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Old 03-24-2005, 09:44 PM   #1
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New owner of 16ccd/RUST question!!

I just purchased a new 16 ft ccd 2004 in the state of Ohio! I live in Ca, needless to say it was a
long trip, 2700 miles.
I did get the brakes, and weight distribution/sway unit. It pulled like a dream.
I have a 2004 chev 1/2 5.7 V-8 3.73
After getting it home and cleaning the unit I notice it had pitted rust on all the
chrome around the rear lights, just above the license holder (that chrome thats above the light, and on the side the chrome insert around the water inlet on the left side. I tried wax, but its from the inside out, no luck. I can't believe that it rust that badly, having never left the lot. I guess this would be covered by
warrenty, but I will have to take it to a dealer here in Ca. Would that be a problem? The reason I didn't purchase one in my home state is that I couldent find a 2004 in my area, and it did have a good discount because of the fact that it was over a year old.

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Old 03-24-2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Isn't it sweet to be the owner of a new Airstream? Toscano RV in Los Banos is for sure your best bet. They have a great service dept and will take good care of your coach.

Consider coming to the NorCal Forum Rally at Casini Ranch in two weekends. Would love to see your new CCD if you could make it. Think about it!

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Old 03-25-2005, 05:55 AM   #3
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The license plate frame and light housing on my Safari rusted immediately also. It was replaced under warranty. However, I believe the part is made out of poor materials and the rust will soon reappear. You may end up shopping for a different part. I think my water inlet (water tank fill) is made of plastic, so no rust. These parts are easy to replace.

I also had corrosion on many other parts. see this thread for photos and descriptions:

Keep your unit away from salt - I think the salt air from Tampa Florida (where I purchased my unit new) is what caused my unit to corrode.
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:57 AM   #4
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"Signalstat 435". If that's the name on your license plate holder, you can figure on it rusting. That is the only item that ever rusted on th '99 (aside from the normal surface rust from hitch components which is kept in check with WD-40) and darned if that same item isn't on the '05.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:39 AM   #5
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So far, ours has not rusted (yet). I have Walbernized it every time I Walberinize the rest of the coach. That may have bought me some time, I don't know. As of now though no rust. The coach was outside all of last year while in use and in storage. This past winter is the first winter it's been inside stored.

Now I see you bought a 2004. Knowing that the 2005s have been out for about a year now, that would mean that if this is a new coach, that it could have been sitting outside for all that time and if not Walbernized, it too could have started the rusting process...... just a thought.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:50 PM   #6
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We pulled our 16 up the Alcan to Anchorage, so can relate. Be sure to check out past posts on 2004 CCD's and to inspect the shelving screws/anchors, antennae wiring connections to the 2 coax outlets for continuity, shower door fittings, and such. Also there are some good ideas for the noisy refer fan, closets, tv's, and other 16ish stuff.

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