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Old 08-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Filiform corrosion - is it still a problem?

I am new to this forum and have been thinking seriously about buying an airstream. Looked at them and fell in love years ago. I have been reading up about the filoform corrosion problem and quite frankly would be sick if I spent in excess of $50k on a travel trailer and had this happen. I have a Jayco trailer that I have had for 18 years and no problems. So my question is: are people still having problems with filoform corrosion on the 2012, 2013 and 2014 models? I will be using it a lot in Idaho and Montana where I understand what they use on the roads in the winter causes a problem.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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Effects vary with use. My personal experience is that solid castings (wheels, door handles) tend to be affected sooner than skins.

And yet I don't know how you ultimately attain 100% freedom from filiform given the countless skin/rivet cuts on an Airstream. My Safari was built 8 years ago this month and I've had few skin issues -- I store under cover (minimizing ultraviolet) and am rarely near salt air. Sun & salt are factors for more problems in my opinion.

Live it. Enjoy it for yourself. Worry less about what you are leaving your children. Did I say live in it? We did a 5K+ June road trip to Cape Breton and back home. Never looked back.
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2012. Yes. Filoform in plenty of places.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:48 AM   #4
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My 2013 is just a few months old and the outside grab bar at the entry door is covered with it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Filiform corrosion problems are getting worse. It's virtually certain you will have the problem at some point if you buy a Airstream.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #6
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Yes...... still a problem.

Consolation...it can be controlled with a consistant program of cleaning and sealing. Our 2003 has shown few new outbreaks for several years now....but it never goes away.


Note....door handles, hinges, bezels, battery door surrounds are not filiform, mostly peeling from poor clearcoat application.

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I haven't seen it on my '64. Am i just lucky?
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We had a small amount around the clearance lights. It was caused by AS using the wrong bezels at the time of manufacture. That is the more curved bezels were installed on the flatter surfaces. It was fixed under warranty. The corrosion dealt with, and bezels installed properly. I'm going to watch it like a hawk, but I don't think it will come back. No other filiform found.

Like Robert, I do have a few spots on handles and hinges that need clear coat cleaning and repair, but that is not a big issue.
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I haven't seen it on my '64. Am i just lucky?
You don't have it on the '64 for the same reason I don't have it on my old aluminum canoe. They don't have the clear coat of the new ones.

It will definitely happen on newer Airstreams, worsened by road salt and salty coastal air. But with regular inspections, maintenance and repair as needed, and anti-corrosion treatments, it is manageable.

We don't pull our Airstream on salty winter roadways, not only because of filiform but also corrosion of underbody and frame steel parts, some you can't see or wash. That would apply to any RV, but some are more expendable.

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What year did they go to the new aluminum and clear coat? Is this also the same time that delineates when an Airstream can be polished to a mirror shine as I understand you cannot do that with the newer ones.
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What year did they go to the new aluminum and clear coat? Is this also the same time that delineates when an Airstream can be polished to a mirror shine as I understand you cannot do that with the newer ones.
It was sometime in 1999 if I remember correctly.
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I like the new shiny finish, not mirror but no polishing either. Our new Airstream is now two years old, not a trace of corrosion anywhere.

I don't tow on winter roads and haven't camped on the coastal beach (yet). I treat all exterior rivets, cut panel edges, and fittings with CorrosionX couple times a year and the underside steel liberally with Boeshield T9. I wax the exterior with Glare polish annually. My first treatment was the day after I brought it home, and it only sat on the dealer lot for a week. It's never been stored under cover, on the road 14 of the 24 months we owned it. I inspect for damage and corrosion quarterly, including an interior inspection for leaks by probing the floor with a moisture detection meter. Easy to do, a couple of hours for everything plus a couple hours to wash/wax..

They do need inspections, maintenance, and repairs which will keep them in great shape for a lifetime of use.

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" I will be using it a lot in Idaho and Montana where I understand what they use on the roads in the winter causes a problem."

If you're asking about salt on these roads after winter has passed into spring/summer/fall, there is no problem. It's been worn/washed away for all practical purposes.

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I like the new shiny finish, not mirror but no polishing either. Our new Airstream is now two years old, not a trace of corrosion anywhere.

I don't tow on winter roads and haven't camped on the coastal beach (yet). I treat all exterior rivets, cut panel edges, and fittings with CorrosionX couple times a year and the underside steel liberally with Boeshield T9. I wax the exterior with Glare polish annually. My first treatment was the day after I brought it home, and it only sat on the dealer lot for a week. It's never been stored under cover, on the road 14 of the 24 months we owned it. I inspect for damage and corrosion quarterly, including an interior inspection for leaks by probing the floor with a moisture detection meter. Easy to do, a couple of hours for everything plus a couple hours to wash/wax..

They do need inspections, maintenance, and repairs which will keep them in great shape for a lifetime of use.

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When you apply the CorrosionX on exterior rivets, cut panel edges, and fittings, do you spray it on, wipe it on/wipe off excess, use a tiny brush or what? I currently use CorrosionX but I use the aerosol spray can but maybe the non aerosol container might be better.
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