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Old 03-19-2003, 10:34 AM   #15
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Let's keep this straight, Airstreams are aluminum skinned, not metal. People who have done it say it can be done so I would give them a good listen. Just my two cents.

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Old 03-19-2003, 11:33 AM   #16
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Replacing that segment would cost less than $1000.00. Since it is a compound curve, laying a flat section of metal over it would probably look just as bad, as it would look like a patch.

I would also check to make sure wires were not cut, and, that there is no damage on the interior.


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Old 03-19-2003, 11:40 AM   #17
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As far as painted or polished, a few thousands of an inch of paint does little to hide bad surface prep.

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Old 03-19-2003, 01:22 PM   #18
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Old 03-19-2003, 02:47 PM   #19
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Replacing that segment would cost less than $1000.00. Since it is a compound curve, laying a flat section of metal over it would probably look just as bad, as it would look like a patch.


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Thanks for this and all the other helpful replies--this is the conclusion I'm coming to, is that I will take it directly to N. Dallas R/V which is A/S service center to get it repaired, if everything else checks out o.k.

I have done my own work plenty myself, on old Harleys, and boats, but I'm absolutely unfamiliar with skills that would be needed to repair this, and fear I would botch up looks even worse.

I'm waiting to talk to Service manager, maybe get ballpark figure...I do know that if it's anything like H-D, I just need to take my highest possible guess, and then double it, and then still get my feelings hurt ;-)

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Old 03-19-2003, 02:51 PM   #20
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When I say metal, I mean it in the most general sense, kind of like air, I call it air instead of 02.

I think we all know they have aluminum skins and the last time I checked, aluminum was a metal as is gold, silver, etc, so let's not split hairs, I think you all know what I meant.

Second, an a few thousands of an inch of an inch of paint won't cover much, you're right, but, you can also "bondo" type material, sand down to a smooth finish, and then when you paint, it looks like glass like the rest of the Argosy body. They do it to cars all the time. My point is that with the Argosy finish you can get away with more than you can on an somewhat bare or exposed plastic coated *aluminum* panel without any paint, etc. Kind of like working on a DeLoren vs. a conventional body car.

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I talked to service reps at North Dallas R.V., and they said they could replace curved panel in back or A/S for about $850, which seems fair, so I'll probably drag it over there, if everything else checks out, and just get it replaced.

I appreciate all the help.

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Geff,

I assume you're talking w/Randy @ N. Dallas RV. He really knows his stuff! They are ver honest people to work with too! I have bugged them for years now and they are always willing to share their knowledge.

I'm sure you'll be happy with their repair.


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I'm getting up in the morning, and driving up to Ft. Worth--about 700 miles--hopefully to buy this A/S. The man has been very decent, honest, and friendly to me, and after looking at several other trailers, this one seems right--an '86 25' Sovereign--and he has held it for me, so I'm headed to Texas.

As a long-haul trucker, no matter how jaded or burntout from the road I felt, seeing an Airstream on the road always seemed to lift my spirits, and whenever I would be sitting in a truckstop, and I'd see one, I'd go talk to the owner, and they were always friendly people. So if you ever saw a whitebearded, tattooed old trucker, staring at your trailer, and waving, from the cab of his green Freightliner, now you know who it was :-)

Well, long day tomorrow. Thank you to all the people who gave me advice, on here, and privately.

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Safe trip Geff.

Post some pictures if you can and I'll be looking for that green Freightliner-- you never know.

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