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Old 07-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #15
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It's pretty standard to estimate $5000 per panel when it comes to remove/replace. It won't look exactly the same, because these repairs they will use an external rivet and then 'shave' it so it has the appearance of the factory buck-rivets. Having had a repair done to mine, at an authorized Airstream dealer, I can tell you someone that knows what to look for will spot the repair right away. From a few feet away, it will look like new.

My guess for the whole job is $8000.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:00 PM   #16
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It's pretty standard to estimate $5000 per panel when it comes to remove/replace. It won't look exactly the same, because these repairs they will use an external rivet and then 'shave' it so it has the appearance of the factory buck-rivets. Having had a repair done to mine, at an authorized Airstream dealer, I can tell you someone that knows what to look for will spot the repair right away. From a few feet away, it will look like new.

My guess for the whole job is $8000.
MY GOODNESS! Is that what this kind of thing costs on a new unit??!! I'm going into Airstream repair!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:05 PM   #17
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Your repair is much easier than when the tug backs the triple7 into the baggage cart and there is not as much paperwork for you or the repair station.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:17 PM   #18
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MY GOODNESS! Is that what this kind of thing costs on a new unit??!! I'm going into Airstream repair!!
If insurance is going to cover it, the shop rate for repairs is going to be high. My closest (only) dealer charges $120 an hour for their shop rate. The panels themselves are often only $500-600, but the labour is obviously intensive. Each rivet has to be drilled out, precisely, as there are supports and overlapping panels behind. Any damage to the structure behind has to be dealt with. In this case there is at least one support kinked. If the interior panel is damaged, there goes another 20 hours...

As my dealer put it when I took mine there "We do a thorough inspection of Airstreams before we take them in for any existing damage - as with Airstreams, there is no 'repair' - it is always "replace'"

Each panel is sealed internally, riveted back together, then externally sealed.

RV repair in general could be a good business to get into... a lot of people don't have the patience to deal with a lot of the frequent issues, which often aren't hard to fix, but RV systems sometimes have weird gizmos tucked into weird spots... and a lot of people get spooked. And, someone with a $60K trailer is likely going to have the cash to spend...
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #19
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Yes - if you want it to be like new, they would have to remove the interior panels and buck rivet the panel - a major job, but it can be done - olympic rivets are not as strong as buck, they they will do the job and as mentioned above, anyone looking closely will know its been repaired - I would try the plunger myself before I went the olympic rivets myself - figure it does not hurt to try to pull it out - likely won't work, but then again it just may.......

Having said the above, there are tons of Airstreams running around with replacement panels that are just fine.


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Old 07-02-2012, 11:41 PM   #20
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The guys at Jackson Center do great work. As well, they have the parts readily at hand. You even get to stay in your rig at night, as they wheel it back out to the terraport. You do need to make an appointment, though, and it there may be two weeks until they can take you in. Once in, though, there is no delay - they start working on it first thing that morning.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:48 PM   #21
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Airstream of Spokane does very good work. It might be worth the trip up to talk to them.

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Boise used to have a rather large dealership. My 2006 was purchased new there before I got it used a few years ago.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #22
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Funny. I spend at least half of my life in an aluminum tube (777), maybe that's what attracted me to Airstream -- feels like home.
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Sorry, can't offer any advice as to the repair, but whatever route you choose, get it done and forget about it. Sounds like you are enjoying your trailer - that's great.

My flying friend likes his airline job, but I tell him the best things are still back on the ground - especially if it has anything to do with Airstream trailers. I don't know if he always agees with that. lol!
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #23
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Your repair is much easier than when the tug backs the triple7 into the baggage cart and there is not as much paperwork for you or the repair station.
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Jack, that's funny. But in that case I don't have to pay for it
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #24
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Another twinkle of the eye moment, as in now all that is left is the shouting

The 'hardest' part is the exterior panel and bucked rivets - labor charges to remove furniture, trim and interior panels for access bumps up the cost modestly; maybe you can spend the $30 for a drill bit, pop-rivets and a rivet gun and do the prep work for them and save some change PLUS have the satisfaction of doing some of the work yourself?

Just letting you know we're pulling for you to shrug this off, and umnn, speaking of pulling... I had my cold tow-vehicle motors' normal high-idle speed pull the trailer into a clothes line pole for my first dent. I'd put it into low 4WD gear range to reduce turf damage repositioning the trailer and that high idle surge pulled through the normal brake pedal pressure I was applying. Could have been worse, no glass, window or door damage - be glad it had a soft landing on the front instead of skipping all the way down the side
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Yes - if you want it to be like new, they would have to remove the interior panels and buck rivet the panel - a major job, but it can be done - olympic rivets are not as strong as buck, they they will do the job and as mentioned above, anyone looking closely will know its been repaired - I would try the plunger myself before I went the olympic rivets myself - figure it does not hurt to try to pull it out - likely won't work, but then again it just may......
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Olympics are pretty strong and I have first hand experience to their strength. When putting my shell back on I had "4" olympic rivets on the very front when some how the trailer slipped off the front jack stand. Those 4 rivets held up the whole front of the frame pulling down on them, as the shell was hanging from the gantry's. That's pretty much 200-300# of weight pull straight down on them. So I put a lot of faith in those things now.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #26
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airstream adventures northwest has opened a boise branch-they have shops in ptld, or, sttl, wa; they seem to know what they are doing; Jim at the ptld branch has had many years of repairing a/s and just spent some time in boise training the technicians there. good luck.
see:http://airstreamnw.com/
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:20 AM   #27
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Thanks for the tip Janet. I will give them a call in the morning. I have a great insurance company, so I'm not worried about them covering it, I'm just afraid how high my premiums will increase since it was my fault. I keep praying for a "monster" hail storm, but it hasn't rained in Arkansas (here temporarily) for over a month, so that's highly unlikely.
Sorry about the damage, great looking trailer.

Don't know where in Arkansas you are, but Crain RV in southwest Little Rock is now an Airstream dealer. I don't know what their service is like, but they seem like a nice bunch of people. They acquired the Airstream dealership after Airstream of Arkansas in Searcy folded. If you want to have a dealer look at it, they are close.

And hey! Keep that monster hail storm to yourself! That can at least wait till you get home.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:46 AM   #28
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I Know Your upset about the wrinkle in your new airstream, BUT You've been around long enough to know that all accidents/incidents are PILOT ERROR !!!
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