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Old 04-05-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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I owne a 2011 Crossroads CF30ES. I purchased it last September. I camped on a trial run in September 2010. Then stayed at the Outer Banks of N.C. for two weeks in October 2010. I cleaned it and put it away for the winter in my enclosed metal garage with a concrete floor. I went on my first camping trip this past weekend. When I went to put the rear Jack stands down; a metal crossmember brace came down on one side as I lowered the jack. It is there to just basicly support the underbelly of the enclosed area. I started checking and the bolt that holds the thin brace up had corroded and broke off. I noticed the other bolts that hold on the rear jack stands and other braces are also corroded to the point that they could snap off at any minuite and I don't think I can replace them without them snapping off if I try to unscrew them. I ended up wiring up the brace until I could return home. Anyone else having this problem, or just me? Deputydog



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Old 04-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #2
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Haven't noticed anything like that. I would spray some WD-40 on the bolts and let them set for awhile before trying to remove them. That brace could possibly be a support for a tank, check it out.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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Salt air, such as on the outer banks, is the worst thing in the world on vehicles.

Spraying with WD-40 or some type of oil may help. There is a product called Kroil I belive that our maintenance men use for removing stubborn bolts. Works almost like magic.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
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I wonder if I replace the bolts myself; If I can even get them out without breaking off the other ones. If it would somehow void the warranty. Deputydog
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That's pretty strange, corrosion is typically slow moving unless it has an agent to accelerate it. When I first read your post I assumed it was delivered in the winter with salt on the road. After two years in Maine, left uncovered in the winters, my Cruiser frame had almost no rust and all the underpinnings looked solid and were corrosion free.



Perhaps a call to Randy at Crossroads is in order?
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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HOw old is the floor in the storage area???? When they are fresh they admit a gas that will rust anything the best thing on a new floor is to seal it with a good floor paint. Do not even ask me how I know this

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The floor and building was built in 2001 and the concrete was sealed with a sealent after it was cured. I never had a problem with my other two units that I stored in there. They were Jayco's. I'm puzzled. Deputydog
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OK I would take it back to the dealer and have him replace the bolts with new Galinized ones sounds like you have got some electralize going on

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Ok, I called the Cossroads warranty section this morning. The lady was really nice and said they usually don't warranty rust or corrosion. However, since our unit is only six months old; they would replace any bolt that broke off. The problem now is I live 1 1/2 hours from the nearest RV Crossroads dealer. Even though other bolts are corroded, I only have one that is broken off. It would cost me $40-$50 in gas and a day wasted for one bolt replaced free. So, I think I will remove one of the other bolts; purchase several and replace the ones that look bad myself. Then I will coat with Rustolium or some other Rust prevention product. If I lived close it would be worth it, but thats what I get for living in the country.
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If you look in your phone book, you might be able to find a local fasterner distributor company that will sell to the public in less than full box amounts. Then you could purchase stainless steel screws and bolts. On our Salem that we traded in, I replaced every screw on the outside of the trailer for less than 25.00. (in fact I don't think I even spent 20, but was being conservative).



If you only have a handful to replace, just go to Lowes or an ACE Hardware or somewhere like that and get stainless. Then you won't have that issue again.



I even put a little dab of silicon sealant on the screws when I did the Salem, they come back out easy but help seal up whatever they are screwed into.



I will be doing the same on our 2010 Cruiser this year.



As an aside, there is a KOA about 25 miles south of Kitty Hawk that is a great place to stay at and another relatively close to the KOA that I am going to check into. We spent a week

last August at the KOA and are going back there again at the end of July (good Lord willing and the diesel don't rise, well at least don't rise too much).
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I stay at Camp Hatteras Resort & RV Park

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24798 Highway 12

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It is right beside the KOA. It is a little more expensive but it's gated and has concrete pads, tennis courts, game room, Hottub ect. My wife likes it the best so I pay extra to make her happy. Deputydog
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try BLAST, it will seep into the threads, just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes. You can get it most places.

This stuff was invented for three years before thay found a can that would hold it.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I used WD40 and soaked the broken bolt. Later I got it out with ease with vicegrips. I replaced the bolt and sprayed all the others with rustolem. Hope this helps in the long run. I need to recheck them later. DeputydogEdited by: Deputydog
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