Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-09-2007, 09:19 PM   #15
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
Already replaced the sewer vent gaskets. Where do you get a smoke machine? I've never heard of it!
__________________

__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 09:28 PM   #16
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by beckybillrae
Already replaced the sewer vent gaskets. Where do you get a smoke machine? I've never heard of it!
Too bad y'all don't live near here, I could give you a live demonstration. to buy a new one would be expensive, but you could probably get a local garage to "smoke" your trailer (no, not like peegreen did). Call around to mechanic shops in your area, and ask if they have a smoke machine, and tell them you need to check for leaks in your trailer's windows. They'll probably charge you an hour's labor, and you'll be able to flag the leaks for repair when you get it back home.
I've found leaking hoses, seams, gaskets, even a hole in the floor with mine.
For that matter, you could even ask one of the mobile DJ's to come out and hook up his fog machine in your trailer.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 09:30 PM   #17
Got gandkids?
 
Jim & Susan's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
'Possum Holler , Georgia
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,406
Images: 39
Terry, take a look at this: http://www.airforums.com/forums/418929-post412.html

A little cheaper that buying new ones.

Jim
__________________
www.nesa.org

Air No. 6427
Jim & Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 09:41 PM   #18
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim & Susan
Terry, take a look at this: http://www.airforums.com/forums/418929-post412.html

A little cheaper that buying new ones.

Jim
40 mil shower pan liner? Cool! I'll pick up a chunk next time I'm in HD.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 10:23 PM   #19
aluminauti
 
whitelight's Avatar
 
Where we , Park it!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 304
Images: 6
The Full Seal-Tech treatment

During the 1st WBCCI British Columbia VAC/family rally, Seal-Tech, the manufacturers of the vacuum unit, came out to the rally for a demo. We volunteered our argy (turns out we were the only volunteers!) as the demo unit.
After some hassle in removing our forward vent, the machine was attached to the vent to draw air in. After a few minutes on, the inside of the trailer was pressurized to about 1.6 atmospheres.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0751_edited-2.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	48.2 KB
ID:	42912   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0750_edited-1.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	49.4 KB
ID:	42913  

__________________
whitelight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 10:27 PM   #20
aluminauti
 
whitelight's Avatar
 
Where we , Park it!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 304
Images: 6
I'm forever blowing bubbles . . .

Then, the tech guy went outside and began to squirt a soapy mixture along the seams.

We then saw the areas that required sealing, such as along the door frame, around a few of the window seals, as well as a spot along a seam.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0757_edited-2.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	53.4 KB
ID:	42915   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0754_edited-2.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	58.1 KB
ID:	42916  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0760_edited-2.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	46.6 KB
ID:	42917  
__________________
whitelight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 10:31 PM   #21
aluminauti
 
whitelight's Avatar
 
Where we , Park it!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 304
Images: 6
Guess we need to reseal the windows before rainy season. . . .

Otherwise a pretty tight little argy . . . and she didn't explode!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0761_edited-2.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	52.2 KB
ID:	42920  
__________________
whitelight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2007, 12:52 PM   #22
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
Now that's a great thing that I sure would volunteer for! Nice way to find all your leaks in one day!
__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #23
Streamline Imperial
 
SilvrSausage's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Bellflower , California
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 109
Lightbulb

We use smoke machines to find vacuum leaks on engines. Using it for wind noises and water leaks is somewhat dicey. The one I use takes mineral (baby) oil and the smoke is similar to that from old Lionel train engines. It does NOT work too good to fill a large area with smoke to try to find the leaks. You can test locally with a helper inside, aiming the hose at the suspect areas. It works better to be inside out of the wind (yeah right!) and lightly pressurize the trailer with a fan, and blow the smoke against the outside suspect areas to try to find where there is a draft blowing out. The soap bubble method looks better for this type of leak. A smoke machine would ROCK for finding water system leaks, if you blew all the water out first. For the record, my low-end smoke machine cost $999 a few years ago; you need to need it a lot to own one.

Now, talking about "vacuum methods," what about this: applying a slight VACUUM to the inside of the trailer, to help pull sealer INTO the seams as you go? It seems that this would do a better job, but especially on larger leaks, you'd have to be careful not to end up with stalactites of sealer all down something nice inside.

For that matter, in an emergency downpour/new gusher situation, maybe applying a slight overpressure would slow down or stop the leak for the duration, and you wouldn't have to get rained on even!
__________________
It seems I love the mountains and deserts more than my friends do. I sure miss them!

1971 Streamline Imperial project "Silver Snausage", 1985 Coleman tent trailer, 1964 Little Dipper, 1975 Northwest "Proto Toyhauler", 2004 Harbor Freight folding, still seeking my Airstream.
SilvrSausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2007, 05:57 PM   #24
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
I did finally break down & have the Seal-Tech thing done to my trailer. They still didn't find all the leaks. I again did the hose method myself & found one rivet that was leaking as well as the TV antenna (I thought it looked like the caulk was in good condition until I started peeling it up--it was all corroded underneath the caulk). I now have a leak-free trailer that's all put back together with new carpet, drapery, flooring in the bathroom, & reupholstered the gaucho. It's like new inside & ready for the road! Next year I work on the outside!
__________________

__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vacuum source for hydraulic brakes Coastalview Brakes & Brake Controllers 9 07-12-2014 08:41 AM
The fancy stuff - Vacuum and Nutone Cheryl Nu-Tone Appliances & Central Vac System 9 10-13-2007 08:59 PM
new water lines Rob Fresh Water Systems 29 07-11-2006 09:25 PM
Vacuum Brakes suprtrker Brakes & Brake Controllers 2 11-29-2002 11:39 AM
Rotors for vacuum disk brakes wvmiller Brakes & Brake Controllers 4 10-21-2002 05:43 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.