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Old 03-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Check this dent: is it repairable? or is replace only option.

It looks like the PO used a suction cup to pull most of this dent out. If the only remedy is to replace the panel, I think it's going to stay there for a while.







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Old 03-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Uh, that one's pretty ugly. A lot of sharp crease edges. Could be worked, but not to an even 90% level. As always, IMHO.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #3
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Unless you have tons of disposable income just ignore it and consider it a badge of courage or an old war wound.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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Yes, that's not a pretty one. I suspect that the crease deformed (stretched) the aluminum, making a repair quite difficult. Probably cheaper just to replace the segment.

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Old 03-07-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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Hi, I think you should either replace the panel or leave it as is. If you were to remove the inner panels, use a roller, and some other body tools, you might be able make it a bit better, but never good.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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You might get better if you remove inner panel then take to auto tube "dent buster" to work it. The mark will always be there. One choice is to paint big bandage over it or a slogan like "Neaely missed it by THIS much. ".
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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It doesn't leak. It is not going to get worse. It does not negatively affect your fuel mileage. It does not affect your use of the trailer. Looks like a "battle scar" to me. Use the money to have fun and go camping.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:45 PM   #8
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Don't you hate that?? And it's on the driver's side, so you see it all the time. Feel you.

I have tried to fix dings before, and yours is never going to look good - IMHO. I know it doesn't make practical sense, but if it were me, I'd replace it. I think looking at it each time you go to use your AS will just make you feel bad. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:41 PM   #9
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Don't you hate that?? And it's on the driver's side, so you see it all the time. Feel you.

I have tried to fix dings before, and yours is never going to look good - IMHO. I know it doesn't make practical sense, but if it were me, I'd replace it. I think looking at it each time you go to use your AS will just make you feel bad. Sorry for your loss.
Yep, hate that.

But it's on the tail, see the taillights and awning. That means you can't see it while towing and it's on the opposite side from the door. In my opinion, that means that it is in one of the places you see least.

If the cost of a panel replacement is nothing to you, by all means, replace it. Otherwise, ignore it. You can make a habit of looking in another direction when you walk around that corner.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:33 PM   #11
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K-mart has the fix for that dent.

They call it "very dark sun glasses".

Can't use it, can't find it.

Can't see it, it ain't there.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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I figured as much.

We just bought this trailer, and I can live with the dent. But our plan is to polish this thing at some point in the future. I can't really see polishing it with that big dent. I may try playing with it to see if I can just reduce the severity. If it's going to be replaced at some point, I guess it doesn't matter if I screw it up more with a backyard attempt, right?

The clearcoat is also pretty bad on the front and the back top. You can see it in the last picture. I just want a little cheap and easy 90% fix until I can go for the full monte at some point in the future.

This trailer is a joint purchase with my brother and our two wives. They're doing the inside and I'm in charge of mechanicals and the exterior.

1. dent.
2. clearcoat.
3. pinstripe peeling.

Thanks for all your ideas. It is in a spot where we can't see it parked in our sideyard (thankfully)

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Maybe something like this... saw at one of our rallies some years back.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:03 PM   #14
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I have a dent like that. It's patina....
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