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Old 08-03-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Camping near the Gulf

I was just informed by a "seasoned" Diesel Pusher owner that I shouldn't do any monthly parking of my 37' Pusher anywhere near Salt Water, since it will cause my Hydraulic Jacks to rust up on me. That is, unless I coat them with Vaseline then wrap them in aluminum foil.

Did he see me (rookie) coming and pull my leg or is he telling me straight ?
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He's telling you straight, but he didn't tell you the whole story. Not only will it pit unprotected metal surfaces, the salt air will get into your electronics and electrical systems and cause all kinds of electrical problems. These problems may take a year or two to surface since corrosion takes time to develop, and so you will not associate it with your stay at the sea shore but the corrosion and pitting will be obvious. How do I know? I have a house 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean.
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I knew those electric jacks would pay off sooner or later. We love going to Top Sail.
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Have friends with coaches 3-8 years old parked 2 blocks from the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Fl and none have electrical or jack issues. Thy keep their jacks down. The biggest problem is pitting in their chrome morros.
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MICHGUY,
everything is relative. Yes, salt air will cause rust on surfaces that are affected by salt air. However, on a scale of one to ten, this issue is a one or a two.
DW and I have lived in Florida for over 35 years. All over the state. The key for keeping an Rv, boat, car, house in Florida, is maintenance. Yes the jack shafts may rust, but cycling them should maintain their utility. Just use common sense. Enjoy. We have a home in the "tip of the mitt" as such be have to be aware of freezing in the winter. Would not trade our Florida home or Michigan cottage. We enjoy both.
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I live on an island in the gulf. Just spray the jacks and springs with WD-40 and make sure anything chrome has a good coat of wax on it. Also, hose down the outside of the coach once a month to get the salt off it.
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He's telling you straight, but he didn't tell you the whole story. Not only will it pit unprotected metal surfaces, the salt air will get into your electronics and electrical systems and cause all kinds of electrical problems. These problems may take a year or two to surface since corrosion takes time to develop, and so you will not associate it with your stay at the sea shore but the corrosion and pitting will be obvious. How do I know? I have a house 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean.
u are so right about go west
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Thanks to all

Thanks to all of you ! Just got back from the "Tip of the Mitt", and had little or no access to WiFi. I'll be getting out the WD-40.
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