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Old 08-23-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Addressing Belt Line Corrosion

Lucy is a 2005 25FB that I have had since new. Like many other late model Aistreams, Lucy has a certain amount of that white corrosion around her belt line.

Obviously, I don't like it, but I have decided not to worry about. Lucy is out and going so much, that I haven't really thought about doing anything about it.

Recently, while Lucy was at Sutton Airstream in Eugene, Oregon, having a complete brake and bearing replacement, I had plenty of time to look around at the new Airstreams on the lot.

I noticed that some of the Airstreams had the exposed belt line rivets just like Lucy. I also noticed that others had a plastic chrome rub strip of about 1" in width covering the belt line rivets and panel seam.

I am considering adding this strip to Lucy to cover the corrosion. I think that is a pretty clean look. On the other hand, covering the belt line rivets may take away some of the traditional Airstream look.

I am posting a photo of each taken on Sutton's lot.

Tell me what y'all think

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Old 08-23-2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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Brian, we had the "chrome" strip added at the factory a couple of months ago to prevent corrosion and we like the way it looks. There are still plenty of rivets to look at. It seems some of the new FC's have the strip and others don't. It also covered a scratch that went along the beltline for about 8 feet, so it has double use for us.

Since you already have corrosion, I think you'll have to stop it's progress first or it may keep going past the strip even though covered.

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