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Old 01-08-2005, 04:37 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=eljay]Just remember to go back and replace that latex caulk when time permits or it is likely you will be chasing that leak again. My "quick fix" was to cut squares of plastic to cover any suspect areas.

Thanks for the great idea!!! cover one thing at a time untill it stops leaking !!! this is good... I'll try this when its better weather.. Dan...
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Old 01-09-2005, 02:58 PM   #16
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Sikaflex vs Parbond

Now that I'm a leak chaser too...can someone please explain the difference in uses between Sikaflex and Parbond.

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Old 01-09-2005, 07:07 PM   #17
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try this : www.airstream.com and Inlandrv.com ...both places have it ...
probably is minus a couple of toxic's a tree hugger complained about...honestly can't tell you the difference ... but if the seniors on this forum recomend parbond go with it... there usualy right..
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:03 PM   #18
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Now that I'm a leak chaser too...can someone please explain the difference in uses between Sikaflex and Parbond.

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Steve,
Silkaflex is for the larger joints, for example I would use it on the window frames or vents. Parbond is for smaller joints like panel seams. FWIW the older units were put together with Vulkem and Parbond. Some of my windows have Parbond along the sides and they used Vulkem across the tops. Vulkem is similar to the Sikaflex that the factory is using today. One good mail order source is www.airstreamdreams.com What ever you do avoid using Silicone! I am working on my second lifetime scraping tubes upon tubes of silver sillycone off my trailer. It leaves a residue that is very difficult to remove and makes it so other caulks don't want to adhere properly. If you clean the area thoroughly and wipe down with mineral spirits the new caulk job should be good for another 20+ years. Also given the age of your unit I would make sure an redo the vent stacks pronto. They are a common source of leaks that can be hard to track down. Also even though they are not a problem at the moment, plan on replacing door and window seals when you get the chance.

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Old 01-10-2005, 01:41 PM   #19
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Silicon removal - product that really works...

I entirely agree that no one should use silicon caulk on an AS. I also have a lot of it here and there on my unit that I will eventually have to remove. I found a product that really works for helping get it off. It is called AMTEX-CCR. Check it out at the following website:

http://www.amtexchemical.com/pages/13/index.htm

For the areas that I have already worked on I mechanically removed the majority of the silicon and they started using the AMTEX-CCR. I brushed it on with a cheap paint brush, let it sit for 10 or 20 minutes and whiped it off. A second application sometimes was needed for stuborn areas. It really does remove the silicon residue. It also seems to go pretty far. I bought a quart and have not actually used all that much of it yet.

Give it a try I think you will like it.

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Thanks for the information on the Amtex stuff, that is what I need to try, I have been using primarily MEK but it has been slllloooowwww going. There is a product made by Dow Chemical called OS-12 that is supposed to remove silicone too, but I have not been able to locate an east coast supplier for it, at least not in small quanities.

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Thumbs up raining inside

Post update : today at 4:30 concluded that the antena base plate is not the leak ... covered everything accept that and we're good ...no more rain inside
I think the next thing to uncover will be the air conditioner.. hope you all stay dry.. thanks,
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Gotta love that plastic!

Glad to hear it worked for you. I am uncovering, sealing and repairing one thing at a time. I am pretty determined to do it once only thus the plastic idea. I'm not sure I'll have all of the plastic off when it comes time to camp but I am trying.
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Thumbs up raining inside

I decided that befor I expose any more suspects to the rain I should dry out the trailer went to the store purchased a small electric heater for 15 bucks and let it run for two days...every thing is as it should be again...
almost afraid to expose it to the rain .. however when I was on the roof scratching my head I remembered that; when I got home from our overnighter on newyears eve .. I had driven home with the top vent open... I may have loosened up some dried out vulkem around the vent, with the wind trying to lift it off the trailer.. I remember being glad it was still on and not broken. Hopefully this is the one.. In any case after reading all of the posts re: leaks I think I will make it a normal maintenance inspection item.. -DURING THE SUMMER ... THANKS AND STAY DRY... Dan.
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raining inside

post update: nothing forward of the ceiling vent leaks as far as I can tell
we are supposed to get rain saturday and I am ready with the vulcum they did have parbond and parlastic has anyone used the parlastic.? I'm going to expose the ceiling vent and go inside and wait ... ok you all have a dry weekend. I added a couple of photos the first one shows how low the trailer sits on the wheels and the second shows my new carpet and upholstery and dinet table top... I know I need new drapes ...
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this is the table top

oops sorry thats the old table top
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