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Old 06-21-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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HELP! kitchen window leaks

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I'm new to the forum and have a quick question. My 74 Sovereign International has a bunch of leaks. I have been applying new Sikoflex around the top of the windows, thinking that would solve them. But the kitchen window still leaks. It leaks between the vinyl and the aluminum (see pic). I can't think of anything else it would be. Oh yeah, and the kitchen hood fan right beside it leaks too. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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I actually doubt that either the window or the fan is the source of the leaks. What work have you done higher? Have you resealed everything above the fan and the window? Everything on top of my trailer leaked except the air conditioner . . . but it didn't cool:-)

With my Airstream trailer, I learned really early not to chase leaks, but to take a proactive approach to trailer repair and maintenance by replacing and re-sealing everything. If it looked good, I resealed it. If it looked bad I replaced it. If it was questionable (like the clearance lights) I replaced it.
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You could have a leak at the awning rail, plumbing vent, air conditioner, even the roof vent in that area, as well as the seal around the window frame.
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Thanks for the quick replies. I spent yesterday resealing everything that looked questionable. It looks like the problem was the air conditioner. It had two big holes in it, and when I took the bottom piece off inside the trailer I could see moisture that would have ran down to the kitchen window and hood fan. So after I fix the cover I'll give it a test. I'm assuming the 12" x 12" opening in the air conditioner with the fan in it has a way to deal with the water?
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You could have a leak at the awning rail, plumbing vent, air conditioner, even the roof vent in that area, as well as the seal around the window frame.
And just to add to the fun

Water will run quite a ways in an Airstream due to the framing structure. I had one leak that was following a horizontal stringer and showing up about 10' behind where it was actually getting in.

IMHO the best approach is to start at the top and work your way down, cleaning and resealing as you go. One of the easiest and first things to do is replace the vent gaskets and screens.

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