Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-17-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Sparkygus's Avatar
 
2007 25' International CCD FB
Laguna Niguel , California
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 66
Images: 1
Exterior Dent Repair

Argghh! This morning two kids threw rocks at our brand new 25' Intl CCD FB putting a couple of dents in the right rear and two really small dents in the top of the bumper compartment. Does anyone have suggestions on how to repair dents in the aluminum.

This is so frustrating! We've only had the trailer 2 weeks and 6 days.
__________________

__________________
Sparkygus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 12:37 AM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
Hamb7's Avatar
 
1962 28' Ambassador
Canfield , Ohio
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 101
What a major bummer. Were they kids you knew? Did you file a police report? That really stinks. Kids just don't think sometimes. I have been wondering the same thing since we have a dent where the door flew open while traveling. This happened with the previous owner not us. We thought about trying to use those suction cup dent removers you can get at the store but we've been apprehensive to try anything like that. I'll be watching this post. Good Luck with your dent removal.
Heather
__________________

__________________
Hamb7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 01:40 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
FreshAir's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
Placerville , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,327
Images: 2
Insurance?

It's new. Got insurance?

Neil and Lynn
__________________
Neil and Lynn Holman
FreshAir #12407

Avatar;
Kirk Creek, Big Sur, Ca. coast.

1966 Trade Wind

1971 Buick Centurion convertible
455 cid

1969 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
455 cid
FreshAir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 09:34 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,279
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparkygus
Argghh! This morning two kids threw rocks at our brand new 25' Intl CCD FB putting a couple of dents in the right rear and two really small dents in the top of the bumper compartment. Does anyone have suggestions on how to repair dents in the aluminum.

This is so frustrating! We've only had the trailer 2 weeks and 6 days.
MAJOR BUMMER!!!

I shudder at the thought of what I would do if I caught them!!!!!

Anyway, if they aren't too deep and not creased, you might be able to have them removed by a 'good' paintless dent removal tech. They have done amazing things to a couple of door dents on my Sprinter. In any event, they'll make them look a whole lot better even if they can't be completely removed.

Most of these guys are mobile, so you won't have to take the trailer to them. Try the phone book to see who's local or check with your favorite body shop. Most use them quite frequently.
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 10:38 AM   #5
More than one rivet loose
 
thecatsandi's Avatar

 
Currently Looking...
Keymar , Maryland
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,754
Don't feel too bad. I dented mine before i even left the dealers lot! You will never find that dent though! We covered it up and well I the frist one was small and the anixety of wait for the first one was over.

Getting a dent out can be difficult. Depends on how sharp the edges are and how deep it is.
__________________
Michelle TAC MT-0
Sarah, Snowball

Looking for a 1962 Flying Cloud

thecatsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 11:31 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
yukionna's Avatar
 
Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 1964 17' Bambi II
Posts: 4,278
Images: 18
Send a message via Yahoo to yukionna
We used a $5 suction cup dent puller to pop the dent in our Bambi II. The dent was the size of a basketball with no creases. We wet the puller and moved it back and forth from the outside of the dent to the middle. The dent was 99% removed!

The first photo below shows the dent; the second photo shows after we pulled the dent.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bambi_rear_curb.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	51.3 KB
ID:	37543   Click image for larger version

Name:	after_dent.jpg
Views:	140
Size:	32.9 KB
ID:	37544  

__________________
WBCCI Region One

Attitude is the only difference between ordeal and adventure
yukionna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 07:05 PM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
Sparkygus's Avatar
 
2007 25' International CCD FB
Laguna Niguel , California
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 66
Images: 1
Thanks to all for the replies.

We do have insurance, but here's the rest of the story...

We live adjacent to a middle school, and for months we, along with some neighbors, have been having problems with kids climbing the school's fence and just generally misbehaving. Repeated calls to the school to fix the fence and supervise the kids have gone unheeded.

So we are reluctant to use our insurance until all avenues with the school and the district have been exhausted. Where we live, the school is responsible for the actions of the kids during school even if the kids are off school property. We'll see what happens. But for now the folks in the district office are being very responsive, but the school principal and assistant principal have been trying to blow us off. I even managed to snap a picture of one of the kids going back over the fence to the school, but the principal is dragging his feet.

I also called the police, but our town doesn't have a police department. Instead the town contracts the county sheriff's department, and we get slow response. It turns out our neighbors had also had the sheriff's deputy over to report the kids just the day before our incident.

We may have a decent lead to the perpetrator, though, because today after school we hung around and talked to some kids as they were heading home. One of the kids we talked to thinks he recognizes the boy in the photo. Wish us luck getting the kids.

