What were the designers of the Airstream bumper area thinking ?
This design reminds me of a man with jeans on and his shirt tail tucked into his pants..........that is what this design looks like. And they did not expect rain to go inside ?
After a long, cold, wet winter, I finally got to address the problem of my rear bumper.
I waited for a dry spell and removed the trim to seal it.
Thank goodness for marine grade plywood..........mine is solid as a rock and dry as toast since I had it covered with plastic all winter.
Mine had been very slightly seeping onto the edge of the ply wood in the rear storage but had not hurt anything.
I was amazed to find the wood as hard as a new piece would be with not even discoloration.
The job was as hard as I expected it to be........about 8 out of 10.
Several screws were rusted in place and I had to use an easy out bolt/screw remover.........it worked well.
The gap in the aluminum and under belly was about 1/4 average with a couple small sections almost 1/2 inch wide.
Airstreams defect on this design is worse than I realized until I got the trim off.
I really caulked it very well and then put it heavy on the screws and all remaining holes.
I don't see how it could ever leak but water has a way of surprising me.
The hard part for me was getting the trim back on and the plastic trim inside. I got quite a bit of caulk on my trim and will try to remove it later with mineral spirits and a tooth brush.
I am determined to make sure this problem never comes back and if it does I will take it to the next level with different solutions.
I did not take pics because I knew it would be very messy...........it was.
Now I wait for rain...............