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Old 09-28-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Bambi injured while in storage, need your opinion

Hi Gang,
Ok, where to begin...
I picked up 2006 19' int'l a few weeks ago and she has been in a storage facility nearby ever since. I've visited a few times and all has seemed good.
The place is locked, gated, etc.

On Friday i'm preparing for her maiden camping trip.
I pulled into the storage place and saw that the unit had a nice 5" round dent in the front curbside panel. She was also off the cement block I use to rest the base of the jack on.
I have no idea what could have happened...only thought is someone pushed it really hard and left what almost looks like a hand imprint.
The storage place is investigating but in the mean time i have an injured Airstream. I've called my insurance and this will be covered.

I emailed the pics to Colonial and received an estimate ($2400).
I've asked for details on the procedure but believe it was olympic rivets so i'm assuming it's all done from the outside.

So i want this done right, don't want leaks, etc.

Best to leave it? Have it done at Colonial ?or take a few days off work and journey to Ohio?

Thanks again for your help,
Eric
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:09 PM   #2
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Hi Gang,
Ok, where to begin...
I picked up 2006 19' int'l a few weeks ago and she has been in a storage facility nearby ever since. I've visited a few times and all has seemed good.
The place is locked, gated, etc.

On Friday i'm preparing for her maiden camping trip.
I pulled into the storage place and saw that the unit had a nice 5" round dent in the front curbside panel. She was also off the cement block I use to rest the base of the jack on.
I have no idea what could have happened...only thought is someone pushed it really hard and left what almost looks like a hand imprint.
The storage place is investigating but in the mean time i have an injured Airstream. I've called my insurance and this will be covered.

I emailed the pics to Colonial and received an estimate ($2400).
I've asked for details on the procedure but believe it was olympic rivets so i'm assuming it's all done from the outside.

So i want this done right, don't want leaks, etc.

Best to leave it? Have it done at Colonial ?or take a few days off work and journey to Ohio?

Thanks again for your help,
Eric
I understand how you must feel. I have to ask knowing you already have, do they have surveillance cameras or a lock system which records entries and exits? How is the unit parked did someone back into it, it sure seems strange that a person would just push it off the blocks, but people are jealous and do funny things. Best of luck with the repair.
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I asked about the cams and lock coding.
both neighbors had been during a 5 day period when the incident happened.
i originally thought maybe someone backed into it, but that would need to be a high bumper.
Time to find a new storage place because i don't feel comfortable taking her back there.
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That dent required more than a casual bumping into or hit with a hand...it looks like it took a goof blow. So sorry to see this...it's discouraging, for sure...but it can be fixed...

Good luck with it...
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What a sad thing to happen. I think a trip to the mother ship would be the best place to have it repaired. Had the wheel chocks been moved when you found the trailer?
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they must have been, as it had rolled backwards a bit and they under the wheels without any force when pulled it out.
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In talking with a few people who have had skin replacements at the Mother ship, they also performed the repairs from the outside with Olympic rivets. There is no reason to worry about leakage due to the repair. Find a facility that will back up their repair work. The cost involved with removing the interior furnishings and interior skin to use bucked rivets would probably triple the repair cost.
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Eric, bummer!

I had the same panel replaced, but on the other side.
Olympic rivets were used on my panel replacement and I have never had a leak issue.

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bummer eric!

repair from outside is ok with olympic rivets.

the issue is, will they just cut out the dented area and OVERLAY a complete panel..

or replace the entire panel.

IF the plan is total panel swap, AND insurance covers it, i'd want bucked rivets.

and i'd take her to j/c for the transplant.

BUT hold your horses, there IS another less invasive approach...

1. use a suction device to get 'some' of the divot improved, then...
2. BUY TALLER stainless steel segment protectors and have them mounted.

the TALLER segment protectors come to within 1.5 inches of the belt line...

so that area of the panel would be totally covered, right up to near the top edge of the divot.

and the UP side is taller segment protectors wlll be doing their thing for YEARS!

THAT would be my first and best approach to this.

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thanks for the advice...
i want to keep the OEM look, but that was a nice idea 2air.
i'll ask Tony at Colonial more about his plan for repair.
from the outside can one tell the difference between buck and olympic?
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bummer eric!

repair from outside is ok with olympic rivets.

the issue is, will they just cut out the dented area and OVERLAY a complete panel..

or replace the entire panel.

IF the plan is total panel swap, AND insurance covers it, i'd want bucked rivets.

and i'd take her to j/c for the transplant.

BUT hold your horses, there IS another less invasive approach...

1. use a suction device to get 'some' of the divot improved, then...
2. BUY TALLER stainless steel segment protectors and have them mounted.

the TALLER segment protectors come to within 1.5 inches of the belt line...

so that area of the panel would be totally covered, right up to near the top edge of the divot.

and the UP side is taller segment protectors wlll be doing their thing for YEARS!

THAT would be my first and best approach to this.

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That is the way to go. You can sell the removed guards and recoup some of you investment( ebay ). Depending on your deductible you many not have to make a claim. 2air is sharp.
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from the outside can one tell the difference between buck and olympic?
If you look very very closely you can see a slight ring in the center where the shaft meets the body. From a few feet away you can not tell.
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...i want to keep the OEM look...
the thing is TALLER segment protectors are oem, and LOOK better 2myeye.

while not on the bambi, OTHER models started going 2 taller protectors mid year 2005 and on...

look closely at most trailers that travel much with the shorter protectors...

many are dinged up above the stainless steel...

YES bucked rivets look different than olympic rivets from outside, BUT it's VERY subtle.

most folks would never know unless given a tutorial on the differences.

i'd just be reluctant to have a full segment done JUST for this ding, as horrific and traumatic as it seems right now.

whatever u decide take pic and share the follow up.

you are still planning to GO CAMPING right? don't let this ruin the big trip!

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So sorry about your trailer.....I can only imagine how you must feel.

You might try to find a storage facility with valet park. That way no one but the storage people move or are around your rig. You let them know when you are picking up and they move the trailer (boat/rv/vintage car) out for you to pick up. They are not cheap but then neither is it cheap to repair a dented Airstream.

Good luck with your repair. paula
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