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Old 02-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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New Rusty Propane Pipes

What do you guys use, if anything, on the rusty propane pipes on your Forest River trailers? The ones, on my new 2013 Rockwood 2809W I just ordered, may just look bad and not be anything to worry about.

Do you paint them or do they stand up to the rusty conditions under our trailers with any concerns? I haven't found any threads where you talk about how you may do any improvements, or I may have missed them.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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Nothing but surface oxidation. Trl will fall apart around you before you have an issue with the propane pipes.
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I painted mine with black tremclad paint for appearance sake only.

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:55 PM   #4
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That is black iron and that is what it does, that is nothing compared to what I see in buildings, the older the buildings the worst it is...and FYI the first place you will get a leak is anywhere where there is a fitting because once it is threaded the thickness of the pipe is reduced and this area will break down and leak faster, and all you need to check for leaks is a small amount of soap and water and spray it on the fittings if it bubbles you have a leak.
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I painted mine with black tremclad paint for appearance sake only. Dave
Thanks, Dave. Did you buy a spray can or brush it on?

Did not know about tremclad, did web search, read a little, located it at Home Depot, sounds like the thing to do for cosmetic appearance.
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I guess the same holds true for the propane tank? My first class C was about 10 years old and the tank completely rusted. I just traded in my 2 year old Sunseeker 2300 and the propane tank already showed signs of rust beginning. Any way to keep the tank looking new and white as when they're new?
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Did not know about tremclad, did web search, read a little, located it at Home Depot, sounds like the thing to do for cosmetic appearance.
I just wire brushed the loose scale off and applied the black Tremclad paint with a brush. I've used the same paint for touch-ups on the frame, axles, pinbox and bumper.

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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I just wire brushed the loose scale off and applied the black Tremclad paint with a brush. I've used the same paint for touch-ups on the frame, axles, pinbox and bumper. Dave
As I crawled around under my new trailer and observed rust already forming here and there, hmmm-m-m-m everywhere, I'm investing in a can of that paint at Home Depot tomorrow.

Someday I may share a story with the forum about a little bit of rust and my boat trailer. It will explain my rust paranoia.
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I am an Officer in Charge of a Coast Guard ship built in 1961. Who wants to share rust stories?
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #10
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Dang, Tremclad only available in Canada. Didn't seem to find same Rustoleum paint product in USA. Figures. Maybe an EPA thing. Grumble.
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