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Old 06-05-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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Segment Protector Corrosion

i just bought a used 25 ft safari special editon. It was purchased new six months ago. The two panels on the front of the airstream are rusting. I removed the three nuts on each and the same type but less were also on the inside of the panels. there is no corrosion anywhere else, just on the guard panels. has anyone experienced this and is there any way to remove it? if not does airstream warrany this, or do I even have a warantee as the second owner? and if not to both, where can I order new ones and how much do they cost? Thanks.

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Old 06-05-2007, 08:51 PM   #2
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Robert....

The rock shields I belive you are referring to. It is odd that they are rusting, mine are Stainless steel with aluminum edge molding. Have a dealer look at them.

I am sure that the AS warrantee is transferable. If not get the previous owner involved in the warrantee process. Do you have a good dealer in your area?
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Hello Robert -- welcome to the Forums! You are describing the 'segment protectors' -- the metal guards that stand out from the body of the trailer at each lower front corner. These are made of stainless steel -- I don't know what grade stainless but it doesn't sound like the highest grade stuff if it's showing rust. Do you know if your Safari was ever towed around winter salt? (then not washed off...) That might be the source. That surface only could take some gentle rubbing with the grain but you might find it will look blotchy unless you treat the entire segment protector the same way.

Your aluminum skins have a plastic coating applied and you must baby that stuff. Of course they wouldn't be rusting. I was Walbernizing (a type of liquid wax) my '06 Safari today and noticed screw heads on the marker lights are starting to rust -- those were probably only nickeled steel to begin with.
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they appear to be the same metal as the rest of the trailer. they came on the unit from the factory as indicated on the price sticker. the closest dealer is about two hundred miles away.
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Pic??

Howza bout a picture? Post a pic, so we can see what you have there.
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the safari I bought was delivered to the original owner and then he never used it in any way. it still had the plastic on things on the inside and the bag of toilet paper etc from the dealer inside. he neve hooked it to his truck or moved it. I assume that the dealer cleaned it when they brought it to him, but i dont know. The owner paid a company to shrink wrap it for the remainder of the winter like they often do to expensive boats around here. When I bought it last week it still had that on it. The corrosion is completely coveruing one panel and about half as much over the entire surface of the other. on the inside of the covers there is about a tenth as much. there is none however behind or around the panels on the trailer.
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they appear to be the same metal as the rest of the trailer.
Yes, they both have a brushed metal look and are quite similar in texture and color. The grain is horizontal just like the rest of the trailer. Compare the feel to the edge of fingernail and you will observe the smoothness of the aluminum trailer shell plasticoat. The grain on the stainless steel segment protectors is very fine but just feels different. I just tried a magnet -- like better quality stainless it does not hold a magnet. If you see rust on these broad sheets I suspect it can only be the road salt idea.
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pictures, rainy and poor lighting conditions

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Yup. Segment protectors. Stainless. Keep abrasives away buy you might actually try light rubbing with a softened green 3-M scrubbie with the grain. Was the plastic sheet on there until recently? What-evah...
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plastic?

there was only the plastic that shrink wrapped the entire trailer on it. there was no plastic on the panel itself. thanks, robert
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when I first saw it I also thought that maybee it was something on the road, but it had only travelled twenty miles total before I bought it and that was done by the dealer. Also wouldnt the other metals be effected like that on the lp cover and some place on the trailer itself. And why would it also me on the inside? im going outside right now to try the 3m pad you reccomended. thanks for your advise. robert
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Wow, that nuts..

I actually have had a hard time cleaning mine, not from rust, but just bugs, grease etc. from the road. I end up using lots of detergent to get the bugs etc off, then once chamoied (dried), I use appliance stainless cleaner and wipe with the grain.

Having some experience with boats and some stainless (spec 304) will slightly surface rust due to the impurities. Boat guys use a stuff called "Naval Jelly", it is made by the permatex company that is a slightly acidic pink jelly that will remove most small specs of rust. You would apply using a sponge, slightly rub with stainless steel steel wool and then rinse with lots of water. Keep the naval jelly off of the aluminum skin (main body).

That is just bizarre, mine have shown no signs of rusting in almost a year since new.
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What about a little Bon Ami with gentle finger pressure and wet paste going with the grain? Or Barkeepers Friend both are very fine and non abraisive or perhaps a little baking soda in a watery paste or Cameo Aluminum & Stainless Steel Cleanser. I would think keeping the grain direction imperative and the cleansers not harmful using the slightest pressure with plenty of water. Try a test spot down low on the side.

Skin So Soft from Avon is the best and easier way to remove bugs and tar or paint and will not hurt a thing. I bring my little bottle out and dab it on and wait for it to loosen. Also works great on adhesive and caulk and water spots. Follow with stainless steel spray on wipe off cleaner used for fridge fronts.
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