Rust has Made a Comeback!July 25, 2013 9:34 am
Selling an RV on consignment can be a difficult process. It becomes even more difficult if there is rust and corrosion found on the undercarriage or fenders of the coach you are trying to sell.
Remember the days when the lower part of vehicles would sustain rust damage from the salt laid down on roads to prevent snow and ice buildup? It would really have a detrimental effect on the value of a vehicle.
Over the last twenty years, the rust damage slowed down, and it got to the point that you rarely saw any vehicles with rusty bumpers or fenders. This is not because the snow and ice lessened, it is because the recreational vehicle manufactures improved the quality of the exterior finishes of the undercarriages and paint finishes of the coach bodies. These finishes were strengthened and became almost impermeable to the rust damage.
Unfortunately, not only the manufacturing process of recreational vehicles changed, so have the methods of keeping snow and ice at bay during the winter season. Municipalities in the cold country used to use sodium chloride on the roads, otherwise known as “road salt.” Now that we have learned to defend our vehicles from that chemical, the snow and ice melting mixtures have changed. Road crews now lay down Calcium chloride or Magnesium chloride. That is because both of these chemicals are better at preventing the build up of ice and snow on the roads, and cause what is already there to melt. Our new vehicle finishes are not impervious to these chemicals, so unfortunately, rust problems have made a resurgence!
Not only can rust corrosion be a cosmetic eyesore, it can also compromise the safety features of the RV, placing travelers in peril. The deicer is splashed up onto vehicles that stand less than 43″ off the ground, so unless you have to climb a ladder to get into your RV, you are susceptible to the problem. Amongst other things, the corrosion can negatively affect brake lines, gas lines, suspension components and exposed wiring. These deicing materials are especially destructive because they can cling to the underbody of the RV and re-crystallize as they slowly dry out. The costs associated with this type of corrosion have increased more than tenfold since the road crews have begun using the new chemical deicers.
There is good news to those living in the cold country though. The rust damage can be avoided by thoroughly washing the undercarriage and lower half of your motorhome with soap and water each time you drive in icy conditions. An easier fix, however, would be to have the underside of your RV treated to prevent the corrosion caused by these deicing procedures.
If you are tired of the maintenance and upkeep of your used RV altogether and have decided to just get rid of it, then SellMyRVToday.com can be a great assist. We will purchase your RV (2002 or newer) quickly. Just let us know what you have to sell, and we will make you a fair offer based on market value. Once you accept, we will bring you the certified funds and drive away your RV. That is it. No additional insurance needed, no time sitting on a lot. Call us, and we will take care of you.
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Sam Johnston / July 30, 2013 at 9:57 am
Rust is such bad news. I have tried to keep my RV rust free, but it is hard work. I have to wash everything really well after a winter trip, and so far my rig is fine.
Eli Goetson / July 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm
I have noticed some rust recently. I was wondering why it seems to be showing up again. I will make sure to clean the undercarriage from now on. I usually do, but sometimes I skip it. Won’t now. Thanks for the info.