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Old 11-13-2018, 03:07 PM   #1
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How much does it cost?

To have Airstream dealer replace a lower panel on a 25 ft. 2018 curb side panel? This would be for labor and part.....Does $1,200 sound right? Is this TOO LITTLE? Thanks.
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If it's the panel in between the end caps then $1,200 may cover the cost for just the panel; let alone the labour to install it. It would suprise the heck out of me if there were a panel on any Airstream you could replace for $1,200.

I'm thinking you're way off base; be prepared to be shocked.

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Old 11-13-2018, 03:18 PM   #3
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Is this a flat sheet, or one of the formed "corner" end-cap pieces? Anyway, for a formed piece, it sounds about right. The rule of thumb used to be to expect to pay about $1000 per segment to have that work done, and prices are only going up.

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Old 11-13-2018, 03:20 PM   #4
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$1200 is close to the cost of the material. Call up a dealer and ask. Or take photos and send to Airstream to get an estimate.
If you replace the rivets with buck rivets (as original) the interior has to be removed. (more expensive)
If you replace the rivet with Olympic rivets the work can be done from the outside, but the repair will be noticeable by anyone who knows the difference. (less expensive)
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:26 PM   #5
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Thanks. The dealer has told me that their costs to replace the straight panel for labor and the part is $1,200. That seems low to me.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:55 PM   #6
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If it is a flat sheet, then the cost of the material is probably less than $100 (depending on whether they source it locally, or buy it from Airstream with the factory clear coat). The typical way shops do these repairs is from the outside using Olympic rivets. If they know what they are doing and don't do something goofy like doubling/overlaying the panel, the only way you will know that it has been replaced is by examining the shaved heads of the rivets.

So, questions to ask:
-Will the replacement panel be doubled or overlayed?
-Will Olympic rivets be used, and the panel replaced from the outside?
-Will the replacement be Airstream quality plasti-coated aluminum, or bare sheet sourced locally?

There are ways to do this repair that can keep the cost low (ie., $1200), you just need to understand the compromises being made.

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Old 11-13-2018, 07:10 PM   #7
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It's way too little estimate ... I speak from experience.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:53 PM   #8
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:08 AM   #9
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belting and trim

Does the quote include any belting or trim? I can tell you the Airstream service center will use Olympic rivets. Although on a panel replacement I had done they used regular pop rivets also. I have not found any bucked rivets used in segments on my 94 classic.



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Old 11-14-2018, 01:01 PM   #10
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The front curb side, in front of the wheels ( curved bottom one) is around $2,000. I did one last spring at an Airstream dealer.
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Doesn't your warranty cover the cost?
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I've replaced 5 panels. Panel price from Airstream is $550 each and $1,300 each one to have installed. Insurance paid so I didn't care but those are 2017 numbers from an Airstream dealership.
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A recent estimate from the mothership was: Metal: $ 8.91 per sq. ft. and Labor $88.88 per sq. ft. Sounds like a great do it yourself job.
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