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Old 02-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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2012 leaking from fridge vent

Has anyone had this same problem, I have been trying to get it repaired and the dealer seems to feel its normal?!?!?
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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We will need a little more information...

What and where exactly?

If you are seeing water from a small tube hanging loose in the area behind the fridge, it is normal. The tube is a drain for a condensation tray in the refrigerator. This tube should be routed to the outside of the trailer via the openings in the exterior cover of the refer compartment

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:40 AM   #3
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The water comes in everytime it rains, the harder the rain more water, and I am talking about three beach towels to soak it up!, during a good long hard rain. The water first appears from the corner edge of cabinet bellow fridge at the table seat. I am trying to see if this could be a design flaw, has this been a problem for others. I am heart broken after spending the money to buy new and finally get a camper I have dreampt about for years, what I thought was the best and have this issue! Thanks if inquiring.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:12 AM   #4
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The water comes in everytime it rains, the harder the rain more water, and I am talking about three beach towels to soak it up!, during a good long hard rain. The water first appears from the corner edge of cabinet bellow fridge at the table seat. I am trying to see if this could be a design flaw, has this been a problem for others. I am heart broken after spending the money to buy new and finally get a camper I have dreampt about for years, what I thought was the best and have this issue! Thanks if inquiring.
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What you describe is absolutely not normal and needs to be repaired. If left like this long term you will have serious floor rot. Contact Airstream Customer Service in Jackson Center directly if you are unable to get satisfaction from the dealer.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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We had a similar problem and eventually discovered, when we took it to the Airstream factory, that the refrigerator pan had been installed incorrectly. It was installed at an angle, thus the water was leaking from the fridge onto the floor. We did not have a problem with rain, so this could be something else.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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swiss,

Understand your frustration....

Have they checked the fridge roof vent?

Not sure where there positioned on your Bambi, but our black tank vent and fridge vent were right next to each other on the roof.
The BT vent leaked right from the Factory,(self repaired before it became a problem), you can see the fridge vent behind it in the one photo.

You would do well to check them both.

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thankyou for all your responses, I will mention these possible issues to the dealer, cause they seem to need some help!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Wow, after 60 years they still can't make leak proof airstreams!
My 1966 Caravelle is still leaking during a hard rain down from I think the fridge vent inside the wall and pooling at the door. Had to replace the floor by the door and under the fridge. Still have not nailed down the leak...still looking. But bought a cover to help in the meantime.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to seal the fridge vent, or should I put on s different kind of vent?
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"Does anyone have a suggestion on how to seal the fridge vent, or should I put on s different kind of vent?"

awolff,

Do you have a pic?, here's a thread with some info that should help.

Some sealant I have used....Sika & PL on the roof.

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Thanks very much Bob, I'll look for those products and give them a try. Do you recommend removing the vent and re-installing or just caulk around it again, cuz we tried adding caulk, but it still seems to leak a bit. I wonder if it's leaking from "inside" the vent. It's a wierd looking one, doesn't look like the vents I see on most trailers. If I can figure out how, I'll post a picture of it.
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No problem...

If you scroll down from the reply window to "manage attachments" you can choose a pic from your files to include in your post.

If the fridge vent cover is riveted on like mine, (the silver thingy behind the hole in the pic), you could try sealing around it with the Sika first, just to confirm the leak, no sense drilling if you don't have to. You can just see some of the factory "goop" under the cover, it will have to come off to seal around the opening completely though.

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Make sure you are absolutely level. This summer my '07 bambi leaked from the fridge vents, although they are on the side of the coach. I was only a couple degrees off level as I was in a hurry to set up camp, three soaked towels later I leveled her in the storm and all seemed to be good after that...
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Take it from me - a victim of the new trailer leak club and floor repair party - you will want to document this very carefully. If there was that much water then this is not a new leak but one that was there for a while. It HAS caused damage, it WILL be an issue later on, you MUST contact Jackson Center and start a log on who, when, where, why, what and whatever is done or said to you. Do not let them off the hook and go past your 2 year warrenty period only to find more issues. You bought new, not damaged and therefore you should expect some reasonable satisfaction in return. Pictures and your DOCUMENTATION will go a long way to protecting you. Fixing the leak is a start, damage to your floor should be determined, mold growth in your insulation should be addressed.

Good Luck, and DOCUMENT NOW.
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