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Old 04-16-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Repair needed in California

I dented my 30' Classic today backing it in the driveway. I've had this trailer 8 years and backed it in my narrow driveway 50 times but goofed up today and dented the left rear corner.

My knee-jerk thought is to take it to one of the excellent shops in southern California and bite the bullet on driving 7 hours and leaving the Airstream there and going back and retrieving it when it's done.

I know there are no shops in Sacramento, where I live, that I would trust to do the work correctly. I'm a little squeamish about Toscano in Los Banos Ca…anyone have any body repair experience with them?

There's also a new Airstream dealer in Fairfield Ca that I just found out about but I can't find any information about the extent of their experience in body work.

Summer is right around the corner and I'd like to get my Airstream fixed ASAP so any thoughts from the forum is appreciated.

Mike
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:43 AM   #2
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I dented my 30' Classic today backing it in the driveway. I've had this trailer 8 years and backed it in my narrow driveway 50 times but goofed up today and dented the left rear corner.

My knee-jerk thought is to take it to one of the excellent shops in southern California and bite the bullet on driving 7 hours and leaving the Airstream there and going back and retrieving it when it's done.

I know there are no shops in Sacramento, where I live, that I would trust to do the work correctly. I'm a little squeamish about Toscano in Los Banos Ca…anyone have any body repair experience with them?

There's also a new Airstream dealer in Fairfield Ca that I just found out about but I can't find any information about the extent of their experience in body work.

Summer is right around the corner and I'd like to get my Airstream fixed ASAP so any thoughts from the forum is appreciated.

Mike
Mike.

No need to be in a rush.

That crease isn't hurting anything, except your feelings.

Get a valid estimate, settle with your insurance comapny and have it replaced later.

Or, if you have some mechanical stuff, replace it yourself, as many others have.

Andy
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:54 PM   #3
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Thanks Andy…that makes the most sense at this point.

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Old 04-20-2014, 12:33 AM   #4
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This fellow will probably be driving by you in a couple days coming out of the Cassini Ranch rally, give him a call: https://www.facebook.com/NvcmmAirstreamRepair 415.878.7071
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:59 AM   #5
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Mike,
Now it has character . Try a suction cup dent puller. If that doesn't work then follow Andy's advise


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Old 04-20-2014, 04:56 AM   #6
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I agree with the dent cup puller it should work.
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Dent pullers cups are very cheap on Amazon and I have a couple of dents I would love to try it on. Any recommendations on which one to buy? I am kind of figuring just a middle-of-the-road one. Thanks
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Try Vinnie's Northbay Airstream Repair: 707-861-8116 in Santa Rosa California. He does restorations.
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I love Vinnie, but he might be busy, so you could also try Adam at Avalon-rv.com in Benicia. They are solid, thoughtful, honest, and skilled there and they have helped me out with a number of issues with my '86 345 classic MH. Just for grins, tell them I sent you. I may be having them strip my coach this season. It's true, you can expect higher prices in NorCal than in other parts of the US but then there's your time money and effort getting your rig to some far-flung service. I felt that Adam did the best he could by me. And no, I have no financial interest in this advice ;-)
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:41 PM   #10
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I have had nothing but good experience with Toscano. I had a similar event a few years ago when after i stopped backing up the trailer, the house moved forward and dented my international. Mine was much worse than yours. Toscano did a great job.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:15 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the thoughts, sympathy and recommendations! This is my 4th Airstream and in 20+ years of Airstreaming this is my first dent…so I'm a little sick about it. I'm very happy to find out there are some reputable shops in Northern California shops that know Airstreams. Previously, I had work done at Andy's shop at Inland RV (before they stopped shop work) and at C & G in Bellflower Ca.

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If you can't fix it your self, and you have tried the rest, then try the best, Area 63 Productions, Uwe Salwender, 909 355 3558. They have moved to Lytle Creek, CA.


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Don't know if they do repairs on newer Airstreams, but Sierra Trailer Restoration located in Grass Valley, CA might be worth a try too.
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Try dent doctor they puled the caved top of a car out that was jumped on in riot,
iwas impressed.
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