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Old 07-24-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Buying Used, unit has rust..opinions?

I am looking at a 2005 Itasca Sunover. One owner, claims to have been garaged, interior is fine. This RV is from Florida, and we noticed rust on the muffler and the fittings. From other posts, it seems rusty fittings are common? What's your opinion on the rust on the muffler? Haven't seen underneath, yet. This is our first RV purchase, so we need some direction. Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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We have lived in FL for ever. Rust is a common dominator. Could be a bad problem or just surface oxidation. You will neen to get under the rig and look at everything. Question what are you surveying? Talk a wire brush, scour the area most concerned, see if just surface exposure or deep scaring, make a determination, most surfaces can be treated if only surface problems exist. Cold spray galvanization, or many rust preventative sprays will add to the life span, but once cleaned with the wire brush or sand pepper if ou see pinholes larger than 1/8 inch beware. These will need more extensive repair or replacement. Be cautious!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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If it was just the muffler, I would say who cares? Mufflers often get corroded especially if they have a lot of brief heat ups but not enough to burn off any condensation. You know that steam that often accompanies the first start after a long sit and lasts for a few minutes. Mufflers are replaceable, if that is the only place you have rust concerns then I wouldn't be too worried about that. At least that is my opinion.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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Rusty muffler/tail pipe not a big deal. However I would look very close at things like frame and crossmembers, metal areas around the storage bays, and so on. Florida has a lot of coast line, things that live thier life near the coastal areas rust (salt air), once it starts not much stopping it.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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If the frame rust is just surface rust, I would not worry. In this case it is actually a protective coating. If it is scale and flakes off leaving gouges, I'd pass.

Exhaust systems rust, especially near coastal areas. This is why my RV and truck does not see the beach.

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Old 07-25-2012, 09:55 AM   #6
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I bought my '99 about 2 years ago in Florida and spent it's entire life there. I gave it a good going over underneath and was shocked at what little rust I saw. Certainly rust on the muffler, but it was the original. I wouldn't worry a bit about it. Look under a '99 here in Mich, where they salt the roads, it's rust city if they drove it here in the winter.
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Look at the fittings for the levelers and checked the engine and generator cover for corrosion. If it's there run, run fast. That's why you never buy an aircraft that has been in Florida. Corrosion.

Two weeks on the beach can ruin a RV.
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Rusty exhaust wouldn't be a deal breaker. Rusty windshield frame would be. Winnebago/Itasca Class A's have had an issue with rusted metal support of windshields. See threads:
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UPDATE: Winnebago leaking windshield

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Nothing to be concerned with at all. Rust in/on the exhaust is caused by the gasses mixing with the steam created by hot gas passing through cold pipes...having spent 28 yrs in FL, surface rust on anything metallic is a fact of life being in a salty environment. If it looks like the Titanic with "rust-cicles" on it, I'd run... but from what you've described, I wouldn't hesitate purchasing if it's the right coach for you.
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Look at the fittings for the levelers and checked the engine and generator cover for corrosion. If it's there run, run fast. That's why you never buy an aircraft that has been in Florida. Corrosion.

Two weeks on the beach can ruin a RV.
YES....I bought my '99 American Dream out of Orlando area. I was told it just had a little surface rust. Yeah right. Get under and look closely. I have a lot of body structure to reconstruct because it's totally gone. Angles and square tubing in the basement near the wheel well areas are rusted through and some completely missing. Engine area not too bad though. Looks like it may have done some runs up to areas with road salt and not washed off just left to sit.
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Final decision

Thank you for all of the support. This is a site that will be a permanent bookmark for me! We decided to back out after some further issues were discovered. Decided to go with a 2010 fleetwood bounder classic. We will never step foot again in PPL (Houston rv consignment). Anyway, we're excited to become a part of the RV world. Any concerns or comments on the blunder are welcomed. We have an "out" until next week when we pick her up. Thanks!!!
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PPL is no different than any other place selling used RV's.. It is aways, buyer beware. They consign RV's for the owner and the owner is To go through a rather extensive list to disclose the condition of the unit. Owners are known to lie about the condition of their unit in order to get the "best" price or they do not know.

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Thank you for all of the support. This is a site that will be a permanent bookmark for me!......... Decided to go with a 2010 fleetwood bounder classic. .......... Anyway, we're excited to become a part of the RV world. Any concerns or comments on the blunder are welcomed. We have an "out" until next week when we pick her up. Thanks!!!
Now that is FUNNY, you're already calling your pending purchase a "blunder".

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