Our coach is 2 1/2 years old and all the metal trim around the basement doors and the large (4" X 4") tube that supports the rear jacks, look like they come from a car that has been next to the ocean for years and years. (By the way, we've only been to the ocean a couple days.)
I had a problem with the ABS a while back, and there was a problem with the exciter rings and sensors, but while there were working on that part of the coach, they said the disks were distroyed from rust! They impressed on me that it was purely a good will gester to replace the rotors, but I still had to pay for new pads, which was $250 all the way around.
I've decided to buy a very small sand blasting unit, and on warm days, just clean off the rust and paint with Hammerite paint, then when I get enough done, have it undercoated.
I can see the coach lasting for a long time, but having the basement lockers just drop off. 100% of the screws which is the bottom latch portion (for latching the basement doors) are badly rusted. I am progressively replacing those with stainless. Also the sheet metal screws that go through the sides (front) of the plastic basement compartments (into the door jam frames) are badly rusted. They are probably # 8 self tapping SMS, but once the head goes, it is next to impossible to get them out, so I'm replacing those also. The bottom of the hitch looks like crap also.
We are planning on keeping the coach for many years to come, but my concern was how long the engine will last, now my concern is if the whole basement will just drop off one day.
Anyone else have this problem?
Bill N8HDW & Nancy N8HDV
2005 Sea Breeze 8341 on W-22 Chassis
2008 Saturn Vue I-4