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Old 01-30-2007, 06:55 PM   #15
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A quick aside so as not to hijack the thread...My door was hard to close initially but it has since loosened up and is fine now. It took a couple of
months.

I keep hearing from more people with leak problems. Is this really common?
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:06 PM   #16
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Thanks for the reply and the words of encouragement about the door of the new Classic being difficult to 'shut'. I'll give it time and patienience
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:22 PM   #17
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The water leak is back. After the first leak I tried blocking off the outside vents as the dealer suggested but during the last rain storm (last night) it still leaked. I will call tomorrow and make an appointment with the dealer to have it repaired. In the meantime, does anyone have a theory as to where the water could be coming from?
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:44 PM   #18
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Leak

I had a similar problem with my 30' classic. I started by caulking the seams on the roof. It took a while and two rain storms later I finally plugged the leak. As it's still under warranty I'll be taking it back to the dealer and have them redo my temproary fix.
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:42 PM   #19
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Water leak update

Well it appears that when I cover the exterior refrig vents before it rains there are no water leaks. I think what has happened is that where the trailer is parked/stored it is not completely level. I have used the levelers (all of them) on one side but is is still just slightly lower then the refrig side. (I didn't want it to be balancing up too high on one side) I think the rain gets into the vents and then is funneled inside because of the slight lean.

Has anyone else experienced this? I guess I will need to cover the vents whenever rain is expected and the AS is not perfectly level. It's kind of inconvenient but it seems to work.
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:28 PM   #20
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Hi my 1993 34' airstream classic has a water leak below the (rt side) front window .I have put sealant around the window trim.Caulted the seam for the complete front section,yet I still get a leak on the inside panels just below the front corner of that window.
Has any other 34' trailers had this problem. I'm open for suggestions
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:52 PM   #21
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I'll say it again - I have said it in other posts and maybe here too: The leak may only manifest itself in the location you are looking at (i.e. fridge vent, window, etc) BUT in reality may be coming in somewhere else and running down the inside wall until it hits an obstruction then leaks out the inside of the trailer. In my case it was a dimpled rivet on the roof that acted like a funnel and water seeped around thr unsealed rivet into the inside then came out near the stove vent. I sealed that vent like you would not believe - still had the leak - I looked at the awning rail and AC - still had the leak - taped over each rivet and finally had no leak - I was tired and the process of elimination took 3 weeks. You have to let everything dry out in between to ensure you have the source.

Good luck - about drove me nuts..
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Old 03-10-2007, 08:04 PM   #22
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I am experiencing a similiar problem in my one month old Classic 25'. A small, but noticible water stain appeared on the bedroom wall in just about the same location of the outside rear tail light. Hmmm, so out I went with sealant in hand. I found what appears to be a very small 'opening' (spot with no apparant sealant), between the tail light housing and the curved body of the rig. You can guess what I did. It's raining again tonight, so we'll see if that was the prob. I called Bates about the unsightly stain left over and haven't heard back from them all day. Hope that is not a sign of their service, as the door is awfully 'hard' to close.
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If you don't get any satisfaction from the yokels at the Bates service dep't. , call Frank Bates DIRECTLY and complain. I had a totally botched PDI and delivery experience and a few other problems, and Mr. Bates did the right thing! He also demoted the 'tech' who worked on my trailer to a lot boy!!
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:06 PM   #23
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I'll say it again - I have said it in other posts and maybe here too: The leak may only manifest itself in the location you are looking at (i.e. fridge vent, window, etc) BUT in reality may be coming in somewhere else and running down the inside wall until it hits an obstruction then leaks out the inside of the trailer. In my case it was a dimpled rivet on the roof that acted like a funnel and water seeped around thr unsealed rivet into the inside then came out near the stove vent. I sealed that vent like you would not believe - still had the leak - I looked at the awning rail and AC - still had the leak - taped over each rivet and finally had no leak - I was tired and the process of elimination took 3 weeks. You have to let everything dry out in between to ensure you have the source.

Good luck - about drove me nuts..
Thanks for your help,
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:23 PM   #24
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I'm getting to the point of giving out a BIG bounty to whomever can find the leak in my trailer! I'm sick of caulking! I think I'm going to start by covering all the vents & air conditioner on the roof w/plastic & blue tape & go by process of elimination that way first (even though the a/c is new & all the vents have been recaulked in the last 9 months. BIG Bounty! BIG Bounty!
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:47 PM   #25
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Talking 50 mph wind driven rain

You gonna get a leak or two but it should be the least of your worries. I think I'd just wipe it up.

But, if you have leaks from rain under say 22.3 mph. Start looking. Leaks can be mysterious. They can travel long distance. Gotta look for cracks and seal them even is you think "nah - can't be it".
Bam, If you were not warranted and paying what? $100/hr? that dude would find the leak in 4-5 hours for sure. Grrrrrrr
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Flood in Texas

I have a classic 30' and during a rain storm while parked at the Pedernales State park my bathroom exhaust flooded. I mean there I was reading the newspaper and doing the #2 and my paper got soaked from the water running thur the exhaust fan. The flooded on or off. Anyone else had a flood like this?
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