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Old 06-02-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Ocean salt spray

We're going to be taking a trip to the Outer Banks and staying in the area for 4 or 5 days. I have heard horror stories of people camping in a salty area and then seeing excessive corrosion on their RV's afterwards. We don't have any experience with this but hate the thought of starting a rust problem on our RV and are wondering if we are better off to stay inland and drive the toad out to the Outer Banks each day.

Anyone have salt horror stories?
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2. I wouldn't think that 4-5 days is anything to worry about. We had an IRV2 rally at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach in 2010 and I was on the first row by the Ocean and there isn't any rust on my MH.
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Simple cure, once you get home use a garden hose and wash thoroughly the entire RV including the underside. That should remove most of the salt.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Our MH stays by the ocean (1/2 mile) when it's not being used without any problems. When I have to drive through snow and salt I get concerned any wash off the underside.
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Clean clear water when you return will negate any potential harm from a short trip like that.
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I get the hosing off the chassis part. I'm from Michigan. But with slides out, there is more exposed than when driving down the road and hosing out all the slide components inside the garage's is not something I want to do.

My wife's uncle retired to the coast of Florida. He told me that the salt spray virtually destroyed his coach. Yes, that's an extended time and I'm talking about a few days. I have another relative who spent time on the Texas coast. After a few days they had a fine layer of white on everything.

This is not a paranoid thread, but rather just looking for anyone who may have had a negative experience. I'm also not new to RV'ing. I'm on my 5th RV. The difference is this one is new and I want it to last.
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I live a block from the Ocean and I have no rust on anything. Wash it when you get home and enjoy your trip
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #8
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Quick trip through a Blue Beacon?
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We have never had our coach near the ocean. However we have accepted a 4 month hosting position on San Juan Island in the Straits of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington next summer. If they don't drop our coach in the sound on the way over what should be our concerns?
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Not sure how relevent but, we bought our '99 three years ago in Cocoa, Fl and spent it's entire life in the beach areas on the Atlantic side. Being from Mich and seeing what road salt does, plus the rumors to avoid or carefully inspect coaches from Fl, I was amazed how pristine the under carrage was.
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We keep our RVs away from the beach and the salt spray. Even with all of the fresh water rinsing, the alt can creep into joints and such. We will park a ways from the salt and take the bus or walk.

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We keep our RVs away from the beach and the salt spray. Even with all of the fresh water rinsing, the alt can creep into joints and such. We will park a ways from the salt and take the bus or walk.

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Have you had experience with this?
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You will find that the windshield will get yucky. Even if it's only a few days. Cover it if you can. Wipers will work if you use the washers, which will almost empty the reservoir. Probably all windows will need a good washing before you leave.
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You will find that the windshield will get yucky. Even if it's only a few days. Cover it if you can. Wipers will work if you use the washers, which will almost empty the reservoir. Probably all windows will need a good washing before you leave.
Wouldn't it stand to reason that if it's on the windows, it's on everything?
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