Yikes! I can’t believe that our Winnebago Journey motorhome is over seven years old already. We purchased it new in May 2007 with a plan to use it as our full time home. It was built in November 2006.
It has worked out wonderfully as we had planned for it to do. Yes, a little tight on storage space (what fulltimer hasn’t had that problem?) but has given us faithful service over the years and the 66,000 miles we’ve traveled in it…so far. ;c)
No matter where you live, or what you live in, maintenance is always a requirement. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a stickler for preventive maintenance. One item that has been on my list for a while now is taking care of a rust issue on my basement compartments.
This rust under the basement compartment doors is a long time issue on older Winnebagos. I had it on my 2003 Winnebago Adventurer and have it on the Journey. Despite Winnebago claiming they use primer on the steel used in the construction of their products, it still remains an issue. I hope they’ve corrected it in current models.
That being said, every brand of RV has its problems and I had to get this fixed. I did some touch ups a few years ago, but the rust reappeared in those spots and broke out anew in other areas.
First off, I got out my electric drill and some wire brushes.
With an eye on safety (always!) I got all “dolled up” for the task.
I spent several hours grinding and cleaning out all the rust to get back down to bare metal.
Once I got all the rust cleaned off, I gave the areas a coating of this Rust-oleum product. (No I’m not making shadow animals).
After a coating of the rust reformer dried, I followed up brushing on some Rust-oleum glass black paint, and managed to more of it on the affected areas than on myself (for a change!).
All the work came out well. Another job scratched off my list.
With what this motorhome cost, I intend to do everything I can to keep it running well, looking good and “ship shape”.
Marti doesn’t help me with these kinds of tasks, she takes care of things we both agree are a higher priority.
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