Originally Posted by Greenbeans
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!
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.