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Old 07-30-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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Late Model CC owners - Undercarriage Rust Observations?

Hoping a few older model CC owners can look under their coaches and let me know the level of rust? Especially, around the mud flaps & hot water tank. I know this might be a difficult thing to quantity via email but any insight is helpful.

I asked for a undercarriage photos of a 1997 Allure that I am hoping to purchase. Thing is, I need to fly to out of state to inspect it. So I'm working via email with the dealer (who has been wonderful). Not pressing me for a purchase whatsoever.

The coach has been registered in both MN and OR over the last 15 years. I was told it was stored under cover throughout its life. The clear coat would validate this.

However, there are 3 spots on the coach that have significant rusting and corrosion. Two of them are near the mud flaps. One other is near the water heater. Hard to me to describe accurately but I was told it is the hollow tubular steel that is rusting through. Thin walled tubular steel. Not a primary or structural component of the chassis itself.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Considered a major issue or something that I can address? I'm am getting this coach under market value and the interior and exterior is in excellent shape (see my newbie posting).

I do have a full metal fab shop so I have everything to cut out and replace tubular steel. Assuming it is isolated. What concerns me is the chassis itself and the suspension components & mounts. These appear to have routine rust....no flaking or anything like that.

Your input is so greatly appreciated! This is a big investment for my family so I'm performing all my due diligence.
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We do have some surface rust on the frame bottom. Still not real bad.
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We do have some surface rust on the frame bottom. Still not real bad.
Thanks! Notice any pitted tubular metal around your rear mud flags? Close to where the flaps mount?
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Any coach that has been driven in the north in winter, or parked along the coast for a lengthy period will show signs of rust after 17 years. Generally the mud flaps will be exposed to more of the elements that other areas. Possibly same with furnace depending on venting and air movement to heat exchanger.

I would really look closely to see if the rust is more surface, or through rust. Will it be able to be fixed? Remember to look closely for possible water leaks as well. I do not think this is generally a problem with this level of coach, but it is 17 years old so check closely. Do not fall in love so much with a coach that you overlook expensive to repair problems.

It's worth the expense to hire a separate, independent mechanic to evaluate the coach.
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Any coach that has been driven in the north in winter, or parked along the coast for a lengthy period will show signs of rust after 17 years. Generally the mud flaps will be exposed to more of the elements that other areas. Possibly same with furnace depending on venting and air movement to heat exchanger.

I would really look closely to see if the rust is more surface, or through rust. Will it be able to be fixed? Remember to look closely for possible water leaks as well. I do not think this is generally a problem with this level of coach, but it is 17 years old so check closely. Do not fall in love so much with a coach that you overlook expensive to repair problems.

It's worth the expense to hire a separate, independent mechanic to evaluate the coach.
Good advice. We did have a certified welder to look at the 3 problem areas. I am speaking with him today.
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I looked today. No real rust problem in those locations or anywhere else.

The battery slide out trays are probably the worst condition, but no real concern.

Our rig lives on the West Coast and only visits the beach occasionally.
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Thanks! Notice any pitted tubular metal around your rear mud flags? Close to where the flaps mount?
Just took a look at that area, and I could see no rust there. Most of the surface rust I've seen is next to the propane tank in front of the rear axle, possibly because the center AC drain comes out in that area.
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Thanks everyone for checking out these locations! I've booked a flight for final inspection and pick-up. I'm hoping these are the only problems areas and the remaining rust is normal surface rust that I'll remove & apply POR 15. Wish me luck.

If I purchase, I'll make sure to take pics of these areas & pics of my replacement fab work.

Everyone has been great!
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