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Old 03-13-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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Can you believe this...?

So, Iím in to the dealer for the fourth, you read that right, the fourth time for water coming trough my ceiling.

Today the maintenance supervisor told me Airstream was not going to cover the repair or work to investigate the cause of the problem under warranty. For a new unit. Purchased 10/30/17 give or take a day or two.

Iíve left voicemail and written to a Gentleman in Airstream Owner Relations whoís always seemed a reasonable type in the past to ask for his assistance but Iím suddenly very much concerned about what Iíve gotten myself into.

Iíve brought my baby in every time the problem has occurred and have been very easy on her, sheís been taken care of.

What the heck is going on?

I need some advice and or direction here.

Maybe some uplifting encouragement too...
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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I believe that Airstream only warranties roof leaks for the first year. After the first year, roof leaks are a maintenance item.

Like many others, I too have had ceiling leaks on my 2017. The first year, I brought my Airstream back to the dealer and they caulked around the bathroom vent where the leak was visible. Their fix did last for about a year and then the leak reappeared. Then I took it upon myself to fix the problem. I found that the way the black and grey tank vents were installed allowed for pooling of water around the flange. I added SikaFlex caulk around the tank vent flanges to make them tapered so water could not pool. I then inspected the bathroom and shower vents and decided to remove each of the eight or ten mounting screws, dab some Sikaflex over the screwholes, and reinstalled the screws. I have not had another roof leak since making these repairs.

Others have mentioned that the black and grey tank vents could have internal leaks. I was prepared to remove these vents and reinstall them with new sealant if the above did not fix my leak. So far, I have not had any further roof leaks.

I've found AirForums very helpful in learning how to maintain my own Airstream.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:43 PM   #3
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I appreciate your expertise and experience here, thank you for the feedback AirMiles.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:21 PM   #4
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I had a leak as well, but I fixed it myself using clear calk. This was a leak with water coming into the closet area by the bed. I examined the outside and found a place where the caulking was not quite good enough. It worked. My guess is that is just something that will need to be done on a regular basis.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:57 PM   #5
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Corporate still believes that only Angels and Eagles will ever see the roof of your Airstream.
That would account for the quality of workmanship 'up on the roof.'
I found this when doing my own PDI at home a week after taking delivery.
Repaired by yours truly... under warrantee, yeah right.😂
Appears not a lot has changed in 15yrs.

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Old 03-13-2019, 06:29 PM   #6
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Supposedly theyíve resealed everything on the roof in the last year, they also had to reinstall both a/c units and the large fan because they were NOT installed properly at JC. What else might not have been installed properly?

Iím living in my Airstream since my divorce, practicing for retirement is how I look at it... I donít have anywhere to even keep a ladder... how do I manage to smartly do this without getting a ladder that I have to give away every time I move? Are the telescoping ladders worth the investment folks? Something that I actually could store somewhere... feedback on this might be decisive, but how do I do that by myself safely? Something to worry about later I suppose...
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:36 PM   #7
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Donít mean to sound ungrateful folks I appreciate any comments and constructive or helpful feedback. Iím just stressing...

I travel for a living... and commute an hour each way...

I thought to avoid these worries when I paid extra for my beautiful FC25. Time is a commodity Iím typically short of, and d.i.y. skills are also underdeveloped for the time being.

But seriously, are the telescoping ladders solidly built/safe enough? Anyone have any personal experience with them?
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:39 PM   #8
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I use a "Little Giant" ladder, folds into a step ladder that I use a lot. It will fit in the back seat of a car. They come in different weight ratings and lengths. They have proper safety organization tags on them. Well worth keeping if you can.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:53 PM   #9
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Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation NevadaGeo, Iíll put this on my very short list...
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Supposedly theyíve resealed everything on the roof in the last year, they also had to reinstall both a/c units and the large fan because they were NOT installed properly at JC. What else might not have been installed properly?

Iím living in my Airstream since my divorce, practicing for retirement is how I look at it... I donít have anywhere to even keep a ladder... how do I manage to smartly do this without getting a ladder that I have to give away every time I move? Are the telescoping ladders worth the investment folks? Something that I actually could store somewhere... feedback on this might be decisive, but how do I do that by myself safely? Something to worry about later I suppose...


Telescoping ladders are definitely worth it! Weíve had one for around ten years, and use it all over the house, and trailer. When collapsed, it will fit into our trailerís closet. Naturally you want to put towels against the trailer surface where the ladder leans. Oh, and unless you want smashed fingers, follow the directions when collapsing the ladder.
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So, Iím in to the dealer for the fourth, you read that right, the fourth time for water coming trough my ceiling.

Today the maintenance supervisor told me Airstream was not going to cover the repair or work to investigate the cause of the problem under warranty. For a new unit. Purchased 10/30/17 give or take a day or two.

Iíve left voicemail and written to a Gentleman in Airstream Owner Relations whoís always seemed a reasonable type in the past to ask for his assistance but Iím suddenly very much concerned about what Iíve gotten myself into.

Iíve brought my baby in every time the problem has occurred and have been very easy on her, sheís been taken care of.

What the heck is going on?

I need some advice and or direction here.

Maybe some uplifting encouragement too...
IMO, "Airstream is not going to cover this" is his choice of words for Airstream isn't going to keep paying their dealer for COMEBACK warranty repairs as a result of their ineptness in fixing it right the first time. Warranty doesn't pay for OJT and experimenting. Call AS and report what the dealer told you.
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See if you can find a Sealtech RV Leak tester that you can have do a pressure test on the trailer. List of locations can be found at https://rvleaks.com. The trouble with leaks, just like on a house, that evidence of the leak on the outside may not have any correlation to where you think the leak on the exterior is located.

Looks like there are a couple of Sealtech locations close to you.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:07 PM   #13
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Silverpuller - thanks for the aye vote for the telescoping ladders!
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:11 PM   #14
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dznf0g - hopefully since I wrote in theyíll wonder whatís up if in fact that isnít an official Airstream stance on this still unsolved flaw somewhere in/on my ceiling/roof... and theyíll follow up with the dealer.
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