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Old 03-23-2017, 09:07 AM   #1
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2016 FC - developing rust

Hey guys - I would appreciate some feedback. I bought a new 2016 FC last July. We have taken 4 trips around MN state parks last fall, then put it in indoor storage for the winter. Just retrieved it from storage and found significant rust in the wheel well, frame (wheel well area) and the inside of the back bumper. Is this normal or not? Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:34 AM   #2
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Pretty much. IMO, the frame paint on trailers (all of them) is less than stellar in it's quality and application. It's really not a problem, but periodic application with Rustoleum or your favorite brand, in exposed areas will improve looks as well as protect. I painted my exposed areas at age 4, and I'd guess it'll be due in the next couple years (age 12 or 13).
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I'm concerned that the rust is developing after just 9 months...with 3 of those months in indoor storage. You mentioned treatment at age 4....I don't think some of these parts will make it that long.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:43 AM   #4
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I have a vintage trailer. I applied POR-15 to wheel well area, bumper, A-frame, axles and springs when I bought our camper. After 2 years it is still holding up fine. I may do a touch up in the next 2-3 years. I know POR-15 comes in silver and black colors (maybe other colors too).
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:50 AM   #5
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Your trailer was probably delivered in the winter when the roads from JC were treated for ice and snow...that stuff is corrosive!

If the dealer didn't clean it in the areas you mentioned then yes rust will form quickly.

It should be still under warranty and I would take it back to the dealer and tell them to fix it!
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:51 AM   #6
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POR-15 is a very good product, but for a quick rust abatement, I recommend scraping any loose paint, then coating it with Rustoleum Rust Reformer Spray and then a coat of flat black spray paint.

I also spay all of the stabilizer jacks, any other bare metal and hinge points with Corrosion-X 90102 Anti-Corrosion.

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ABOUT RUST REFORMER SPRAY
Rust-OleumŽ Rust Reformer instantly bonds with rust and transforms it to a non-rusting, flat-black paintable surface and prevents future rust. It saves you the effort of sanding rust all the way down to bare metal.
Instantly converts rust to a protected, paintable surface
Prevents future rust
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:53 PM   #7
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POR-15 is a very good product, but for a quick rust abatement, I recommend scraping any loose paint, then coating it with Rustoleum Rust Reformer Spray and then a coat of flat black spray paint.

I also spay all of the stabilizer jacks, any other bare metal and hinge points with Corrosion-X 90102 Anti-Corrosion.

Info:
ABOUT RUST REFORMER SPRAY
Rust-OleumŽ Rust Reformer instantly bonds with rust and transforms it to a non-rusting, flat-black paintable surface and prevents future rust. It saves you the effort of sanding rust all the way down to bare metal.
Instantly converts rust to a protected, paintable surface
Prevents future rust
Any-Angle Spray with Comfort Tip
I like the suggestion of the Rust Reformer for the trailer; sounds like it might work for the hitch on my truck as well. The road salt here in MI makes those look bad pretty quickly.
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:09 PM   #8
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The factory will probably camouflage more than prevent. Wish I was wrong.
I put up a pipe and cable fence in Tx. Pipe is old oil rig pipe and some rust. I scraped where I could and then applied Phosphoric acid. It changes Iron Oxide to Iron phosphate. It turns Black and can be painted over. I painted right over the acid metal. It was still good 3 years later. whttp://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/phosphoric-acid-rust-removal-210082/
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:59 PM   #9
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Like some one else suggested, my guess is your problem is highway salt. Even here in Tennessee, where we don't have nearly as much snow as you do, If I take my trailer out in the winter, I make it a point to wash off as much salt residue as possible, as soon as possible and certainly before putting it in long-term storage.
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Old 03-24-2017, 05:08 PM   #10
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I am a huge fan of Corrosion X as a lubricant, penetrant/anti seize and rust inhibitor.
When I replaced my 50+ year old brakes and leaf springs on my Silver Streak I didn't have to cut one bolt, just sprayed Corrosion X on and was able to unbolt everything. When I was done I sprayed down the axles and lightly sanded them, while not new, they certainly don't look like they sat in a tub of salt water for years anymore.
I spray it on any exposed metal...

The Rustoleum Rust Reformer... not so much.
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Spray Kerosene on undercarriage to neutralize road salts and beach salt. Smell goes away in a couple weeks.
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