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Old 03-03-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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This dent really bugs me

While cleaning my, new to me, AS last summer I noticed this dent. It is under the corner protector (mostly). At first I thought the PO must have cut the corner too sharp during backing, but I quickly decided not. The protector seems to not have ever been replaced. All rivets look original, and all sealer in the entire front looks the same and appears to have been applied by the same hand.

Upon closer inspection I see that the vertical rib which has the protector hinge attached to it is slightly bowed in. There is no impact damage or witness marks. This throws off the battery compartment frame a little and, of course, "binds" the skin, giving the appearance of a dent.

So my question is: how can I adjust the rib w/o removing all the interior and /or exterior skin?

Just leave it alone? I'm inclined toward the latter....but it really bugs me!
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:45 AM   #2
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I'm clueless on how to fix it,..

Chalk it up as "Character"

Unless of course it impedes the functionality of something.

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:48 AM   #3
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I'm clueless on how to fix it,..

Chalk it up as "Character"

Unless of course it impedes the functionality of something.

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...just the functionality of my anal-retentive nature.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:51 AM   #4
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Im still waiting on my first dent....eeek!

But I did drive off with my step down and bent the tar out of it!!

I hammered it back,,it's crooked and gives when we step on it,,but it's used now and I hopefully have christined the vessel.

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:54 AM   #5
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...just the functionality of my anal-retentive nature.
The dent, is one thing. What caused it, is the big question.

Your photo shows a metal box on the front end.

What is that box, and what did you have in it when the dent happened?

Fixing that dent is easy and super cheap. I can help you with instructions for that issue, but please answer the box question.

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Andy, I believe the "box" is the storage under his bed, like mine..right next to the curbside protectors.

I might be wrong.

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Andy, I believe the "box" is the storage under his bed, like mine..right next to the curbside protectors.

I might be wrong.

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His box is in front of the shell, for some reason.

Look at the trees in the background.

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Old 03-03-2011, 12:05 PM   #8
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The dent, is one thing. What caused it, is the big question.

Your photo shows a metal box on the front end.

What is that box, and what did you have in it when the dent happened?

Fixing that dent is easy and super cheap. I can help you with instructions for that issue, but please answer the box question.

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Andy, I don't know what you mean. Pic #1 shows the battery compartment door; #3 just shows the protector swung open. There is nothing non-stock about the front end. I have come to believe the AS was "born this way". I believe the rib was bowed during construction and they just slapped on the protector over it. Nothing else is at all unusual about the front end.
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Andy, I don't know what you mean. Pic #1 shows the battery compartment door; #3 just shows the protector swung open. There is nothing non-stock about the front end. I have come to believe the AS was "born this way". I believe the rib was bowed during construction and they just slapped on the protector over it. Nothing else is at all unusual about the front end.
OK, that answers the box question.

It appears that the vertical stiffener, is bent a few inches below the window.

That will put the "dent" in the quarter panel.

If you remove the metal, below the window, on the inside of the trailer, where that dent is located, you should find a bent stiffener.

How you can correct that bend, depends on what the stiffener damage looks like.

The dent in the quarter panel, from your photo, appears to be an "oil can" type dent. If that's the case, then correcting the stiffener, will remove that "oil can" dent.

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OK, that answers the box question.

It appears that the vertical stiffener, is bent a few inches below the window.

That will put the "dent" in the quarter panel.

If you remove the metal, below the window, on the inside of the trailer, where that dent is located, you should find a bent stiffener.

How you can correct that bend, depends on what the stiffener damage looks like.

The dent in the quarter panel, from your photo, appears to be an "oil can" type dent. If that's the case, then correcting the stiffener, will remove that "oil can" dent.

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Yes, you are correct on both accounts: bent about 3" below the window and it is an oil can "dent". I believe the stiffener just has a shallow smooth deflection, no evidence of anything else. What is the methodology, step by step to reshape the rib in that location? Some sort of hydraulic jacking force or a rubber mallet? That is where I am afraid to experiment.
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Yes, you are correct on both accounts: bent about 3" below the window and it is an oil can "dent". I believe the stiffener just has a shallow smooth deflection, no evidence of anything else. What is the methodology, step by step to reshape the rib in that location? Some sort of hydraulic jacking force or a rubber mallet? That is where I am afraid to experiment.
The fix depends on what the stiffener looks like.

The only way you can tell, is to see it.

Therefore you must remove the inside panel below the front window and the one behind the dent.

Then and only then, will it become obvious as to what the fix will be.

To replace that vertical stiffener is not a big deal.

Repairing that stiffener could be a problem.

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It does not leak?

Be a heck of a lot simple to "get over it" than to fix it.
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Just horrible...how can you sleep at night?
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Bill: Nope!

Klattu: Not very well!

Andy, thanks. Is this a u-shaped stiffener that begins at the c-channel (duh) and ends at the window frame? Not a "full length" to the roof bow? What all materials will I need....including....what do you use to re-adhere the mouse fur to the wall?

I'll probably wait till I need to get into the wall for something else...or get real bored.

STILL BUGS ME THOUGH!!!!
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