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Old 03-10-2014, 08:08 AM   #15
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I just had my lights replaced and noticed that there was water between chrome inner and new outer stainless steel frames on all my lights. I blew air into them so as to not have water in there. What sealant is recommended for clearance lights?
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #16
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For clearance lights, probably Silkaflex 221 (gray) or Parbond.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:11 AM   #17
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Would this issue be present on a 2008 model?
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:41 AM   #18
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Airstream Service Center used Acry-R to seal my clearance lights.

The 2008 clearance lights are incandescent, a different fixture than the later LED model so does not have the same corrosion problem, but many clearance lights have always had moisture problems.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:54 PM   #19
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My trailer is a '12 and my A/S dealer notified me that I was eligible for improved mountings for my clearance lights -- all 11 of them. The new mountings are cast aluminum and slip under the standard plastic mounts. The dealer would have done the install, but I decided to do it myself. Eight of the 11 clearance lights had a very small amount of filiform...anyplace the plastic mount had cut through the clear coat, the invasion had begun. I cleaned each spot carefully, sanded and resealed. I know this subject has thousands of posts, but BEWARE...if you have a newer trailer without the cast aluminum mounts for each of your clearance lights you need to act. BTW, my trailer does not sit in the open, it is in its own shed and only exposed to the rigors of rain, etc. when I am traveling. Over the lifespan of my trailer this is probably around 65 days. Replacing the mounts is not difficult, they slip underneath the old mount. Here are before-after photos.

BaB looking at the second photo you posted, there doesn't appear to be any sealant in the gap between the frames of the lights you installed. Have you or do they need to be sealed? I see trapped water in mine after I wash it
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:26 PM   #20
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I have never seen any water in my clearance lights, and having just taken all 11 of them off to install the cast aluminum bezels, I noticed that A/S had not used any sealant of any kind on the bases of the plastic bezels (they did have the thin version of a gasket). There was also no sealant between the lens and the plastic housing that holds the LED's. From what I'm reading above, it looks like I will rethink this omission.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:54 PM   #21
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My question was about applying sealant between the cast aluminum bezels.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:11 PM   #22
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I have never seen any water in my clearance lights, and having just taken all 11 of them off to install the cast aluminum bezels, I noticed that A/S had not used any sealant of any kind on the bases of the plastic bezels (they did have the thin version of a gasket). There was also no sealant between the lens and the plastic housing that holds the LED's. From what I'm reading above, it looks like I will rethink this omission.

Seal them all Bab. Use Acryl R or ParBond and seal all three pieces. Leave a small area at the bottom of the new cast ring and the skin free of caulk for drainage, just in case H2O finds it's way in. Alcohol is your cleaning solvent for Acryl R or ParBond.
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So true about the clearance lights for these models have a cheap plastic housing and sit on the skin of the trailer. I have a made in October 2012 28' and has those exact lights. Seen the darkening of the light housings and one place starting the filliform on the skin. New models Ive noticed they use black foam gaskets between the clearance light and skin.

To retrofit is it better for the gasket or the aluminum base? Just after warranty, any experience with airstream being flexible on fixing it?
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So true about the clearance lights for these models have a cheap plastic housing and sit on the skin of the trailer. I have a made in October 2012 28' and has those exact lights. Seen the darkening of the light housings and one place starting the filliform on the skin. New models Ive noticed they use black foam gaskets between the clearance light and skin.

To retrofit is it better for the gasket or the aluminum base? Just after warranty, any experience with airstream being flexible on fixing it?
The Aluminum Cast Base (standard on Classic's) fix is what the company has authorized for repair. My opinion, it's the best fix, because you can seal all three pieces (light, old plastic base, new cast base) with AcrylR, ParBond, etc. for a fix of what is two problems--Filiform and water leaking into the lights themselves. I suppose you could seal the lights and larger rubber gasket bases also, but that job would show a lot of the caulk around the edges.

If you are an October 2012 trailer, you are not out of warrantee. Call customer service, I find they are great to work with and will get you fixed up.
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uh, filliform adds character to the trailer don't ya think? Kinda like tattoos! Here is another piece of equipment we might see on an Airstream!
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