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Old 09-10-2012, 07:31 PM   #21
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OK - an update on this drip edge extension.

I will leave my installed prototype model on there to allow testing, but I have now shaped up another piece of vinyl that will snap onto the drip rail only when it is needed. This is light material and can be stored easily when the sun shines.

To help secure this requires another piece of angle or U channel vinyl installed on the upper wallside of the driprail with the 3 existing mounting screws. This retainer piece will hold the vinyl drip extension at the correct angle to move the water away from the Clipper wall.

With the rear retainer, the drip extension can be snapped in from a standing position with the door open so no ladder is required.

I have this test prototype #2 a lot wider than I need it, but I will trim it as I get to test it going forward. And with a bit of heat I should be able to form it so that it only drains on the door hinge side.

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Old 09-11-2012, 03:09 PM   #22
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Prototype #3 "FINAL" QC TESTED, LIFETIME WARRANTY. (not responsible for loss due to poor memory)


I attempted to heat and mold prototype #2 and it did not pass a visual acceptance test on completion.

With a little experimentation, I find that the prototype #1 if reversed and mated with the portion I had trimmed off, works great.

Mount the trimmed edge permanently with the 3 existing drip rail screws. The holes are already there and no drilling is required on the vinyl. Now you can mate and slide the drip extension into this and the drip rail outer channel.

This can be done while standing at the door with ease. The drip extension can be stored anywhere as it is ply-able, light, and almost indestructible.

This now must be removed while traveling as I think it would work its way out of the channel over time. These are simple to make so why not make a spare.

I could make this for you, but if you go to your local recycle, you should be able to pick up a piece of vinyl siding the right colour to match your unit.

To see a video go here.


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Old 09-11-2012, 06:08 PM   #23
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Dave,
Quite a clever idea! I'd venture to do this on mine, but I don't have the leak.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:12 AM   #24
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Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Well, the inevitable happened. I forgot to remove the drip shield and sure enough it disappeared in the first 3 miles of travel, before my memory kicked in.

Not a big deal as I had made up a spare, and can duplicate this as many times as I need. But a better plan is to tie a yellow ribbon on the steering wheel when the drip shield is installed, just to remind me before I drive off again without removing it.

Had a good Alberni Valley tour and back at base to catch up on the yard work before the wet weather sets in.

No issues, all systems go, and the Clipper is ready to go anytime, anywhere.

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Prototype #3 "FINAL" QC TESTED, LIFETIME WARRANTY. (not responsible for loss due to poor memory)


This now must be removed while traveling as I think it would work its way out of the channel over time. These are simple to make so why not make a spare.

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #25
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Successful Recovery

Recovered my drip shield today. Found it in the ditch about 3 miles from home. Undamaged and clean. It must have departed about the same time I remembered and looked in the mirror and realized it was missing.

The yellow ribbon system is now activated.

What great satisfaction I get from solving mysteries.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #26
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EternaBond Tips

My initial application of EternaBond tape on my Clipper (then a fairly new product for RV application) is now well into the 4th year and I have had no problems with the product itself. I have reinstalled a small 4" section where the surface was not properly cleaned,( ) and I have had to re caulk the tape edges in places where I had applied the caulk too thin to allow expansion and contraction with the weather.

The EternaBond product in now widely used, and information is readily available on the net, but this video summarizes all questions one might have about the product.

The key to a successful application of the EternaBond tape is to spend the time cleaning the surface, apply it as instructed with repeated pressure, and have an ongoing maintenance program for checking for obvious problem areas.

Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond®

If you have failed to properly clean and prepare the surface, the Eternabond tape will readily display this on a later inspection, and it is easy to repair/replace the area of concern.

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Old 01-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #27
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Service Bulletin on roof repairs

I'm going to post this information in this thread for those interested. I have contacted Airstream Support and am waiting to see if they can still supply this document.

This info was included in a Land Yacht motor home owners manual. When I do a search on this site and on Google, I can find no reference to this document.

I will update when JC gets back to me.

"The roof of your Airstream Land Yacht motorhome is a fiberglass compound. If it is damaged contact the Airstream customer service department and ask for the Service Bulletin on roof repairs."

