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Old 04-23-2019, 08:21 PM   #1
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Chassis (and other stuff) Corrosion

So we picked up our new Alante 31V (2018 model). Everything looking good for the most part and even the missing Garmin screen device showed up very quickly (thanks to Richardson RV for good service) now even with a spare dock unit.

Today I crawled under the coach to install a rock skirt and found that the chassis beams and other suspension parts are seriously rusted. I don't even know if there is really some paint on the beams. Obviously the motorhome has been sitting in the dealer lot for over a year (but in a very dry climate) and who knows which salted roads were driven from Indiana to California. Otherwise there is some corrosion on the steel and aluminum parts in the propane/heater compartment.

Now, should I just ignore this, given the hefty steel parts which won't rust away anytime soon? Or should I prime and paint everything?

Actually, is this sorry excuse of a paint job for the chassis normal?
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:09 PM   #2
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Our Greyhawk had rust on the chassis, too. Our dealer sanded and recoated it under warranty four years ago and itís not returned.
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:37 AM   #3
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I would document the condition of the beams and conytact Jayco Motorized CS and send them the photos and ask how they want you to proceed. My experience is they are very good to work with and will help you get to a resolution.


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Old 04-24-2019, 07:53 AM   #4
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I would coat it.

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Thanks for the recommendations. I took some pictures and will send to Jayco CS. I find that unacceptable.

Just to give an idea how I received the coach, I attach some pictures below. Pretty poor condition for a new vehicle, even if from previous model year. For that matter, all the loose and dangling wires do not inspire much confidence in long term reliability.
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Old 04-25-2019, 06:37 AM   #6
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Jerry,


Could be an optical illusion, but it looks to me like you may have a crack in picture 2 just to the left of the leaf springs where they attach to the axle. Hard to tell in the photo, could just as easily be a shadow, but worth checking on in person to confirm.

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Old 04-25-2019, 07:28 AM   #7
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You could also Fluid Film the chassis on your unit.
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Could be an optical illusion, but it looks to me like you may have a crack in picture 2 just to the left of the leaf springs where they attach to the axle. Hard to tell in the photo, could just as easily be a shadow, but worth checking on in person to confirm.

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Thanks for the hint! It does really look like a crack but I looked at it again today and there is nothing to see (other than the darn rust). I suspect this may be a sharp shadow of the curved axle surface created by the small distance between camera lens and flashlight of the cellphone.
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Ok good... I wasn't sure but better to check and know, than to not check and have a failure.
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Old 04-25-2019, 03:43 PM   #10
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Yes, it got me scared for a moment...

I did some research and I found a lot of chassis rust related complaints on this and on other forum sites. Looks like the shoddy rust protection is an industry disease, not just Jayco and the even more shoddy road salt cleaning after transport is also typical for many dealerships.

Let's see if I can get any feedback from the dealer or Jayco customer service. I am already hesitant to let the dealer fix the rust, assuming they will just spray over the rust with black rattle can paint. There are reports regarding that as well.

Not a good start of my motorhome adventure
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