Had our airstream go through the "SealTech" test at Poulsbo RV in Everett, WA since the middle panormaic window was leaking in the front. Bubbles formed all along the window lines so they sealed that up.
I was so happy and felt so confident that our leak was fixed ($300 later) -- after all SealTech seems like the gold standard in detecting and repairing leaks.
That is until it started raining....
The middle panoramic window in the front started leaking even worse! I was literally in tears and went out in the rain to discover that Poulsbo RV stripped my original seal job along the hinge that holds the middle solar rock guard panel in place. I was in shock! Why would they have taken that off and not resealed it? I also saw what was causing the other leak -- a big screw hole where the screw had wriggled out. I tried to screw it back in but the screw was too short -- I tried to make sure the other screws along that hinge were right and most of them were stripped becasue they kept turning and turning....and turning.....
So now it all made sense -- after it started raining, it always took that darn leak about 20 minutes to show up -- so I knew it was traveling from some place other than that window and low and behold, there it was, coming from that very exposed hole in the body of our airstream!
So this is very bad, but i got despeate, I took out my Sikaflex and caulked the top of the hinge and then Sikaflexed right over those darn screws and also filled up the hole. I was so upset and so incredibly distraught that I had to do something. I know everyone says it takes a machine to get the sikaflex off and to caulk over the screws, well, I was desperate
We are keeping her in a very remote place where nobody can really easily get to, to fix her and I don't want to risk floor rot.
So now she is there and I am here and I am worried and I really really hope I plugged that leak. Because if I didn't and it still leaks I will literally just cry (again).
I do have to say, it hasn't changed my feeling about my Airstream. I am completely in love with her still and I do realize they all leak, I just wish it would be over once and for all.
Here are some pictures of our recent trip and some yummy recipes I cooked on the Airstream: Just 5 more minutes