Re: Where do SMB's (and dreams) go to die?
I'd get a second opinion before doing anything.
On your own inspection, I assume you see and flake off large chunks of peeling rusted out steel from your van frames?
What is the cause? Any mechanic worth their salt (pardon the pun) should be able to identify the most likely culprit. I'd really be interested because I have not opted for a bottom coat (yet) on my 2010 SMB.
I have a 1990 Chevy 1/2 ton and live next to a beach in the northwest salt permeated air. Over nearly twenty years I went through a couple mufflers (no big deal), some shocks, and some other minor component due to rust. The truck has small knicks in the paint here and there, but no signs of body rust. Didn't seem out of the ordinary to me, but your talking anomally here and I just gotto know what happened. I've also seen a couple photos on this forum of folks with significant amount of under body rust - don't know how old their vans are - not that it looked terminal (more like a scale, which can sometimes serve as natural protection on major steel forgings).
Keep the faith!
2010 Ford E250 5.4L V8 Gas 2WD
SMB Mod RB36 w/PH Prop Stove & Furn Frig 10G Wtr Elect