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Old 10-24-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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compartment doors

We just bought a 1994 Winnebago Vectra and some of the compartment doors are rused on the underside and the lock bars are not working properly. Does any one have a good suggestion on how to fix the rust? We thought buy some aluminum but wondered if anyone else had this problem with an older motorhome. Anyone know of a good motorhome graveyard to buy used parts? Thanks

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:14 AM   #2
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Hey Kitty, well you're way out there in AZ but Colaw has a big graveyard for RV's
here's a link. Give them a call, also use a search engine "Google" RV Salvage yards and see if you turn one up in your area.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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Any hardware should carry several products that eliminate rust and prevents it from reforming. They come in liquid and spray.

The locking device mechanisms are probably void of lubrication, corroded or rusted. A good spray penetrating oil on all the moving parts and piviot points should work. Spray and let sit for 15 mins. If the mechanism begins to move, spray again and keep working it. Repeat this until there is mo more resistence. Do this once a year to keep them lubed and free.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:06 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the advice. We'll check into each one. Thanks again
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:15 AM   #5
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Kitty, hi and welcome. Hardware stores carry many products. I ran a boatyard in Fl for twenty some years so rust was always a repair issue on customers boats. We used a readily available product that removes and coats the rusted area, since it is rust the bay doors are metal and not Aluminum. So, wire brush the area, clean, apply the Ospho, let stand a couple of hours, wipe down. If the area affected is pitted and not a large gaping hole needing fabrication of aluminum flashing a product called 5200 made by 3m will work to bond and seal the area. It is like a caulk only polyurethane that has terrific mechanical bonding characteristics, can be shaped using your fingers coated with mineral spirits to a very smooth surface. Use the spirits to clean up. This 3m product can also be painted. For larger areas use it to bond the al patch and fair the area. Also to keep the 5200 from "running out a hole under or above the repair area simply apply blue painters tape and then fill let dry 12 hours then remove.

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