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Old 07-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #1387
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Hi Doug aka all you corrosion experts out there. Talked to Airstream again yesterday, asked for Classic style lights. Reply, "send a email asking and let me see if I can get those for you". So will keep you informed as to whether I get the larger gaskets, Classic lights, or both. I did just ask for the lights and would put them on myself, saving them the service charge from dealer. Would like to keep it away from the dealer as much as possible as they keep the trailer forever and it always comes back with a new dent in it somewhere. Thanks for the info on this Doug.
Howard - did you talk with anyone in particular? Thx
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #1388
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I sent an email to Airstream yesterday about our 2012 International purchased in August of 2012. This is the reply I got:


Debbie,

Hello, We have the same light but have a casting that can be put on around the running light after treating the area to help cover it. If you would like to take your trailer to one of our dealers I will help by sending the casting to them and a paper on how to treat the areas. Let me know which dealer you would like to take your trailer.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:55 PM   #1389
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Howard - did you talk with anyone in particular? Thx
I've been dealing with a couple of reps. Let me get a reply and I'll send you all the info and results. I sent them photos of the double problem, as Doug called it, leaking lights and the filiform issue. Asked for the Classic lights to solve them both, did not want water filled LEDs even if bases no longer caused damage as would be the fix they offered Debbie.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:12 PM   #1390
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Good to hear they are working with you; try to get the Classic lights if you can as they do solve both issues.

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Old 07-17-2013, 01:36 PM   #1391
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I got my marker light corrosion issue taken care of. Talked with my dealer service tech and he said AS has been standing behind the repairs that needed fixed. I then called JC customer service and they said they would send the parts, New classic covers, to the dealer of my choice and work would be done at no expense to me. Parts came in, set up an appointment, they had the trailer for 1 day and the finished result was excellent. Corrosion sanded, treated with corrosion x, re clearcoated, new fixtures, and everything sealed up nice. Thank you George M. Sutton Service for your work. It is top notch.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #1392
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Kingfish, good to hear. They replaced mine at the Service Center in Jackson Center. Very pleased with the new fixtures.

Anyone with a 2011 or early 2012 model ought to watch for this problem, and take care of it.

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Old 07-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #1393
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Can someone post pics of the classic light assemblies?
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #1394
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Same issue with my 2011. Airstream sent me the castings, sealant, clear coat pen and instructions for installation. Seems to do a decent job, but you have to be careful removing the LED lights. We must have stretched the wires too much as after all was complete two lights no longer work. Haven't gotten around to fixing that yet.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:14 AM   #1395
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Can someone post pics of the classic light assemblies?
The guys from The factory came into St Louis to do mine. They were working at the local dealer. I will take a picture of the new light assemblies and get it posted. They do look nice.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:09 PM   #1396
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just returned from the factory, they said to do what has been said on this form and that is all, no mention of replacement of lights.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #1397
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just returned from the factory, they said to do what has been said on this form and that is all, no mention of replacement of lights.
Typical.... 2yr, out of warranty, JC statement.
Kind'a glad I have the old style incan, no problem with filiform, just took some time stopping the leaks.
Too much to ask to have no leaks and no corrosion.

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The corrosion at every marker light suddenly appeared on our 2011 FC23FB within six weeks of my last polishing. This trailer is 27 months old and has been washed with ArmorAll products after every use, and polished with NuFinish twice per year. It is normally stored under cover in very low humidity in Colorado, but did spend five months at the Gulf Coast this year. The skin looks great, but there is the corrosion at the leading and trailing edges of each marker light. Upon my request, Airstream has offered a 'goodwill' clearcoat repair and replacement with the Classic castings by my dealer. That's good (except for the 500 mile roundtrip to the dealer) but I really want to understand the cause of this corrosion. If it was my sailboat I would say electrolysis, but I don't see that process with the trailer. Is this aluminum skin really so vulnerable to corrosion? What resonable care will prevent such?
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:51 AM   #1399
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The problem is not galvanic corrosion. Google "filiform corrosion".
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The corrosion at every marker light suddenly appeared on our 2011 FC23FB within six weeks of my last polishing. This trailer is 27 months old and has been washed with ArmorAll products after every use, and polished with NuFinish twice per year. It is normally stored under cover in very low humidity in Colorado, but did spend five months at the Gulf Coast this year. The skin looks great, but there is the corrosion at the leading and trailing edges of each marker light. Upon my request, Airstream has offered a 'goodwill' clearcoat repair and replacement with the Classic castings by my dealer. That's good (except for the 500 mile roundtrip to the dealer) but I really want to understand the cause of this corrosion. If it was my sailboat I would say electrolysis, but I don't see that process with the trailer. Is this aluminum skin really so vulnerable to corrosion? What resonable care will prevent such?
Here is a pretty good description, (the far left column lists the different forms of corrosion).

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