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Old 08-30-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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rust on new trailer


We are seriously looking at a new 2013 Jayco 23M. Most of the trailer inside and out is in immaculate condition but we did find significant rusting on the welded loops that attach the safety chains to the hitch and on the underside of the coupler head. There is also rust on the heads of the bolts that fasten some sort of bracket on the suspension. As well, there was what appears to be spotted rust on the front of the frame, not a lot, but there is some. Is this something to be concerned about, given that this is a new trailer and never been used? We love the trailer and it is at a sale price (not because of the rust we hope) but we don't want to invest in a unit if this rusting is a sign of defective steel or if the safety chain link attachment loop has been weakened by this rust. Are there any welders or steel fabricators out there who might be able to comment about this? The dealer says they will touch up the rusted areas but I'm not convinced this will be a long-term solution.



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Old 08-30-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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I would not be concerned about the areas you are seeing rust appear. This is very normal. I'm assuming this is a used trailer unless it is new and was towed from the factory to the dealership? Either way - safety chains will rust if they are rubbed against each other and the front frame of the TT will experience paint chipping from road debris but black spray paint coating it once a year will slow it down significantly. IMHO I would not let these things stop me from making a purchase if the price is attractive.

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Old 08-31-2013, 03:23 AM   #3
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Sounds like it has been sitting around for awhile. I would have the dealer take care of the rust and paint the areas. You are buying a new trailer should look like one.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:29 AM   #4
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That is completely normal, a good dealer will repaint it for you. Ours looked liked that initially, when we picked it up, the tongue, bumper and outside of the frame had been repainted. It's really nothing to be concerned about.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:42 AM   #5
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Surface rust due to either lack of initial painting, or chipping off of the original paint is nothing to be worried about. On the areas you describe, there is plenty of metal that will take a long time to weaken. Cleaning off the surface rust and applying paint will take care of this cosmetic issue. BTW, have you ever looked under a brand new auto or truck at the dealer, particularly the drive train ? Chances are there are parts there that the factory never painted to begin with, and they rusted on the way to the dealer. Never a problem, except for the look.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:45 AM   #6
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Agree with all the posts.
I prefer to use a Rust Stop primer before painting.
I do this to the under body of all my vehicles and TT.


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Old 08-31-2013, 07:13 AM   #7
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I clean as much rust of with a wire brush every year and touch up with rust paint. They must use the same paint process as they do on vehicle hitches. I've yet to see a hitch that doesn't have some rust on it after one year.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:45 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by gwncanuck View Post
Hi, The dealer says they will touch up the rusted areas but I'm not convinced this will be a long-term solution.....gwncanuck
Not be Johnny Raincloud....but there is no "long term" solution to fighting rust on Travel Trailers other than constant maintenance..... They're simply not built to be indestructible...

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Likely just surface rust. I'd (personally) prep the surface rust with a rust preventative primer or paint then hit the chassis with a few cans of of rubberized undercoating expecially if your in the NE region
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:28 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the helpful comments. We'll be going back for more discussion in a few days so I'll get a chance to take another look it.



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