Best,Hi,Sorry, I'm not a "blog" person and hope you don't mind an off-line question. I just bought a used Solo and the tailgate handle is badly rusted. Can you advise me as to how best to restore this (not so concerned about appearance as function). Also, the left tail light is out--are these standard bulbs that are available in US?
The tailgate frame is remarkably strong... I can't imagine enough rust to affect the integrity as a loading ramp. If you want to do-it-yourself you can buy a wire-brush thing that works on an electric drill and take off the rust.
Then rustoleum spray will have it looking decent again.
The hinge is a long rod that goes across the entire ramp (if it is the same as mine...) I carry a can of WD-40 and spray a bunch into the spaces along the hinge pretty often. There is no real way to pump grease into it.
Check the three grease fittings at the tongue of the trailer hitch. two on top, one on bottom. Those should receive a few pumps couple times each year.
Not sure what light bulbs are in that turn indicator. Most look like little torpedoes and are available at auto stores. BMW and AUDI use the same bulbs. The ones pictured below are just a new LED version of the same thing. The interior lights use the same bulb.
I hope that is a help!