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Old 04-14-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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What were they thinking ?

What were the designers of the Airstream bumper area thinking ?

This design reminds me of a man with jeans on and his shirt tail tucked into his pants..........that is what this design looks like. And they did not expect rain to go inside ?

After a long, cold, wet winter, I finally got to address the problem of my rear bumper.

I waited for a dry spell and removed the trim to seal it.

Thank goodness for marine grade plywood..........mine is solid as a rock and dry as toast since I had it covered with plastic all winter.

Mine had been very slightly seeping onto the edge of the ply wood in the rear storage but had not hurt anything.

I was amazed to find the wood as hard as a new piece would be with not even discoloration.

The job was as hard as I expected it to be........about 8 out of 10.

Several screws were rusted in place and I had to use an easy out bolt/screw worked well.

The gap in the aluminum and under belly was about 1/4 average with a couple small sections almost 1/2 inch wide.

Airstreams defect on this design is worse than I realized until I got the trim off.

I really caulked it very well and then put it heavy on the screws and all remaining holes.

I don't see how it could ever leak but water has a way of surprising me.

The hard part for me was getting the trim back on and the plastic trim inside. I got quite a bit of caulk on my trim and will try to remove it later with mineral spirits and a tooth brush.

I am determined to make sure this problem never comes back and if it does I will take it to the next level with different solutions.

I did not take pics because I knew it would be very was.

Now I wait for rain...............

Robbie R.

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Old 04-21-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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UPDATE: Rain for 2 days. NO leaks or water yet.............except a couple drops where my rear rubber seal is for storage door.

Thank goodness. I pulled the seal corner out and put silicone under it and it seems to be working.

No water showing at all anywhere in my trunk............I will hold my breath for a few more rains and hope this did it.

Robbie R.

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Old 04-21-2010, 07:57 PM   #3
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Drag it round the Tail of the Dragon. If it doesn't leak after that you got it fixed.
Can you post pics when you have it cleaned up?
I took that road with my '31 three years ago. Wow!
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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Al, I can post some pics of the finished job.

How in the world did you tow a 30 on the dragon ?

That would be some could probably read your own tag on some of those curves.

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