Sorry to hear about your loss.....I heard of some damage being fixed by a dealer, however, IMHO, I'd take it to Airstream directly (unless you are a sheet metal, rivet and sealer pro).
The thing to consider, is the cost of the repair, vs. what the unit is worth. If you have insurance, I'd make a call to them and to Airstream to see what the real costs to repair are and what the insurance company is willing to pay. It sounds like you have done some groundwork on repair costs, but I am unsure where you went to get the expense estimates. I learned a great deal on this forum about a insurance and Airstreams, let alone making good decsions on how to handle claims made.
In your case, the first question would be is the unit insured? Then, to get rough estimates from Airstream. If you are insured, in most cases the insurance company is not versed in repair of Airstreams like they are cars....Also, for the folks trying to help, where is the damage, how deep is the dent, what other damage besides dents if any, what year is the trailer, what is the model of trailer, etc. Does it look like it hit and bent any of the inner aluminum ribs....etc. These will be questions that might actually dermine if it's a repair, replace or something else. A bit more info might be helpful.
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