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Winnebago electrolysis/frame rust problem

Posted 09-27-2021 at 10:31 AM by TMAR

When servicing the batteries on my 2020 14 month old Spirit 31K with 3,000 miles I was shocked to see the amount of rust on my frame and even the propane tank.
The grounding bar seems to be ground zero and I am not alone after doing some web searches.
Winnebago states rust is not a covered item, but a defective electrical system would be - I think they have a serious issue that has not been resolved and I'm as mad as a hornet. It will take probably a few grand of sand blasting/priming and painting to repair the damage and I believe it will continue till the cause is resolved. Purchased from LaMesa in Sanford and parked a few miles from the ocean in sunny south Florida so one can't blame salt spray....
Has anyone had a professional check for electrolysis??? That WOULD be covered under the warranty...... and the resultant damages as well.
They just told me to see the dealer and I know the local dealer does not have the expertise to ascertain the cause of the rust.......
This is so widespread I think it's class-actionable if someone has the time and ambition.....
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  1. Old Comment
    When I saw the year of your coach, I almost spewed my coffee! I recently bought a 2003 Itasca, and it is literally rust free underneath... after 18 years!
    Something definitely seems to have changed, and not for the better! I agree with your comments... I would also suggest getting on a creeper and try to determine (take lots of photos, they have a time stamp on them and do wonders for proving a case) whether the rust is "everywhere" or limited to the chassis builder or the coach builder's area of responsibility. What you are showing, would seem to be the coach builder's responsibility.
    Posted 09-30-2021 at 09:07 AM by LarryBass LarryBass is offline
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    When I saw the year of your coach, I almost spewed my coffee!

    I recently bought a 2003 Itasca, and it is literally rust free underneath... after 18 years!
    Something definitely seems to have changed, and not for the better! I agree with your comments... I would also suggest getting on a creeper and try to determine (take lots of photos, they have a time stamp on them and do wonders for proving a case) whether the rust is "everywhere" or limited to the chassis builder or the coach builder's area of responsibility. What you are showing, would seem to be the coach builder's responsibility.
    Posted 09-30-2021 at 09:08 AM by LarryBass LarryBass is offline
 
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