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Old 04-24-2016, 06:37 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a Camco/Olympian 5500 RV grill that uses LP, and I also purchased the 16 1/2 mounting rail (# 57268 or 0 1471757268 2) that is permanently installed on the sidewall of the trailer.

Does anyone know the metal from which the mounting rail is made? It looks like an extrusion, and I hope it is aluminum so that I can strip the paint and polish it to look more like the polished sidewall of my 56 Flying Cloud.

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I think I remember reading that the rail was painted steel. If it is, you could be setting up a situation for corrosion where that comes into contact with aluminum.
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I received a prompt and helpful response from Camco/Olympian (through the Contact page on the website). The mounting rail is made of aluminum, so I am off to the garage to strip and polish the rail.

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I received a prompt and helpful response from Camco/Olympian (through the Contact page on the website). The mounting rail is made of aluminum, so I am off to the garage to strip and polish the rail.

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You will need to get a serious stripper. I used Jasco paint and epoxy stripper i got at Lowes. I put down some plastic wrap, liberally coated the rail with stripper on front and back, wrapped it in the plastic wrap and left it overnight. The powder coat bubbled up and i used a small piece of kitchen stainless steel that looks like a coarse brillo pad. About 90% of the powder coat came off easily. Then rinse it in running water while using the SS pad. Another coat of stripper and overnight soak, and you should be good. Paint it with some automotive clear coat from a spray can. If you don't coat it it will oxidize and not look too great.

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