Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-23-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
deland , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 101
newb frame rot question

hey guys first off i love this website. i have learned a lot and since joining i have turned down a few airstreams from the knowledge i have learned on here

i went to look at a 66 safari that i really like. the belly pan is almost perfect so of course i can not see any of the frame under it. the frame in the back and in the front of the trailer look fine. the frame by the axles look good with the exeption of some rust scale starting but no rust through. the only area i found was where the step is. the one brace that the step slides on twords the front of the trailer had some rust on it and the main frame rail that that is welded to had a rust hole about 1 1/2 inch high by 3 inches long. i forgot to bring my camera so i could not take pics. the floor was also rotted above that area and it seemed like that area only. im thinking maybe a window was open or something for some time there. anyway is that a common area that rust starts at? or is that a sure sighn that the whole frame has rust holes in it? like i said the floor was only soft in that area that i can see. i didnt pull the couch out or the shelving out so i dont know about under those areas. also im located in florida and i belive the trailer has spent its life here. any help would be apreciated

386kustoms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,601
The slots in the outriggers for the steps to slide in and out are usuallly a point of entry for water. Once the water gets in there the fiberglass insulation holds it and will actually wick up and saturate the floor causing the floor rot. Check the rivets in the belly pan if there is any serious corrosion of the frame usually they will show signs of it there. I would suspect that if it did indeed spend it's whole life in Fl that a lot of corrosion will be there due to the salty air. Check the perimeter of the floor against the walls that is where you will find the most serious floor rot.

wasagachris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 10:18 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
deland , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 101
im not to worried about the wood, im more concerned about the frame. as for the salt air in florida that is only true if you live on the beach once you are inland a few miles the salt dosent affect as much as most people think.
386kustoms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
ddstech's Avatar
1958 22' Flying Cloud
Folsom , California
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 467
Images: 4
If you have plans to restore the trailer, and will be taking the body off, fixing the frame is not as bad as one might think. The frame itself is a very simple design. When buying my second trailer, I was more concerned about the straightness of the body. To each his own I guess.
ddstech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 11:16 PM   #5
3 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
deland , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 101
i dont want to get involved w taking the body off that is the concern to me. i dont mind having to drop the belly pan and fixing one or two rust spots i just dont want to get involved w replacing a entire frame. it sucks that the belly pan is perfect and cant get a good look at the rest of the frame
386kustoms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 07:01 AM   #6
Site Team
Aage's Avatar
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,169
Images: 25
Isn't the fact that the floor is rotten enough to show you that serious moisture has been into the "basement"? Remember, all Airstreams leak, it's only a matter of how much and for how long.

Unless you've got x-ray vision, you won't really know about rust on the frame until you look, so if you intend to buy it, be safe and budget on having to do a frame off restoration and a new floor.

Good luck with it!

If it's to be, it's up to me.
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LP regulator question GAT LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 17 05-09-2011 07:09 AM
Polishing Question NicheVintage Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 48 02-08-2011 12:04 PM
Frame Fabricator Needed in Alabama Benjo Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 14 01-30-2011 07:03 PM
Ready To Begin Tear Down To Frame.?.?! Althea68 Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 11 01-26-2011 04:28 PM
Trailering Question Cracker Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 14 01-02-2011 02:55 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.