Originally Posted by Will Ackerman
To the left of the door i have a damp spot i have replaced all the seals including soil stack kitchen stove vent and refrig vent windows and door dose anyone have any ideas as to where my leak maybe
As you come in or as you go out? if it is to the left as you go in then you should look to your galley for leaks as well as the out side, such as fridge vents and windows over the sink if you have a curb side kitchen. Also fridge condensation once defrosting or shut off may drip out and then back towards the door.
If it is to the left as you go out - then this is more likely a window being the culprit. (as well as any number of seams or vents) - even down to the awning screws - basically anything that penetrates the skin has a potential to leak over the years. Don't forget to check all the running lights a little dab of parbond with a Q-tip right on the top of the seem between the light and the skin works wonders. This is where we were having a leak - it ran from the light down the wire onto a frame and then out through one of the little reading lights in the forward bulkhead. That one took a while to figure out! and a bucket stayed in place for the whole spring until we found it.
Another culprit is on the 69'-70 somethings the window eyebrows have two open hole rivets that mount the top hing to the window - water does get in and drip on the inside of the window if the holes are big enough - this then fills up the window well - overflows after time and then continues on its way DOWN in which ever direction is the fastest. Again a bit of parbon does the trick.
Another bad place for leaking is the rubrail. If you notice there is not a Vintage unit out there that has not had a rock fly up and damage the banana wrap - this can bend and twist the rubrail just enough that you don't notice it but water can catch on the top of the rub rail and get in.
And one last culprit I can think of is a very small pin hole leak in the hot water tank - which can give you the false impression that it is a pipe leak when in fact it is the tank itself. To check this thoroughly you have to take the tank out and and take it appart - or if lazy you could introduce die colouring and watch for the pretty colour to appear on your floor
We used clear for now just to get her all sealed up unitil the big polish session starts this coming summer.
Happy leak hunting - leaks are half the fun of owning an airstream better on land than in the water....... yacht.....sinking.....etc