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Old 05-18-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Exterior scratches

Hi Folks!

Well after much deliberation, we've decided to sell our 30' Serenity as snowbirding just wasn't what we thought it would be, and want someone else to enjoy the trailer.

I had a bit of an ooops on the way to AZ in the fall, and have some slight scratches on the drivers side. Is there a product we can spray on to protect the plasticoat after buffing with some fine rubbing compound the scratches will be largely invisible. I've attached two photos.

Thanks in advance for your advice and help!

Michael
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:59 PM   #2
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Scratches?

Sorry snowbirding did not work for you.

Those are way more than scratches. Perhaps an insurance repair? Your looking at probably $5k or so to fix. There is more than one panel involved. Have you had an estimate? Possibly send some pictures to Jackson Center just to get an idea.

When you go to sell the buyer is going to want a deep discount. They may or may not fix it but if they do they are the ones that are going to have the trouble of getting it done.

No amount of buffing is going to erase those grooves in the skin. Sorry that happened to you but I would fix it before selling.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:28 PM   #3
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Agreed, those do not look like scratches, more like fairly deep gouges and your aluminum panels also appear to be creased. If the photos are accurate, there is no fixing this short of replacing the panels. Unless you have a tall wallet, this is an insurance claim.
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I just suffered the same damage when a fuel pump protector post jumped into the side of my Airstream. One panel has to be replaced. The estimate is $15,000 from the local dealer. Not what you wanted to hear. My good news is they can do it near the end of July. If you come down to this neck of the woods, you might get a volume discount. Jim
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If you polish the area, it will just make it stand out ...larger problem ...
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That 15K estimate was probably a "go away!" Price quote, but 8K wouldn't surprise me. Send pictures to Airstream, and get a factory estimate for panel replacement, not "overlay". You might find a buyer who would buy it damaged if you can prove what it will cost to repair, and you're willing to price it to sell fast, but road ready is best for a fast turnaround.

Do it right. No overlays. A knowledgeable buyer will spot olympic rivets from 50 feet, and covered up damage will cost you the sale. Factory replaced is good as new, and shows you have cared for your unit.

Totally agree, let the insurance company pay this claim. If you don't get another RV they can't raise your rates, can they?

Sorry it was a bust for you. Airstreams are the most expensive way to learn that you don't like travel trailers. A cautionary tale for others is to try it out starting with a used SOB, then move up. My sister knows she might inherit mine.... isn't straining the relationship... much... erk.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. Guess I'll be speaking with the dealer in Calgary. JC is a little too far away to get this done.
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Sorry snowbirding did not work for you.

Those are way more than scratches. Perhaps an insurance repair? Your looking at probably $5k or so to fix. There is more than one panel involved. Have you had an estimate? Possibly send some pictures to Jackson Center just to get an idea.

When you go to sell the buyer is going to want a deep discount. They may or may not fix it but if they do they are the ones that are going to have the trouble of getting it done.

No amount of buffing is going to erase those grooves in the skin. Sorry that happened to you but I would fix it before selling.
Good advice, will follow up with insurance! Many thanks for the reply!
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I have had repairs done in Airdrie before with success so I think you will be ok. Your damage includes more damage than mine since your front quarter panel is also damaged. Good luck.
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