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Old 08-12-2008, 09:26 AM   #1
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Hello all,
I am a first time poster and a first time Airstream owner, as of 2 weeks. I have attached ( I think ) an article from todays QC Times newspaper. The story is of our local Airstream dealer and his work in building from scratch, an Airstream for use as a medical unit in Africa. I saw this unit a few weeks ago still in the construction phase and was quite impressed.


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Old 08-12-2008, 09:40 AM   #2
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Howdy Jerry - Welcome to AIR Forums! Nice post for #1 too. Interesting article. It's hard to say but was it a new, custom Airstream body?


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Pretty neat. Welcome to the forums.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #4
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airstream NEEDS medical assistance after repairs at usadventure...

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...The story is of our local Airstream dealer and his work in building from scratch, an Airstream...
hi jerry and welcome to the forums...

interesting story and a worthy cause.

i find this short part interesting...
From that shell, Ben Kirby, a co-owner in the dealership, used his engineering skills to convert a travel trailer into a medical office on wheels...

...The dealership then relied on the expertise of its employees to work on the electrical and plumbing systems, carpentry and other tasks.
“They’re all craftsmen in their own right,” Dresselhaus said of his crew. US Adventure RV’s other owner is Bryan Heard.


this specific dealer-service-center and their "expert craftsmen" tried to install a new a/c on my unit a while back...

i returned to the shop hours after the install and was told "she's ready to go"...

after hopping inside the 'stream, i wiffed the overpowering vapor of vinegar (acetic acid), and LOTS of it....

the dreaded thought of household silicone sealant (which contains acetic acid) was confirmed,

when i asked "what did you use for sealant?"

"dap clear household silicone" was the boastful reply of the owner/service mgr pictured in the news story...

"our rvia certified tech couldn't figure out what all that flexible really tough gray stuff was, that the original a/c was installed with..."

"so after scraping it all off (pointing to the pile of sikaflex in the corner) we installed the new one CORRECTLY with silicone"

i then explained that sikaflex (or vulkem) and acryl-r were the primary sealants on new 'streams,

and using silicone based products on the aluminum skin was a HUGH NO NO...

and that this info was pretty common knowledge to savy owners and EVERY dealer/service center that i'd ever visited.

the 'skilled engineer' noted in the news piece (a vending machine repairman b4 working on 'streams) then said...

"i spent 3 whole days training in jackson center and never heard of vulkem or sikaflex or acryl-r"

while hitching up to escape this 3 ring circus, i suggested he call the factory service center and discuss sealants...

2 weeks later at the first rain, naturally the a/c hole LEAKED water like an open window....

so i contacted the quad city a/s shop about this and,

the same engineering-wizard-service mgr-owner, explained that they'd since ordered some the the "right sealants"...

and that my unit could be leaking for 2 reasons...

1. the silicone they used and,
2. that they broke the drip pan during the install, but USED IT ANYWAY!....

so 6 weeks later i was in j/c having ALL of their work UNDONE, the silicone removed and a new drip pan installed with the a/c...

but hey maybe this mobile medical unit will never get rained on right?

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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