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Old 08-28-2017, 09:13 AM   #1
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Leaks in AS Motorhomes

Am in the early stages of planning for what will probably be a used AS TT.

However, have been intrigued by some of the MH listings on AS Classifieds and am thinking that is an option.

While obviously a different scenario in many ways, I was wondering if the odds of leaks are the same, more, or less in AS MH homes versus TTs? From the Forums, it seems as if AS TTs do leak with some regularity, though I see debate about whether this is true and if regular resealing will prevent it.

However, what's the typical leak situation with AS MHs?

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Old 08-28-2017, 09:30 AM   #2
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Harvey,

Yep, the motorhomes leak as well. From what I've experienced the bulk of the leaks are associated with the windows. The quality of the windows in the Argosy and Classic motorhomes are at best poor in my opinion. As production continued the quality of the windows probably improved some but probably not a lot.

The Airstream trailers that I'm familiar with used a totally different type of window arrangement but I can't really comment on whether they leak more or less than motorhomes.

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Old 08-28-2017, 10:02 AM   #3
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I'm still chasing my leaks but the biggest culprit was the holding tank vents!
There is a seal that goes bad and also the design is horrible... I built a little roof on mine, that shields the vent opening from rain and also the seal from UV degradation...
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I totally forgot about the roof vents! Yes they do leak and the trailers will have the same exact issues.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:33 AM   #5
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It will depend on what MH you are looking at buying? A Classic aluminum MH; yes, they all leak, and as Brad stated, especially around the windows....see below for the damage that will occur....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...me-106269.html

That being said, the damage is far more easily fixed on a Classic motorhome than on a trailer; also because the floor of the motorhome is not enclosed in foam insulation and bannna wrap below, the damage tends to stay with in the plywood subfloor and doesn't affect the framework, as most moisture is stopped by the aluminum or galvanized sheet over the framework.

I'll add a couple more leak areas; bottom of the spot lamp and marker lamps.

If you can, get the motorhome, 310 is the perfect length and layout, in a turbo diesel. Just saying.

If you're talking about a fibreglass motorhome.....goodluck, now you're talking a whole new kettle of dog doo. Be very, very careful. There are many buyers that came to the realization that not just the subfloor was rotten, but the walls and roof too. In a Classic, it's just the sub floor.

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Old 08-29-2017, 08:38 AM   #6
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Sounds like some leaks!

Windows, roof vents, holding tank vents?, exterior lights. That's a lot of areas to watch out for, but I guess it's easier to patch the floors?

I wonder if (either trailer or MH) if it's better to have the raw aluminum interior rather than various ceiling and wall coverings many have? Obviously cabinets will cover the walls, but for the rest of the areas I wonder if one would see the leaks faster with no wall or ceiling coverings?

However, I am guessing that on many trailers and MHs, they run electrical behind the ceiling and wall coverings?

I have looked at Classic MHs. Here is one example of one I have checked repeatedly. Is this a Classic?

http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/...35-michigan-3/


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Yes, that is a Classic.
Looks nice but it's ALL about the condition.
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Should have looked more closely...

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Yes, that is a Classic.
Looks nice but it's ALL about the condition.
The photo of the front driver side shows the label "Airstream Classic."
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we installed a 3M leak detector. it is a water sensitive cable that you place on the floor. if water touches it, it raises an alarms. many firms make them
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