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Old 07-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #29
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Hey, thanks to all of you for your recommendations and comforting words. I think I'm over the initial shock and it could've been much worse. Knowing that it can be fixed is a huge relief. I'm glad it wasn't a fiberglass trailer or I would probably have a big hole in the front.

I'm in Marion, AR right now and purchased the trailer in Wentzville, MO so I will give them a call first. I know when I purchased the trailer the service techs told me that repair dented Airstreams all of the time, so I know they have experience, or I may what until I get back home to Idaho. $8000 repair? Ouch. That's almost of the cost of the trailer. Thanks again.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #30
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Jack, that's funny. But in that case I don't have to pay for it
Oh brother, another cheap pilot.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #31
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Oh brother, another cheap pilot.
Boy, isn't that the truth. But I don't think buying an Airstream puts me in that category
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:51 AM   #32
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Can't argue with that!

My flying friend went white as a sheet when I told him what the FaN cost and stuttered "What's wrong with a tent?"

He then volunteered for the OT roster.....and I'm the one who paid for it.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:23 PM   #33
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I'm in Marion, AR right now and purchased the trailer in Wentzville, MO so I will give them a call first. I know when I purchased the trailer the service techs told me that repair dented Airstreams all of the time, so I know they have experience, or I may what until I get back home to Idaho. $8000 repair? Ouch. That's almost of the cost of the trailer. Thanks again.
They've been around a while. My 1983 Excella has a sticker by the door that says it came from Bill Thomas.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:28 PM   #34
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It can definitely be repaired, my family made a trip up to the factory for Alumapalooza in June. It was a fantastic rally and a real eye opener for what the factory techs can do in repairing a battered Airstream.

While it is hard to resist, I know the pain from the dent is too fresh for any smart a** comments.....

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:09 AM   #35
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FINALLY -- Repaired

Well, I made the trip to Jackson Center to have my Flying Cloud repaired. Very impressed with the guys @ the Airstream Service Center, they did a great job on the repair, and the cost was reasonable -- $2500 (IMO). I was amazed at how they actually repaired a dented section. They cutout the dent .....

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The entire process took two days. I arrived the day prior to my appointment and stayed at the "Terraport" (campground of sorts) which is free of charge if you're having work done on your Airstream. If you're hanging around JC while the repairs are being made, they will bring your trailer out each evening so that you will have a place to stay, and then pick it up promptly @ 7:00 a.m. the next day.

In a way it was a good thing that this happened, because if it hadn't, I probably would have never gone to Jackson Center and had the opportunity to see Airstreams being made. It's good to see Americans actually making stuff -- quality stuff. If you ever have a chance to take the factory tour -- I recommend it highly.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:23 AM   #36
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Looks like they did an excellant job of the repair. Having insurance to take care of the bill must take the sting out of it, at least a little bit.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:15 PM   #37
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Excellent pictures of the before, during the repair process, and after! Thank you for taking the effort to share. But for the grace of God, there go I ...

Of course, you had to get a Flying cloud !
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #38
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Thank you for sharing your story. We just pulled a doozy on ours...and have to say seeing how they can repair them and the support of others who have gone (and dented) before us has helped!!
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