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Old 11-18-2015, 09:44 AM   #2283
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Tom,

Filiform, although a real PITA, is only a cosmetic annoyance and can be dealt with.

Most folks here only accept ugly if they love it, a beautiful person with a zit on their nose is still a beautiful person.....an AS with filiform is still an AS.

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Old 11-18-2015, 10:16 AM   #2284
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Bob,

I should pay you for your wisdom. You've saved me $100s in psychiatric bills.
I need to let go of it too.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:05 PM   #2285
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I have had my new 2015 Bambi 16 ft. for 12 months now and have made 11 camping trips. No corrosion and have enjoyed it more than words can express. I wash and clean after each trip. I am a perfectionist at most things that I do, however, I know most are not. But have to except good enough sometime. If I were to sell my16 foot it would be to buy a larger airstream.

Happy camping and don't get hung up on the little things. Life is truly too short.


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Old 11-18-2015, 03:27 PM   #2286
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Many thanks to Gene, Bob and Ron for good words of wisdom!

Funny thing. When I showed my wife my post and subsequent responses, she said "we will buy an AS, I like it and your dogs like it. The damn sailboat you had is 10x more of a PIA than any AS will be!"

What can I say - happy wife, happy life! And then there are our two dogs...I think you know the pecking order in my house!

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Old 11-18-2015, 04:36 PM   #2287
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Tom, in this thread are simple steps on using corrosion preventative products to keep it from happening, and procedures for treating or repairing filiform corrosion if it does happen. A good knowledge base from actual user experience.

Our first Airstream had some corrosion when we bought it and we learned some lessons. With our new Airstream, now four years old and traveled in most states throughout the country, we set up a regular corrosion inspection and treatment schedule and have no traces of corrosion on or under our Airstream.

The other part of prevention is environment, they are metal travel trailers, not automobiles. We don't tow it through northern winter salted roads or park by the ocean. Those environments will eventually lead to some degree of corrosion which is still treatable, prevention products will help.
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:49 PM   #2288
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Listen to the wife Tom--buy it, she's right. My 32 foot offshore fishing boat with two turbocharged diesels and multiple electronics once sold, paid for the Airstream. If everything in the trailer went bad all at once, it would just be a normal maintenance day with the boat. And, use it also. We take the 2012 30FC to camping just on the back side of the dunes at the beach off Corpus Christi at least once a year. That exposure to the salt has caused me some problems, but nothing I can't fix and with proper annual maintenance, I have been able to keep filiform away except in a couple of small cases. Point is, buy it, use it and take care of it the best you can. The AS experience is worth every bit of time you spend messing with the upkeep.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:34 PM   #2289
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We saw this printed sign prominently displayed in the sales area at Airstream dealer Skyriver RV in Buellton, California recently.

May be paraphrasing slightly......."Filiform is a natural occurrence on aluminum and will not affect the integrity of your Airstream".

The last two new Airstreams that we purchased from Skyriver had Filiform corrosion, especially the first one, a 2013 Bambi 19 that they had on display at their dealership in Pismo Beach.

Skyriver seems to be in a CYA mode. I wonder how may other Airstream dealers are doing the same.
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If everything in the trailer went bad all at once, it would just be a normal maintenance day with the boat.
Perfect.
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As both a boat and Airstream owner, this debate sounds like the boat owners who say "I have never rubbed the paint off of the skeg". That would lead me to conclude that you have used your boat infrequently, if at all. Buy it, use it, take reasonable care of it, enjoy life.


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We saw this printed sign prominently displayed in the sales area at Airstream dealer Skyriver RV in Buellton, California recently.

May be paraphrasing slightly......."Filiform is a natural occurrence on aluminum and will not affect the integrity of your Airstream".

The last two new Airstreams that we purchased from Skyriver had Filiform corrosion, especially the first one, a 2013 Bambi 19 that they had on display at their dealership in Pismo Beach.

Skyriver seems to be in a CYA mode. I wonder how may other Airstream dealers are doing the same.
And yet you still bought two from them?
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:25 PM   #2293
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Filiform corrosion has little to do with amount of use, but rather the corrosive environment it's exposed to, preventive products that we as owners can apply, and repairs done to limit its spread when we find it.

As just mentioned, a fellow bought two new Airstreams that already had filiform. Our first new Airstream had some (we wised up since then).

The value of this thread is how to prevent it from happening and repair it when it (inevitably) does. Routine, often simple maintenance that can keep your Airstream looking near new for a lifetime of use and enjoyment.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:43 PM   #2294
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Doug makes a really good point. Seems the solution is to spray Boeshield T-9 or its equivalent on every cut edge, and probably all the rivets, as soon as the trailer is delivered. No small trick, but perhaps worth it. Corrosion X is easier to apply, but won't be as enduring.
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The paraphrase by interstateflyer of the dealer's posting:

May be paraphrasing slightly......."Filiform is a natural occurrence on aluminum and will not affect the integrity of your Airstream".


is essentially correct for regular atmospheric corrosion. But for filiform corrosion it might be better to say

Filiform is a natural occurrence on organic coated aluminum resulting from uncoated man-made production cuts and accidental defects in coating that will not affect the integrity of your Airstream, but can't say the same of resell value
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And yet you still bought two from them?
It was not immediately noticeable on the 19. We applied Corrosion X and used an Airstream supplied clear coat pen on the "squiggles" so they wouldn't expand and spread.

The 23D (purchased at their inland branch) had many fewer "squiggles" and we dealt with it in the same way.

I closely inspect and repair "squiggles" if necessary at every washing. It's a fact of life on the California coast.

I regularly point out filiform "squiggles" to fellow Airstreamers on their new trailers. Most are unaware.

BTW. I traded the 19 back into the same dealer and they didn't even glance at the 100+ little "squiggle" repairs.

Bottom line.....don't freak out. Just keep up with repairs and enjoy your Airstream.
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