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Old 06-16-2015, 11:22 AM   #15
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Thanks Kevin! I appreciate everyone's feedback but I really appreciate your encouragement as my budget doesn't really allow for a costly solution right now.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:32 AM   #16
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I'd offer $1000 and just live with it. You could probably get your money out of it by camping, spare room etc. If it is a mid cabin bath then yeah, you could take apart inside and wham it out but thats pretty smashed (would love to hear the story behind that dent).
Probably some internal structure damage as well.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:52 AM   #17
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I had an 82 31ft rear bedroom that I used to stop a Peterbuilt!!!! He shortened it by about 16 to 20 inches at the rear. The insurance company gave me $8300.00 and let me keep the trailer. No frame damage. Removed every thing from inside bedroom, and started pushing and pounding. Replaced rear widow with lexan, and rebuilt interior. It looked uglier than h from the rear, but from the inside you could not tell if there was any damage. The wife and I put over 16,000 miles on it in the 5 years after and sold it this spring for $5000.00. That isn't to bad when you consider we only paid $5300.00 for it in 2002. If you don't mind it not looking pretty, its you that are useing it.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:00 PM   #18
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I just replaced the rear curved panel just above the trim line. EZ to do. The new panel from Inland RV the airstream parts guy in Corona Ca. he is a very knowledgeable, a little frustrated with those who claim to know more than he has acquired in his 40 years of repairing airstreams a great guy! He had similar panels in stock, but insisted on ordering one specifically for the 1968 Excella, called "Trouble" to make sure it fit. It came pre-drilled on one edge, fit perfectly! My daughter Lauren and I installed it in under an hour, not counting removing the old dented one with a big patch over the dent, so no hope of straightening it. Did a trial fit, removed re-caulked the seams and installed. The rear bath does not have ribs beyond the straight sections of the roof and wall so the order would be to strip the damaged exterior metal and if the ribs are not bent repair from the exterior. If the rib is damaged order a new one and remove only the minimum of the damaged one and splice a new portion of new rib to the remaining old rib. It is not as difficult as some may make it appear. Remember the thing was built by unskilled labor at the factory who did not know how to do much beyond install parts and at most just at a passing level of craftsmanship. If you have listen to those who have blogged about rebuilding their coach you will know I am speaking the truth about the level of workmanship. Shaving the rivets without the expensive tool is the most difficult part of the whole process.
I will ask Lauren to post pictures of the replacement of the panel if she can find them. GET MOVING, IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT!
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:55 PM   #19
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The clean title is a big plus. Those mid 80's are awful nice trailers. There are other areas that might need work in addition to the dent. The floor if there are leaks. I have never replaced segments but it looks like something that I could do if I had too. If you have a space to park it and some time to work on it I would go for it. I would much rather have this trailer intact with the dents that one of the many "gutted" trailers that are out there. Like they are doing you a favor by ripping it apart for you.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:19 PM   #20
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pound it out from the inside , then put a HUGE band aid decal sticker on the outside .
Hit the road , and enjoy !
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:26 PM   #21
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If you live in the Detroit area you should contact P & S Airstream repair in Helena, Ohio, not that far from you. Send them photos of ALL the damage and ask them their best guess on repair cost if they did it, and whether realistically it would be worth it. They'll be straight with you. I don't think it is worth $1,500 as is however, only as a gift. You haven't said whether there are any concealed issues with soft flooring that needs repair, etc. etc.
The Helena folks will give you an idea, and then you can decide if you want it that badly. Otherwise you might be out your $1,500 and loose a friend too.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:07 PM   #22
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I don't think it is worth $1,500 as is however, only as a gift. You haven't said whether there are any concealed issues with soft flooring that needs repair, etc. etc.
Assuming the floor is okay and everything else is in it's original state (not great but functional) you really don't think it's worth $1,500? If that's the case I don't really know how I'll ever be able to afford an airstream
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:08 PM   #23
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Want to sell it?
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:40 PM   #24
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Want to sell it?
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:43 PM   #25
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Haha, I guess the ultimate test is to see if anyone else would BUY it for $1,500 and we'll know if the fair market value is sufficient. I for one don't see a dent (although major) as something that should lower the value of one of these trailers into a "worthless" or state.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:23 PM   #26
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Is it damaged in front? I can't tell from photos.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:25 PM   #27
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Small dent on the front side but very minor compared to the large dent in back.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:36 PM   #28
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Maybe you could repair the AS for your friend with agreement you share use and share title.
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