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Old 12-24-2008, 04:51 AM   #15
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Does Lowe's or Home Depot carry Acrylic-R??? I am limited as to what I can get considering where I live....It seems that everything I need has tons of shipping and handling on top of the cost.....errrrrr.....Boo hoo.....
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:57 AM   #16
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I think it's a good idea to check all the seams a couple of times/yr. I also crawl underneath to remove any rust twice/yr.

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:01 PM   #17
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Took this photo this morning. Been below freezing at nights for 2-3 weeks here and this stuff oozes out during cold weather - looks like gorilla snot!
Same thing happened last winter. It leaks out in various spots below the belt line and out of the chrome trim. Although it is sticky, it can be washed off with rv cleaner.

I suppose if it keeps leaking out it will need replacing at some time - anyone know what it is?

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:30 PM   #18
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Julie,
Could you post the schedule for all of us to look at? Also, could you include the winterizatin and storage information?

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Old 01-05-2009, 06:55 PM   #19
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Is it possible that someone used a steel rivet to install/repair your "chrome trim"?
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:08 PM   #20
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Tim, I found plenty of OEM steel core pop rivets in both rubrail & beltline installation on my '74 Argosy. Wishes were fishes and all that .. if they ran out I'm sure they ran up the street to the local ACE to get them by the next few days.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:06 PM   #21
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Took this photo this morning. Been below freezing at nights for 2-3 weeks here and this stuff oozes out during cold weather - looks like gorilla snot!
Same thing happened last winter. It leaks out in various spots below the belt line and out of the chrome trim. Although it is sticky, it can be washed off with rv cleaner.

I suppose if it keeps leaking out it will need replacing at some time - anyone know what it is?

Thanks, John
So it is sticky? Like an adhesive? Airstream used an adhesive on the chrome trim that is now oozing out when the weather is cold? Cold contraction must be allowing it to slip out. If this is the case, others will need to comment on how to address it.
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Heck, nowadays.... even harbor freight carries aluminum rivets. Steel bad.
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It leaks out in various spots below the belt line and out of the chrome trim. Although it is sticky, it can be washed off with rv cleaner.

I suppose if it keeps leaking out it will need replacing at some time - anyone know what it is?
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So it is sticky? Like an adhesive? Airstream used an adhesive on the chrome trim that is now oozing out when the weather is cold? Cold contraction must be allowing it to slip out. If this is the case, others will need to comment on how to address it.

Thanks folks.

The chrome trim on door hinges fixed with grey butyl type stuff (had them off to tighten bolts), but have never taken trim off belt line. Marks definitely not rust - sticky goo.

We're full timers therefore inside 70 degress F - outside freezing. So a temperature thing could be causing the "gorilla snot" to leak out, as suggested.

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When I pressure test an airstream many people want to use the Trempro Vulkem. It works great, but can be a bit messy and it's pretty tough to lay a really thin bead unless using a syringe. When I tested my trailer in the nice 60 degrees we had last weekend, I used parbond in thicker gaps needing sealing, but used acryl-r on the seams and thin areas.

My trailer was tested back in February and there were many leaks found and sealed at that time. Over the 2008 travel season we towed several thousand miles. The shaking and vibrating of moving down the roads likely opened up a few more leaks.

I think checking and resealing yearly is not necessary, but gives the owner piece of mind, especially if the unit is stored outdoors and uncovered.

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