With our brand new Sunset Trail we seem to be seeing surface rust on a lot of the metal on the camper. Jacks, Frame underneath, Axles, Leaf Springs, gas pipe underneath etc. Seems like Crossroads took the cheap route to painting surfaces on the camper. I have been going around with black spray paint and touching up.
Partly the paint they use and partly the steel used. They don't prep them well before painting and they don't hold up well to salt and rock strikes. They only look pretty when they are new. Would be nice if they were powder coated but that won't happen in an industry that is all about cost saving in the manufacture process.
2013 CrossRoads Cruiser Patriot CF345RF
2011 Ford F350 Lariat FX4 CC 6.7L Turbo Diesel (Heavily Modified)
Manufacture date makes a difference too. Our Zinger was built/shipped in September, so no rust. A friend's newer Zinger shipped in January, so it was "treated" with road grime that caused more rust on steps, jacks, etc.
Eddy & Brenda
2015 Silverado HD 6.0L
2014 Zinger 32QB
Ours shipped in December and has some surface rust when I got it home. I treated it with a rattle can of black after giving it a quick once over to knock off anything loose. 2 months later nothing has come back.