Every other year I pony up a couple of hundred bucks and have my almost 30 year old Sovereign pressure tested by my favorite dealer with his Seal Tech machine. There are usually a couple of minor leaks ( usually under the awning frame rail) that he takes care of on the spot. If I notice something in the meantime, out comes the appropriate sealant and "leak b gone".
My trailer is solidly built, rugged and I have pulled it over 65000 miles. The minor annoyance of keeping up with maintenance pales in comparison to the " smiles per gallon" my rig delivers.
Just a note:
As a former aircraft maintenance officer, I can testify that many pressurized aircraft leak -- back in the day, you could find airframe leaks by the nicotine stains, especially around cabin windows. Minor leaks were ignored until a maintenance availability period.
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I think water leaks are going to be a concern for any RV. It is what kept us from buying anything for so long and one of the reasons we eventually came around to Airstreams. The curved roofs mean less chances of standing water and the durable aluminum will last forever (well...a very long time anyway). Rivets can be sealed or replaced as needed. If I had ordered ours new I would have deleted the skylights though. They let too much light in while I try to sleep in late, too much heat in during the afternoon, and seem very flimsy, not to mention they are just something else to seal around. Our 2010 has only leaked once since we have had it and that was pulling through an extremely bad storm for several hours.
Oh yeah, I'd tell you about my old SOB, but why? Front floor - fixed. Roof - replaced. But the damage was done to the wood framed walls. Not worth fixing.
It is a huge advantage to have an all aluminum shell that won't rot...within reason. And you can fix the leaks long before they rot the floor, if you're diligent. I've been dry for over a year now...no water alarms, no moisture meter readings.....jinx!
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If interested in an AS and want to buy one I would certainly do so. We have done it three times and loved each one. Just took the new one a 2015 30' FC out for her maiden trip. Rained so hard for a while I could not see the trailer parked in front of me. Checked for leaks, none. ONLY issues to date (1) Hitch jack binds a bit (2) not much airflow in the front A/C - HP vents, only in the front; bedroom in back will blow ones hat off. Out a week and that is it. For a "moving home", not bad. At dealer now before we head west for seven to eight weeks.
We have had any number of TTs, pop ups and motorhomes over our 45+ years and AS is by far our favorite and in my opinion the best and that includes an extremely expensive well made motorhome.
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Video is a Airstream Promotional video, can be located by contacting factory, or Colonial Airstream.
I called both Airstream, Colonial and my local Airstream dealership. They had no idea what I was talking about. It fact they thought the whole thing was nothing more than an Internet rumor. What manufacturers would make a video details such negative defects? Unless someone can provide a direct link to this video I call hoax.
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I think you also have to take in ALL factors....... If you drag your airstream across the Alcon highway, in the cold, with a stiff chassis truck like an F350 or something, and then you drag it BACK down the Alcon highway, in the cold, with a stiff chassis truck like an F350 - your airstream is going to take a beating, period.
So to just say "ohhh theeyy lleeeaakk" is not a fair assessment.
and like someone else said, I have hardly yet to meet an rv'r that didn't have a leak SOMEWHERE at some time, except the airstreamer's. But with buses, less rigidly built tt boxes, they all take some form of heavy twisting, bumps, bruises along the way - it's just the nature of the beast.
In our old bus, if it rained real hard, whenever you took off, water would come from somewhere right at the floor level in front of the passenger seat. Towels please, keep driving.