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Old 11-01-2008, 06:15 PM   #561
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Better but....

Not perfect.

Two small filiform repairs..

Stainless Paint...so so.

What's next?
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:40 PM   #562
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Well, add me to the list, again. The '08 is now part of the filliform club. Unfortunately, I had to get the trailer put away wet after our last road trip and extremely cold and freezing weather immediately followed. It wasn't until the last couple of days that it has been warm enough to wash. I have found no fewer than about a dozen white worms, mostly on the front end caps. Bummer.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:49 PM   #563
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Alternate Repair to Corrosion in Newer Airstream

Thought I would post my alternate repair to significant corrosion along the belt line.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:29 AM   #564
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Rjd..

Did you guys buff off the clearcoat and polish the aluminum? It looks very good. What is the grey stripes above and below the new polished area? I did not know that the newer skins could look so shiney.

How "on there" is the alcoa clear coat?
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:04 AM   #565
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Just wondering,

Did the non pre-coated Airstreams (plasti-cote) have the same issue with filiform corrision at the rivets and ends of cut skin?

If so, maybe AS should go back to the spray on coating?

Thoughts....
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:28 PM   #566
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Corrosion

I have an 05 international and the tail lights and handle next to the door are doing the same. Let me know if you get a mass email or letter togeather I would love to sign it.

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Old 01-05-2009, 04:31 PM   #567
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Nice job RJD....too bad you had to do it at all on such a young trailer. I've read Airstream is trying some things to limit the exposed areas, but frankly I am not sure if what they may or may not be doing will solve this long term.

I will say that it is a total unmitagated travesty that you even had to go to such extremes on such a young trailer. Your fix, though it does seem to address the belt line areas, I am really wondering what you may do to the many radndom rivets that show similar corrosion issues? For example, my unit which is one model year older than yours has random rivets all over the body with white lines growing outward from the rivet. I can't see doing your fix on 5 to 10 or more rivets....and you know ours are somewhat old units compared to some folks that have taken delivery of units roughly 6 months off the assembly line that already started showing this issue.

It's just a shame that for the prices paid for these that we wind up with this kind of build quality and engineering. I have never been much of a vintage person, but I will say that vintage is looking more and more like the way to go IMHO. Not to say that I expected my shell to be flawless for 10 years, but I sure expected more than a year or two-- on a positive note, I did get longer life out of mine than the folks that have had 6 month old units with this issue.

In all seriousness though I really wonder how many folks who paid top dollar for their Airstream, that have this issue, would go out an buy another new one after this exp. I for one will never buy another new Airstream. I may upgrade later to a pre-owned or may go vintage, or maybe to a whole different brand as the "cool" factor isn't enough to justify the constant and growing issues with these new ones.....
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In all seriousness though I really wonder how many folks who paid top dollar for their Airstream, that have this issue, would go out an buy another new one after this exp. I for one will never buy another new Airstream. I may upgrade later to a pre-owned or may go vintage, or maybe to a whole different brand as the "cool" factor isn't enough to justify the constant and growing issues with these new ones.....
Twinkie - Very well said. I just can't understand why the factory doesn't "get it" when it comes to trying to at least not piss off AS owners when a simple fix 'may' be available. It's not like they don't make a generous profit on the sale of new trailers. OK, so maybe they aren't selling that many new trailers, rignt now, but there will come a better day, and still no effort on their part? Simply NOT acceptable behavior on their part.
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whitsend what is the "simple fix that may" be available? Airstream always would provide you with the beltline molding like that on the Classic if the problem started while your unit was under warranty. Of course you had to pay for the installation. Probably should have had it done to mine but I just didn't like the look of the molding. And I just noticed the other day that I've now got the fickle finger of filliform on both my door hinges. Not bad yet but sure it'll spread. Wonder what the trailer will look like when its finally completely covered?
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whitsend what is the "simple fix that may" be available?
EASY... They could go back to coating the coaches AFTER flattening all the rivits.
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My experience with corrosion is from the marine side of the recreation field.

Some of these comments sound similar to the corrision that is seen on aluminum hull boats. Dissimilar metals, and even alloy differences under some circumstances, will create corrision issues. Stray electrical currents also may be an issue. Trouble shooting to find the source, or sources, of the corrision can be difficult, and may require the aid of experts in the corrision field.

I doubt that Airstream has this expertise on staff in house.

Coating these areas with whatever will probably not produce a permanent cure.

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rjd, I've looked at the photos, but I can't figure out just what you did. Can you explain.

We are considering going to the factory this Spring and having them put on the "extrusion" with the silver insert that comes at the bottom of the aluminum panels at the beltline. I think this is what they use on the Classic, but I'm not sure. It would be a preventative measure as this appears to be the most likely place to have corrosion. It would cost around $200 and seems like good insurance considering the cost of the trailer. I haven't seen corrosion elsewhere except on the silver insert at the bottom of the panels. It was replaced without question on warranty.

If rjd's solution does the same thing (prevent corrosion), I'd like to know about it.

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My experience with corrosion is from the marine side of the recreation field.

Some of these comments sound similar to the corrision that is seen on aluminum hull boats. Dissimilar metals, and even alloy differences under some circumstances, will create corrision issues. Stray electrical currents also may be an issue. Trouble shooting to find the source, or sources, of the corrision can be difficult, and may require the aid of experts in the corrision field.

I doubt that Airstream has this expertise on staff in house.

Coating these areas with whatever will probably not produce a permanent cure.

Nick Meloy

This is what we are dealing with.......
aluMATTER*|*Aluminium*|*Forms of Corrosion*|*Filliform Corrosion
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Our trailer had extensive corrosion damage. The damage was primarily concentrated at the belt line; however, could be seen in several other areas. We bought our trailer used, so we don't know the "environmental" history; however, it was under warranty, but Airstream refused to work with me. The Polishing Guru in Riverside, CA attempted fix the belt line, but the damage was too extensive for spot fixes. He ended up polishing a 3/4" stripe. I believe he did this by sanding off the finish, using acid to take out any oil/impurities, then polishing the aluminum as done on a vintage model. The area was masked off using aircraft aluminum tape. The grey stripes are simply pin striping tape. It helped seal off the transition and covered a few goof-ups. The bare metal is sealed with Nu-Brite. This fix was not easy and took a while. Other areas were treated with Corrosion-X. The Polishing Guru stated that he has never seen an Airstream as new as ours with that amount of corrosion.

I don't think this solution will "prevent" corrosion; however, the damaged material was totally removed.

I will keep everyone posted on how the repair holds up.

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