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Old 03-04-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Rusty screws from inside

I am laying new vinyl flooring in our 2006 Bambi and decided to take the couch out and the bed base loose from the floor. All screws removed have been rusted. I would think that using the proper screws, rusting would not be happening. The only leak I had was under the couch from the water pump---thankfully caught before any damage. I will replace all with rustproof screws. Has anyone else had this problem and does this mean there is something going on that I should know about.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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I suspect this is just caused by normal sweating with temperature extremes and also the amount of moisture we put in the air using the trailer. I don't think it indicates any serious problem with the trailer. Using plated hardware can't hurt

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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ditto what rick davis said
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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I've found that the best bet is to replace the srews with stainless. Every time I remove screws in the trailer whether in floor or the walls SS replaces them.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Want to thank ya'll...You certainly put my mind at ease. I hadn't thought about the moisture. Thanks much and will get the stainless. Tom
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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Rust, Screws

We keep a dehumidifier running inside the trailer all the time when it is not in use. It collects a lot if water here in Portland, Oregon even when the weather is dry.

We have a different problem with screws. They're too short. We've replaced several which have pulled out. I carry extra screws when we go out.

We bought the trailer new thinking every thing Airstream was premium. This was a false assumption. The design of the shell is extraordinary but the fixtures and workmanship are not.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:51 AM   #7
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Yeap, I thought the same thing--that's what I get for think'en. Thank you for your information.

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