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Old 04-06-2016, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hatch door repair question

Can someone describe how to remove the right rear storage hatch door and panel?
Appears the trim strip rubber above door hinge must be removed, then the trim strip holder must be unscrewed from main body, probably wood backing.
Then probably unscrew the hinge and panel.
But just guessing here.
Attached pix show damage to door and panel.
No recourse, our mechanic denies damage, but we know different.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Cruzaire
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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Hatch door repaire question

Whoops, forgot to mention this is Airstream Land Yacht 30 ft, 1995.
Sorry folks.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:35 PM   #3
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I don't know the answer to your question but I'm sorry to hear of the damage. Did you do a walk around with the tech when you dropped it off? I hate when stuff like this happens. With no way to prove it, they don't want the liability. If it was there a short time, maybe ask if the manager wouldn't mind reviewing security videos with you?

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Old 04-06-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
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We have been going to this mechanic shop for 6 or 7 years for various repairs, always honest and reliable. No..did not do a walk around, after so many years of leaving MH for repair had no reason. I'll be looking for new service location.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:03 AM   #5
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Dang. That ain't gonna buff out. What a pisser.
Hard to tell if it swang (is that a word?) around a corner and clipped something, or maybe someone else with, say, a raised pickup bumper tried to make a turn and did not have enough roof; or backed into you while they were trying to make a turn. I've seen this in parking lots multiple times. Not once have the dirbags stopped.

I think it is fixable by a body shop that can work in aluminum - and not just bondo. Hardest part might be matching the paint. I have contemplated doing all our grey in a truck bed type of liner when the need arises.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for body shop tip, thats what I was thinking. Altho first shot will be to try to find MH salvage on West Coast that might have door and panel.
From looking at bumper, I think a pickup nosed the bumper and moved forward, then backed up and gouged its way thru. Door jamb is twisted almost 180.
Or...when mechanic helper moved it, backed into their fence and hooked it, then pulled forward.
I saw some posts earlier on paint match info in this forum.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:53 PM   #7
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Almost every shop can match paint colors either from the vehicle S/N or just using the scanner to get a computerized color match. Some shops make up their own paint and some have it made up by a supplier. Either way I think you will get it matched.
Looks expensive. Is it covered by Insurance?
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No, not covered by insurance. Mechanic was adamant it came in that way, I was adamant it did not. So...stalemate. Next time I leave it anywhere, I'll for sure do a walk around.
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Suggest with a camera with a date stamp on the image. Saved a friend of mine's bacon a few years ago with a rental car company.
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