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Old 05-15-2014, 09:07 AM   #1
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Risk Of Frame Rust On New/Newer Airstreams

Has Airstream done anything to mitigate or prevent frame rust on newer Airstream trailers or are ALL Airstreams vulnerable to this?
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:46 AM   #2
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Surface rust is common, not a problem structurally on new ones. Not the same as frame sag on the rear on some older ones. Jim
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I doubt they have done anything different but I think the insulation is the shiny bubble wrap stuff and not the pink fiberglass. Corrosion will probably be less of an issue since the fiberglass is not being put under the floor where it stays wet and rots the frame. There is the potential for corrosion since there are two different metals.

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:03 PM   #4
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I just came back from an Airstream Dealer and when I was there I asked him about frame rust. He showed me an '84 Airstream that had spent it's life at the beach. It looked horrific. The back of the unit was hanging and huge chunks of the steel frame underneath were missing. It reminded me of some of those catastrophic rust pictures of Toyota truck frames. This particular trailer was relegated to a back part of the lot, and cannot be resold. The salesman said that this trailer had never been properly maintained.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:37 PM   #5
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I see you are asking about corrosion as well on another thread. Are you interested in a new airstream or vintage?
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:14 PM   #6
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I'm considering either a new one or a used less than 5 years old. I find Airstream appealing because they seem to last, they hold their value better and mostly, I want a simpler life that seems to be embodied by these trailers. Knowing not much more about them than the mythology that's grown up around the brand, I'm trying to reconcile that perception of quality with these horrific photos and stories of rusted out frames and corrosion. Thanks
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:02 PM   #7
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Here is a picture of me taking a picture of the license holder on a BRAND NEW Safari on a dealer’s lot a few years back.

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It will show you that AIRSTREAM is not perfect and there is room for improvement.

On the other hand, all things are relative. Compared to other RV’s out there AIRSTREAM is still many, many cuts above the rest.

It is the best trailer made, with the added bonus of its iconic stature and great design.

I bought my ARGOSY when it was 30 years old. Because I did a total remake of the trailer the entire belly pan was removed in stage one of my project. I was pleased to find that there was basically no rust on the frame at all, except for some atmospheric rust dust here and there. Much of the frame had the blue-black look of steel just out of the factory.

So, if you hear some horror stories about frame rust, and there are those, they need to be balanced with examples like mine, of which there must also be some as well.



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Old 05-16-2014, 06:22 AM   #8
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The newer Airstream's have more issues with the skin than the frame. Trailers from the south west where is does not rain as much are usually in better shape. It is all about inspection. Even the new trailers leak so you got to do your home work and inspect. If you see rust anywhere on the frame you know there is more under the skins. If it is less than 10 yrs old chances are the frame is fine unless it was run up north with road salt or was kept near the ocean. Filiform corrosion is the most visible issue on the new ones. They need to go back to the old way of doing things or anodize the skin.

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