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Old 02-20-2011, 09:10 AM   #61
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Yes, all trailers and houses will leak eventually.

But, Airstreams would leak less if workmanship at the factory was better. There are plenty of reports of sloppy sealing and overtorqueing of screws on things like the skylights.

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Old 02-20-2011, 10:27 AM   #62
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Zip Dee

An interesting note is that Zipdee that is all they use to seal around any awning equipment.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #63
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New Airstream leaks

Our new FC is leaking and the water is coming in from a seam on the curbside. Not bad, but enough to be concerned.
It's obviously within the warranty period and we will take it to Jackson Center
for repairs within the next month or so. I'm wondering what we can anticipate
at the factory. I'm hoping they identify the leak, assess the damage, repair the damage and replace whatever has been ruined. And, of course, fix the source of the problem. Can some of you please share your warranty repair experiences in Jackson Center?
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:08 PM   #64
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Our new FC is leaking and the water is coming in from a seam on the curbside. Not bad, but enough to be concerned.
It's obviously within the warranty period and we will take it to Jackson Center
for repairs within the next month or so. I'm wondering what we can anticipate
at the factory. I'm hoping they identify the leak, assess the damage, repair the damage and replace whatever has been ruined. And, of course, fix the source of the problem. Can some of you please share your warranty repair experiences in Jackson Center?
Ask them to test the trailer in the "bath house" where all the trailers are tested during the manufacturing process.

It's quite a sight to watch.

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:00 PM   #65
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I have a 1975. I noticed the front floor was spongy in places. After removing the wood I noticed the insulation was soaked. I caulked all the trimming around the lower edges. There are no obvious leaks but after a heavy rain, water comes in from somewhere and gets the inside of the aluminum flooring wet. Any suggestions?????
What am I missing????
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:00 PM   #66
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What am I missing????
The entire roof, especially the sewer vent(s), roof vents, antenna, air conditioner. Window gaskets, side seam and lap joints, access doors.

Plumbing . . .

Step release slot leaks a LOT.

Vista windows can leak bad.

All the above . . .
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #67
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Ray,
Check the plywood at and around the door. The plywood holds the door frame in place at the bottom. If the plywood is rotten,soft,spongy at the bottom of the door frame this will allow the frame to recess into the trailer ever so slight and the door will not seal.
As for leaks from the top and around vents, a/c, antenna, you can take the approach one of the po of my trailer. He cured all the leaks. He took approx. 5 gallons of BLACK TAR and mopped the entire top down to the windows. NO LEAKS.
Three weeks of cleaning that mess off and I found 4 prepunched holes in the top skin that no rivets had ever been driven. 37 years after it left the factory.
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I have all the rear interior panels in the bathroom removed in my 77 Sovereign. With out being hooked up to city water or having my water tank in place, I still have running water in the bathroom. It is coming in from the tail lights... Like Niagara Falls! It just needs to be sealed along the top and perimeter of the tail light housing. This spot is what did the most damage to my rear floor.
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I guess I have some work cut out for me. Thanks for all the advice. I'll let you know what happens.
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The awning rail can be a source of leaks. When I removed the awning roller from my trailer I found 5 pre-punched rivet holes that never had a rivet.

My trailer had 11 separate and unrelated leaks from the entry door to the front of the curbside living area window. That's only about 5 feet of space. I ended up removing the interior skin to find and fix the leaks. The step release slot is a designed leak. There's no fix for that. My blog shows part of my solution for that issue.
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Also the awning rail supports. On ours they are mounted on a seam and sealing something that has an uneven place to put it is difficult, but necessary. The water that collects behind the awning comes down on the rail supports. Our lower support was leaking onto the top of the subfloor.

Rivets not installed—we had problems with a side window and when the dealer tried to fix it and took off the top part of the hinge, they left out about half of the rivets. I put screws in the holes and took it to the factory service center where they did it correctly.

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I saw a sign at a service center for RVs that said:

"If you think you don't have a leak, you just haven't found it yet."

In Western Washington, we know a bit about rain and mildew. Most shops will pressurize your unit with a powerful fan running into your top vent, then squirt soapy water all over to see where the bubbles indicate a leak. Simple and fast. I had a leaky top light and TV antenna base. $75 seems cheap to diagnose the mysterious travels of water. The top running light was centered, but the water showed up on one side at the floor!
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