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Old 08-10-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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hinge corrosion...

Rumor has it that airstream has been inandated with replacement door hinges due to corrosion getting under the clear coat, because of this being a casting has it has no protective additive like sheet metal. The dealer has a 25' FB 05, down here that has been sitting on his lot 2 yrs, somewhat near the gulf of Mexico. With corroded hinges and grab handle, He may have trouble just trying to get replacements. Has anyone else had this problem with theirs? We talked to another dealer in Wisconsin, it seems it is a common problem, like the license plate rusting.
Also...talked to another dealer who claimed they used a special wax on their AS during the dealer prep, don't remember what it was called or where to get it, would it be something that you use in the aviation field? With this unit sitting 2 yrs on the lot, I am sure I am going to have to wax it... Also..can you walk on the roof of these units as long your on the framing ? Persepective buyer needs answers.....Been thinking about buying one for 10 yrs, think I am finally ready to get one.. Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:09 PM   #2
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The most common wax product for Airstreams is Walbernize. It is vital in providing durability and protection for the clearcoat.

Salt air is going to get to any aluminum product. I have quality backpacking equipment that shows plenty of pitting from one kayak trip along the Na Pali coast on Kaua`i. The Harley rule up here is not to go out in the spring until after a good rainstorm. It is sometimes hard to talk myself into that with the Airstream. Washing it off right away is sometimes recommended. This issue is harder to escape for you. It will hold true for any RV you lust after.

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Old 04-01-2007, 08:33 PM   #3
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The clear coat on my door hinges has failed. The hinges are now quite oxidized. So are the rear lens covers. What would you do to make them pretty again? Jamie
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:50 PM   #4
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My unit had corroded....

I have a Safari, 05 model that was on the lot for a little over a year. Mine came from the Tampa Florida dealer and had extensive corrosion on the Main door hinges, grab handle, International style cast taillight housings and lower edge of the upper panel segments.

My not so local dealer (I am in Houston, he is in Dallas), did a great job fixing them. He re-clearcoated all of the cast items after stripping and polishing and added the Classic models extruded beltline trim to cover the deterioration of the clearcoat of the skin clear. If I had not gotten such a good deal on a hard to find model I would be pissed, but all is well. I think the castings look better than out of the factory. Airstream has a factory bulletin on the casting refurbishing.
Note the beltline trim not normally installed on a 05 Safari.
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