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Old 11-29-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Airstream? Nope, Waterstream

After having our first good rain since I brought home my Argosy, got lots of leaks, so I'm gonna call it my waterstream trailer.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Remember, start at the top and work down.
The most likely source of leaks are the vents. Check the vent covers for cracks. Check the caulking where vent cover stacks attach to the roof.
Then check everything that sticks out of the roof; sewer vents, AC, antenna mount, refer vent, etc.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Roger,

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Airstream! It's a world that is often damp or even wet, and one needs to battle the leaks constantly. Or at least, be on the lookout for them.

The aluminum flexes as the trailer moves, or even just as it heat up from the morning until dusk, and then cools as the darkness falls. Motion pulls at the various joints, and the inevitable happens: leaks!

As Ken pointed out, the roof is the worst culprit. My experience is that the three roof vents for the waste tanks and plumbing system are the first to go. Get up on that roof and have a look for cracked caulking, and remove the vents, scrape off the old Vulkem (today it's called Trempro 635) and replace the little screens, the large rubber gasket, re-caulk, and you will dry up pretty quickly.

Lots to read up on in the Forums about leaks. Keep reading and do not hesitate to ask questions, OK?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:33 PM   #5
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the help guys. You are killing me with the pictures.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:54 PM   #7
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Looks like a Navy river boat. Also, it doesn't look much like an AS, at least around the front structure.

What is it?
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Hey Roger,
That was a good rain the other day, wasn't it? My AS was parked in the shop.
We knew about 2 leaks all summer long. This week, I finally stripped off all of the old sealant and today I applied some 3M 540 polyureathane sealant. This is not a fun job.
I found that the little plastic dish scraper from my kitchen works well to remove the old sealant without scratching.
I didn't stick around to wait for it to dry. I completed one section today. I'll try to finish on Monday.
Applying the new sealant is a bit of a messy job. If anyone has any clever tricks to make application out of a caulking gun easier or less messy, I'd be thrilled to hear them.

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #9
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Hey Roger,
That was a good rain the other day, wasn't it? My AS was parked in the shop.
We knew about 2 leaks all summer long. This week, I finally stripped off all of the old sealant and today I applied some 3M 540 polyureathane sealant. This is not a fun job.
I found that the little plastic dish scraper from my kitchen works well to remove the old sealant without scratching.
I didn't stick around to wait for it to dry. I completed one section today. I'll try to finish on Monday.
Applying the new sealant is a bit of a messy job. If anyone has any clever tricks to make application out of a caulking gun easier or less messy, I'd be thrilled to hear them.

Good luck, Roger!
Yep, I think we had an inch of rain, and all of it passed thru my Argosy. LOL So far, I have replaced both vent pipe roof covers and gasket kits from Inland RV, Trempro 635 around entrance door, front windows, rear bumper base by hinge, radio antenna gasket, and water fill door. New front door gasket, battery box gasket, storage door gasket. Trempro all seams and rivets on the roof and around roof vents. It's raining again now, so I will check again. BTW a heat gun on low is a good way to dry the floor, I don't have any floor coverings yet, bare wood, so easy to see the leaks.
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That's good that you have the benefit of no interior and you can see the leaks easier. Mine is fully assembled and although I enjoyed my ignorance through the summer, I fear what is lurking behind the walls.
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That's good that you have the benefit of no interior and you can see the leaks easier. Mine is fully assembled and although I enjoyed my ignorance through the summer, I fear what is lurking behind the walls.
Although I have full kitchen and bathroom, the bed area and living room area were gutted, and bare floor wood everywhere, so easy to find the leaks. Cara, you need to look under all cabinets, around all the walls for leaks, and keep in mind water runs downhill, leaks may be higher than where they show up. Ask me how I know.
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Looks like a Navy river boat. Also, it doesn't look much like an AS, at least around the front structure.

What is it?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tml#post548738

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Love the humor. I guess that is what keeps us going after we dry out from the rain, is the great support we can count on from the forums. We've all been there and eventually somehow get back there as we use our Airstreams. I've fix many leaks, just to have another show its ugly face, but not location.

keep us informed.
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Roger,
I looked under the cabinets and under the bed and everything actually looks good. Not even a water stain.
Behind the gaucho, there is a leak. Looks like it's gotten wet a few times, but not rotting. Fortunately for us, we don't get much rain here.
I'm not taking any chances, I'm sealing up everything. A shell-off floor replacement is NOT something I EVER want to do.
Don't forget to search out the type of leaks that happen within, like leaky plumbing. I've seen the floor within inches of the shower pan, and it looks ok, but then, on our last trip, I noticed a small 1/8 inch crack that has appeared in the corner of the shower floor. Great.
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