Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-02-2017, 07:27 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Londonderry , New Hampshire
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 117
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:

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC03395.jpg
Views:	769
Size:	309.7 KB
ID:	298134

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


Air345Fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 07:30 AM   #2
Rivet Master
dznf0g's Avatar

2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,858
Images: 5
Pete, I'm afraid that is a panel replacement job. Sorry. Been there, done that. That's a 6k job.


"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 07:37 AM   #3
Rivet Master
WayneG's Avatar

1984 27' Airstream 270
Scotia , New York
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 985
At least it is not a rear bathroom version, which would be more of a pain for repairs.
Did the interior get cracked?
WayneG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 07:48 AM   #4
3 Rivet Member
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Londonderry , New Hampshire
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 117
The interior looks OK. The rear shell has no cracks.

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

Air345Fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 09:28 AM   #5
Retired paddler
4mer Paddler's Avatar
1993 29' Excella
Brighton , Ontario
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 24
[QUOTE=Air345Fly;2029369 In doing so I backed into a balcony.

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.

Cathy and Hans
1993 Excella 29' w/Hensley
2011 GMC SIerra 2500HD SLT
4mer Paddler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 09:28 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
Currently Looking...
Blacksburg , Virginia
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 25
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.
Buzzr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 09:30 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
RJJ's Avatar
2016 26' Flying Cloud
2016 20' Flying Cloud
St Petersburg , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 74
Oh! So sorry.
RJJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:13 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
1987 34.5' Airstream 345
northern IL , Illinois
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 96
bummer on the dent

I say try and push it out just go easy work it slow. Take your time.
Hans 34.5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:22 AM   #9
4 Rivet Member
mikeinca's Avatar
2018 30' Classic
Santa Rosa , California
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 406
Ouch! So sorry. Assuming you have insurance, wouldn't that be covered?
“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

2018 30' Classic Twin
2017 F250 4x4 6.7 max tow Platinum
200W portable solar
240Ah LifePo4 upgrade
mikeinca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:35 AM   #10
Rivet Master
Aerowood's Avatar

1971 21' Globetrotter
Arvada , Colorado
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2,910
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.
Aerowood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:37 AM   #11
3 Rivet Member
Urbanologist's Avatar
2009 34' Panamerica
2008 22' Safari
Metro Detroit Area & Metro Dallas Area , Michigan & Texas
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 220

😾😹 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!!
Urbanologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:44 AM   #12
New Member
Delvajr's Avatar
2014 23' FB Flying Cloud
Jacksonville , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2

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

Delvajr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 10:45 AM   #13
59' Globester
twolanehwy's Avatar
1959 18' "Footer"
1957 26' Overlander
san francisco , California
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 226
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.
twolanehwy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2017, 12:10 PM   #14
Rivet Master
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Long Island , New York
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 8,709
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:

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


OTRA15 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Stupid is as stupid does"... Tin Diesel On The Road... 7 08-14-2009 08:59 PM
dented roof panel, with popped seam, Hard Fix?? dkutz Roof 3 02-13-2006 11:27 AM
Dented skin repair from awning rip-off givememoreli Ribs, Skins & Rivets 3 07-18-2005 06:28 PM
help on dented area pinkflamingoes Ribs, Skins & Rivets 40 05-28-2004 06:14 PM
Dented panel replaced Jim W Ribs, Skins & Rivets 1 07-08-2002 07:07 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.