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Old 07-29-2006, 05:50 PM   #15
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While I had to track down one leak in my '77 Excella 500 and one in my '86 Sovereign, they were easily fixed with an application of Parbond or Vulkem at a panel seam. I bought my Airstreams for 3 reasons:
1. Aerodynamic
2. Light as compared to other SOB's
3. Cool looking


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Old 07-29-2006, 06:20 PM   #16
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The original statement: "Why do I have an Airstream?" is the answer to the non enitiated's question.

Yes, a 30 year old Airstream might, "may", leak. But, there is not the "leak guarantee" you get from most other manufacturers.
Now, since fiberglas construction, there are some SOB's that have only 4 seams, and they should be very close to water tight. But I did want a reasonable chance at finding a leak, = skylight, vent, window, hatch cover.
With a standard SOB, you have to consider all "ALL" the seams in the siding.

If my unit leaks, 99% of the time, it will be in one of the penitrations of the monoshell.
I tell people, "the only thing that can kill an Airstream, is water on the inside."

So there it is, I'm just lazy, and don't want the "thrill of the Hunt" for that elusive "source of the Nile" that is gonna wreck my cabinettes and delam the floor. If it's wet===fix it.
Other than closing vents, I haven't had to fix anything for 2 years.
Just lazy.

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Old 07-29-2006, 07:18 PM   #17
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Talking Honey child, nothing leaks like a tent...

We went from a tent to an Airstream, and when its raining well you know when you are in a tent.

Lots more reasons to love an Airstream besides rain/weather protection. As a former tenter though, climate control is my fave.
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Old 07-30-2006, 08:50 AM   #18
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In our 2004 Classic, in the first two years, we had leaks
- from the shower onto the floor (not fixed after two returns to dealer),
- twice from a damaged plastic, poorly protected, water tank drain valve,
- from the water line to the toilet onto the floor,
- inside a skylight,
- from the bathroom vent, and
- from a front window.

This was all before the hail storm...

To get fixed, do you want a dealer to remove and reseal a window on a new trailer? Or perhaps you are willing to spend out-of-pocket for a multi-thousand dollar trip to Ohio?

Airstreams do leak, even new ones.

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Old 07-30-2006, 10:15 AM   #19
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Why Do I have an Airstream?

Because it makes me happy, warts and all! (the Airstream - not me, of course)
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Old 07-30-2006, 04:56 PM   #20
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Why do I have an Airstream?

I have an Airstream because it is soooooooooo cute! The first time I saw a Bambi, I said that is for me! Now I have one, thanks to my hubby's hard work!

Janet, I thought those bumps were silver freckles, not warts!

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