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Old 10-24-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Is my weep hole on front window from PO

I have read that weep holes are original on AS motor homes only, not on trailers. However, I clearly have two on my front window (70 ambassador). Did PO create those weep holes. Rain water enters one of the holes and it seems like the only solution is to plug it. I will most likely use Vulkem. What do you think forum?
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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Does the window in question have a screen on the inside? If it's missing, those holes may have been caused by the screws that fastened the screen to the window frame. This was the case on my 1972 Tradewind. The resulting holes let water into the trailer. Not a great design, if done at the factory.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:02 AM   #3
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I have read that weep holes are original on AS motor homes only, not on trailers. However, I clearly have two on my front window (70 ambassador). Did PO create those weep holes. Rain water enters one of the holes and it seems like the only solution is to plug it. I will most likely use Vulkem. What do you think forum?
Only motorhomes had weep holes and covers, because of the sliding windows.

No Airstream trailer, ever built, had weep hole covers.

A previous owner obviously installed them on your trailer.

Why it was done, is the real question.

When you say front windows, do you mean "wing windows"?

If indeed it's the wing windows, then they must be double pane.

The double pane wing windows, unfortunately in time, if not kept properly sealed on the exterior, could collect water between the panes.

If that's the case a couple of drain holes could have been drilled at the bottom, on the outside, to allow the collection of water to escape.

See if the wing windows show a water line some what above the bottom of the glass.

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Old 10-25-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for input Cameron/Andy

Cameron, yes the front window has a screen, but there are no screws at the bottom corners to hold the screen in place. Andy, the weep holes were on the main front window that swings open and the question remains why PO would have done that. I solved the problem today my squeezing some Vulkem from the outside into the weep holes and that should solve that problem. Thanks for the advice to upgrade to the D shape weather strip. My 70 ambassador has all new weather stripping now except at the reefer access door. Thank you both for the reply. Onto the rear sag problem next weekend.
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Onto the rear sag problem next weekend.
You're still talking about the trailer, right?

My screen was attached by screws. Whether this was done in the factory of by a previous owner, I can't be sure. Vulkem solved the problem though!
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Cameron, yes the front window has a screen, but there are no screws at the bottom corners to hold the screen in place. Andy, the weep holes were on the main front window that swings open and the question remains why PO would have done that. I solved the problem today my squeezing some Vulkem from the outside into the weep holes and that should solve that problem. Thanks for the advice to upgrade to the D shape weather strip. My 70 ambassador has all new weather stripping now except at the reefer access door. Thank you both for the reply. Onto the rear sag problem next weekend.
All double paned windows offered the same water leak problems.

Usually, at this point, they leak betwwen the glass becaue of a bad exterior gasket, that can easily be corrected with some Vulkem sealer.

Again, to each his own as to proper repairs.

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Cameron, my center front window screen is held in place with screws, but there are no screws in the bottome corners of the window. I do believe the weep holes were created by the PO. No matter at this point because I have sealed them up with Vulkem which seems to be keeping the current rain we are having out. Thank you and Andy for your input. By the way, the current center front window is single pane.
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Cameron, my center front window screen is held in place with screws, but there are no screws in the bottome corners of the window. I do believe the weep holes were created by the PO. No matter at this point because I have sealed them up with Vulkem which seems to be keeping the current rain we are having out. Thank you and Andy for your input. By the way, the current center front window is single pane.
Since your front window is a single pane, then the weep holes were more than likely put there to let water out.

The question then becomes, how could water get into that window shelf.

The window gasket may be bad, the clearance light above it might be leaking, or the segments above that window, could be leaking.

You have not said anything about the gasket condition.

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Andy, once again I thank you for your input. I discovered the water entry point to the window shelf was the upper corner of the window. That may be the window gasket you suspected. The black beading product that may be called the window gasket had backed itself out of the corner. I pushed it back inward and used vulkem sealant outside of that to hold it in place. I have replaced the weather stripping with the wonderful D shaped product you suggest. If I get a leak with the next rain, I will move to the clearance lights and then the upper segments in that order. I hope I am done with the leaks for this season. Sorry about the delay with my response, I was busy Sat. & Sun. working on it. Thank you, John
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Andy, once again I thank you for your input. I discovered the water entry point to the window shelf was the upper corner of the window. That may be the window gasket you suspected. The black beading product that may be called the window gasket had backed itself out of the corner. I pushed it back inward and used vulkem sealant outside of that to hold it in place. I have replaced the weather stripping with the wonderful D shaped product you suggest. If I get a leak with the next rain, I will move to the clearance lights and then the upper segments in that order. I hope I am done with the leaks for this season. Sorry about the delay with my response, I was busy Sat. & Sun. working on it. Thank you, John
Glad to help resolve the issue.

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