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Old 10-10-2011, 08:57 AM   #481
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Oh, and I figured out what I will use to repair my floor!

23/32" Flooring grade OSB from Home Depot @$13/sheet, is what I will be using. 23/32 is very, very close to 3/4", and the spec says its made with waterproofed resin glue. Info says its probably better than what Airstream used originally... and that lasted 25 years of leaks...
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:24 AM   #482
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Absolutely Dan.

The rain we had last week was an eye opener for me, as I stood in the downpour, watching the water cascade down the bodyside.
I suggest you all do it too... its educational!

Here is what I learned...
The AS is unique having no real guttering, aside from the Awning rail on the Curbside, which I will come to later....

The full roof skin surface area and bodyside, grabs the water, and it clings, and sheets down the bodyside.
You see the water running down, and being sucked into the gap where the drawer meets the bodyside by gravity and capillary action.
The Curbside awning rail, just concentrates all the water into 2 areas, and its shocking!
At the front, the rail is just rearward of the front navigator window... I wondered why that side was wetter!
The water gushes off the rail, hits the Awning leg upper mounting, and blasts down, spilling over the window frame, and right down the sliding glass... The Torent is unrelenting... Overwhealming the seals, and filling the channel, which overflows inside the AS, wetting the carpet and floor.
On the rear, it does the same, but runs right onto the rear storage door frame joint filling my rear storage with a lake!

This is just when the Motorhome is standing!
Driving brings a whole other dynamic, that I will deal with next.

I have the ABS storage lid pretty much done, and will be remounting it this week I think, with a modded sealing system and different screws.
You CANNOT use Countersunk screws on this... it splits and cracks the ABS, and just allows the water in!
I will be using Pan headed screws, with a washer and sealant under each one... this will seal the screwhole doubletime, and stop the screw from squashing the seal or splitting the ABS.

I know why and how they leak now!
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:12 AM   #483
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I did find, after I repaired my roadside drawer, it still took some water. Sealing the awning rail with Vulkem helped a lot, but not totally.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:52 AM   #484
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See my post 315 in this thread on page 23...

This is how the water gets into the drawers...
Runs down the bodyside, and gets drawn into the gap...
Runs down the inside wall of the drawer, onto the top, and onto the sealant bead, which is overfilled from the factory, and instead of running along the gutter, and flowing off the front and back of the drawer, it runs onto the top of the drawer.
The ABS top has Cracks, and bad screw holes.. with cracks, and poor sealant, and seals... so down into the drawer it goes!

Since, I would guess most of the water gets into the drawers while the AS is stationary, I think that little D seal will work pretty good, and what gets past and water thrown up whilst driving should be handled by the lid, and seals...

I hate the idea of traveling with wet Drawers...
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:56 AM   #485
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Let us know, all I know is I'm getting a tad of water on the right side rear at the hinge, and I've sealed the hell out of it!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:04 PM   #486
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The lid hinge?
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #487
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Well...
Its was warm today....
I was feeling a little "Buff"...
I stripped the Streetside a few weeks back... I am sure there was no clearcoat left!
Anyway, I went for it!
No Cyclo, just a compounder and G6 Nuvite, still plenty of swirls... but no more dull grey!




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Old 10-10-2011, 07:19 PM   #488
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Wow...
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:45 PM   #489
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Steve, looks fantastic! Have you decided whether you're going to keep the paint on the lower portion? Seeing that you've stripped it off when you've pulled the drawers, maybe I just answered my own question???
Inspiring me to get out and try a few hours on mine after work this week!
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:26 PM   #490
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Still in awe, that this shine is under the crap!
Ya just gotta love it!

yes, Derek, planning to polish her right down to her boots!
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:33 PM   #491
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Hi Key,

I can see that you've got the fever for sure. It is like a drug. The more you polish, the more you want to polish. Looks fantastic!! Be aware that the thin black plastic belt-line strip molding is NO LONGER AVAILABLE, so use caution when you're polishing around it. If you plan on polishing the aluminum molding that contains it, you might want to slip out the plastic for safe keeping.
Just when I thought I was done with the polishing on my coach, your recent display of polished drawer fronts inspired me to strip the black paint that covered my drawers, and everything below the rub rail. What an improvement. The total shape of the body is much more apparent now that everything is shiny. The whole coach appears to sit a bit lower as well.
I am a bit bugged by the look of the vertical line of separation where the aluminum rocker panels meet the rear banana wrap. I'm thinking of adding a bit of aluminum sheet to carry the shiny look up, over, and around the rear bumper trim. I'll post some pics of my silver duct tape mock-ups so you can see what I mean.

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I looks great. The first 345 I looked at South Florida was polished and gave me the bug. I was told that once you polish you can not clear coat, because the it does not stick to a polished surface. Does this mean that polishing becomes a yearly ritual?
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:11 AM   #493
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Yesterday, I was cutting and placing pipework for the water tank and bedroom replumb, and had enough, so decided to do some "Feelgood stuff".

I need to clean and buff all of my window and seam joints, so I can run a bead of sealant around before the next rain... lets get this thing watertight!

Charly, my plastic strip is long gone, so I dont have to worry about it!
In fact, I spoke to a friend of mine about it, and he says he has some stuff that will work as a replacement.
Planning to paint the banana wraps etc in a very light bright silver metalic..


There is about 4 layers of paint on that mid body strip, and its a combo of acrilic, and other paints, and its just a bear to get off... PITA!

Controlling the 8" Buffer on the edges of the windows is hard work, so I need to get some 4" pads for my angle grinder for those.
That section I posted took me about 2 hours... and I am stiff in all the wrong places this morning!

My clearcoat was so bady decomposed, in some areas i had not stripped, it just buffed off!
Not sure what the timeframe is Navy, but I had no choice... here in CA, and as inland as I live, I bet it will be a few years.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:25 AM   #494
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Talking of water ingress...
Here is the HUGE gap that water was running over on my rearmost kerbside compartment... its is right where the water gushes down from the awning rail, and was about 3/16 wide..


I tapped it flatter with a bodywork hammer...


And another in the rear corner, before and after..




And here is a pic of that D seal I used on the drawer compartment.
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Hmm, not sure that weather seal is going to work, let us know. I use Parbond religiously on all my seams. Being full time, it's amazing how the coach racks and the seams open up again. MEK or acetone is a good prep before applying the Parbond.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:40 AM   #496
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That is the weather strip I used on the pull out drawers Mike, I could not find the details, as I left the package at the Airstream last week!
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Get that bad boy on the road, we want to see you in Ajo come December!
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #498
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WHERE in Ajo do you land...? We stop there a couple of times a year...mike
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Key,

When I was stripping the black paint off my rockers, it was the primer beneath it that was a real bear to remove. Multiple coats of Jasco were having little effect. It was lacquer thinner that really did the trick. Maybe it'll work for you.

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WHERE in Ajo do you land...? We stop there a couple of times a year...mike
We land at "Shadow Ridge R.V. Park". Usually get down there around the 15th of November and stay until both roof airs don't get it (mid April). Send a PM when you think you're heading that way and we'll pull some strings for you. Perhaps a good spot for a group mo/ho meeting? I'd be glad to pull it together.
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