Under Van Protection (1 Viewer)

Apr 25, 2016
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Soham, Cambs
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Consort Oslo
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So, having now actual got a pick up date of 8th December, have started to think about a couple of things to try and get done early on.
Firstly, am going to change the standard fitment Continentals tyres to some Michelin Cross climates, as will be using the van all year round.
Then I have been thinking about getting some protection underneath the Van.
What level of protection do Fiat provide on their vans, if any?
We are planning on keeping this Camper long term, so thought it would be a good idea to get some protection early on, thinking about using something like this:-
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Can get a spray attachment to get inside the box section, and then generally apply underneath.
What are peoples thoughts?
A good idea, or is there good levels of protection built in.
Thanks.
 
Feb 14, 2021
3,765
8,126
Milton Keynes, UK
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79,219
MH
Burstner Lyseo 727G
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19 month year 18000 miles UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy. Campsites and off Grid.
Is corrosion (rust) a thing nowadays? I tend to keep my cars long term and have not seen rust since I had a 1990 car. My current 13 year old Renault is immaculate and I've never done much to it other than wash it occasionally.
 

Nanniemate

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Oct 1, 2019
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Still dropping clangers and making it up as I go along
My MOT man suggested it last week he swears by it and has vintage vehicles himself

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Basildog

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Feb 21, 2018
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What age?
I think the van we had in yesterday was a 66 registered vehicle.
LPG tank was completely rusted and underneath the van wasn’t pretty, wouldn’t say it was structural yet but if it was mine it would be gone .
Vans from anywhere near the sea or even those that spend a lot of time at the seaside seem particularly bad .
It does seem to be most makes though to be honest.
Not sure what the manufacturers design life for a van is but I can’t imagine it’s many years these days.
 

Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
54,145
152,950
On the coast in West Sussex
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658
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Hymer B678 DL
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
Our first Hymer was a Tramp on a 2008 Fiat chassis had it 6 years light rust on the Hymer chassis extensions none on the Fiat bits. Last two have had Alko Chassis no problems with them. We live 200 yds from the sea.

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Basildog

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Feb 21, 2018
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Our first Hymer was a Tramp on a 2008 Fiat chassis had it 6 years light rust on the Hymer chassis extensions none on the Fiat bits. Last two have had Alko Chassis no problems with them. We live 200 yds from the sea.
I will try and remember to get some pictures of the next bad one we get in .
I have literally just been talking with Lanogaurd about either just doing our vans or possibly adding it as a service we offer in the workshop.
Still thinking about it at the moment.
 
Oct 9, 2019
5,006
17,539
Todmorden
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65,104
MH
Van conversion
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FUNSTER in a PVC
So, having now actual got a pick up date of 8th December, have started to think about a couple of things to try and get done early on.
Firstly, am going to change the standard fitment Continentals tyres to some Michelin Cross climates, as will be using the van all year round.
Then I have been thinking about getting some protection underneath the Van.
What level of protection do Fiat provide on their vans, if any?
We are planning on keeping this Camper long term, so thought it would be a good idea to get some protection early on, thinking about using something like this:-
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Can get a spray attachment to get inside the box section, and then generally apply underneath.
What are peoples thoughts?
A good idea, or is there good levels of protection built in.
Thanks.
Hi, consider the Continental Vancontact 4 seasons tyres, better imo than the Michelin.
 
Feb 27, 2011
14,902
77,446
UK
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15,452
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Self Build
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Since 2005
Fiat & Al-Ko chassis are both galvanised so shouldn't need any treatment.
My 2003 Fiat got scrapped due to rust. My 2010 Vivaro is definately galvanised but is starting to show rust in places.
 

Nanniemate

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Oct 1, 2019
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Still dropping clangers and making it up as I go along
Our first Hymer was a Tramp on a 2008 Fiat chassis had it 6 years light rust on the Hymer chassis extensions none on the Fiat bits. Last two have had Alko Chassis no problems with them. We live 200 yds from the sea.
You keep a house 200yds from the sea, your never there :rofl:
 
Sep 17, 2017
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Birmingham, UK
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A-Class
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2017
I had a 2007 Ducato which started life as a work van. There was rust on brackets in the engine bay and all over the after market towbar. I did have some rust bubbles come up through the paint on the cill under the driver's door. But that was it.

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Oct 29, 2016
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Having watched a you tube video on applying Lanoguard it looks easy to apply as you don't need much prep other than maybe a power wash beforehand, and you can spray it liberally on all steel, plastics, and rubber bushes, as it made from Lanoline, and its Opaque in colour so wont look too bad either.
However, I was surprised to find that this treatment needs to be re-done at regular intervals to maintain protection, (see quote below)
LES
Quote:

How often should you use Lanoguard?


Lanoguard has been designed for yearly/seasonal applications. It is a very easy application which fits in with your car care routine – very low prep, and a 20-30 minute application. It should be topped up at least once a year to ensure continuous protection.
 

