Originally posted by drober05
the only rust I have seen is in the pull-out storage drawers -- there are three of these -- all of them have quite a bit of rust on the bottom -- They were not rusted through and they felt solid --How big of an issue is rust on these
The drawers (2 are storage and 1 is the battery compartment) rusted thru quickly (about 3 years) after the first signs were observed on ours.
Replacements are NLA, but rehab is not all that bad (in retrospect). I got a quote from a local welding/sheet metal shop for $1,200 (for all 3), but with some "sweat equity" got away with just over half of that.
I cut away the bottom and sides, leaving only the top framework and curved aluminum front panel. They supplied the sheet metal (cut and bent to size) did the MIG welding and riveting. I finished up with painting, undercoating and caulking.
My drawers (no pun intended) look as good as new. But nobody notices except me - it's kinda like washing your butt
Fortunately, most everything else Airstream (except items mentioned by other posters) is aluminum, stainless or galvanized steel. The rest is Chevrolet, and generally, readily available.
Good luck and hope to have you on board as an owner in the Motorhome Forum soon.