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Old 05-15-2015, 12:15 AM   #15
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Banana wrap

Shepherd and Kota,

Airstream Supply lists new rear banana wraps in stock to fit a 370, but bananas all tend to look pretty similar in shape….

So I measured the wraps on my 370 and 325. Both are about the same overall width from side to side when measured across the rear bumper. Both bumpers are the same. And both wraps are about the same (14 1/2") as they wrap around and across the rear and meet the center trim panel that connects them . Interestingly however, the wrap on the 370 is 3" inches SHORTER (34 1/2" vs 37 1/2") when measured from the rear bumper heading forward to reach the seam with the aluminum bodywork. So the end cap of the 370 is actually shorter than the 325.
Now I should mention that my 325 is a bit of an oddball since it was a custom build at the factory with a rear hatch door, and therefore does not have the typical wrap around rear window set up and corresponding end cap? I suppose it's also possible that these wraps came out of a mold with a certain amount of excess material and were cut to size as needed?? So the 370 wrap might work for you if you come up with the 34 1/2" measurement??

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Old 05-15-2015, 08:02 AM   #16
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We have a dent that we can't explain. We heard a noise outside one evening while having dinner and found the dent later. So maybe it was kids playing or vandals. We'll never know. Jackson Center wants $2,500 to replace the panel and that is the least expensive method that did not entail removing the interior and riveting the new panel in. They laughed when I asked if there wasn't a way to sort of pull out the dent by drilling a small hole and using a puller I've seen on auto body shows. I could have filed an insurance claim and had the work done, but have been reluctant to do so. I'm so envious of skilled owners who can do this sort of work themselves. I'll just have to live with this because there's no way I could take on such a do-it-yourself job.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:10 AM   #17
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Suction cup dent puller?
Might be worth a try, but I'm no expert. I hope someone who has actually used one will chime in here and give you good info.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:34 PM   #18
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That dent doesn't appear to show "hard edges" which improves the odds of it popping out. A panel replacement seems kind of extreme as a starting point. Definitely try the suction cup first. Heating or chilling the metal might also help. I think there is also a process where an adhesive of some sort is applied to anchor a gripping point for a dent puller which avoids drilling holes, but leaving a "pimpled" texture as the result of multiple pulling points would look worse than your dent. The name "Dent Wizard" comes to mind??
I don't know what your interior looks like, but how about making a small incision on the inside panel and try pushing it out?

I have no doubt that some of the sharpest people around are the Motorhome owners with the vast amount of mechanical knowledge and experience required to keep these beasts rolling (though I don't count myself among that group), and there are definitely people on this forum that can offer better advice than mine, but you will probably get a bigger response through the Trailer forums rather than through this particular Motorhome thread simply because there are SO many more trailer owners out there.

Good luck
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:42 PM   #19
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:55 PM   #20
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I was hoping John would post his efforts at replacing his rear panel. Up in these parts he's the man when it comes to mechanical guru's. Look'in good and many thanks for the new rear LED lights.

I was actually hoping to watch his rivet shaving expertise but alas work calls.

@JbinKC re dent

Keyair i think had great results with the adhesive suction cup pullers. The suction cups have different sizes and if you work slowly and carefully it should pull that dent completely out. I would give that a go before replacing the panel as you have nothing to loose.

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Old 05-16-2015, 10:34 PM   #21
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I bought a suction cup puller at Harbor Freight and used it on several dents around a big crease on my lower rear corner segment. You need an air compressor to use it, but it pulled out one that looked worse than this. Its about $80. Worth a try. One of the two cups needs to fit inside the dent.

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Old 05-17-2015, 08:47 AM   #22
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My curbside wrap is 40 inches from where it meets the side rear storage compartment to the bumper. I think the width is the same. I called Inland and the girl that I talked to didn't even know what a 32.5 was, After we got that straight she said she thought the wrap was about $475.00. That seems just a bit overpriced to my old mind.

I am just about finished with the outside still have to paint the spare tire cover. Have to order some 1.1/2 dark grey molding insert on Monday.
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Old 05-17-2015, 02:31 PM   #23
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Big job when youre not tooled up to do it on a regular basis. Looks great, makes those tail lights look even better!
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:25 PM   #24
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Shepherd,

Of the few pieces that I might have thought these things shared in common, the banana wraps would be among them.
The 370 banana wrap on Airstream Supply is priced at $199.00. Last time I spoke with them they seemed to know what was happening. I'd try giving them a call. See if they'll put a tape measure to it.

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Old 05-17-2015, 04:42 PM   #25
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I have been walking around this like a cat with a 300 pound canary since we got the coach.So I just decided to jump in with some prodding from the wife.It turned out pretty good, There where a few detours along the way but everything worked out.

I am going to change out the front coil springs would it be possible to have them drop shipped to you and I could pick them up on my way to Sturgis in Aug.

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I talked to them last early week they took My Number and said they check on it and call me haven't heard back
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No problem. Ill send you my address. So are you going to get rid of the air bags and use some sort of upgraded springs?
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No I will still use the air bags on the front, I put new bags in when we got the coach. But the springs are pretty much wore out I think the air bags just add a bit of extra capacity lets face it these bread vans chassis are right their max
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:18 AM   #28
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Yep. Ive read others who have put heavier duty springs in to try and eliminate the bags. I guess for one less maintenance item. I dont think I would do it, but thats just me. It was designed with bags soooo...I figure better keep it that way.
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