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Old 08-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Rust on a one year-old trailer?

How long was it before you saw rust on your frame?

I have a 2012 Coachmen Clipper 126 (bought in August 2012) that has been out seven times and stored in an underground parking garage. They are painting the garage so I had to move it out and I noticed there is rust ALL over the exterior frame rails!
The brochure says the frame is powder coated, which obviously is BS, because rust doesn't propagate through powder coating, it grows under it. Our 2007 Starcraft was almost five years old before rust started coming through.



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Old 08-23-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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About a year on the last one, but I expect it being about ten minutes off the Tx coast.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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My camper was delivered during the winter so that option came with the camper.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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Nice.
...sarcasm... of course...
I noticed some trim falling off the wall today in ours.
We are going to a different brand.
A year and a half and I'm done.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:11 AM   #5
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Twisty, I wish I had that option.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:44 AM   #6
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also, FR has great customer service, but what I need is a trailer that doesn't need any customer service.
The Coachmen class C we rented on our trip was as bad as our pup, too. The trim along the top the slideout fell off and hit the kids on the head, not to mention the clusterf#@& of wiring that the dealership had to go through to fix the slideout motor.
They just removed the slide motor and I just pulled out and pushed in the slideout by hand during our trip, and used slide locks to keep it closed while driving. It was comical. I wasn't laughing at the time, though.
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also, FR has great customer service, but what I need is a trailer that doesn't need any customer service.
The Coachmen class C we rented on our trip was as bad as our pup, too. The trim along the top the slideout fell off and hit the kids on the head, not to mention the clusterf#@& of wiring that the dealership had to go through to fix the slideout motor.
They just removed the slide motor and I just pulled out and pushed in the slideout by hand during our trip, and used slide locks to keep it closed while driving. It was comical. I wasn't laughing at the time, though.
Don't believe that's powder coat, more of a piss coat of enamel paint. On heavy structural members it will outlast you, sheetmetal shown will waste away much quicker! Maybe .020-.040" per year of steel thicness. Need to keep it preserved where possible. The powder coated pieces are hidded of course!
"Ashes to ashes" you can't stop it, but you can slow it down.
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Maybe it was that (Salty Ride) over to Korea? Youroo!!
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Maybe it was that (Salty Ride) over to Korea? Youroo!!
It was shipped inside a container.

Why did it take five years for my Starcraft to start to rust like this?
Why hasn't the frame of my car started rusting like this even though it's 10 years old and has 10 years (and 160,000 miles) of going down salted winter roads?
It's called quality. If this thing actually was powder coated, I'd be surprised.

Here's a shot of the brochure mentioning powder coating.

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Old 08-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #10
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We just got our 2014 surveyor trailer and I am very surprised at how they construct them with bolts and nuts and such that are not somewhat rust proof. Kind of sucks to walk around a 2014 trailer and see a bunch of rust colour on those parts, and inside the furnace vent. Frame looks fine though.
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