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Old 12-22-2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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Did anyone else know this?

I didn't recall seeing in my owner's manual that Airstreams recommends checking and resealing exterior seams, windows, lights and vents EVERY YEAR. I must be totally off the resevervation cause I have never really checked all my exterior seams, etc every year. Do you check all your seams, windows, vents every year?

I thought that besides Acryl-R, Airstream used Silkaflex and Vulcum (sp?) too. I have this can of Acyrl-R I picked up when I was at the factory back in 2005 and this stuff does not look like what was used on my vents (on the roof). Then today, I found this on Airstream's eBay store today, and it got me thinking:

Acryl-R Seam Sealer
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Did you know that Airstream recommends checking and resealing the exterior seams, windows, lights and vents every year? Over the years Airstream has used multiple products including Ten-X, Cool Seal and now Acryl-R Seam Sealer.
Use the seam sealer used everyday by the Airstream Factory.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:47 AM   #2
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I didn't recall seeing in my owner's manual that Airstreams recommends checking and resealing exterior seams, windows, lights and vents EVERY YEAR. I must be totally off the resevervation cause I have never really checked all my exterior seams, etc every year. Do you check all your seams, windows, vents every year?

I thought that besides Acryl-R, Airstream used Silkaflex and Vulcum (sp?) too. I have this can of Acyrl-R I picked up when I was at the factory back in 2005 and this stuff does not look like what was used on my vents (on the roof). Then today, I found this on Airstream's eBay store today, and it got me thinking:

Acryl-R Seam Sealer
Official Airstream Seam Sealer
Did you know that Airstream recommends checking and resealing the exterior seams, windows, lights and vents every year? Over the years Airstream has used multiple products including Ten-X, Cool Seal and now Acryl-R Seam Sealer.
Use the seam sealer used everyday by the Airstream Factory.
Airstream has not let it's dealers know about that new sealer.

Resealing the trailer every year, I don't believe is necessary.

Checking each year, is not a bad idea.

Additionally, a quick walk around check, for possible missing rivets, should be done frequently, especially after a trip over rough roads.

If rivets are found missing, then attention should be made as to the cause. If the same rivet area repeatedly shears rivets, then digging deeper as to the cause would certainly be in order.

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Old 12-22-2008, 10:49 AM   #3
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Red face CYA ya think?

AcrylR is the thin sealant used where you want some wicking to draw it into a tight space; eg, along sheetmetal laps.

I sure observe gaps in the sealant along windows and other areas -- gotta hope that something deeper in the bead is in good contact. I found 2 leaks my 1st season. It took until the 3rd season to find another where the rockguard was attached.

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Old 12-22-2008, 10:59 AM   #4
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Here's a picture of the applicator for sealing roof vents.
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LOL! Too funny!
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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Thank goodness someone else out there has read all the AS Manuals. Yes, you must check each year for leaks as it is the owners responsibility, hence taking the load off the maker of the unit be it an AS or SOB! Legal mumbo-jumbo. But it is a very good idea to do a seal check every two years for sure. If you have a four year old Airstream don't fool yourself and think you don't have leaks!
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:45 PM   #6
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AcrylR is the thin sealant used where you want some wicking to draw it into a tight space; eg, along sheetmetal laps.

I sure observe gaps in the sealant along windows and other areas -- gotta hope that something deeper in the bead is in good contact. I found 2 leaks my 1st season. It took until the 3rd season to find another where the rockguard was attached.

Here's a picture of the applicator for sealing roof vents.
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Happy holidays Eric, Brandi and, aw heck, everybody else!
And hey, it looks like he has a forums member number too!

Agreed, happy holidays to all!!!
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:21 AM   #7
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I believe that this first product was used as a seam sealer in Airstreams until the early '70s when it was supplanted by a newer product. It was introduced in 1928, but fell out of favor sometime in the early '70s. The second product shown was tested extensively as a vent sealer in the early '60s, but I believe it was too brittle to seal well.

No doubt Andy remembers these products well.

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Old 12-23-2008, 07:39 AM   #8
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Hmmm. I wonder how Vulkem would work for a tonsorial application.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:42 AM   #9
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Maybe they just got a great deal on a truck load of seam sealer, and need to get it out the door.

I can hear the marketing guy now.."if we say to re-seal every year,...."

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:36 PM   #10
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Hi, in October, at the Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico it rained all night long and we were as dry as could be. Next we took a little trip to Oregon this month and met up with a snow storm. [and rain] Still no leaks, I thought. Well we had some condensation forming inside of the windows and vent covers so I was going to open my Fantastic Vent, but it refused to open. So I manually opened it. I think some condensation got into the switches. I went to check the fuse located on the vent housing and it was wet. After I returned home, I decided to take the vent apart to find out what happened to it. Everything was wet. Next I went top side to look at my vent from up there. The factory sealer spread over the vent housing onto the roof was cracked all the way around at the outer edge of the vent housing. From what I could see, Airstream spread sealer across the vent flange overlaping it onto the body and sealed the screws from the inside, but I could not see any trace of sealer between the vent flange and the roof body. [not good] So I resealed the vent all around and while up there I noticed the plumbing vent sealer was cracking, so I resealed it too. Everything else was still good. Another thing that I didn't like was the fact that the front of the vent was mounted close to a body rib, so it was OK, but the back of the vent was solely supported by sheet aluminum and this allows the water to pool there. In another thread, Milo said that Uwe fabricated a re-inforcement rib to hold the vent and roof panel in shape to prevent pooling. I think this is something that Airstream should have incorporated into their design. Note: trailer is four years old.
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Today I bought some JB weld to re-seal the old rivet areas over my vents...Has anyone else tried this, and if so, did it work?? BTW, I still have not been able to remove my old antenna due to the weather...I would leave it up there, but there are leaks, and no matter what I have tried, the leaks continue around the old antenna. Now that none of us can use analog TV's any longer, I have decided to patch the area with Aluminum coated with Vulkem underneath on the roof area. Will this work??? Any ideas would be appreciated...So far the cold weather as well as the rain has kept me from doing this. On one thread, it mentioned that there was an 'E' clip....I have not had any luck in removing the rivets from the protective cover under the 'crank' to the antenna...However, I do have a dremel with cutter wheels, and I was wondering if I should try this to cut through the rivets on the plastic circular protective 'washer' so that I can access the mechanisms to the antenna in which to remove it.....
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don't let 'em get cha down Andy....With age comes much wisdom and grace---Just kiddling guys---I DO remember these things!!
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Personally, I would not use JB weld for sealing. I'd use (and have) JB weld for rebuilding headlight surrounds, threads on intake manifolds, coffee table legs and anything I expect it to last for a long time. I've even use JB weld as a patch in a cast iron housing that I later drilled out a hole, tapped it an installed a stud. It's still working.

JB weld is not flexible and placing it on something that flexs, make the thing that should flex... not. I love JB weld... but just not as a sealant. ;^)

Use a good sealeant like Dicor would be my recommedation.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:40 AM   #14
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Resealing every year

I got a maintenance schedule from Airstream the last time I was at the factory in August of this year.
It says every year to CHECK and reseal exterior seams, windows, lights and vents IF NECESSARY. Use Acrylic-R or equivalent.
Maybe you could call Airstream and they will fax you a copy of what they gave me. They also included Winterizing your RV and Storing your RV.
Thanks for the reminder I forgot I had it

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