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Old 08-20-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Basement structure rust problems, 99 American Eagle

Has any one had any issues with the basement storage framework rusting out. We need to replace ours, any ideas?
Our coach is a 99 American Eagle and we bought it in 2002. We never drove it in the winter, but not sure where the previous owner drove it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Fleetwood and I suppose most others did not seem to do much, if anything for rust prevention. I have a 1996 that has it's share.
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Oh Yes..........Welcome to the club.I have a '99 American Dream, bought out of Florida. The owners lived in Penn. I will be doing some "Major" reconstructive surgery on mine this winter. In the front right wheel well all the entrance step structure is rotted out. In front of both rear wheels the structure is rotted out. Steel tubing and angles are totally missing in places. The underbelly skin is even hanging loose in some places where it was supposed to be riveted to the steel structure.
Sure not happy with the structure rotted away. I may redo with stainless steel.
I have an MCI highway coach and the entire structure is stainless and what ever isn't stainless is aluminum. The unit is like the day it was built and it's a '93.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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If y'all decide to do any welding on the coach, check with the transmission manufacturer. I know certain Allison transmissions require reomoval of some of the wiring before any welding takes place or damage can result, I think, to the transmission internal electrical components. I can't remember where I read that, I'll try to find it if y'all are interested.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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I have read about many owners of the older Dreams and Eagles having rust issues underneath the cargo doors. Also saw a video of an older Eagle for sale (99) that had frame members in the electical bay area that had significant rust.

The riveted underside of my coach looks like new, but I regularly take a hose and spray the underside of the coach just like I do my daily driver.

I have been lucky, Florida coach and no rust issues in the cargo areas or underneath the cargo doors.

Whatever remedies you employ, I have found that Boeshield T-9 (developed by Boeing as a lubricant and an anti-corrosion product) is excellent at preventing corrosion. I use it liberally underneath the cargo doors, on the engine, on the Onan exterior as well as a slide lubricant and a lubricant for the Pacbrake and the entry steps.

Others on the American Coach Yahoo Group have recommended coating everything with transmission fluid. The Boeshield is an aerosol and is therefore very easy to apply.

I discovered Boeshield during the 20 years that I owned boats, it is available at any Marine Store.

Good luck in fixing the issues!

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Old 08-21-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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Just hosed down the underside of the Eagle today, the 98 has the skin that is attached to the frame thru-bolted with aircraft style (nylon insert) bolts and once again appears to be in great shape.

Went a little nuts with the Boeshield today based upon what I read here!
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