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How about liquid winter chemical road deicers? Here in Washington State they eat aluminum like you would not believe. It is very difficult to find a way to immediately rinse a vehicle after contact with deicers in the winter..... The only real solution is to park the rig in a sheltered spot until the streets are clear and dry. I have owned an all-aluminum utility trailer for many years and I try very hard to keep it off the streets in winter.


This is a little dated but very scary to read.....



Do any of you Oliver owners travel in the Rust Belt in winter, and what are the results? Can you still see your reflection in the rear bumper? I'm guessing not.


John Davies

Spokane WA USA

SOLD 07/23 "Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

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Reading through that article, it seems that the effect of those chemicals on aluminum is cosmetic (pitting), so it doesn't look like the frame would be an issue. Perhaps more of a concern for the exposed aluminum like the bumper and wheels - and of course hubs, brakes, etc. Sounds like it does quite a number on wiring also.

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