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Old 10-17-2017, 08:11 AM   #1
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Rain leak through refrigerator vent 2012 Sport

Hello all. I'm a new Airstream owner and enjoying being part of this community. Just bought a 2012 Sport.

Have read many Airforum posts which have been super helpful.
Now I have a problem that I can't seem to find the solution to - rain coming in through the top refrigerator vent.
The water puddles on aluminum tray, on the bottom of exterior compartment and then runs inside between dinette and fridge.
I've added seals where the vent contacts the vent frame but I think it is actually coming through the vents themselves. I can see water on the fan which is strange since it is not close to the perimeter of the vent.
I contacted Airstream and they said to add sealant but that's not the solution.
I contacted a local dealer and they said make sure the airstream is level. I checked and the vent side is slightly higher but not that much so doesn't seem like a sustainable solution.
Only thing that works at the moment is to put plastic behind the vent and install with plastic extending to the outside around the vent. Ugly.

I uploaded 3 pics but can't seem to add them to this post.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:14 AM   #2
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Does it occur only after a rain? Washing? Or, are you sure the fridge drain is connected (the white hose in your pic? Or does your trailer have a condensate pan?
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:40 AM   #3
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Check on the roof to see if there is a piece of sheet meta, standing about 3 in high and the length of the vent, l just above the vent running parallel to the center line of the trailer. That "Dam" diverts heavy rain from overriding the parapet of the vent.

If the cap is centered above the vent, the dam is in place, the parapet is projecting an inch above the roof and is sealed to the roof That should stop water from entering there.

Make sure the frig drain hose is connected and going though the floor.

Sorry I can't post a picture but I have reached my limit within the Forum.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:24 AM   #4
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Like you mentioned with the plastic sheets, I store my camper with house wrap under the vents (water heater included) to keep the mud daubers out. It isn't pretty, but it's effective. I'm not very familiar with a 2012 Sport, can you post a picture of the trailer from the fridge vent side?
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Here's a post where someone mentioned a solution to the leaking vent: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295/sport-upgrades-169413.html#post1974178
"We just switched out the plastic fridge vents on the outside with stainless steel. This has stopped the leaks we had with these when it would rain..."
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Thanks all for your input and questions.
Water gets in only when it rains or cleaning the Airstream with a hose.

There is a small rail on the roof that runs front to back, on the vent side but doesn't seem to help.

thanks for the link to an aluminum vent upgrade. More than I want to spend now but cheaper than water damage.

Here are a few more pics of the side and vents per requested.
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Hello All,

Recently purchased a 2012 Flying Cloud 23' FB. Coach is in great shape, just got it back to Tennessee last week. Since then Ive had issues with a water leak. The water is coming in from the exterior vent and finding it's way under the fridge and below the converter panel. I removed the converter panel and can see where the water is saturating the wood holding the fridge in place. After close inspection It appears this unit has been altered. I've attached a few photos of what looks like a section cut out. This is clearly where water is coming in thru the top and the vent. I have some ideas on how to fix this but welcome any experienced advice. Thank you very much!
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Hello all. I'm a new Airstream owner and enjoying being part of this community. Just bought a 2012 Sport.



Have read many Airforum posts which have been super helpful.

Now I have a problem that I can't seem to find the solution to - rain coming in through the top refrigerator vent.

The water puddles on aluminum tray, on the bottom of exterior compartment and then runs inside between dinette and fridge.

I've added seals where the vent contacts the vent frame but I think it is actually coming through the vents themselves. I can see water on the fan which is strange since it is not close to the perimeter of the vent.

I contacted Airstream and they said to add sealant but that's not the solution.

I contacted a local dealer and they said make sure the airstream is level. I checked and the vent side is slightly higher but not that much so doesn't seem like a sustainable solution.

Only thing that works at the moment is to put plastic behind the vent and install with plastic extending to the outside around the vent. Ugly.



I uploaded 3 pics but can't seem to add them to this post.



Thanks for your help!


Is what you have a 16’ Sport, it looks like it from the computer style fan. Are you sure you have a vent that routes through the roof?
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Apologies if Im posting in the incorrect place. For some reason the images didn't post. Here is a link

https://jeremymthomas.smugmug.com/Airstream
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