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Old 07-13-2014, 06:27 AM   #15
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I know I will hear from the purists about this.

Has anyone about trimming the part that extends under the back and using a piece of flashing or aluminum to extend the vertical part below floor level?

Caulk could be applied to keep water out of the rear compartment. Anyway I would rather have water in the storage compartment than the bedroom floor.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:14 AM   #16
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You can remove that plate entirely and attach the hinge to an angle piece welded between the frame members. You can also separate the storage box from the floor of the trailer.

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Old 07-13-2014, 07:22 AM   #17
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I know I will hear from the purists about this.

Has anyone about trimming the part that extends under the back and using a piece of flashing or aluminum to extend the vertical part below floor level?

Caulk could be applied to keep water out of the rear compartment. Anyway I would rather have water in the storage compartment than the bedroom floor.
There are several of us on here that have fabricated an "L" flashing to correct the problem. I don't have pictures of mine, but someone else does. IMHO this is a design flaw from the getgo and shame on Airstream for not correcting it a long time ago. On my trailers the bumper storage compartment is not water tight to begin with.

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:14 AM   #18
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There are several of us on here that have fabricated an "L" flashing to correct the problem. I don't have pictures of mine, but someone else does. IMHO this is a design flaw from the getgo and shame on Airstream for not correcting it a long time ago. On my trailers the bumper storage compartment is not water tight to begin with.

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I would like to see photos if anybody has them. Hope I never have to, but if I ever dig into the floor again, I would be tempted to remove that plate.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:21 AM   #19
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When Airstream finally tackled the rear bumper leak issue in 2012 - present, they used a round gasket between the shell and plate to seal the area (and it works on ours). It would be easier for them to simply caulk it like other seams in the area. It would have been easy for them to caulk it in years past as well. I wonder why they continue resisting putting caulk here.
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I would like to see photos if anybody has them. Hope I never have to, but if I ever dig into the floor again, I would be tempted to remove that plate.
If the plate wasn't there would you have water (lots of it) coming from underneath the trailer while towing in a downpour, drenching the area of the shell seam. I'm guessing the plate deflects that water thrown up by the truck and trailer tires.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:15 AM   #21
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When Airstream finally tackled the rear bumper leak issue in 2012 - present, they used a round gasket between the shell and plate to seal the area (and it works on ours). It would be easier for them to simply caulk it like other seams in the area. It would have been easy for them to caulk it in years past as well. I wonder why they continue resisting putting caulk here.
They did put sealant there, but it wears out over time. However using sealant in place of solid flashing is a poor design. I work with a lot of metal flashing in the building industry and the number of people that think gooping something up with sealant is going to fix the problem is unbelievable. A properly designed and installed metal flashing is going to go a long ways towards shedding the water and keeping it outside where it belongs. A flat piece of metal metal with a bead of sealant is only going to keep the water out as long as the sealant is good, the minute it separates or dries out there goes your seal.

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Old 07-13-2014, 10:35 AM   #22
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Here is what I did. I removed the plate and put skins between the seam and the lower edge of the rear cross member.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f476...fun-91686.html


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Dodged this bullet?

This thread got me worried so I checked my trailer. Was the lack of sealant always a problem? I have a 2001 Safari 25 which I purchased from the second owner 6 months ago. It has been raining here for a week or more, sometimes several inches in an evening, sheets of water cascading down the rear of my trailer and the moisture meter says .2%. I have used a similar meter on wet laminate flooring over concrete and seen numbers as high as 70%. My rear compartment has plastic covering over the original carpet and there is no condensation on the back of the plastic. I think my floor is dry, but I wonder why. My trailer is a rear bedroom twin with the full width storage compartment, in case that makes any difference.

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Here is what I did. I removed the plate and put skins between the seam and the lower edge of the rear cross member.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f476...fun-91686.html


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Thanks for the link!
Did you put the storage box back on?
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:10 PM   #25
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This thread got me worried so I checked my trailer. Was the lack of sealant always a problem? I have a 2001 Safari 25
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I would say yes, you should be worried.

There was absolutely no caulking nor any type of seal across the metal plate where it intersected the wall on my trailer. Water could/did run under the rear wall and into the interior beneath the carpet pad. The carpet pad acted like a wick, carrying it further into the interior.

Looking at the floor surface on the interior, the wet could not be seen or felt by hand. Until I removed the clear plastic carpet cover I was unaware of the leak that had obviously been going of for years.

I wish I would have listened to everyone on this forum that recommended using a moisture meter to check for leaks.

Another thing I do now, that I did not do before, I keep the trailer tongue elevated when it is in storage, so that the water sheds off away from the rear wall.
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Yes I did but lazy me can't get around to posting the photos.

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Correction to my moisture meter reading

I had my meter set for concrete, not wood. I set it for wood and re-measured. A dry piece of pine in my garage measured 10%. Pulled the plastic back and measured right up against the storage hatch in the rear of my Safari. It read 8%. I think my floor is dry. Maybe one of the POs had the seam caulked.

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Who makes an adequate moisture tester?
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