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Old 09-13-2014, 12:58 PM   #21
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I think the first thing I am going to do though is get to sealing the outside of the Airstream.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:21 PM   #22
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Before you and someone takes out the plywood try to trace the source (s) of the leakage on it. Usually it's at the rear bumper plate where it meets the shell and you will have to remove the exterior trim pieces there to seal it, I believe.

An additional source is often where the lower awning brackets are riveted/screwed to the shell, all six of them in your case. Another is the channel under all the operating windows, water can leak in there or condense on the window and run down. The seal around the pano windows can leak as the thin sealant degrades in the sun.

The point is there may be several sources of leaks. Find them, get someone who really knows what they are doing (experience) to fix this floor, and monitor the floor for future leaks regularly as part of a maintenance plan with a moisture detection meter that can probe through the vinyl flooring into the plywood subfloor.
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While the following thread is for a motorhome, the skills, materials used and technics can be transfered to a trailer. Also be careful, as I stated in the thread I found plywood appearing to be solid only once the Fein saw cut through the first 1/16 th of an inch or so it was rotten and wet.

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

I can't stress this enough about using a proper flooring replacement. I used Coosa board which is 40% lighter than the equivalent plywood, easy to machine, will not ever rot, mildew or promote the growth of fungus. If you want peace of mind, use Coosa. You will get back the investment of the Coosa if you decide to sell the trailer.

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That Coosa stuff might be a good idea. They make in Birmingham just down the road from me.

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That Coosa stuff might be a good idea. They make in Birmingham just down the road from me.

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If I were you I'd get Coosa to do a run of 5/8th board and promote it on this site for sale or at least talk to Coosa to do a run of 5/8 and stock it. If you could drop in on Coosa and show them the problems that people are having with their Airstream sub floors, maybe they would think about promoting their product on this site.
HECK I think Coosa should be made an option at the factory....no I take that back....Coosa should be the floor that Airstreams are made of, PERIOD!!!! For $50,000+++ and you're getting OSB board?????SERIOUSLY????

Most Marina's stock only 1/2 or 3/4 board. Seriously, it is fantastic stuff to work with and I have no worries for leaks or mild.

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I've helped do a deck with that stuff. It shapes very easily. But then I'd want to do the whole trailer floor with it. Wonder how much weight reduction that would be? yeah.. then I'd really be way in over my head. And I wouldn't be full-timing. I've got till Jan to square this Airstream away.
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Well I brought the Airstream home over the weekend to tinker with things. And decided to wash her this morning with my pressure washer. We found the leak. And spent a good time testing problem areas that others have mentioned.

The annoying factor is that it was suppose to be sunny today and now in typical Florida fashion it is heavily down pouring and yeah, it's that rear belt line, and holy cow, it fills up!

As soon as it lets up, I'm running her back to the storage unit. And getting the sealant kit from Airstream. And then I'm going to give JD Sanders a phone call. They're in North Florida, and are the only certified Airstream service dealer. Going to call about their work for the floor. They can also do Sealtech RV Leak Detector which I think it probably worth the cash.
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Airstreams are built with plywood not OSB floors, but the flooring material is not the problem. The problem is water leaks, which must be checked on a regular basis and repaired when needed to prevent floor problems.
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Its great that you found the source of the problem. Best of luck fixing the issue.

I also think, in the year 2014, its unacceptable to have plywood (which rots so badly with a leak) used for flooring. Airstream put aluminium sub-floors in some Argosy campers in the late 70's. Why can't they do that now? Leaks will happen, but floor rot should not be such a big headache. Why can't Airstream solve a simple problem thats been there for decades?
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There were a lot of them from the 80 up until about 10 yrs ago that had OSB floors.

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Airstreams are built with plywood not OSB floors, but the flooring material is not the problem. The problem is water leaks, which must be checked on a regular basis and repaired when needed to prevent floor problems.
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Mine is a 2007 and the issue is the one that is most common on these Airstreams, the area under the belt line trim on the rear bumper is not sealed and wide open.

Sadly, neither of the PO's knew enough to seal it. The temporary fix or whatever they where doing I posted in the thread early did nothing to seal the leak.

I'm going to be going over everything with a fine tooth comb.

Right now she's back in storage.
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The newer trailers are harder to maintain since the trim they use now has that stick on fake chrome strip to deal with.

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I'll have to post some updates shortly of the progress. We're redoing the whole floor as well. Anyone know what the term is for this floor trim in these things?

I've tried what I can think of, flexible quarter round trim molding, but no luck. Mine looks terrible and I don't want to reuse it.
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I'll have to post some updates shortly of the progress. We're redoing the whole floor as well. Anyone know what the term is for this floor trim in these things?

I've tried what I can think of, flexible quarter round trim molding, but no luck. Mine looks terrible and I don't want to reuse it.
Are you talking to the nearly flat, chrome strip that is applied to the floor around the perimeter of the interior?
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Are you talking to the nearly flat, chrome strip that is applied to the floor around the perimeter of the interior?
Yes, but in ours its white, and has yellowed, was clearly put back down poorly, looks horrible.

Do you know where to find it? Getting my hopes up!
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I'll look it up for you. I think it may only come in chrome now, however.
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Thank you very much. I like chrome! I'd prefer chrome!
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From what I can tell, it is PN 203594-02 FLOOR TRIM-UN7021 ASH GREY. $3.09/ft.
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You sir are a hero! Thank you very much. Going to order some once my wife makes up her mind about the flooring color. :^) Right now we're kind of living with bare floors and rugs. Burrrrr.
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Need to get my photos of the floor together.

For now, I'm focusing all my efforts on sealing up any potential future leaks.

Like everyone with a 2007 International or Safari, sure enough ....

No chalk on the rear. Also, is it normal for the holes for the lights to be so huge!! What the heck?
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