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Old 09-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Salty sea air effects on Montana?

We have some relatives that occasionally park their Montana near the ocean beach. They say that the salty air "pollutes" the RV, in that it is covered with salt when they are ready to leave and that putting the slides in brings the salt into the Montana!! (The campground did not allow washing RVs at the camp sites.)

This year we had new bicycles we took to Myrtle Beach, next to the beach, for a week and every spoke on the bicycles rusted, thus my concern.

Have any of you had any experience parking your rig next to an ocean beach? If so, how bad was the "salt experience," what did it do to your "stuff" and how did you recover from it?

All experiences and/or recommendations will be appreciated.

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Old 09-29-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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Hi Larry,

We spend tons of time out at Ocean Shores Washington, and yes we always have a thin film of "Ocean Vacation" hanging around. Been doing this for years now, other than the hassle of extra washing efforts no long term ill affects that I'm aware of.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:34 AM   #3
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We do a bit of sea shore camping. One time we had an onshore wind that brought a lot of salt mist on to the Montana. A quick rinse at a self serve car wash and we were on our way. Looking underneath, there was rust on the stabilizers and the steps rusted as well. Took a while to get it all cleaned up.
Here are some tips:
* Once the slides are open I shoot the hydraulic pistons with WD-40. Also coat the pulleys and cables.If I am there past 3 or 4 days, repeat the process.
* I bought a cover that goes around the front of the 5th area. Store bikes and rust prone items under the front. Seems to work fine.
* I have not had any problems with the interior once the slides are in. If there is salt on the slide roofs I don't expect it to migrate to other interior parts.
* Last, enjoy the ocean!
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:41 AM   #4
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treat it the same way you treat everything that comes into contact with salt air & salt water, rinse with fresh water as soon as you can.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:48 AM   #5
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We were parked in Pacifica in the Bay Area - CA for several months with our previous unit. A lot of rust - we lost bicycles because of rust. Besides the underneath (as stated above) all the locks on the basement doors rusted, back bumper etc. It also deteriorated the roof seals and we had a lot of leaks. Would never do it again. This area has a lot of wind and fog and that may have contributed to the problem.
Happy trails..................
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:31 AM   #6
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We too are near the salt...Gulf of Mexico for about 3 months in the winter. The RV park is only 3 city blocks away, but we have problems. Mostly the stairs rust on their pivots. Also bike wheels & unpainted metal. Rinse..Rinse & Rinse again. Yes, we can wash our RV & truck there.....city water. Also have to wash fishing equipment when done. In the early morning, fog comes in from the gulf, thus it carries salt in it!

But being there is worth it!

Roy & Kay
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