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Old 02-07-2016, 10:53 AM   #1
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My trailer is only 8 months old, has never been driving in salt but the frame rust is already terrible. I can't believe how thin the factory e-coat is. What is the general consensus on a long term product? Por-15?
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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It would be nice if Jayco Powder Coated them like some of the other manufactures.. but then again $$$$. I just keep a close watch on the normal areas and sand blast it, prime and repaint.. a yearly project.. and it is time to check again. Thanks

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I've noticed this as well on almost all brand TT's in the same price range. I looked at a keystone Springdale that had been on the dealer lot for about 10 months. When I looked underneath I couldn't believe how bad the rust was. The dealer actually brushed it off as no big deal and said they'd repaint it. My new Jay flight will be permanently located just a 1/4 mile from the ocean and this is a big concern for me. I've actually been looking at products to treat the frame with. I agree in that they should powdercoat these things. I know I'd pay extra for a powdercoated frame.
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My trailer is only 8 months old, has never been driving in salt but the frame rust is already terrible. I can't believe how thin the factory e-coat is. What is the general consensus on a long term product? Por-15?
I use Por 15 all the time on my vehicles. Works great and I do not see why it wouldn't work just as well on your trailer frame. It is expensive but certainly a worthwhile investment.
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Our Greyhawk had rust on several frame members as noted in this post and the one immediately following it. Our dealer sanded and repainted the frame under warranty last winter. I am keeping an eye on it and no rust has reappeared.
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Our Greyhawk had rust on several frame members as noted in this post and the one immediately following it. Our dealer sanded and repainted the frame under warranty last winter. I am keeping an eye on it and no rust has reappeared.
I will try to have this fixed under warranty too. It's not right that it's rusting this badly so quickly. My 1986 Fleetwood had less rust on it.

I just bought a Continental cargo trailer which is made in the same factory as Forest River and it's rusting quickly too. It's really sad how poor the quality is on products now.
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Even though you have never towed it in the snow, they are manufactured in Indiana, it snows there, and someone had to pull it to your dealer. We have learned to look at the build date on the sticker to ensure it was not towed in the snow.
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Complain to your dealer. When I told them about it they initially said it wouldn't be covered under warranty. I told them to run it past Jayco and they did. To their surprise Jayco approved sanding down and repainting the frame, jacks and other parts. Worth a try.
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My new Jay flight will be permanently located just a 1/4 mile from the ocean and this is a big concern for me. I've actually been looking at products to treat the frame with.
I am a couple hundred yards from the Gulf of Mexico and do not have any issues out of the ordinary. I drove and parked my 65 Mustang here for 18 years and it was OK. The parts that I have issues with are where the welds are, as they (frame mfr) probably welded the frame and put it outside in the elements and after a few weeks brought it into their shop painted over the slight surface rust and sent it to Jayco. Needless to say, after 6 months the rust shows through the paint.

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If you ever go to a rv factory, the bare frames are stacked outside like firewood.

Inspection, cleaning and spraying are regular maintenance items. My rig has few rusts spots and when I find on, it's wire brushed and sprayed with rustoleum.

I would be interested in what products are used by others. I have heard of some using the spray on bedliner material but I have not seen a need for it on mine.
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