In the end we know boys will be boys. My fiancee is a school teacher, so she understands their behavior. We are far more frustrated by the school's stonewalling...

And like we've read in many threads, dents happen and life goes on. Our baby is still as useable as ever, and we can't wait for our summer roadtrip!

We'll look into the suction pullers, and we've also left a message at shop recommended by our AS dealer as the best dent repair shop in Southern CA.

Thanks again,
David
__________________
Sparkygus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Phil and/or Sue's Avatar
 
1997 34' Limited
Young Harris , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 857
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparkygus
Argghh! This morning two kids threw rocks at our brand new 25' Intl CCD FB putting a couple of dents in the right rear and two really small dents in the top of the bumper compartment. Does anyone have suggestions on how to repair dents in the aluminum.

This is so frustrating! We've only had the trailer 2 weeks and 6 days.
I didn't hear about any double-homicides in Cali, so they must have gotten away.

I think I would invest in a video recording system with motion activation to record what happens if you cannot be there to monitor "visitors".

Good luck with the school.
__________________
Phil and/or Sue w/ Cheryl & Penny and Roger
(Buffett RIP 9/15/08, Gus RIP 12/22/2015)
1997 34' Excella
'09 Dodge Cummins Ram 3500 Crew 4x4 auto
AIR 1753
Phil and/or Sue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 09:38 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Ding King Pops a Dent

I have had very good results with "Ding King" or "Pops a Dent" products. For me it works better than suction cups. I would try the suction cup first though. The key is sharp angular dents or creases are not likely to come completely out as the skin has been stretched. Then it is time to consider a pro. If you go the insurance route for vandalism most insurance companies require a police report.
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 09:59 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
FreshAir's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
Placerville , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,327
Images: 2
I did not mean to sound 'obvious' in asking "Insurance?" I see by your explanation that the kid's vandalism will be a problem even after any repair. May I suggest some preventive measures as even if you do locate the responsible party(s) the parents getting restitution will be another hurdle. Perhaps a portable canopy may help shield your AS. There are many available. Use the 'SEARCH' feature as I know there are a couple or so threads on canopies and portable garages.

Neil and Lynn.
__________________
Neil and Lynn Holman
FreshAir #12407

Avatar;
Kirk Creek, Big Sur, Ca. coast.

1966 Trade Wind

1971 Buick Centurion convertible
455 cid

1969 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
455 cid
FreshAir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2007, 10:08 PM   #11
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,279
How about electrifying the fence! A little AC goes a looooong way .
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2007, 07:21 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
yukionna's Avatar
 
Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 1964 17' Bambi II
Posts: 4,278
Images: 18
Send a message via Yahoo to yukionna
Quote:
Originally Posted by anholman
I did not mean to sound 'obvious' in asking "Insurance?"
Sometimes insurance is not the best route to go if the repair can be done yourself within reason. This is especially true where I live in Massachusetts where we get dinged for every claim in the form of increased insurance rates for six years. The insurance companies are very creative when it comes to finding ways to increase your rates.

Here is an example of something that happened to me recently. A tree fell on my boat, which was covered by a separate boat policy. I filed a claim with my insurance company and had the boat repaired. Not only did my boat policy rates increase but they also dinged my homeowners insurance even though I had a separate boat policy! Go figure??? This was an unadvertised feature of my insurance carrier.
__________________
WBCCI Region One

Attitude is the only difference between ordeal and adventure
yukionna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2007, 09:51 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
safari57's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
You might also want to check around with the paintless dent repair folks. I don't know if they are able to assist with an Airstream/aluminum but it is worth asking. It is amazing what they are able to do.

Barry
__________________
safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2007, 10:30 AM   #14
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
Working in a school, I know how kids can be. If the administrators are not being responsive, I'd set up a meeting with the Super....if that didn't cover it, I'd talk to some board memebers.

In the end, depending on the damage, in some cases it's easier to live with it than some of the alternatives (overlaying skin, tearing out the old skin and putting on new skin). Both of these processes cost far more than it costs to get autobody work done to a car. If in fact the school covers it or the kids parents (which I think is MORE than fair and that you shouldn't pay or your insurance pay), they will see a fairly significant bill.
__________________

__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Least expensive repair thenewkid64 General Repair Forum 5 09-23-2013 09:49 AM
Thetford Toilet Repair??? Galaxy Low Profile ViewRVs Sinks, Showers & Toilets 11 05-03-2010 04:27 PM
Bed Glide Repair Tamara General Interior Topics 16 08-31-2006 09:28 PM
Front Wing Window Repair Charles D. Bennett Windows & Screens 0 08-10-2002 07:04 PM
airstream repair halloey General Interior Topics 3 07-27-2002 07:48 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.