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Old 10-20-2011, 01:40 PM   #21
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Slide out question

I found the drain tubes you mentioned, I attempted to push the WD40 spray tube in and hit a hard stop on both sides at about 2.5". Is there a bend in it that you are aware of
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:32 PM   #22
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Hi,

The WD-40 tube is probably too short and not strong enough.

I use about 3 feet of either stranded wire, or perhaps a typical piece of wire used to hang drop ceiling grid. Something that can bend a little but still is strong enough to push through whatever is blocking the tube.

Just before I wrote to you today, I got my wire out again and cleaned out my tubes so I could accurately tell you where the tube goes and what it does. I pushed about 3 feet of wire through the tube, then went inside the trailer. It's easy to see the wire laying on the trailer floor. I had another white spider's nest blocking my front tube again and didn't realize it. Once you see where the hole is inside the trailer, you will understand how the carpet can act like a wick when the tube is blocked up.

This procedure is just good maintenance, however caulking everything on the roof is a must do.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:39 AM   #23
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2004 safari 28" slide out leak at floor

Have carpet & all furniture out, rained hard here yesterday; a 4 inch puddle on floor @ sofa side plus a little wet at bottom of wall carpet in same area. Hope to work on it this weekend but not a clue where the water is entering. My husband has caulked & added an extended piece of rubber gasket on outside of slide but still leaking.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:45 AM   #24
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2004 safari 28" slide out leak at floor

Have carpet & all furniture out, rained hard here yesterday; a 4 inch puddle on floor @ sofa side plus a little wet at bottom of wall carpet in same area. Hope to work on it this weekend but not a clue where the water is entering. My husband has caulked & added an extended piece of rubber gasket on outside of slide but still leaking.
As well, we discovered the notorius back storage leak, a huge hole in plywood under the carpet. We discovered this while driving to florida last nov & worked on it down there for 1 week but still wet; have to try to fix this as well.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:27 AM   #25
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Well here we go again with new ideas about AS slide leak repair possibilities.

Put the slide all the way out and you will see that the molded roof tucks inside of the side wall, not outside the aluminum side wall. Therefore, it is important to check that the line of caulk is in good condition and complete. Then put the slide all the way in and go inside the AS to look at the caulk line. If your slide was incompletely caulked by the factory, like mine was, you will see that the last 1 or 2 inches of caulk is missing and can only be seen from inside the AS. Apparently, the person on the assembly line caulked the slide when it was in the out position. With the caulk being sticky and wet, the slide WAS NOT put in the closed position to complete the last 2 inches of the caulk job. With an incomplete caulk line, the slide appears to leak at the seal. Slide seals are perhaps being replaced unnecessarily when in fact less then five cents of caulk would stop a leak. I went to the Home Depot and got a roll of 3M clear exterior weather tape and installed it in two pieces for each side of the slide. Two feet with the slide out and one foot (with overlap) with the slide in. Airstream stopped making these slide quite a few year ago and now stories about rotten floors around the slides are becoming more common as the years go by. Don't wait to resolve any evidence of a leak! Check you line of caulk today.

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Old 09-10-2014, 09:35 AM   #26
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:17 AM   #27
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I have the same problem--I noticed the stains on the carpet by the sofa when I purchased my 2004 Classic 34 w/ slide out, but bought it anyway. Then when I towed it from Texas to Florida in the rain, I saw where it had leaked on the trip. I had not had any problems with the slide-out in the "out" position until this weekend, and now the carpet is wet in that corner. I have not had the awning out due to it being windy, but was wondering if that would help. I'm thinking it may be a worn out seal.... being female, none of the above fixes sound doable for me. I will need to find an AS service place that can take care of the problem. I'm in the Tallahassee area right now.
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:27 AM   #28
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I have the same problem--I noticed the stains on the carpet by the sofa when I purchased my 2004 Classic 34 w/ slide out, but bought it anyway. Then when I towed it from Texas to Florida in the rain, I saw where it had leaked on the trip. I had not had any problems with the slide-out in the "out" position until this weekend, and now the carpet is wet in that corner. I have not had the awning out due to it being windy, but was wondering if that would help. I'm thinking it may be a worn out seal.... being female, none of the above fixes sound doable for me. I will need to find an AS service place that can take care of the problem. I'm in the Tallahassee area right now.
Check the rubber seals on each side of the slide and silicone them a few times a year. Also make sure when both in or out that the seals aren't kinked.
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:52 PM   #29
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Your slide is probably not leaking.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:13 PM   #30
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Keep in mind that water can sit on top of the extended slide out (underneath the extended awning). When you retract the slide, the water on top can spill down to the carpet below while the slide is being retracted. Typically the top of the extended slide stays dry and is protected by awning. A wind driven rain however is different and water can blow under that awning.