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:08 AM   #28
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JC has replied with the information document requested with this restriction:
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #29
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Our bus is for sale

Just FYI, we have an offer, but its not sold yet...

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:08 PM   #30
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Sikaflex

Dave,

Can you elaborate a little more on the application of Sikaflex polyurethane to the windshield please? From my understanding, it is quite thick and might need to be heated up a little before application and may require the use of an air caulking gun. We are getting a little wind howl at freeway speeds from that area. While I was replacing the front markers, I took a good look at the gasket and it seemed to be losing all the sealant (which looked like black silicone). I know many recomend letting an RV glass shop do the work.... but can it really be that hard?

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:37 PM   #31
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Not a big job Adam, just a dirty one. I do not use the latex gloves and have black hands for a week after working with this stuff.

Use a putty knife to clean as much as you can off, and then clean remainder well with Acetone. Try not to mark/scratch the f/g with the putty knife.

The Sikaflex can be used with a regular HD caulk gun.

Tape the area off with painters tape or you will have a challenge to keep it from traveling to other unwanted areas. Also gives a nice even finish line when you pull the tape after 10 minutes or so. Don't spread too light a coat as it will only dry and crack if there is any movement.
Any unused caulk will last in the tube a month or so if it is sealed from air.

Just do one side at a time to make the job at home manageable. On the CLIPPER I use the 12' extendable plank between two aluminium step ladders for a scaffold, with one step ladder located around the corner a bit so that you are not reaching at the top of the windshield.

On my Clipper, it seemed that the factory might have used a light duty caulk as a filler around the windshield frame to fiberglass to defeat the wind noise. The windshield rubber is embedded in that and then sealed on the outer perimeter with polyurethane caulk.

Wind noise may also come from the mirror mount on the w/s post, if your mirrors are mounted there. I had remounted my drivers mirror a bit lower on the post a few years ago and found no insulation or caulk where the wires enter through the w/s post. The wind/water seal depended on the caulk around the mirror base itself.

I have never had any wind noise in the cockpit on my CLIPPER.

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Old 04-13-2013, 07:40 AM   #32
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I figured I would add to this post since I spend countless hours looking for leaks. Last week I took my Cutter in to do a pressurized leak test. I felt this is far superior to dumping water on the coach and further damage anything that did not need to be damaged. Once the coach was pressurized I recorded several pictures where we found leaks with a soapy water solution.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #33
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:35 PM   #34
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Thanks for the pictures randazj. Where did you get this done and how much does this service go for in your area?
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:55 AM   #35
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Here is a list of service facilities that utilize the machine that can pressurise your coach
Sealtech Manufacturing Inc. - RV leaks bubbles recreational vehicles
It usualy costs the equiv of what the dealer charges for 2 hours labor.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:57 AM   #36
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Adam,
If you can please post the results of the test. Also can you tell me since I have a lateodel cutter where you have found suspect leaks
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:21 AM   #37
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The hot weather has finally arrived. In preparation of our pending eastern tour, I thought it advisable to do a small roof repair that had some indication of a problem.

The Eternabond on the rear skylight on the Clipper was bubbling up over about 10" on the rear side. It had not broken the Sikaflex edge seal at this point, but I thought I would redo it before it becomes a problem.

I cut out the bad part of the existing tape with the help of the heat gun, and cleaned the area with Acetone. Re-applied fresh Eternabond and resealed the edges with caulk.

Should be good for many years again.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #38
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nice... bet the Maxim's would be kewl..
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #39
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If you are doing highway mileage as we do, you don't need anything else sticking up in the air.

At some point I will probably have to change these out and I will look at all options at that time.

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #40
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It does not rain much here, but we did have a storm go through recently an I noticed a small leak in the dome in the bath.

I had planned on using the Eternabond that I had, but during the Texas summer. I did not have to use a heat gun, at 90-100 degrees the old gunk came up really easy. The hardest part was separating the skim from the tape, and if it sticks to itself, start over it's not going to come apart

Since the we had a light rain an had the rig and roof power washed. No leaks.

Hopefully this will last until winter
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