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Old 03-18-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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2005 Safari LS and exposure to salt air

Dear friends -

Our family has been shopping... for some time. I think we may have a unit that we like HOWEVER there is some corrosion on the skin, particularly the rear panels and around the light mounts. It has spent time near the Gulf.

What is the good, bad, and the ugly here? Is this even worth the road trip to inspect further?

Thank you all in advance for your time. Your wisdom has been absolutely invaluable during this adventure.

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Old 03-18-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Unfortunately this isn't uncommon on Airstreams.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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Well, I know that is true too.

Should I be concerned about invisible damage to wiring and electrical components?
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Well, I know that is true too.

Should I be concerned about invisible damage to wiring and electrical components?
How extensive is the corrosion? I've seen a lot of ASs that have corrosion around lights, on door handles, around battery housing, etc but don't have problems elsewhere. Some of this is caused by galvanic corrosion due to dissimilar metals in contact with each other. Some of the edges of alum panels will sometime have corrosion because the exterior coating has worn. Can you post some photos so folks have a better idea of how extensive it is?
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I don't have any pictures that clearly show the corrosion yet. I only have access to the sellers shots and it doesn't show at all in those.

I suppose we'll just have to take a look in person. I'll post pics as soon as I get them.

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Is very far from you? You could ask for an inspector (on the rh side of the portal page) and they could look it over for you.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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It is probably cosmetic only.
If I were looking it would depend on price if I had to drive a ways to look at a corroded Airstream.
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IMO the salt causing corrosion due to being near the gulf will be negligable, unless it is parked right next to the water where it gets wind blown saltwater spray on a regular basis. The ferous metals might rust a little more heavily, needing maintenance touchup paint more often, but not much additional corrosion will occur on the aluminum. I parked my excella within 1/4 mile of the Atlantic ocean for 3 years, setup in a campground and stored there. I could not tell any difference than keeping it 300 miles inland. I am more concerned with corrosion inside the belly pan on the frame coming from salt on the roads during the winter.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:50 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, I have also been reading as many threads as I can about the issues with the skins in that age bracket.

Blmitch, I have family taking a peek first but I have reviewed the list of inspectors in TX. That is one big state. I will definitely have consult with someone more qualified before I pull the trigger on this one.

The good news is that I'm not a terribly vain girl and cosmetics aren't a deal breaker as long as it is within reason. The bad news is that if the salt air isn't the problem moving north won't stop the rash.
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