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Old 03-19-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Sovereign vs. Deer

Last fall during the rut here in Kansas, we had a deer strike on our '83 Sov. What looked to me like a HUGE doe ran out in front of us, and as we passed her, I was thinking to myself "whew, we missed her". Immediately we heard the "thunk" and the pull of impact. The deer hit the front SS of the Sov - she went between the Sub and the Sov! Here is the damage pics. The aluminum tape is from the field repair I did that evening at the campground - these shots are from the following morning.




Well, a family friend has some sheet metal skills, so we hired him to help with the repairs:


The new sheet metal is from a local surplus store - an entire 5' x 10' sheet for $70, as opposed to a new panel from AS for about $360! Note the color difference.

Here are the the olympics installed:


Our friend had the idea to scratch off the finish with scotchbrite and WD-40 to get a "closer" match. Here is the final product:




Not a perfect match, but we are FIXED! We are interested to see how it weathers in time.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Great repair job; and another interesting story for the next Airstream gathering!
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Very nice job! Keep us updated on how it weathers in.

(Deer=Giant Rats with Antlers.
Doe=Giant Rat without Antlers.)
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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Ahhhhh we have an 84 Sovereign with a nice patch as well. Can't post pics from the phone but something happened a couple of owners ago that forced the installation of a patch on the side that my grands thought was a secret door. :-) vintage character...
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #5
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That's amazing! Did it kill the deer? I can't believe the damage that it did. It could have been a lot worse.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #6
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too bad AS doesnt make "Deer Guards" to go below the rock guards!
great job on the repair!
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I'd hang onto that guy's phone number.
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Really fantastic repair job! Looks great! What thickness aluminum is the patch?
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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Our patch

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Ahhhhh we have an 84 Sovereign with a nice patch as well. Can't post pics from the phone but something happened a couple of owners ago that forced the installation of a patch on the side that my grands thought was a secret door. :-) vintage character...
Now that I am home I wanted to let you see our patch. See it? Yours blends much better! Might have to try the scuff technique. Thanks for sharing, your friend has great skills!
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That's amazing! Did it kill the deer? I can't believe the damage that it did. It could have been a lot worse.
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We looked for the deer as we were in the mood for fresh venison, but could not find her. The coyotes were sure whooping it up in the distance though!
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Really fantastic repair job! Looks great! What thickness aluminum is the patch?
The sheet metal we found was not the correct stuff, but is much stiffer. 2024-T4 at 0.040. I was trying to match thickness over material.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:26 AM   #12
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Nicely done!
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:19 AM   #13
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Great repair job, especially for someone that had never completed this type of repair on an Airstream before. Your friend indeed has some special skills.

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Thanks for the story. The repair looks good, I'm impressed with the curves, but also thanks for the warning: we have tons of deer here and I've managed to miss (closely) them so far. I forget that the trailer is behind me and that even if the TV missed the deer, the TT may not!
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