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Old 02-24-2017, 06:22 PM   #1
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Parking near the ocean for extended periods...

We have the chance to stay and work camp at an RV park that's just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. I'm wondering about the effects on the RV from parking there for an extended period. Both times we've driven down to check out the place our car had a noticeable film covering it after being there for only a short period.

The wife is pretty set on going but I'm a bit leery.....
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:28 PM   #2
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The salt water will get to it eventually, but you can make a habit of washing, lubing, waxing, topside and undercarriage regularly
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:41 PM   #3
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DEFINE EXTENDED PERIOD***

I can only say that every year while at Myrtle Beach Travel Park, I look at all the trailers that get towed in from the storage lot... there are newer trailers there that would never be road worthy due to rust..

Now I realize that those are there for LONG periods, sometimes years...But that just show just how corrosive salt water and salt air can be... It seams like there is almost always a sea breeze blowing moisture in from the ocean..

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DEFINE EXTENDED PERIOD***

I can only say that every year while at Myrtle Beach Travel Park, I look at all the trailers that get towed in from the storage lot... there are newer trailers there that would never be road worthy due to rust..

Now I realize that those are there for LONG periods, sometimes years...But that just show just how corrosive salt water and salt air can be... It seams like there is almost always a sea breeze blowing moisture in from the ocean..

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Probably a minimum of two months. However the opportunity could be there to stay 6 months or longer.
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Anything metal WILL rust, anything aluminum WILL oxidize, anything glass WILL look frosted every morning, the wind WILL blow, you WILL need to wash everything regularly, other than that it should be nice. DW said when we retire "park me near water" now she says "park me near a lake, NOT an ocean".
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:35 PM   #6
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we are about 2 city blocks from the ocean at Juno Ocean Walk, Juno Beach and been here since dec 10. actually i was under the unit this afternoon and noticed some of the beams looked like the rust was showing so tomorrow I'll go get some rust inhibiting tremclad. it helps i find. also be sure wash it say every 2 weeks. for me the killer south is the sun. i wax my unit 3-4 times a year and it helps the gelcoat.
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Interesting post. I never considered what the atmosphere could do to the metal on a used RV. We turned one away that had significant rust on the lower cabinetry and it was less than 5 years old. I always thought it was road grime, didn't think it might have been parked next to an ocean.

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Our last MH went to Myrtle Beach many times a year and with just normal washing on return or when I got to it after 8 years I had almost no rust under it except I did paint the storage compartment boxes a few times as they are lightweight metal and had some surface rust starting. Life is short and don't let rust get in your way... Enjoy it. Rust can be replaced!

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Thanks for the responses. I'm still a bit leery of it and I can't say the prospects of having to frequently wash our 38RL excite me either.
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If I had the opportunity to do what you might do, I'd jump on it. Wash regularly, wax and never look back. Nothing better than salt water in the veins. You only realize how much you miss it once you don't have it.
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