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Old 06-18-2016, 12:44 PM   #1
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Exposed unsealed floor beams

New Scamp and underneath there are metal support beams. They are open not sealed in the direction of the TV. The issue I would see is water,salt,dirt is going right in the holes from back of car as you pull camper. Has anyone sealed these and how would you do it?

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Old 06-18-2016, 12:52 PM   #2
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I see you are talking about frame members, it is likely that they will do better left alone but either way they are not a cause for concern.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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Thanks. Floyd for the reply on the beams!


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Old 06-18-2016, 08:17 PM   #4
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Don't worry about it.

If you are worried about it, rinse them out once or twice per year with a garden hose.

Either way, the trailer is going to last 25 - 30 years or even longer.

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Old 06-18-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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You might want to spray some rustproofer in them, just for the heck of it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:18 AM   #6
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Trying to seal them might trap moisture, which could be a greater threat to rust. As others have said, I think they will be OK left as is.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:23 AM   #7
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Our rear bumper is open like that, and I wanted the welder at Machinists, Inc (where the frame was repaired and painted) to seal it up, but he said it would be far better left open so it could dry out completely between getting wet, rather than potentially trap moisture.

Seemed to me if he were a great welder, he could prevent it from having any gaps at all, but he said to just leave it. So we left it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:38 AM   #8
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If it were my trailer I think I would make a plug for the ends out of metal or plastic, glue in in place with epoxy or poly adhesive, and most importantly drill several 1/4" holes in the bottom of each plug (or the frame itself) for drainage. If you do leave them open be sure to wash them out regularly as dirt or sand will hold moisture, quickly causing corrosion.
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:30 PM   #9
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You're better off leaving it open, than thinking it's totally sealed. This is what happens when water gets trapped in a frame.
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