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Old 10-23-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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Rust ????? on New trailer

So I have been looking for a trailer so I went today about 3 hours to a dealer and they had 2 brand new 2014 model's on the paved lot ,
As soon as I walk up to the first one I bend down on my knee's to look under it and there was rust all over , mostly by all the weld's" front back side's " and then springs and torsion suspension peace . I notice this on another 2014 at a local rv store where I live and I thought maybe its a one off so I will travel to go look at another one and same thing .

What do you all do to keep it from rusting or is that all part of a travel trailer ?

when I was at this dealer they had a brand new 2015 Laredo there so I looked under it and NO rust at all "nothing", So I thought this would be the time to spray undercoating under and around the frame to protect it , but with the 2014 jayco's that I looked at they where to far gone to even think about spraying them " you would have to sand first lot of work

Let me here what you guy's do

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Old 10-24-2014, 03:45 AM   #2
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Mine is now 5 years old with very little frame or running gear rust. I`m thinking since they are 2014`s those trailers may have been dragged through salt last Winter during delivery, and have sat on the lot since.....It should also be noted that most of these mass produced RV manufacturers use the same frame manufacturer. So it is unlikely Keystone would have a more rustproof frame then Jayco, or vice versa.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:44 AM   #3
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I`m thinking since they are 2014`s those trailers may have been dragged through salt last Winter during delivery, and have sat on the lot since.....
This is the main reason.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:06 AM   #4
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Exactly. Even the owners manual says to check the frame regularly and repaint it if needed. Mine was manufactured in late fall of 2012 and we bought it in May of 2013. The frame was not rusted but there was a little rust on the wheels and the brackets for the propane tanks are all rusted. Disappointing but it is the reality of trailers.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:08 AM   #5
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The paint on the frame is not that thick, bare minimum and my unit needed touching up. I used an undercoating by Eastwood, touched up and reinforced areas underneath exposed to the elements. Very easy to do and will keep the frame in better condition.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:41 AM   #7
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My new White Hawk was driven through the snow prior to delivery this February. The dealer had pressure washed the unit and frame. I asked them to paint the rust spots and they did. No problem.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:31 PM   #8
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I am constantly finding little rust areas on my new 2014 Eagle. I carry a can of black Rustoleum to hit those spots. The Rustoleum bonds with the rust and seals things up. I like to give it a brush with a wire brush as necessary before hitting it with paint.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:28 PM   #9
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Checked under our TT and there was a little surface rust/on the frame and the 1/2 pipe main gas line as well, a little sand paper ,sprayed it with some metal prep will spray some black on Monday..
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Never start off with rust on the outside or stains on the inside. After you purchase always be vigilant of rust and stains. Water is your trailers worst enemy.
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