Anyone interested in following along while I repair the rust of the basement frame on our 1999 American Dream ?
While shopping for RV's I researched the American Dream on here and found that basement floor rust was a common thing to look for on these coaches. With your advice, I looked for the issue, noted it, and was able to negotiate a substantial amount off the asking price knowing I had to fix it.
Once I got the coach home, I started tearing into it so I could figure out how it was built and come up with a game plan to repair. I quickly realized that the basement floor had separated in spots as much as 1" from the frame supports ! Further investigation found that the entire floor structure was pre-fabricated much like a wall assembly and bolted to the coach frame supports. Ironically, the Spartan MM frame was like new with no signs of rust. I decided the best repair would be to completely drop the floor structure build a new one and re-attach to the uprights that I would also repair by replacing any rusted metal tubing.
I will be building the new floor structure with 1 1/2" square tubing like the original, however I will be making some small changes. All the fasteners will be Stainless Steel, not much of a price difference when doing one coach, but I can see how AC wouldn't do it. I will also be lining the bottom of the floor with .018 S/S instead of the thin Aluminum that AC used. This would stop the galvanic reaction of the dissimilar metals and what played a large part in the start of the original corrosion. I was supersized to see that AC did not paint the steel at all, I will be adding a corrosion-resisting paint.
I'll be adding pictures as I go. Any questions or advice... shoot.