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Old 11-06-2015, 05:29 PM   #31
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Another reason to get the foam package, it covers just bout 90% of the exposed frame.
Isn't the foam just on the inside of the frame, not the bottom or outside? I have actually never seen it before, except in a couple shared photos.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:44 PM   #32
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The foam totally encapsulates the bottom of the trailer from side to side front to rear, all the frame is covered above the axles.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #33
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The foam totally encapsulates the bottom of the trailer from side to side front to rear, all the frame is covered above the axles.
So, it must go to the fibreglass wells then, For some reason I was thinking it was just between the frame. Ya learn sumpin' new every day.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:01 PM   #34
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When I used to do body work (on the rusty hulks that were all I could afford in my youth), .
Me too, probably a lot of us started out with 100 buck beaters. But how times change, look at what the Sweet 16's are driving to school, no beaters for them. Bimmers, Range Rovers and Audi's. Of course I guess if they're last years models they'd feel hard done by.

Hard to tell, long term, if the foam detaches enough to allow water in. Certainly water between drop in bed liners made for a few rusty p/u boxes. I had the same concern about spray on bed liners. But I'm had them in two trucks for years without any indication of problems.

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Old 11-06-2015, 08:07 PM   #35
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The foam totally encapsulates the bottom of the trailer from side to side front to rear, all the frame is covered above the axles.
My 5.0TA is more like Jim B mentions, the foam is between the frame members. I can see the outer side and bottom of the frame. The foam is about an inch up from the bottom of the frame.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:23 PM   #36
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I was referring to the Line-X suggestion.
Ah, not the galvanizing - the order of posts without proper threading causes confusion sometimes. I agree - Line-X seems expensive for what it does. When I've seen it (or a similar product) used anywhere other than inside a pickup truck box it seems to be peeling at the corners, anyway.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:36 PM   #37
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Powder-coating is a very effective barrier. It's usually a durable polyester coating, but is only a good as the preparation of the under-lying metal surfaces.
Yes - preparation and coating thickness are important and they vary.

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I've got a Hidden Hitch on my RAV4. It was coated with a plastic material. Looked great when new, but the rust traveled under this 'paint' and chunks of it could be peeled away.
Same thing on my Toyota OEM (built by Cequent) hitch receiver: chips started by gravel lead to peeling. The same thing would happen on parts of a trailer frame, but I think most of the frame would be well-protected by powder coat or another tough coating.

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Click and Clack (I loved those guys humor) used to highly recommend against a dealer applied "rust proofing" or undercoating as it often would plug up drain holes and start rusting from the inside.
I agree. We have a Honda with rear quarters essentially destroyed by the first owner who had sticky crap sprayed all over the bottom... which also makes it miserable to work on some parts, such as the fuel filter which was entirely coated.
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