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Old 03-30-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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Falling padded ceiling panel

I just purchased a 1994 Excella 30'. I opened the door tonight and the padded ceiling panel above the door is falling down. The antenna handle is keeping the panel from falling further. From the antenna handle to the roadside wall the ceiling is still intact. Is there a recommended adhesive to repair the ceiling panel?
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:14 PM   #2
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Is there a recommended adhesive to repair the ceiling panel?
hi campster and welcome

short answer no.
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this a common issue in 94-95 and there are some 'creative repairs' using hoops/buttons and so on...

IF u want the original look it requires NEW headliner and adhesive.

and don't be surprised if OTHER segments fail...

all ya need 2 read is in these threads....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...lla-14989.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f348...ice-58082.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...ing-40416.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...sic-36424.html

there is even a poll on what years have issues...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...ure-21176.html

cheers
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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I just purchased a 1994 Excella 30'. I opened the door tonight and the padded ceiling panel above the door is falling down. The antenna handle is keeping the panel from falling further. From the antenna handle to the roadside wall the ceiling is still intact. Is there a recommended adhesive to repair the ceiling panel?
The correct fix, is to completely remove all of the padded material, clean off "ALL" of the old adhesive, apply new adhesive, and then apply new padded material.

You cannot apply any adhesive over the old, as it becomes no better than the old, and would quickly fail.

The cause of the failure was the water based adhesive that Airstream was forced to use.

Hundreds of other owners, had the same problem.

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This reminds me of the foam backed GM headliners that would sag over the years.
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I have seen a repair done by some people in Florida that looked very good. I was at Land Yacht Harbor (airstream park in Melbourne Fl) and they had an advertisement on the bulletin board.

They used round buttons (for the lack of a better term) that had been attached I think to the ribs. Didn't pay too close of attention.

I once had someone tell me that airstream charges $3500 dollars to do this job.

You need to keep this thread going until someone replys with more exact info. There were a lot of trailers with this problem.

Best of luck.
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You should know of this problem

During my search for a 1994 21' Sovereign I always asked about the headliner sag situation. Many very indignant responses from proud owners who said "yes" but its a simple fix. Yea, sure. Completely disassemble the interior so you can do the fix correctly...as Andy mentioned...I finally did find one that is perfect...but I am always waiting for the "other shoe to fall."
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