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Old 11-26-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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New AS - how to repair clearance light?

When I press on this area it does not give at all - I know the lens is fragile - I'm skittish about taking it off - any recommendations ? Dealer is 5 hour drive so DIY is preferred

Also what is the gray sealant they use - there is a spot above the rear awning that is missing a gap of this sealant - need to patch that (although below it window should be sealed anyway but still want it sealed - seamlessly)
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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also, just as an update...we have had a good bit of rain since this unit has been delivered, driven home, and setting in my back yard...I inspected all the lights for signs of moisture and condensation within each lens...as of that last check, none...seems these gaskets are doing their jobs....so far...I think - at least when they have proper contact.

Also, I asked this question to switz via PM, but how the heck do I attempt to use this sonin moisture probe around perimeter to check for leaks with the hard "wood" flooring? there is I think like a plasticy/rubber baseboard thing around the edges as well.

I recall some saying stuff paper towel down the perimeter and wick up water to probe...but not sure the paper towel will fit...I guess I would need to remove those rubber baseboards first...
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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If it's an LED clearance light, and it probably is on a '14, you have to replace it. Gently use a flat blade screw driver to pull it out of the housing, but wait until you already have the new one in hand.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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Great advice to NOT remove old unit until new one in hand, though you could possibly cover it with some waterproof tape in emergency...

Sealant you probably need is "ParBond".. Comes in small tubes or large tubes for use with caulking guns.. Best bet is small tube, silver color. You can get by mail order from Out-of-Doors Mart in NC.. Look at: Parbond Aluminum Sealer 5524 [SC-0274] - $7.49 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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Parbond is for thin cracks and Trempro-635 is for fat cracks. Parbond is better where you have two things that move relative to each other like awning brackets. On most lights, the lens pops off and then there are screws in the base plate. The lenses often leak but if the base is sealed properly then no water should get in. Most likely there is no caulk under the base plate and water will pour in as soon as the gasket shrinks up.

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Old 11-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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Wait so I need a new lens delivered from AS?

I'll contact my dealer with this and have them ship me a new lens and replace I guess

What is the grey sealant JC used over awning - real thick band of it applied where awning installed?
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #7
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Foley does not have them in stock. I already checked.
Get them from Jackson Center. Getting parts from Jackson Center is easy- just call them and tell them what you need.
I am planning a trip to Jackson Center September 2014 to get clearance lights and other things fixed before the warranty is out.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #8
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What is wrong with the light that is on there? You never said what the problem was in your original post. It looks like the lens has a gap at the front.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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Perry - there is a gap....the lens is wide open there - I assume that is not ideal - other ones including one identicle on other side are snug and with no such gap - water gets in there
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #10
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What is wrong with the light that is on there? You never said what the problem was in your original post. It looks like the lens has a gap at the front. Perry
Pharm, the rear arrow wedge shaped snap is just not pushed into place in the chrome plastic base. Just press that rear of the lens very hard and it should snap into place. If it doesn't, read post below that was an answer to a question of "How do I remove clearance lights. Your new trailer has the "open pointed arrow shaped" snaps. If your LED light will not completely snap down, pull it off as directed below and spring open the front and rear wedge snaps a little so they will hold the lens when pushed into place. You can also (once the LED lens is pulled free) tighten the chrome base screws a little, which will warp the middle of the base down and pull the front and rear in a little. That makes the space where the lens sits a little tighter and that helps hold the lens in place also.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:23 PM   #11
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Forgot the post below:

There are two possibilities for the clips that hold the lights into the bases. There is a L shaped type of clip at the front and back, or there is the double wedge type that looks like an open point arrow head. (see the photo, enlarge and look at the top underside of the plastic LED--that is the arrow head type.) The double, arrow head type will come off if you just grab the plastic lens firmly and rock back and forth while pulling out from the base. The L shaped type will require you to slide a small screwdriver under the light lens and between it and the chrome plastic base. Come in and under the light lens assembly from the front and back to push the "L" clip on the back of the lens toward the center. That will allow the bottom of the L to slip out of the square hole in the chrome base and free that end of the light assembly. Do the same on the other end.

Assume the double wedge arrow head type first try the firm grip and rock back and forth while pulling away from the trailer. Some will take a good bit of pulling and rocking, but they will release and pop free. If no luck on several lights, you have the L type and need the small screwdriver method.

Be careful when pulling the wires out of the trailer side, they go through a plug fitting and are caulked with Acryl R. Silicone spray on the wires will help free them. They have enough extra wiring inside to come out 3 inches.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:52 PM   #12
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Here's a photo from when I was experimenting with different fixes for the filiform and clearance light issues. Magnify and look at the front underside of the yellow lens. That's the arrow shaped securing snap.

Also, it's possible the wires are bunched under mid point of the lens and that's keeping the lens from snapping down. Check for that possibility if you must remove the lens because it just won't snap in place with extra pressure.
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I suspect you have this type clearance light:

Red Teardrop LED Clearance Light 512227 [512227] - $17.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

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Red Teardrop LED Clearance Light 512227 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
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That's not it Acstokes, he's going to have the metal arrow shaped wedge type clips. If you look closely at his photo of the light, you can see under the lifted light end, the square hole in the chrome base and the bottom edge of the metal wedge that snaps into place in the square hole.
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