This month’s tip is about preventing rust and corrosion on your StowAway frame. The StowAway frame is manufactured from heavy gauge steel and coated with a black powdercoat finish. The frame hardware is either stainless steel or zinc chrome plated. Both frame and hardware will naturally resist rust and corrosion in most conditions, except when exposed to salt. Road salt is particularly corrosive and can eat through a powdercoat or plated finish if left on the surface for any period of time. To prevent this, it is imperative that you rinse your StowAway frame thoroughly after using it on salted roads, and pat it dry with a towel. Apply a coating of light oil to all hardware and moving parts and store the carrier for your next use.
We’ve seen StowAway frames that look great after 10 years of use, and others that show rust and corrosion after only one year on salted roads. The difference is how the frames are cared for after driving on salted roads.
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