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Old 04-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Rusty Screws.....

OK, this may be a minor issue but this week-end we replaced all the blinds in our camper. Because the headers were a different size, we had to take down the existing brackets and install new ones... In the bunk house at the back of the camper, the screws that came out of the brackets were rusty..... Should I be alarmed? There is nothing in the camper that appears to have had water damage....I just thought it was strange....


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Old 04-07-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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I would guess that if just the screws in one area are rusty you may have an issue with moisture. I would check carefully.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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If you do routine roof inspections of calking and sealants and no leaks have been discovered, moisture in the air could of entered your RV thru open windows, from taking showers, hanging wet clothes to dry, and from boiling water on the stove.
SO, I recommend every time you find a rusty screw or other fastener, replace it with one made of stainless steel. Then you'll have no rust, no rust stains, and easy removal of fasteners in the future when needed.
If moisture is a routine problem during storage, a DYI solution is keep a pail/bucket half full of water softener salt with lid off or with large holes drilled in the lid in the bunk house.
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Thanks! I will keep an eye on them. The camper had sat for 4 years but there seems to be NO water damage anywhere. So I think it might be as you said, just some moisture...and the idea with the salt is great! Thanks!
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Were the heads rusty or the threads? If its just the head then as another poster suggested, replace with stainless. If the threads are rusty, look for water intrusion. When was the last time you inspected the roof? Water intrusion is death to an RV and the cancer spreads rapidly especially if wood framed.
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