FWC and winter use and abuse
Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:53 PM
I am having a roll up garage door installed on one of my garages to allow the height needed to get in the garage, and the door is not due for another 3-4 weeks. Up here in Green Bay we are waiting for winter to arrive at any minute. I am heading to northern Wisconsin Friday for the day and will be traveling through areas that have lots of snow already on the ground. In Wisconsin to say that road salt and other chemical ice melting substances are used LIBERALLY would be an understatement!
My question is how hard is winter and road salt on the camper in general? I am very concerned about the exposed wood above the bed rail as it is already dirty from rain and one gravel road that threw mud up there. Is the wood treated really well etc. I am not looking to leave it on permanently every winter but don't want to ruin a new camper either. I will also be driving from Wisconsin to Arizona in January and will be driving through a lot of salty roads in route.
It seems that many of you are using your campers for winter usage just fine, but not sure what the most common road treatment is where there is more FWC's running around.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:55 PM
On the camper the bare metal bits hated the salt. The jack feet, jack mounting hardware, that little metal piece that holds the back door open, etc. I was never able to restore the metal to its original condition after just one weekend trip in the salt!
I was so bummed about that road salt I moved to the west coast. And bought a car with 300,000kms on it and no rust
Good luck with the camper, itll be fine. The wood is protected by good paint just make sure it doesn't get removed. And try to keep the salt washed off.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:11 PM