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Old 03-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #21
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I wonder if it was really kept in a barn as the PO stated. I would be wary after seeing this.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #22
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That is a very strange place for a soft spot in the floor. From the pictures it appears that the area closest to the door is not soft and the small area is a few inches from the door itself. Could this be where two pieces of floor butt together and your ice pick was in the seam?
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #23
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Having dealt with several soft spots in our '85 Excella last summer, I would propose calling the folks at Rot Doctor in Seattle. Their epoxy products are extremely effective for reconstituting rotted OSB and they have different products for different scenarios. In my case, I used Rot doctor to harden several large areas and did not have to cut out the OSB. I think you might save a fortune by going this route. For the record, I have absolutely no affiliation to Rot Doctor. Cheers,
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #24
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Whoa! Don't want to hear this! Have a 2007 Bambi and floor rot is the last thing I would expect. Will give her a close inspection and follow this conversation. Thanks
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #25
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F & M - Just now found this post. I'm so very sorry ya'll are having to deal with that kind of problem on such a new trailer that was supposedly stored inside prior to you owning it. Please do keep posting to let us all know what is discovered and the "fix". Lance (Top) will certainly do ya'll right. And - he's just up the road from ya'll and not in Ohio!! $$$ saved. Good luck!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #26
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Having dealt with several soft spots in our '85 Excella last summer, I would propose calling the folks at Rot Doctor in Seattle. Their epoxy products are extremely effective for reconstituting rotted OSB and they have different products for different scenarios. In my case, I used Rot doctor to harden several large areas and did not have to cut out the OSB. I think you might save a fortune by going this route. For the record, I have absolutely no affiliation to Rot Doctor. Cheers,
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I have often wondered if you were to be replacing your subfloor with new plywood that it might be a good preventative measure to flow in the rot doctor resin to prevent future rot?

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:16 AM   #27
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Vinnie - That's what I'd be inclined to do. Yes, it's messy and more $$$, but the peace of mind would be worth all that

We only had a couple of rotten spots in our '71 plywood floor. After we patched them, we covered the floor, old and new sections, with penetrating epoxy.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:02 PM   #28
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Update on the Floor Rot

Lance, of "Top's Texas Vintage Campers", is making great progress on diagnosing our floor issue.

Lance has confirmed there is indeed floor rot (identifed by the outlined area in the photo of the area that needs to be replaced). It appears that the seams of the step cut out were never sealed which allowed for water to come up through the step cut out.

We're glad and fortunate to have Lance just an hour up the road from us. There has been a very strong need for someone in the central Texas area that can work on Airsreams and we finally have that! I think this is his web site: texasvintagecampers.com
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I'm glad it's a small spot and you caught it! I'm going over seals this weekend and will look closely at my door area. I'm to afraid to poke holes through the floor
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Good to know it is coming from below and not above.

Leak test avoided.

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Lance, of "Top's Texas Vintage Campers", is making great progress on diagnosing our floor issue.

Lance has confirmed there is indeed floor rot (identifed by the outlined area in the photo of the area that needs to be replaced). It appears that the seams of the step cut out were never sealed which allowed for water to come up through the step cut out.

We're glad and fortunate to have Lance just an hour up the road from us. There has been a very strong need for someone in the central Texas area that can work on Airsreams and we finally have that! I think this is his web site: texasvintagecampers.com
Hey Frank and Mike, thanks for the great info. With living here in the Hill Country, it sure is nice to know about Lance. Thanks for sharing. Hope you two are well and hope to see you at a rally sometime soon.

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Nice to hear that Top is taking good care of you! . Good thing you caught it when you did!
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:21 PM   #33
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That damage is pretty minor. I am glad you caught it early. I would think fiberglass would fix that and be stronger than new.

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #34
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Hi guys,
Still a beautiful trailer. It will be better than new now. But now I have to go crawl under ours and look around. sigh...
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #35
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Latest Photos and Updates

TOP has been doing a great job. We have nothing but great things to say about his services and praise for an outstanding job he does of providing us with frequest updates and photos. All we can say is that it's refreshing and exciting to know that we have a top notch service shop that not only is setting the bar high, but is delivering on those high standards ... here in central Texas!

Attached are the latest photos with a brief explanation.

First photo - the underside of the piece that TOP cut out.

Second photo - from below the door and looking up (what we can't from the photo is that the flashing is just there without any sealant whatsoever).

Third photo - the flashing pulled down to see what was underneath. Found wooden sub floor with factory water proofing on the end grains, but not underneath. Appears water got splashed up on the top of the flashing then it wicked in between the sub floor and the insulation and pooled in a low spot, rotting the floor from the bottom up.

Fourth photo - view from front to back below the door sill.


As I read through threads where others have documented issues associated with their Airstream ... and now as I am experiencing some issues associated with our Airstream ... I often wonder:

1. Do you think anyone from the Airstream manufacturing organization's management team ever reads these threads with the goal of avoiding repeated issues?
2. Do you think anyone from the Airstream Quality organization ever reads these threads?
3. Do you think these Airstreams follow a documented process of QA checks throughout the assembly process?
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:04 PM   #36
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Lots of Progress

TOP is making lots of progress on our floor repairs. All I can say is that if anyone is looking for Service in the central Texas area ... we highly recommend him.

On the list of to-do's is installation of my 50th birtday present. Photo below.
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Thank you for the "happy birthday" desertair. I'm not all that excited about the big 5 0 .... but just another # I guess.
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Happy birthday! Now bring that rack to Arkansas!
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