Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-15-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
reshecca's Avatar
 
2010 20' Flying Cloud
Chico , California
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 67
Images: 10
Hail Damaged Airsteam... worth the discount??

I'm still a wanna-be Airstream newbie, and I'm looking for some advice. I may have the opportunity to purchase a new A/S with some hail damage for a seriously discounted price. I'm still waiting to see photos, so I don't know the extent of the damage, but in general, do ya'll have opinions about whether or not this would be a good idea? I have no idea what would be involved in repairing such damage.... Any insight would be appreciated, thank you.
__________________

__________________
reshecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 05:51 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
Some hail damage can be pulled out to some extent by a product called the Ding King. Larger cave ins can sometimes be pulled out by suction cups. Repairs done using these techniques are far from perfect. Whether it is worth it to tow around and camp in a dented RV is up to you. Some people say the dents add character and are a great conversation starter as to how you got them. 70% of the hail damaged units are never repaired properly and the owners live with the dents.
__________________

__________________
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 06:14 AM   #3
New Member
 
1998 19' Bambi
Geneva , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3
We bought our 98 Bambi new with minor hail damage to upper panels from storm damage dealer had in southern Ohio without any one hardly ever noticing. Got a great discount & would not hesitate about buying another if the price was right. I was quoted $1200 per panel replacement from P & S Trailer Service in Helena Ohio but I wouldn't bother unless very it was noticeable.
__________________
Ken & Elaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 07:32 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
gklott's Avatar

 
2004 30' Classic
Johnson City , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 352
Images: 49
Depends - thing to check

We had a hail storm that "totaled" our unit for insurance purposes - $35,000 damage.See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f249...cap-25108.html for details and the actual numbers.

BUT, it is in good shape, and we continue to enjoy using it. We've put another 40,000 miles on it since.

You will need to check out the AC cover, vent covers, skylights, light covers, etc. The hail destroyed out AC cover, cracked a running light, and we recently discovered that it must have cracked a skylight - we're getting moisture in it. The clear coat does not appear to be damaged.

Will be glad to send you a picture of our damage for you to compare.

We consider our unit to be well lived in. Besides, I figure the dimples give it lift like a golf ball.

73/gus
__________________
Gus - KR4K : Mary - K5MCL
2004 30ft. Classic
2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD CrewCab/Shortbed diesel
Hensley/Prodigy
gklott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Crusty's Avatar
 
1992 34' Excella
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 562
Images: 10
Over time (at least down south where it gets hot!), all but the biggest/deepest hail dimples will magically disappear due to the sun's heating and overnight cooling.
__________________
Crusty
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Austin, TX "Rancho Deluxe"
Crusty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 08:11 AM   #6
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
Character marks. If the price is right go for it.

Some of the dings will pop out somewhat over time. Check if you are getting a regular title or a salvage title if it was totaled by the insurance company. A salvage title could affect resale. Check if a salvage title could affect getting insurance.
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 08:17 AM   #7
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Don't expect the dents to pull without some trace. Ditto to Crusty's report.

I'm traveling tomorrow into predicted heavy rain. Just figure we'll see hail at some time. I've got to be sanguine about it. Like gklott says, the"lived in" look will be the badge of our adventures.
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 09:26 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
JimGolden's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
1977 31' Excella 500
Berkeley Springs , West Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,619
Images: 7
Inevitable

My 34 footer was sold new in FL and that's where it lived for many years. It's got more than a couple hail dents on the end caps. And I don't see them pulling out in the sun

Any trailer you keep for a long time...you're probably gonna hit hail at some point. Unless it's absolutely horrible, get it and go camping. If you don't have them now, you will later.

take care,
__________________
- Jim
JimGolden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 09:31 AM   #9
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,764
Images: 5
If the price is right, go for it! The trailer is still brand new. I would expect a VERY SERIOUS price reduction if the damage is very noticeable.

As an example, when we bought Lucy new, she had received a fairly shallow 6" ding amidships on the street side. We parlayed this dent into a brand new Hensley Arrow which was around $3,000 at the time.

Brian
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 09:51 AM   #10
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
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crusty View Post
all but the biggest/deepest hail dimples will magically disappear due to the sun's heating and overnight cooling.
But, don't forget to do the right magic chant; Ahhhh Loooo Maaaah Nuumm
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 10:10 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,842
Quote:
Originally Posted by reshecca View Post
I'm still waiting to see photos, so I don't know the extent of the damage,
Where is this trailer? Was it damaged in the big hailstorm that hit Denver several weeks ago? There were trailers very badly damaged at a dealer there and even very discounted, may not be worth the asking price. I wouldn't trust photos to tell the whole story.

Check out these recent hail threads for lots of information on hail damage. The second thread is about whether to buy a new trailer that was hail damaged.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381/hail-54116.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...age-54544.html

I hope you find a trailer that works for you. Getting a brand new trailer with exterior damage may be a wise purchase if the price is right. On the other hand, looking at the damage all the time may be difficult. A lot of the appeal of Airstreams is the outside shape. Some interiors are not all that different than other brands.

Gene
__________________
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 11:24 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
richinny's Avatar
 
2011 34' Classic
Westchester Cty.NY , / Miami FL
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,122
the dents would make it easier to find your trailer at a rally
__________________
Ricky
2012 F150 Super Crew 5-1/2' bed Ecoboost 4x4 3.73 elec. lock diff. Propride hitch
give life. kidney & pancreas transplant 9/9/06
Ingrid-my unofficial '"World's Oldest Streamer" 1909-2008 R.I.P.
richinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 12:27 PM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
reshecca's Avatar
 
2010 20' Flying Cloud
Chico , California
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 67
Images: 10
Thank you all for the advice. The trailer is in Colorado and must have been damaged in the recent storm....
__________________
reshecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 04:30 PM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
2011 27' FB Flying Cloud
Bradenton and Saluda , Florida & North Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 176
????

If the dealer files a claim with their insurance company, how can they sell it, unless they bought it back. If that is the case, you should get an unbelievable deal! Even if they doubled what they supposedly bought it back at, it would be a great deal.

Inquisitive minds want to know, did they indeed buy it back?
__________________

__________________
ncbambi 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
1973 Damaged by Hail mqclark 1970-79 Tradewind 5 08-03-2009 10:47 PM
Just brought an Airsteam ronstory Member Introductions 3 07-15-2008 12:10 AM
Any thoughts about a discount on new '06? starflyte1 Trailer Values 12 04-22-2007 03:24 PM
Airsteam restaurant help burger Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 9 10-06-2005 11:16 PM
Hail Damaged Excella 35...... longhauler 1987 - 1989 Excella 17 07-28-2003 09:38 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:18 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.