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Old 01-26-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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Water Leak

I have a 34' limited on the Oregon Coast and thought all leaks had been repaired. When a high wind (50 mph+) blows from the south with lots of rain; I get a large pool under the dining table about a foot out from the wall.

Since the vents are open a couple inches for circulation; I am thinking the high wind enters the trailer and pushes the windows out just a bit to allow for the rain to enter.

Does anyone have experience or seen similar problem?

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Old 01-26-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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This can't be good!

I certainly wouldn't leave the windows open (even a couple of inches for circulation) during a rain storm!
Get it dried out, close up the windows & wait for the next rain...if there is no water afterwards, problem solved! If so, the rain must be leaking in from somewhere else ~

Don't mention the trailer model or year or whether you full-time or just have it in storage...not that my response would be much different ~ but it might open up some other options

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Old 01-26-2007, 01:51 PM   #3
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With a 50+ MPH wind and rain, any opening at all no matter how small is an invitation for water. Do yourself a favor and button up your baby nice and tight and see how it does in the next rain.
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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To keep it fresh inside with the windows/vents buttoned up, set out an open container of DampRid inside between visits.
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Hmmm. I was just trying to figure out where to post this question but this may be it.

Last time it rained (it rarely rains in my area) water pooled and soaked a rug that was in front of the refrigerator. I dried it out and there was no water in that spot for a month or so until last night when it rained hard again. This morning there was pooling on the rug again in front of the refrigerator. My Airstream is new (6 months old). I called the dealer today and explained it to them and they said "oh those Airstreams. Those vents leak when it rains or when you wash them." ???? Does that seem reasonable? They suggested putting something inside the exterior refrig vents to block the water when not in use.

None of the roof vents are open and from what I can tell, the Airstream is all buttoned up.
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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Hmmm. I was just trying to figure out where to post this question but this may be it.

Last time it rained (it rarely rains in my area) water pooled and soaked a rug that was in front of the refrigerator. I dried it out and there was no water in that spot for a month or so until last night when it rained hard again. This morning there was pooling on the rug again in front of the refrigerator. My Airstream is new (6 months old). I called the dealer today and explained it to them and they said "oh those Airstreams. Those vents leak when it rains or when you wash them." ???? Does that seem reasonable? They suggested putting something inside the exterior refrig vents to block the water when not in use.

None of the roof vents are open and from what I can tell, the Airstream is all buttoned up.
Take it back for a warrenty repair - have them find the leak and fix the associated damage the water has caused. I am in the middle of locating a leak in my 2003 CCD. It's mind bending to find a small leak - but it has to be done. Do not let them talk you out of it - the vents don't leak when installed properley - my guess is it's not the vents.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:08 PM   #7
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Talk to Ken in Service when you take it back in. I have found him very helpful. (Assuming you are talking about SkyRiver.)
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Thanks. Yes, I was referring to Sky River RV. I will ask for Ken next time.

Has anyone else had experience with exterior vents leaking during rain or washing? Why would they say that all Airstreams do this? Just to avoid a repair?
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Just to avoid a repair?
Possibly. I used to be in the auto repair business. A warranty repair did not pay nearly as well as a customer pay job. If the dealer is busy and has a choice between warranty or customer pay, he will prefer the $$ naturally. Is this right and ethical? No. But I can tell you that the temptation is there, some shops do better at meeting their obligations than others. And it IS an obligation. Ken is the service manager, hold him to the fire. I suspect you spoke with someone else the first time.
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I did speak to someone else who may not have been the sharpest knife. And I will take the Airstream in for a thorough inspection...by Ken. Thanks Dave.

I am still curious though if anyone else has experienced a similar leak problem.
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Take it back for a warrenty repair - have them find the leak and fix the associated damage the water has caused. I am in the middle of locating a leak in my 2003 CCD. It's mind bending to find a small leak - but it has to be done. Do not let them talk you out of it - the vents don't leak when installed properley - my guess is it's not the vents.
please be careful w/ the advice. i say this in a very nice way. i have the same exact trailer. the access panel for the fridge (back of frig to exterior skin) is not water tite. it will leak when washing the exterior of the trailer ( i wash mine every two weeks, and wax it, it's true. don't open the access panel and directly "clean" the insides w/ a hose and nozzle) and in a very hard wind driven rain (i guess to avoid a 12 page response, define "hard wind driven"). it's minor, but will leak, and is not a defect.

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I guess my advice pretained to the attitude of the shop worker. "Nah, they all leak, those Airstreams" is not an opinion I would want to hear from a guy after I paid $45K+ for a camper. They should be willing to look at it and determine the exact cause - this is important after you have problems outside their 2 year LIMITED warrenty period. If you can prove damage involving poor craftsmanship at construction during a warrenty and additional damage is found later then you can have them fix it. That's all, proper documentattion by them is always a good thing. Good Luck
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Bam,

I'm tracking down a couple of leaks too, one somewhere in the rear showing up on the underside of the flooring right where it meets the shell/rear bumper (I've still got my rear belly undone to re-attach my black flush hose) and the second one right in front of my fridge??

The first one is a long story but the latter it seems has now been traced to the drip hose fitting from my A/C unit directly above and nearly in front of the fridge!! I snapped the filters out of the A/C and found that the housing/interior piece directly below the fitting was gathering quite an amount of water (due to its molded shape) and would spill out when full. This may have been happening since new but only recenlty showed up because we've been having some torrential rain lately and probably most the coach has seen. Now I have to find out why the hose/fitting is leaking...

This may not be your source since I don't know where your A/C relative to the leak.

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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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