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Old 08-06-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Corrosion on 2008 Safari

We purchased a used 2008 20' Safari SE this past spring and we are enjoying it immensely. The unit was little used and everything seems to work fine. We are learning alot as we go (this is our first trailer/RV); Airforums has been a great help along the way.

The one issue is that this trailer sat in FL for 2 years and has some cosmetic corrosion on trim pieces, along some rivet lines, and on door hinges and tail light moldings. So what if anything can or should be done to repair/polish the existing damage, and to reduce further corrosion? The trailer is now stored under cover in central OR(fairly dry climate). I have wiped some BOE-shield T-9 on the affected parts at Airstreams' suggestion.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:03 PM   #3
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It seems whenever these things are exposed to salt, whether ocean spray or northern winter road salt, this shows up. We had some when the trailer was purchased new. We treat it regularly with Boeshield T-9 or Corroson X and that has stopped any progression of it. I would not recommend sanding or trying to remove it, because you will expose more bare metal to the elements, unless it is done with extreme care and you have a plan to refinish those areas. The dryer Utah climate will help also. As with all Airstreams, inspect carefully for leaks on a regular basis, as they are a much greater hazard to your trailer.

Keep the trailer clean and use a modern "wax", and it will look just fine. We have really enjoyed our Safari 20 SE. Very useful floor plan and nice size for travel.

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Old 08-08-2010, 07:25 AM   #4
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Rosie, welcome to the forums.

Tons of info on here about corrosion problems, search using the term corrosion or filiform.

But don't let it get you down, just enjoy your new toy!
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:07 AM   #5
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We bought our AS in May and we are very happy with it. And as a result of reading these forums I have gone over it inch by inch. The only corrosion that I have found is on the wheels. So I feel very lucky. But I'm not going to worry about it. Like the previous post, I'm just going to keep it clean, wax it and enjoy it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:56 PM   #6
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Our 2008 19 ft Ocean Breeze looks about the same. Last weekend I started on the wheel well trim molding with steel wool and then with Mothers alum. polish. It came out great! As far as the other areas, I'm researching about how to clean that up now.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:50 AM   #7
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I started seeing corrosion mostly around the belt line after about a year. Besides the Boeshield T-9, I waxed it with Turtlewax soft paste wax about three times that year. It seems to have stopped along the belt line. I have had a few other areas like the tail light housings where the corrosion got under the clearcoat but the main problem seems to be arrested.

I hope this helps.

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:10 PM   #8
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I'd treat the areas with Boeshield or ACF 50.

I have two much smaller areas on mine. I spot sanded it with fine stick sander, careful that I didn't get onto the good finish. At least the sanded area isn't white, its dull aluminum color and stands out less.

At least from my experience in a dry climate you should be able to drop the corrosion rate to near zero once you id a problem area.

Couple other areas to watch-apply your boeshield to the license plate holder-its very corrosion prone. Also watch the "Thor America's best RV value" sticker-it destroys the clearcoat under it. You may eventually have to cover it with something else.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:37 AM   #9
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:50 AM   #10
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Our 20 Ft in Chicago Has it.! No Salt Water!
The brine & other ice melt chemicals carry a long way on the wind and persist a while after the soft water season starts again - Illinois toll roads use the best too, last fall I about died crossing into Wisconsin in a freezing rain - snizzle - wet snow, I swear they practice tough love on Wisconsin Interstates.

What Chicago does have is the Acid Rain - its a fact that isn't going away and its year-round, some months worse than others....

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:00 AM   #11
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Due to the way the coating on new AS trailers is applied, there is little you can do about this. You do have the option of removing the clear coat to get down to the metal. This is not a good option. Once the aluminum is exposed you will have to clean and polish on a regular basis.
On the good side, once aluminum does produce the aluminum oxide coating you see, it is very stable. As long as old salts are washed from the body and a coat of wax is applied the condition should stabilize.
I've also got a 2008 Safari and don't have any problems like yours. I've got one small spot were the coating has seperated and the aluminum has oxidized.
FYI - The old 60's trailers with the bright aluminum finsih were supposed to be washed and waxed every month! The new coated surface only needs to be washed and waxed twice a year.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:05 AM   #12
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Thanks to all for your help with the corrosion and how to stabilize and/or clean it. I did clean up the wheel well trim with a Dremel and Mothers and it looks much, much better. But as some of you have said, just "ENJOY, ENJOY,ENJOY"! which we are immensley( looking forward to a Glacier trip next week).

Thanks again.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:29 PM   #13
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exterior corrosion

I have '09 25' safari fb that's heading back to Ohio in the A.M. to address this same corrosion problem. Not at all happy about this problem, and it looks like it's going to be expensive to cure? After much research and alot of gobaly-gook from different dealers it seems this is not uncommon! It looks like I'm paying to have it buffed out then sealed somehow? Like cancer, it has to be stopped------------can't believe this is the consumers problem after just 1 year of being parked!!
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:01 AM   #14
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Thor Sticker corroded! Should it be removed or just put a Sticker over it? See picture 😡
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