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Old 06-23-2012, 01:05 AM   #29
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I am using GE Silicone II that is aluminum compatible and also dries 'rain ready' in 3 hours. It applies nice and slick, dries to a pearl-type finish and looks reasonably good on visible areas. It supposed to 'last forever', stay flexible, and stay stuck.

Got my brand new floor done today... tomorrow will be putting the guts back in...

Yippee...
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:07 AM   #30
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It's amazing, how many owners have never replaced the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, that are known to only last 2 to 3 years.

Lack of replacement leads to a partially rotted floor.

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Thanks Andy for starting this thread...we have owned our 2006 Classic for a little over a year now, and I cruise the forum every day finding jewels like this one. The comment "known to only last 2 to 3 years" caused me to wonder what other routine maintenance should be done. Does anyone know of a checklist for maintenance that should be reviewed from time to time or on a yearly basis. This would have flown right under my radar....
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:59 AM   #31
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Thumbs up Maintenance inspections...

FG,

Leaks are at the top of my list....

Regular washing/inspection is still the best option, get up on the roof regularly.

This little "gizmo" has helped a lot.

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:41 AM   #32
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Thanks Andy for starting this thread...we have owned our 2006 Classic for a little over a year now, and I cruise the forum every day finding jewels like this one. The comment "known to only last 2 to 3 years" caused me to wonder what other routine maintenance should be done. Does anyone know of a checklist for maintenance that should be reviewed from time to time or on a yearly basis. This would have flown right under my radar....
Water leaks, and resulting damages, of all types, probably cost Airstream owners more money, than anything else.

Collision excepted.

Periodic checks of all the exterior gaskets, and missing rivets, should be at the top of the list.

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Old 06-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #33
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Andy,

I'm looking to replace my roof vents as I'm not really thrilled with the 'open-top' design of the current vents. I have a 78 sovereign (by your place they're Part #: 83595). Are there any recommended alternative vent caps for my particular coach? Preferably one that has somewhat of a 'lid'?

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #34
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Andy,

My sewer vent pipes leak due to cracking, what should I use to strip the old stuff off and what should I use to re-seal them?

please and thank you

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:19 AM   #35
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I'm looking to replace my roof vents as I'm not really thrilled with the 'open-top' design of the current vents. I have a 78 sovereign (by your place they're Part #: 83595). Are there any recommended alternative vent caps for my particular coach? Preferably one that has somewhat of a 'lid'?

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That vent cap does not cause any problems, but the gasket underneath that cover does.

The gasket only lasts 2 to 3 years, and must be replaced.

The newer installation uses a bug screen, so you must also use some Vulkem sealer.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:23 AM   #36
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My sewer vent pipes leak due to cracking, what should I use to strip the old stuff off and what should I use to re-seal them?

please and thank you

Pat Phalen
The "old" stuff is probably Sikaflex.

Scraping it off, carefully, is probably the best way.

Use the same material to reseal the new vent covers.

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I am posting about my ugly bath vent here, hoping someone knows something about it. The screws and sealant are surely not original equipment (1964 model) but did this design *ever* keep water out? Should I attempt to make this watertight or just install a new thing with a vent cover? Thanks in advance.
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I am posting about my ugly bath vent here, hoping someone knows something about it. The screws and sealant are surely not original equipment (1964 model) but did this design *ever* keep water out? Should I attempt to make this watertight or just install a new thing with a vent cover? Thanks in advance.
Properly sealed, it did keep water out.

Adding the polished cover won't help other than making the roof look neater.

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Properly sealed, it did keep water out.

Adding the polished cover won't help other than making the roof look neater.

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Thank you Andy. I was hoping for a magic cure but I guess I'll take it apart and put on a new gasket and seal it and hope for the best.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #40
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Mine were toast... and as a result, so was my floor, carpet... and my underfloor safe was full of water and rusted...


How bad were they?


Oh, and for fun, some moron had sealed the drain holes in the castings!!

So I went all out...
Cleaned up the roof...


Sealed the gap.. sorry about pics being out of focus.. forgot to push Macro!


Slid a tightly fitting piece of pondliner over the pipe...


Sealed that to the pipe.. then added another ring or collar to the pipe to shed water and protect from sunlight...


Modified my stack...
Polished...


Opened up the drain holes a touch, then made a curved cover to give additional shelter from sun and rain...

One done, one for reference!



Done...


No leaks so far!!
Even managed to unrust and restore the safe!


Now just the floor to replace..
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How do you know if you have a roof leak if you have aluminum cieling/interior? Water seems to get between the inner and outer skin and run down the side possibly down to the floor. Is this a thing? Has this happened to anyone?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #42
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How do you know if you have a roof leak if you have aluminum cieling/interior? Water seems to get between the inner and outer skin and run down the side possibly down to the floor. Is this a thing? Has this happened to anyone?
Yes, this is the way it is...You just have to search and find out where it is leaking.
Good news is that on an Airstream, you do not get the interior and exterior wall rot and delamination you get with wood and bonded walls of other constructions..
They get rotten floors as well!
For me, this was pivotal in my choice...
It all rots, or only the floor...
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