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Old 11-02-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Dented my AS: stupid, stupid, stupid!

In the North East we had a big storm on Monday. I figured that I would
move my AS away from the trees where is is normally parked. In doing
so I backed into a balcony. This is the result:

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Now I am trying to come up with a strategy to fix it;

Is is reasonable to remove the inside panels to get at the dent?

Or is it best to try to pull it from the outside with suction cups or glue
tabs?

Thanks,
Pete.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:30 AM   #2
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Pete, I'm afraid that is a panel replacement job. Sorry. Been there, done that. That's a 6k job.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:37 AM   #3
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At least it is not a rear bathroom version, which would be more of a pain for repairs.
Did the interior get cracked?
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:48 AM   #4
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The interior looks OK. The rear shell has no cracks.

I was wondering how difficult it is to remove the rear interior shell.

Pete.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:28 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=Air345Fly;2029369 In doing so I backed into a balcony.
Pete.[/QUOTE]

I feel your pain Pete. Couple months back I managed to back my AS into the concrete ledge of my front porch. Took out the passenger side rear curved panel. $4000.00 later and I’m good tp go. Live and learn. I’m never again backing up without someone spotting.

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Old 11-02-2017, 10:28 AM   #6
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pneumatic dent puller

If you own an airstream long enough you will experience dents. I repaired dents on a quarter panel and other surfaces using a pneumatic dent puller I bought at Northern Tool. I have also used glue gun type dent pullers with pretty good results. You will have a hard time eliminating all evidence of the dent but it will look 95% better. It depends on your tolerance for imperfection. For $6,000 I could probably overlook some imperfections that may only be visible in certain lighting conditions. I never had the courage to remove panels and install new ones.
Try the pneumatic dent puller with a glue type dent remover and see what you can do before taking more drastic measures. Even if it doesn't work to your satisfaction you can use the tools later.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:30 AM   #7
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Oh! So sorry.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:13 AM   #8
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bummer on the dent

I say try and push it out just go easy work it slow. Take your time.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:22 AM   #9
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Ouch! So sorry. Assuming you have insurance, wouldn't that be covered?
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:35 AM   #10
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I would try a combination of both suction cups from the outside and massaging from the inside. Pulling the interior end cap is not that hard to do. I would expend some of my labor before replacing.
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😾😹 Been here too!! It’s too painful when you do it to yourself!! I just bit the bullet and paid to have it properly repaired. It cost a lot, but was flawless. My intention was to NOT have to haggle at anytime it’s sold/traded. You’ll lose on the the deal. Additionally, EVERY dang time you look at the damage, you’ll be reminded that YOU alone were the culprit. It’ll get to you!!
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:44 AM   #12
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Dents

I just completed a repair on my 23 FC covering several rear dents. The total expense was $11K!

The insurance covered all the repairs plus $600 from my pocket.

These incidents are not cheap!

I now have a backup camera for future backups- $600 more for it and installation

These units are like fragil eggs and dent by just looking at them.

We all learn the hard way and the only way to solve these problems is by using our hard earn money and time.

Good luck with the repairs

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Old 11-02-2017, 11:45 AM   #13
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Because it is on the seams of compound panels I would expect it will not be good.
There will be serious wrinkles, leaks etc.
If you have insurance take it to a pro.
I hate when that stuff happens...been there....sorry but **** happens.
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Old 11-02-2017, 01:10 PM   #14
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Agree that this must be repaired the right way, if you want to maintain the value of your AS motorhome. An unfortunate lesson — which we all learn the hard way once in a while IMO — that “haste makes waste.”

Hopefully your insurance will cover the damage.

This Oops thread is a good read:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tory-6732.html

We are all in good “been there done that” company!

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