture meter before buying and done a little more research on the forum.
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Thanks AW Chief and Malinois38

Appreciate the info and the info on the cost for floor replacement at JC. We may go back and look at it again with our moisture meter.
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ASAP, it is only going to get worse. Certainly fix the leaks or all your hard work on the floor will be wasted. Unless you are willing to do that it might be best to find another trailer that has been better taken care of.
leaks seem to be something many of us have to deal with. If the floor is wet but not rotted, you have probably caught it in time. However, very important to check entire floor with a moisture meter and inspect.
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