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Old 06-11-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Ultimate Safari (07) Floor Rot Post?

I have been bitten by the (07) Safari (FB)Floor rot demon. The cuprit is the lack of sealent at the rear bumber beltline. I would appreciate any feedback from other forum members regarding any satisfaction from Airstream. I would also like to have recommendations on any ultimate forum post dealing with an owners attempt to replace the rotted area, limited to the dining area. I want to see if this is a job a moderately skilled person can address.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #2
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I feel sorry for you, but even though this is a design flaw, normal maintenance should have caught the problem before it got too severe. Jim
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:52 AM   #3
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The rear shell/floor junction is a design flaw that Airstream quietly acknowledged by placing a tubular seal at this point on 2012 and newer models. You would have to separate the area to install such a seal, but externally applied sealant after removal of the trim seems to be what Airstream Service and others are doing to their Airstreams.

Zig' refers to preventive maintenance. We have a Sonin Moisture Detection Meter that I use to probe through the vinyl into the wood subfloor around the perimeter of the trailer regularly to check for moisture from leaks. That's the only way it can be done, without lifting the floor.

Searching for the culprit leak, don't look past the curved pano windows. These thin seals fail after exposure and you need to clean them out and reseal as needed, which may be every couple years. I have cleaned them, carefully taped the edges, and resealed the bottom of the curved windows after only a year of new because of a very thin separation of sealant and glass. About an hour or so.

For repair, I would call Airstream Service Center in Jackson Center, OH for their recommendations. They fix this stuff daily, and are very good at it. You are not that far away; they can give a you some advice and a repair quote.

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