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Old 03-20-2017, 05:40 AM   #1
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Panel Replacement?

Checking out an Airstream and wondering if this damage will require replacement of the exterior panels affected, for both the scratches on the side and the dent on the top right rear. Advice? Best way to fix?? Possible cost?

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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Panel Replacement?

Do you mind the scratches and dents? If they don't penetrate then all should be fine. Cost would be pretty high even if you do the work yourself and have the tools. Those endcap sections are near a thousand each as I recall and the body section is just flat sheet aluminum (NMT a couple hundred in parts) but a LOT of labor.

I am just guessing it would be 3.5K minimum if you paid someone, perhaps more.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:24 PM   #3
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I agree with millertimeUS, very costly to replace the panels and then polish everything to match. If you do have it repaired, make sure you get references of previous repairs that they have performed to make sure they know how to repair!
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The AS won't "require" exteropr repair. YOu can use it as it is.

The dent on the rear end cap can be greatly reduced using something like a "Ding King" you won't get 100% but close.

Rather than remove a segment a new segment can be riveted over the damaged one. Will cost you a few thousand if you do the work yourself. If you have AS do it I guess $7500+

How about a creative patch over the damage, or rivet on a piece of trim
I have a scratched up side I am going to paint a mural over or a wrap.

I also agree with the above posters. Forget about it and go camping. You won't be worrying about scratches in the future.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:25 PM   #5
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I like the creative patch idea! There is a member on here who has done some really cool aluminum patches, I am thinking like aluminum flames in bright mirror on that long one and then use the dent remover mentioned on the endcap.

Riveting over the original is also a solid plan, just wouldn't the rivets underneath cause issues?
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:11 PM   #6
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The $7500 number is likely spot on. RV shops that know what they are doing are charging $100/Hr for labor. If you can't live with it the way that it is, it needs to be priced right for the condition. You can never make up for a bad purchase. Unless you have had this unit professionally surveyed, be prepared for other things that will need attention.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:58 PM   #7
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If you do it yourself. That end cap panel piece is $500-750. You can buy them from airstreamsupply.com or out of door mart or inlandRV (I believe).

I'm in Texas and 2024 T3 sheet is $100 for a 4x10.

Sure, it will be a lot of work but if you are comfortable replacing it with olympic rivets instead of buck it's likely work the $6k difference the others have quoted
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I'm in Texas and 2024 T3 sheet is $100 for a 4x10.
If you can get a 4 X 10 sheet of .032 2024-T3 for $100.00 a sheet you need to buy it all and resale. That price is considerably lower them current market price.
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If you can get a 4 X 10 sheet of .032 2024-T3 for $100.00 a sheet you need to buy it all and resale. That price is considerably lower them current market price.


What's the going rate? This is local metal distributor.

Also, what gauge would you use for interior wall? .032 or .020? You got me thinking about replacing all my interior walls.
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For an equivalent size sheet at Airparts, approximately 167.00. Minimum for me would be .032
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