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Old 08-17-2011, 08:38 AM   #1
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Damaged panel-2011 Sport 22ft

Just bought a Sport 2011 22ft a month ago. I took it out twice and on my last trip I run over an alligator tire on HWY 37 going to Austin Texas, the front left side panel was damaged.

Now I am in a predicament, I am trying to look at the best option, should I send it to the shop and have it repair for $7500 (estimate provided by company) or should I just hire someone to pull the dent out and put road-guards on the trailer (quote at about $1500). I know insurance will take care of the $7500 bill, however there is a huge difference in price and since I am new at Airstream I was wondering if I am better off just pulling the dent out and installing road guards. I have attached some picture of the damage, any thoughts from any one who has had dents removed. Thank you...
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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7500 dollars, I think you better find another shop, because they are taking you to the cleaners. Maybe a forum member in your area can direct you to a more reasonable repair facility.

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Old 08-18-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Dents don't pull in aluminum as they do in sheet metal. $7500 seems a little extreme to me too. I think I would take the insurance money, buy rock guards to cover it and spend the rest on fuel and go camping.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:19 AM   #4
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Just bought a Sport 2011 22ft a month ago. I took it out twice and on my last trip I run over an alligator tire on HWY 37 going to Austin Texas, the front left side panel was damaged.
Funny, you learn something new every day, I guess: I never knew that alligators had tires! Just kidding, of course.

I would tell the insurance co. that you will take the $7,500 dollars (and watch while they start to cough and choke), clean off the black rubber marks on the panel and inspect it to make sure there is no possibility of leaks, then go merrily on my way.

To these eyes, it appears to me from your photos that once the black marks are gone, very little will remain visible. If this is the worst thing that happens to you and your trailer, you will have lived a charmed life.

I have to admit though, that I do like the look of the lower protectors, and if you do want to have an "as-new" look, installing them would be a good way to do it!
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:23 PM   #5
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Fugetaboutit

Install some segment protectors to protect corners, you'll need them, then forget about it. Save the dough for tires, solar panels, generator, bikes, pickup topper or for the time when you cut a corner too tight and you bend the entry stairs....you don't have to look very hard on this site to discover things happen. For now go camping, have some fun.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
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Not looking to bad. It looks like the right front...your pictures all say left??? I a repair shop says they can "pull the dent" out. Go somewhere else. While I don't recommend them for Vintage work...your repair is what they do best...North Dallas RV. Right on I-35.
Also the Guys at the south end of the 130 loop in Austin....not the Buda Camper
Clinic on I-35...eventhough, they can do a job like yours.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for helping and keeping my insanity checked and for giving me some good ideas/advice. $7500 its a lot of money for a simple dent, Im going to clean it up, have someone pull the dents as good as it can get, and install a new set of shining rock guards. I will post a picture once its ready... Thank everyone again.
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