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Old 11-01-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Taken it...one leak at a time

Weather report says 4 days of sunshine in SLC, so it’s time to pull the tarp off the old girl and start cleaning, prepping, and sealing. Looks like “The Old Girl” is leaking water around the wing windows, the vista windows, the awning, and possible water leaks around all the vents, sky lights, and AC. Today I will clean around the vents, awning and AC. Tomorrow I will start sealing around the above said areas.

The task is feeling a little over whelming, but I will try to take it… ”one leak at a time”.
I will post photos as I go and I am sure I will have some questions for you Streamers who have already gone thru this process. I keep re-reading other threads concerning this task and you folks make it look easy. "Learning How To Become" a good RV tech in harder then I though it would be. trex

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Old 11-01-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Hi Rex,

What is SLC California?

To me SLC is Salt Lake City, UT.

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I guess I can look forward to all that work in 2048.

I will only be 105
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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Inland RV there in CA has most of the gaskets, etc. you will need. I was able to get everything for around my windows, storage doors, and entry door. They also have a full line of the various caulks needed for your 'stream. DO NOT use Silicone! It is inert with most materials, but it eats aluminum.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:47 PM   #4
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I guess I can look forward to all that work in 2048.

I will only be 105
That '72 may have been resealed many times, so I don't think you'll have to wait much longer than a couple of years, or less, Ken. Certainly before you are 70. I would like to see you on top of your trailer at 105, except I'll be 108. I'm still trying to get my wife to want to do that type of work, but nothing seems to convince her ("It'll make you more beautiful, dear", "what a feeling of accomplishment, honey", "you can see New Mexico up there", "there's a new outfit and new earrings up there just for you", "will you seal things on the roof for $20? $50, $100?").

I was wondered where "SLC" is in California too—Could it be San Luis Cobispo? San Luan Capistrano? Southern Lower California?

Rex, check the Airstream website for various sealants used on Airstreams. If you use Sikaflex, once you open the tube, it solidifies in the nozzles and is very difficult to pull out the semi-hard stuff without destroying the nozzle (I spent almost an hour trying to save the tube while in Fairbanks this summer; what a mess). You can also buy a can of sealant for certain uses with an applicator to apply it—it looks like you can clean out the applicator and use the stuff repeatedly. Last time I checked, Airstream was selling the can and applicator cheaper than other sources. I bought it but haven't had to use it yet. That time will come soon—in the next few weeks.

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I'm still trying to get my wife to want to do that type of work, but nothing seems to convince her ("It'll make you more beautiful, dear", "what a feeling of accomplishment, honey", "you can see New Mexico up there", "there's a new outfit and new earrings up there just for you", "will you seal things on the roof for $20? $50, $100?").

Gene,

I think you mentioned before that you wife was younger than you.

Susan is considerably younger than I. I was a junior in college when she was born. (we didn't get married right then, however)

I generally get her to do that sort of work, by convincing her that I will fall and kill myself if I try it, while at the same time failing to carry enough life insurance to make it sound attractive.

If that fails, I find it very easy, based on past experiences, to convince her that I will screw it up if I do it.

She installed our new Maxim sky lights while I stood on the ladder and handed her the tools.

So there is always hope.


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Ken, Barb is a mere ten years younger than me, and apparently I should have been checking out nurseries when I was in college (I certainly wasn't studying anything but beer). I have suggested I will fall off the roof and become crippled and totally dependent on her for my every dumb whim, but she just offers to get a mattress. Maybe there's a drug to promote obedience; there must be one because I think she's put it in my food.

I hope this all helps Rex. When you are on the roof, those curved sides look very slippery.

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I used silcone around my liscense plate holder. Help!

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Inland RV there in CA has most of the gaskets, etc. you will need. I was able to get everything for around my windows, storage doors, and entry door. They also have a full line of the various caulks needed for your 'stream. DO NOT use Silicone! It is inert with most materials, but it eats aluminum.
How do I remove the silicone from the AS?

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One very good tip I read on a post here (thank you to whomever posted it). Use a piece of wood as a scraper. I used a scrap piece of oak about 3/4 wide and about 3/16 thick.
Sharpen one end like a chisel and smooth all other edges. It really helped scraping off the old sealant without damaging the aluminum. It can be resharpened as needed.
Apply sealant carefully and make sure you aren't covering any drain holes.
It can be time consuming but isn't too difficult. Patience is definitely a plus for this job.
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They make little tiny roll on covers for sealant tubes now-a-days (look like condoms but really tiny!) that work quite well for keeping sealants flexable. Not sure about Sikaflex, but it works well on Vulkem.
We aren't dumb, you know, guys. We know how life insurance works and whose name is on the recipients line!

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Old 11-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #11
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One leak at a time...

Today was a great day….70+ degree temps & sunny day here in northern California, found many leaks today and started that process of sealing, and replacing seals, etc. Got my leak fixing kit from Inland last week. So, hopefully I can fix all leaks within the next 3 days, (wishfull thinking, I know!).

Late afternoon I got a call from my Sheet metal guy, he finished the Old Girls new wheel wells, (see thread under wheel wells to see photos). trex








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Rex, I noticed your round exterior "patio" light has an amber lens cover. I've not seen that before. Where did you get it?
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Dougsale...I have only owned the "Old Girl" for about a month.... not sure when it was added or if it was built that way at the Calif. factory. She was painted in the 80's or 90's...I think. And found signs of body repair in the front right panel when I had the inside skin off...fix'en the floor. trex
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Thanks Rex,
That's a beautiful area.

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