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Old 11-28-2020, 09:11 PM   #1
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Brand new Caravel leaks like crazy

Picked up new 2021 - 20FB Caravel in Des Moines on Monday. Already put 2k miles on it through rain, sleet and snow but itís leaking like crazy. There are at least 8 places all throughout where itís leaking down walls and from ceiling and even through vent hood.

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Old 11-28-2020, 09:15 PM   #2
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Gotta get it into a dealer to do a leak test. They will seal it up for you under warranty. You can keep heading south and get out of the rain, that will also help prevent leaks.

It obviously shouldnít be leaking at all but unless you wanna go up and try and fix it yourself, JC or dealer is your best bet
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:40 PM   #3
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Ha. I’m in South Texas so pretty far south.
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:45 PM   #4
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If you are lucky, it is a single leak in the exterior shell (up high on th he roof) that is just finding multiple paths into the inner shell, which would be more likely while being towed than while stationary as difference forces are applied on the trailer while moving, however once a leak path starts, surface tension and capillary action may keep it leaking after becoming stationary, at least until it dries out. Good luck!
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Old 11-29-2020, 01:15 AM   #5
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And when it is stationary use a level from where it is dripping from the interior shell to trace a path uphill, since water travels the steepest path. Then Use painters tape on the outside on anything in that uphill path that might be leaking. Use a suction cup on rivets to see if they leak if the cup does not hold that rivet leaks. Then spray water and see if you stopped the leak. If not tape off some more until it does not leak. Then take some tape back off a bit at a time to find the source. Once you find the source you can fix it permanently or keep it taped till you can get it in to repair.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:29 AM   #6
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Ha. Iím in South Texas so pretty far south.
Closest dealer is likely Camper Clinic II, in Buda, just South of Austin. Call ahead.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:58 AM   #7
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Hate hearing this, good luck with the fix.
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Old 11-29-2020, 11:02 AM   #8
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Picked up new 2021 - 20FB Caravel in Des Moines on Monday. Already put 2k miles on it through rain, sleet and snow but itís leaking like crazy. There are at least 8 places all throughout where itís leaking down walls and from ceiling and even through vent hood.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
Iíd return it and get my money back.

Hey Airstream? Are you listening? Keep digging your own grave. Another great American brand going to crap.
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Old 11-29-2020, 12:01 PM   #9
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Welcome to the world of Airstream Lemons. Good luck getting the dealer to make it right. I wish I'd have just taken my problem trailer back to the factory for the fixes, maybe things would have been fixed better, maybe.
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Old 11-29-2020, 12:06 PM   #10
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A Suggestion,
If you can pressurize the shell with an air source blowing into trailer like a fan, that is sealed up, spray trailer down with soapy water, locally in spots or generally cover trailer and watch for bubbles. Best to do indoors if possible or on a cloudy day windfree so suds wont dry up fast
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Old 11-29-2020, 01:58 PM   #11
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My guess is you have some outside seals that are not good. If you can find it the fix is simple. I had a leak in the bedroom area (closet). When I looked in the area I found one seam that didn’t have sealer like it should. I bought some clear silicon sealer and it worked. No leak. However with 8 leaks that is really quite a few and is really inexcusable. I’d take back to dealer and ask for a fix ASAP or your money back. You shouldn’t have to wait weeks for that kind of fix since it is new. But I’ve found dealers really slow to fix things, and not all that responsive. Many of them don’t have enough technicians and bays for the workload. I had to get an awning replaced under warranty. It was a real hassle. Hope yours go better. But call now, and if you can examine your seams look for breaks in the seal. Even if you can get a few it will help. Good luck.
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Old 11-29-2020, 09:37 PM   #12
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Leaks-

That is to bad, one of our worst nightmares a leak with a new unit. What happened to quality control and the high pressure wash station on the assembly line? A brand new factory and still pushing out product not checked out ready to camp. JC will fix it but I would request reimbursement for your travels. I would also not travel to Ohio until after April- Road SALT will rust and dissolve your new trailer
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:28 PM   #13
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shoot! could be a negligence. could have happened right before lunch at Jefferson Center, the roofer on Airstream tells himself that he ll be right back after lunch. His wife calls him and told him bad news.. forgot to add sealer on roof. stuff happens but wish that Airstream has a Quality Control department. That would solve just about every problems. Trailers made on Mondays and Fridays tend not done good job on assembling Airstream trailers.
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Old 11-30-2020, 05:19 AM   #14
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You may want to look at the reviews for Camper Clinic II before you decide. I had a terrible experience with them as have many others. I'd make time to go to Jackson Center. By the time you make an appointment and get there, other problems will probably have surfaced. They are the best! Well, except for quality control on the manufacturing line. They are still trying to figure that one out.
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Old 11-30-2020, 07:37 AM   #15
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How do you actually reach JC to schedule an appointment? I thought you had to go through a dealer?
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How do you actually reach JC to schedule an appointment? I thought you had to go through a dealer?
Call them direct at 937-596-6111 and use the menu to navigate to the Service Dept. They are very busy, so you might not get an appt for a few months. Maybe they will make it a priority for multiple leaks.
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Old 11-30-2020, 10:14 AM   #17
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And in the mean time, get some painters tape and track down the leak or leaks. It is a good method and will save you from future issues.
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