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Old 06-27-2002, 07:10 AM   #1
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Hi, We're new to the forum...would welcome some input.

We put a deposit on an 87 Soveriegn, due to pick up this wk. It has a significant leak in the rear bedroom, resulting in a blackening of the floor under the rug. Floor seems solid. Plasticoat is peeling on roof sections, and caulking is cracking. This is our first Airstream (previously owned an Argosy) with a plasticoat. I understand we will not be able to polish this year...? After recaulking, is it best to simply wax and maintain, or put a new coating (from the can?) on..could mold be a problem(cover it?) We hope the good price off sets the problems. Any thoughts from all you experienced folks?
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Old 06-27-2002, 09:45 AM   #2
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Lyn,
A water leak is a trailers worst enemy due to the damage that can be done. You need to find out where the leak is coming from and repairing it can be time consuming and costly depending on how it needs to be properly repaired. True you will not be able to polish from mid-1983 on due to the factory changing to a more grainy aluminum, you can recoat small spots with a spray can of coating and regular wash and wax will do alot to keep it nice.
And in my opinion plasticote condition does affect the negotiating price since a full recoat costs about $100 a foot today. Only use Vulkem when recaulking.

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Old 06-27-2002, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks John,
We will be on top (literally) of this thing as soon as this trailer arrives...we will indeed use vulkem, as you recommend...I hope we didn't bite off more than we can chew!! Everything else is in fine working order, and looks good. Oasis in Tucson thought Plasticote will cost about $200.00/ft.......so $100.00 sounds pretty good at this point. However, for the time being, we'll probably deal with the caulking and keep it washed/waxed. Hope that will be enough to maintain.

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Old 06-27-2002, 12:25 PM   #4
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John,
another question...my husband feels as though we should drop the underskin and dry out the floor from the underneath...which would be about a 16sf area (we think)...he would like to know if this is the recommended route. How much abuse(water) can the floor(looks like particle board)take? Can this type of flooring be dried out totally and saved? It has no punkiness that we could see.
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Lyn & the fisherman...:-}
I just went thru this..This past month. One trip over to our place might help save you tons of Grrrrrrrr.. I'm off from work on Mon & Tues. If the two of you would like to drive over to Amherst, my wife and I would love to have you.~ I even have a spare tube of Vulkem...let me know.
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How can we refuse such an offer?? I'll email you direct.

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I've had numerous ones going all the way back to 59...lol
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Me too, I own a 1950 & 1955 Beetles among others.

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I have to hold myself back from filling the yard with old bugs and airstreams.....how's the condition of your '50/55? Do you drive them regularly? We brought ours back from Tucson a few years back(some people are satisfied with a plastic saguaro) because all ours back her have rusted out.
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The 1950 needs restored and some parts are missing, bought it from an ex-GI who brought it back from Germany but didnt do anything with it. But the 1955 is original and driveable. I have owned it since 1984. Its a NY Bug.

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Your '55 sounds like a gem. Is it the original engine as well? That was the year I was born...I feel like I should have one...only kidding(sort've)
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Yes, its the original 36hp engine I rebuilt it in the late 80s.

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