I have a squeegee that is on a long handle. If I think there might be water on top of the slide, I'll use the squeegee prior to bringing in the slide. I've never had a leak from the slide, but that top of slide gasket that seals the slide when it is fully open or closed does not touch the slide roof when it is moving into the open or closed position. The slide unit itself drops a little when moving so the gasket can't act as a squeegee on the roof.

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Old 12-18-2018, 05:57 PM   #31
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Okay--I'll do that! Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:55 AM   #32
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It's been pouring rain for about 20 hours here at my Central Florida location and all areas around my slideout are dry and snug. When it stops pouring two days from now I'll send photos of how I fixed my slideout leaks.
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:52 AM   #33
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I have the same problem--I noticed the stains on the carpet by the sofa when I purchased my 2004 Classic 34 w/ slide out, but bought it anyway. Then when I towed it from Texas to Florida in the rain, I saw where it had leaked on the trip. I had not had any problems with the slide-out in the "out" position until this weekend, and now the carpet is wet in that corner. I have not had the awning out due to it being windy, but was wondering if that would help. I'm thinking it may be a worn out seal.... being female, none of the above fixes sound doable for me. I will need to find an AS service place that can take care of the problem. I'm in the Tallahassee area right now.

J. D. Sanders in Alachua/Gainesville has a good reputation. I don't know how many slides they see but it might be worth a call.

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Old 12-22-2018, 06:30 AM   #34
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Your slide is probably not leaking.
Your comment brings up the question--what do you think is the cause? You may be right... I checked the seal and it looks okay. I did notice that the former owner put some type of tape (aluminum?) on the rivets just below where the awning closes and the corner of it was loose and brittle but the rest looks like its holding. The water is along the baseboard behind the dinette and along the edge of the couch right now--previously it looked like is was all over the corner.
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J. D. Sanders in Alachua/Gainesville has a good reputation. I don't know how many slides they see but it might be worth a call.

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Yes--I took the AS JD Sanders in October and they fixed up some stuff for me. They were very helpful. However, it is very hard to get an appointment--I believe they told me they are booked for the next month or so.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:29 AM   #36
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Have carpet & all furniture out, rained hard here yesterday; a 4 inch puddle on floor @ sofa side plus a little wet at bottom of wall carpet in same area. Hope to work on it this weekend but not a clue where the water is entering. My husband has caulked & added an extended piece of rubber gasket on outside of slide but still leaking.
As well, we discovered the notorius back storage leak, a huge hole in plywood under the carpet. We discovered this while driving to florida last nov & worked on it down there for 1 week but still wet; have to try to fix this as well.
That sounds more like a window or seam leak than the slide. West Marine (and others) sell a product call Captain Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure. It is a liquid. You drip a little around each rivet and along each seam and molding. If it disappears, put down some more until it stops. I have read good reports. Carefully inspect each seam, rivet, and molding in the area of the leak. The water, however, could be coming from anywhere and running along the outside of the inside wall until it finds a way out.

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Old 12-27-2018, 07:08 AM   #38
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Leak check.

1. With slide out. Note that fiberglass roof is underneath side wall aluminum. Caulk if needed with clear silkaflex or equal. After dry, put slide in and finish caulk line.

2. Replace factory skylights with Maximum Sky Lights.* Use Delcor white self leveling roof caulk.

3. Remove wraparound stone guards on front windows. Pry back rubber seal around window glass and seal. I used 3M gasket sealer.

4. Seal all running lights. Make very tiny hole in tube of clear silkaflex or equal.

5. Remove old caulk around all roof vents, PVC pipes, etc.* Replace with a self leveling roof caulk.* I successfully use Delcor white self leveling roof caulk.

6. With slide out and slide awning extended, install threaded eyelets on bottom of slide and use nylon jack straps front & rear to pull awning taunt.*

7. Install an "L" shaped aluminum angle to awning cover with caulk & rivets to direct water past vertical side cracks front & rear of slide.* Photos to follow.




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Old 12-27-2018, 07:16 AM   #39
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8. Remove interior air conditioner sconces. Tighten 3 or 4 tie down bolts.Click image for larger version

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9. Caulk awning rail with Delcor
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:22 AM   #40
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10. Replace caulk around door & windows.

S/O owners, the slideout Airstreams are now 10+ years old. If yours is sitting outside like mine is there are 3 key considerations to avoid dealing with leaks & rotten floors. They are - Maintenance, maintenance and maintenance.
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