Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-18-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 4
How to tell is rust on chassis is superficial?

Hi, could anyone advise me if the rust on this coach chassis is considered superficial or or more serious? This is a 2004 Itasca Horizon. The pics are of the front - the rest of the chassis is relatively rust free. Appreciate your help. Thanks!
__________________

__________________
Greenbeans is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-18-2015, 08:40 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 56
Rust

I don't see any pics but I'm originally from Vermont and have seen allot of rust. It's not too unusual to see surface rust on the frame of an 11 year old vehicle. If metal is flaking off things are getting more serious. Usually it's things like brake lines and cables that go first. Check those, especially around any connections. Check sheet metal under doors and around hinges. If you see places the paint has been compromised by rust then the vehicle has probably seen winter roads. If the sheet metal looks ok after 11 years it probably hasn't been overly exposed to the elements of winter driving.

Good luck

Tom
__________________

__________________
Tom_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 4
Photos

Thanks Tom, let's see if the photo posts this time...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	105
Size:	273.7 KB
ID:	103852  
__________________
Greenbeans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2015, 09:50 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 4
Photos

Hope it works this time.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	117
Size:	235.3 KB
ID:	103853  
__________________
Greenbeans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2015, 01:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
FIRE UP's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 5,266
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greenbeans View Post
Hi, could anyone advise me if the rust on this coach chassis is considered superficial or or more serious? This is a 2004 Itasca Horizon. The pics are of the front - the rest of the chassis is relatively rust free. Appreciate your help. Thanks!
Hey Greenbeans,
Another '04 Horizon owner, yahoo. Ours is also a the Horizon only it's the 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT. I see that yours has the IFS suspension so, I'm pre-supposing it's a 40' unit, correct? Now, from what I can gather at looking at the pictures, you have rust, but, it's not all that bad. We have rust too but again, while it's eventually going to need some attention, it's not to be alarmed about.

Our coach, has had four owners. We're the fourth set. Based on the limited knowledge we've acquired, that coach spent the first year or so of its adolescents in and around, back east some place. Hence, the amount and depth of the rust we have. Again, about 95% ours, is not quite as in depth as yours.

Winne, like other manufactures, purchases multiple chassis's at one time. And, I don't know if you know, where they're located but, it's in Forest City IA. And, as you more than likely know, THEY GET SNOW THERE AND, LOTS OF IT!! So, they store, those brand new chassis's, OUT DOORS!! Well, that's the beginning of the end for any un-protected metal.

I've seen another '04 40' Horizon here in Lake Havasu City AZ that, when you opened some of the compartment doors, THERE WAS NO FRAMING LEFT!!!!!!!! YEOW!

There are products on the market that, turn rust into something other than rust, when applied. POR 15 comes to mind but, there's plenty more. As with anything that you want to turn out good, it's labor intense. So, if you are thinking about rectifying your rust situation BEFORE it gets any worse, take a look at that product and, a few others and see what it takes to use them and remedy your situation.

Other than that, move out here in western desert, that stops rust instantly. Of course WE melt but, the rust stops. Good luck.
Scott
__________________
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2015, 02:44 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
rodz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 710
Watch the storage compartments. My 06 Journey had some rust. The sheet metal is very thin and will rust through in no time. I would wire brush and coat with black rust stop every year. Last year the brush went through in a few spots. I made some repair panels for it. Several other places were almost through. Gave me an excuse to get a newer one.
__________________
rodz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2015, 12:59 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 4
Thanks!

Thanks guys - we are feeling better that this isn't a major issue. We'll work on cleaning it up with a wire brush and re-painting it.

Yep - ours is the 40'. Our compartments are clean and rust free but we'll keep an eye on it. The rust is isolated to the front end - the rest of the chassis is relatively rust free. Not sure why - maybe the way it was stored??

BTW, we are in AZ now and we definitely are MELTING! 116F is hot!!! Looking forward to traveling around the country in our new Horizon.

Thanks again,
Greenbeans
__________________
Greenbeans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2015, 09:12 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 982
We just had ours brushed and treated. Our research led us to using good old Rust O Lium product. We will see how that works. We did the entire undercarriage. Don't forget to open side panels which are clipped and screwed shut.
__________________

__________________
Ron & Linda
2000 Dynasty 38PBS
Full time since 2007
Nana25K is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
chassis, horizon, itasca, rust



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
XCS Chassis vs Maxum XCL Chassis Ceratto's Grotto Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 6 02-25-2015 05:39 AM
Winnebago Video Highlights Mercedes Chassis Test Drive DriVer RV Industry Press 0 01-05-2015 06:56 PM
Chassis Batteries Draining While Dry Camping holtt1 Monaco Owner's Forum 26 09-22-2014 05:52 PM
Chassis or Frame Rust jimbo2013 Vintage RV's 6 08-18-2014 05:55 PM
2011 RV chassis Mods & parts & Tech info new & old chassis "007" Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 4 09-27-2011 08:26 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.