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Old 03-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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Wink AS has ruined me.

I used to enjoy listening to the rain. Now, all I can do is stare out the window at my AS and imagine which seams and lights and vent stacks are leaking. Wonder which windows have a small rivulet of water running down between the skins, soaking the insulation and slowly oxidizing the steel hidden behind the belly pan.

It's unbearable. I won't be able to sleep until I Squirt vulkem along each seam, put new butyl tape under the fixtures, and coat the frame with Por 15. Even then, I may have to pressurize the whole thing and soap it all up just to make sure.

Is there some kind of anti-anxiety medicine available? What has happened to me? I used to be so carefree......

Just kidding, but I do think about it when it rains really hard.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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Go out and sit in the Airstream when it's raining and listen to the cool sound the raindrops make on the aluminum and don't worry. How long did the trailer last without you?

Besides, if you're thinking about POR 15, you've thinking about taking it apart and doing the subfloor and all that stuff anyway. Only takes two or three years.

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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It just started to rain hard...and

I let the doggie out and walked over to the AS to pop my head in.

I had to check and make sure there were no leaks...

I guess we are all the same...wondering

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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I (still) don't know this problem!?! But a similar one: In my ancient timber house I hear from the (new) central heating somewhere all from 10 to 15 seconds a "Blupp" - water drips from a pipe. I heard night after night on the walls - introduces to me what probably everything is in decay. I see no water stain, nothing becomes wet, but it drips definitely! It must be the heating, it makes only during the heating season "Blupp". I am glad about the summer!
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I used to enjoy listening to the rain. Now, all I can do is stare out the window at my AS and imagine which seams and lights and vent stacks are leaking. Wonder which windows have a small rivulet of water running down between the skins, soaking the insulation and slowly oxidizing the steel hidden behind the belly pan.

It's unbearable. I won't be able to sleep until I Squirt vulkem along each seam, put new butyl tape under the fixtures, and coat the frame with Por 15. Even then, I may have to pressurize the whole thing and soap it all up just to make sure.

Is there some kind of anti-anxiety medicine available? What has happened to me? I used to be so carefree......

Just kidding, but I do think about it when it rains really hard.
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Rob,

Start with the easy ones first. Andy pointed out one that I think is the most common (the three tank vents on the roof) and relatively easy to do.

Get the screen pieces, make (or buy) a new gasket, get some Vulkem, and in one afternoon, you will have made a great difference.

Actually, your '64 probably only has two roof vents, right? You have no grey tank.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #9
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Rob,

Start with the easy ones first. Andy pointed out one that I think is the most common (the three tank vents on the roof) and relatively easy to do.

Get the screen pieces, make (or buy) a new gasket, get some Vulkem, and in one afternoon, you will have made a great difference.

Actually, your '64 probably only has two roof vents, right? You have no grey tank.
ummm... does this mean we have to put a vent on the roof for every tank (new fresh water, new black water, and new grey water are planned...)
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:15 PM   #10
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ummm... does this mean we have to put a vent on the roof for every tank (new fresh water, new black water, and new grey water are planned...)
The vents are to allow sewer odors to escape. You do not need a roof vent for fresh water........depending upon your water supply source.
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ummm... does this mean we have to put a vent on the roof for every tank (new fresh water, new black water, and new grey water are planned...)
I am guessing that you are converting your 1962 coach from a pressurized system to a demand system. With the demand system, there is typically an atmospheric vent for the tank combined with the fill opening. In the case of my '64 Overlander, the atmospheric vent is a very small opening in the "bunge plug" that covers the fill tube -- while on my Minuet, it is a screened tube beside the fill opening that is hidden behind the access door for the water fill. There is also an overflow tube that is typically directed through the floor and bellypan that allows for both expansion as well as relief when the tank is overfilled.

Good luck with your coach!

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Thanks very much. Do you know if it is ok to combine the grey and black tank stacks into a single roof vent (provided the combination is distal enough from the tanks to prevent mixing of contents other than gasses)?
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