Sapper520

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Having watched a you tube video on applying Lanoguard it looks easy to apply as you don't need much prep other than maybe a power wash beforehand, and you can spray it liberally on all steel, plastics, and rubber bushes, as it made from Lanoline, and its Opaque in colour so wont look too bad either.
However, I was surprised to find that this treatment needs to be re-done at regular intervals to maintain protection, (see quote below)
LES
Quote:

How often should you use Lanoguard?


Lanoguard has been designed for yearly/seasonal applications. It is a very easy application which fits in with your car care routine – very low prep, and a 20-30 minute application. It should be topped up at least once a year to ensure continuous protection.

I did mine the first time in December 2020. I did it again, with the leftovers from the first coat, a couple of months ago.

I could see the bits I’d missed first time, mainly the metal banding used to fix the waste tank in place etc. I’ll do it again next year as the second time I did it it took about 1 hour. Well worth the hour of my time.👍

Over 9000 miles of all weathers, down as far as the French Med coast. 😁
 
Nov 19, 2010
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Walking the dog
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Hymer 680 Starline
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since 2012
I did mine the first time in December 2020. I did it again, with the leftovers from the first coat, a couple of months ago.

I could see the bits I’d missed first time, mainly the metal banding used to fix the waste tank in place etc. I’ll do it again next year as the second time I did it it took about 1 hour. Well worth the hour of my time.👍

Over 9000 miles of all weathers, down as far as the French Med coast. 😁
Similar experience. Whilst the chassis is galvanised, there are items like the rear axle and cradle under the engine that need looking after.

I did mine when new and used Waxoyl which I found to be good. I've done it a couple of times since (5.5yrs) and think it's worth an hour of my time.

Must be a Sapper thing 🤔🤣
 
Dec 24, 2014
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Hurstpierpoint. Mid Sussex.
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34,553
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Compass Navigator
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Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
However, I was surprised to find that this treatment needs to be re-done at regular intervals to maintain protection, (see quote below)
Lanoguard has been designed for yearly/seasonal applications. It is a very easy application which fits in with your car care routine – very low prep, and a 20-30 minute application. It should be topped up at least once a year to ensure continuous protection.
By saying it will last for 5 years wouldn't be much good for their sales figures. ;)

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Oct 29, 2016
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Motor Homing 5 years, caravan previously
Why is it when someone quotes "this should take 20-30 minutes" as above, you know that means all afternoon by the time you get started and tidy up afterwards. :unsure:
Of course I am allowing for the eagle eyed most of us are when doing these jobs...goes something like...oh look at that!, I might as well do that as well while I am under here:rolleyes:
I am now even thinking...Carpet Sample & Firm Dry Rally Field, rather than sloping drive....You See?...Thats me forward thinking, I will add it to the list.;)
LES
 
Feb 6, 2019
406
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Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona, Spain
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LMC Liberty 560 1992
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I've had five years of 'corrosion damage' and 'intrusions' but my 1992 Ducato keeps passing the Spanish MOT every 6 months (when I remember to bring it!). It came from Germany via Poland and hasn't had any issues in 200.000kms of motoring - I'm thinking vegetable oil!
 

Stealaway

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Jan 8, 2013
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Burstner Lyseo 690G
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My 2012 Ducato was as good as the day I bought it, when I sold it 2019.
When I traded it in to the dealer he couldn't care a toss about the underneath - or the service record.
How long do you people expect to keep a van?
I'm looking for another one after only a few years.
Save your money.
 
Oct 29, 2016
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Surrey
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Carthago C Tourer
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I think The Merc Sprinter Vans need a lot more T&C regarding corrosion, surprising really, as none of my German BMW cars have ever rusted in the last 25 years.
Anyone remember Lancia? ;) They were pulled from the UK market due to rust problems, even from new.
LES
 
Jun 27, 2021
107
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Orpington, UK
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82,213
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coach built
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1983
Waxoil in spray cans gets into the tightest places, wear gloves as can get messy.

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Oct 18, 2019
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Bilt Hamber is good stuff. I've used Dynax both in spray and brush on. Spray cans with extension tube are useful for getting into box sections/hidden areas.
 

Sapper520

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Why is it when someone quotes "this should take 20-30 minutes" as above, you know that means all afternoon by the time you get started and tidy up afterwards. :unsure:
Of course I am allowing for the eagle eyed most of us are when doing these jobs...goes something like...oh look at that!, I might as well do that as well while I am under here:rolleyes:
I am now even thinking...Carpet Sample & Firm Dry Rally Field, rather than sloping drive....You See?...Thats me forward thinking, I will add it to the list.;)
LES

Once everything is set up and ready to go…..kettle on, tea made in pint size mug, then out to van.

Look at the job, talk to my neighbour, look at the job, tea finished……get on with it.👍
 

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