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Old 04-04-2008, 12:53 PM   #351
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corrosion 2006

I have a 19 CCD bought Dec 06. Spider corrosion scattered over top panels front and back as well as back panels at lights level. Lights also have corrosion. Trying to find Corrosion X or ACF 50. Boat suppy has Boeshield T 9 for aluminum boats and trailers. Anyone with experience with any of these products. Thanks Chandler
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:31 PM   #352
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Just got back from the dealer getting my wheel bearings repacked.

Took a look at the newer units that were in for service and each of them had various layers of corrosion all over them. They all made mine look like it had no issues, they were that bad.

Also, I noticed on a new Safari 27 FB, Airstream no longer seems to rivet on the VIN plates. They are now printed stickers with a clear overlay. Don't know if this is to help the corrosion issue or not, but found it interesting.

...oh and the protective clear overlay, the factory workers must have been on the sauce at lunch cause it was all over the side of the label, not on straight at all! Hey, but it didn't have any corrosion...yet!
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:07 PM   #353
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My 07 had zero problems on delivery. It was however covered in de-ice. I'm not certain if there are salts in the formula that is used out here. What I do know is that within three months, it is all over the beltline and wheels. Keep us informed on this 08, it would be interesting to know if Airstream has changed there manufacturing process.
Some info on De-icing solutions. This is from the Washington State website.

This is an MSDS on Magnesium Chloride

Some states also use a mix of Calcium magnesium with Vinegar.

Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and many others use this type of de-icer. It will corrode aluminum. I don't care what they say. If you get de-icer on your trailer I would wash it off at your earliest convenience.

There is no salt used in Oregon or Washington for de-icing roads. They sometimes use a solid de-icer that looks like salt when applied on the road.

Just thought you all might want to know what is in that wintertime road spray !

Check your states DOT website. They may very well have the info on there for you.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:49 PM   #354
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Some info on De-icing solutions. This is from the Washington State website.

This is an MSDS on Magnesium Chloride

Some states also use a mix of Calcium magnesium with Vinegar.

Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and many others use this type of de-icer. It will corrode aluminum. I don't care what they say. If you get de-icer on your trailer I would wash it off at your earliest convenience.

There is no salt used in Oregon or Washington for de-icing roads. They sometimes use a solid de-icer that looks like salt when applied on the road.

Just thought you all might want to know what is in that wintertime road spray !

Check your states DOT website. They may very well have the info on there for you.
No Salt.....but they DO use gravel that kicks up and cracks your windshield about twice a year! OR must have one of the highest rates of windshield replacement in the country!
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #355
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Well that's not all that shocking, A of A is a pretty decent shop. At first, I had thought you had gone to some unknow dealer. I would trust A of A to do the right thing for the customer from what is in their control.......
I took delivery of a 2008 model they had on their lot as a dealer trade. I had plenty of time to inspect it. In all fairness, there was one or two small spots of filliform on the belt line. I was not happy about it, but Gene got Airstream to step up to the plate and will have my local dealer install the classic belt line trim to cover these spots. I will treat the metal with the products mentioned in this thread to stop the existing two problem spots before it gets sealed up with the trim.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:34 PM   #356
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Gene got Airstream to step up to the plate and will have my local dealer install the classic belt line trim to cover these spots.
Did I do something I don't know about? Did I sue them in my sleep? Do I have to send you a bill?

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Old 04-09-2008, 06:47 PM   #357
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Congratulations Westphalia! Did you get it at the same price as the '07? What are they going to do with the '07?

Now you have to get it up your driveway and hope it isn't snowing in Evergreen. Looks like a chance of rain or snow starting Monday.

Post pictures.

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No, it did cost me more than the 07, and while I wasn't really happy about that, I didn't feel that this was a 'bait and switch' situation. A of A made me a good deal (I'd rather not disclose the exact price) on the new trailer, and I was happy. It was either that or spend about $650 in diesel for a round trip drive with nothing to show for it.

It is snowing here now. I left the trailer in Denver at a RV park at storage rates. The family and I will drive down the hill on Friday for a weekend campout at the same park and tow the 27' back home on Sunday.
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Did I do something I don't know about? Did I sue them in my sleep? Do I have to send you a bill?

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Sorry, other Gene @ Airstream of Arkansas.
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good report westie and good outcome.

besides treating any spots and getting them covered,

get a GOOD coat (or 2) of a durable wax or polysealant on the shell as soon as the weather and time allows...

the small areas on mine are only in locations that were NOT waxed/sealed early because of arm fatigue...

i've covered this issue and products in other threads.

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Old 04-09-2008, 10:11 PM   #360
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Oh, I will as soon as it stops SNOWING! ARRGGH! I tried to get A of A to wax, but we didn't have enough time for their shop to get it done along with my punch list of repairs before needing to hit the road.
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Sounds like electrolisis to me. I know with aluminun boats you have to insulate between to disimilar metals. And any bolts joining the alumium to metal has to be stainless steel. I guess the newer trailers are built with cheaper aluminum than old ones. And the aluminum body is fastened to the steel frame with steel bolts. And if you get any salt off the road or if you camp near the ocean there's a good chance you will get electrolisis
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Has anyone powder coated the exterior parts (handles, light trim etc.) to prevent corrosion?

(I tried to search this thread but it's so long I got lost somewhere in the middle )
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Thougth you'd all like to know that this problem now has a new name according to Airstream - Oxygen Cell Corrosion. Whether this is just another name for filliform I couldn't say. Anyway Airstream now claims that the problem is being caused by AIR! Yep, air is getting under the clearcoat and that is what is causing the spider web pattern. No salt, or any other type of material but plain old air. This information was given out at the dealers meeting several weeks ago in AZ - the same meeting that introduced the new Flying Cloud. It was also mentioned that it is not a warranty item as the warranty does not cover corrosion. So I guess this means we should all start keeping our Airstreams in a vacuum!
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Thougth you'd all like to know that this problem now has a new name according to Airstream - Oxygen Cell Corrosion. Whether this is just another name for filliform I couldn't say. Anyway Airstream now claims that the problem is being caused by AIR! Yep, air is getting under the clearcoat and that is what is causing the spider web pattern. No salt, or any other type of material but plain old air. This information was given out at the dealers meeting several weeks ago in AZ - the same meeting that introduced the new Flying Cloud. It was also mentioned that it is not a warranty item as the warranty does not cover corrosion. So I guess this means we should all start keeping our Airstreams in a vacuum!
Correction!

This was not discussed at the dealers meeting...Oxygen Cell Corrosion is what A/S described it as when I called about the problem.

Sorry for any confusion.

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