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Old 11-04-2018, 08:17 AM   #1
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When does a dent become a deal breaker?

I found the perfect used 22í sport and went and looked at it yesterday. I gave it the once over spending lots of time checking everything. Itís a 2017 and there are a few small things like, latch on propane cover is missing a part, waste discharge port plastic cap is missing, and one or two rivet heads above table are missing, no biggie.

There are two small rock dents in the front as well. I got on a ladder to have a look at the roof and in the drivers rear where the rear panel and roof and side all come together itís obvious there is a dent/depression. Itís about the size of someoneís knee and not really deep. I thought I got a picture but it didnít turn out. My concern is that itís where two or three panels come together and the depression may have compromised the water tightness, worst case, or best case itís a dent I canít see on the ground and no big deal.

Am I over reacting?
Aside from that itís a beautiful trailer.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:34 AM   #2
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If it's where all three panels come together.....wouldn't that be where a structural rib is? Maybe the panels are just adhered to the rib and the rib is just not formed right.

I wouldn't worry about it. Having a used AS with some patina is good for the soul, as you don't know how many people with perfect trailers wail when they get their first scratch.

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Old 11-04-2018, 08:49 AM   #3
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My trailer has rock dents in the front and a small dent in the roof in the back. We use it 5 months of the year anyway. Our propane cover latch has never worked. Drain cap is $8.99. Always a couple of popped rivets inside. You can reseal the joint near the dent,

Work the appearance into the pricing and go for it. Think about you reselling it with the dent while you are buying it. The dent you describe would not be a deal breaker for me,
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:11 PM   #4
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I am not sure this accurately expresses the common feeling about water leaking through the outside skin: they all leak.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:17 AM   #5
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I found the perfect used 22í sport and went and looked at it yesterday. I gave it the once over spending lots of time checking everything. Itís a 2017 and there are a few small things like, latch on propane cover is missing a part, waste discharge port plastic cap is missing, and one or two rivet heads above table are missing, no biggie.

There are two small rock dents in the front as well. I got on a ladder to have a look at the roof and in the drivers rear where the rear panel and roof and side all come together itís obvious there is a dent/depression. Itís about the size of someoneís knee and not really deep. I thought I got a picture but it didnít turn out. My concern is that itís where two or three panels come together and the depression may have compromised the water tightness, worst case, or best case itís a dent I canít see on the ground and no big deal.

Am I over reacting?
Aside from that itís a beautiful trailer.
Thanks
Sean
Ask the seller to file the dent claim with his insurance company. But get a quote from Airstream Service the insurance company quotes are far too low. I just experienced this same deal when I purchased a used 2014 last month. The seller has turned it over to his insurance company for repair.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:35 AM   #6
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When I bought my first, the po had dented a basketball-sized place on the rear roof segment. As it was in the middle, and none of the seams were involved, I didn't mind it. I paid a fair price.

When it came time for me to sell it, I put a fair price on it, and cautioned my potential buyers about it, saying that if it bothered them, they should walk away, as life is too short to regret a purchase such as an Airstream.

I sold it to a nice couple that accepted it for what it was, dent and all, and everyone was happy.

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Old 11-05-2018, 10:51 AM   #7
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I strongly recommended buying a pre-dented airstream
Life is too short to worry about when the first one will strike

Gives em character

Unless it's creased on a seam, shouldn't leak any more than a normal airstream. Since it's not visible from the ground, I'll be easy to seal if it ever does.

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Old 11-05-2018, 11:28 AM   #8
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I went up on the roof of our Flying Cloud and put a knee down where I wasn’t supposed to. Left a nice dent just like my knee.

Went to an auto store and purchased a small auction dent puller. Two minutes later the dent was gone.

However, mine was NOT at an intersection of panels and no rivets at that location. If the dent is located where there are rivets, I’d be concerned that there might be some structural damage. Again, just a guess.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:43 AM   #9
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If this *is* a noticeable dent right on top of a rib ... that's not good. A dent in a panel is one thing. Bending a rib takes a lot of force.( = they hit a tree limb rather than put a knee wrong). If the rib is actually damaged the repair can be a bit complex. Unlike a simple dent, a damaged rib can impact the strength of the trailer ....

Is this a bit of hysteria? Sure it is. Without pictures, we're all guessing about what's going on. All I'm really saying is that there is another extreme to the range of possibilities.

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Old 11-05-2018, 01:06 PM   #10
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As per Sidekick Tony, you will not worry as much when you get your own first dent.
Look at it as, a beauty mark.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:39 PM   #11
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no big deal unless its a rib which isn't likely .... I had one on my rear corner roof and couldn't get it out with a suction cup but had great luck by drilling and inside hole and pushing a rod thru while also pulling from a small outside hole..... worked 95% and a couple of rivets added to the holes and you'd never know I did it.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:49 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I am starting to wonder if it was on the panel intersection or just behind, like I said I was looking the whole trailer over and saw that and I recall it being at the panel I terection but it could have just as easily been behind it. Either way it’s not a deal breaker after sleeping on it and reading all the great replies here.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:42 PM   #13
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When does a dent become a deal breaker?

My opinion is that what weíre talking about is a small dent that you can only see from the perch of a ladder and nothing more. 99.995%
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:39 AM   #14
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Hi Sean,

I can only convey our experience when shopping. What you decide is what you are comfortable with.

In 2014 when shopping for an Airstream my wife and I looked at several used ones. WE came to the conclusion that the newer the unit someone was getting "rid" of (selling) seemed to have a direct relation to the amount of damage it had. People who don't take care of there (70k - 100k) investment seemed more likely to be dumping it after a few or even 1 year. This is not always the case, but was more likely our experience. If the people didn't care enough to take care of the "LITTLE" things. What else might they have broken or damage that you can't see.
We looked at a used Ocean Breeze model that when we arrived to look at had 2 large dents in the roof, were someone clearly had sat on the sides of the roof. and a gouge in the roof were it hit something backing up. The price on this unit was still 40k Would we by a 40k dollar car with that kind of damage? Hell No. Why would we put up with it in a 40k dollar trailer. We did not want to loss sight of the big picture. There are plenty trailers out there, settling for one with someone else's problems was not for us.
We decided the additional investment in a NEW trailer was better for us.

Good luck in your search.

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