help - dent/wrap around window....
Hello to all -
So, my little blue egg (1977 Argosy Minuet) is looking like it's hatching. This is what happens when towing with a 16' box truck, without realizing one needs an extension on the hitch. This is the curbside wrap-around window. (I replaced the other wrap around this spring due to a rock.)
To my (humble) knowledge, the only structural damage is the u-shaped aluminum beam that runs at the base of the window. Well, it was U shaped. Hopefully, these images show what I've done.
So - winter is coming, and I'm on the road for the next few months - this is home. It doesn't seem to me that this beam could be fixed very easily - it's buckled on one side, split in the middle. Wouldn't it be easier to replace? I've thought of just cutting it out (carefully, no sawz-all here...) Could any machine shop/auto body shop create a new beam for me if I brought in a template?
Due to being on the road and a lack of time, I've contemplated making a wooden replacement, even understanding the downfall of this.
Its plumbing/water heater is broken. It's got a terrible paint job that I sort of like. Its small when one considers I'll be on the road for 8 months with the full crew of wife, two dogs and two cats. The sewage dump is in the worst placement that I could think of. Now it needs a $900 window (with rivets and shipping, and time that I don't really have). It's also in good shape inside, is a Minuet with an aluminum floor, and is paid for.
I'd love any thoughts on the repair, and in general!!
'77 Argosy Minuet 6 metre, two travelin' cats - life is good.
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(this is what I do on the road...)