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Old 06-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Wet Floor? Ya might wanna check the bellypan.

We knew that our new to us 2006 Safari FB SE had a water issue under the dinette when we purchased it.

Got it home, removed the dinette and rolled back the floor to begin drying it out. While it was drying we resealed the windows (all of them), the roof, and removed the beltline trim and sealed up back there..

After a week of dehumidifier and fans the moisture meter was still in the "red". Decided that I should check in the bellypan for moisture trapped between the plywood and the insulation..

Well here's the video...

Airstream Belly Pan Rain Catcher - YouTube
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Wow! Your trailer came with a fresh water reserve tank.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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Is that some sort of radiant barrier film, like reflectix, that the water is trapped behind? My 02 goes from plywood subfloor to pink fiberglass insulation to metal bellypan. It looks like floor insulation techniques must have changed sometime after 2002.

I hope this resolves your moisture problems.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:54 AM   #4
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That's disturbing.

What's more disturbing is the other Videos which pop up below yours.

"Don't look Ethel!" Too late!

So what year is your AS?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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What's more disturbing is the other Videos which pop up below yours.
ill second that..
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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I'll third that...

Did a quick search and it appears that one cannot control the "related videos".

From YouTube:

You do not have control over what videos are displayed in the "Related Videos" section. These are automatically selected based on certain factors. If there are videos shown that you feel are inappropriate based on our Community Guidelines ( YouTube ), please use the flagging feature beneath the video. It will bring it to our attention immediately.

The Airstream is a 2006 25FB SE.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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And yes that is reflectix. The good news is that all the moisture was above it.

The inside of the belly pan looks brand new...

The floor above it-not so much...
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Looks like a unique AS weight loss system. Should tow a lot easier now.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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oh my stars, that was awful!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #10
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That water can only get into the floor insulation from above. You really need to find that leak and repair it. It is most likely traveling inbetween the exterior and interior skins.
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NOTE TO SELF: leave weep holes in Reflectix below subfloor.

Probably would not have thought that, but now I probably won't be able to forget it.
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And yes that is reflectix. The good news is that all the moisture was above it.

The inside of the belly pan looks brand new...

The floor above it-not so much...
Bill, did you find the source of the water leak? It appears to be significant!
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:01 AM   #13
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Did we find the leak? We think so...
The previous owner had the trailer shrink wrapped like a boat.
When they uncovered it one of the street side rear windows
was broken. While there is evidence of water damage to the
floor at the very rear from either the bumper seam or the pano
window I think the vast majority of that water came from the window
We resealed the windows and removed and sealed the beltline trim
and so far all is dry
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #14
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billtrev-

I'm glad you found the source of the leak and are staying dry.

In case there is any wood damage or potential mold formation, I wanted to be sure you're aware of a product that Airstream and boat restorers are using -- Cold Penetrating Epoxy System.

Colin Hyde used it on the new floor in our '59 to protect the edges of the plywood. I liked the idea so much that I did the entire floor. I also use it on an old house for repairs and find it quite worthwhile. (no association with supplier)

It is not cheap and is quite ripe when applying, but it's far cheaper than replacing a floor or dealing with mold!

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