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Old 03-18-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Tree limb ... a dent — can I pop this out?

Tree limb fell and struck the Bambi on the top right, where the orange running light is (busted the lens, too).

No crease, but two good bumps in, one big (maybe a foot across), one palm-sized.

How might I pop out these dents?

Also, can I replace the lens (this is a 2017 trailer), or do I have to replace the full light (how to replace that light is not readily apparent).
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:17 AM   #2
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Try using a shop vacuum a piece of plywood with a tight hole for the end of the hose, and an inner tube big enough to encircle the ding. Pull a vacuum on the ding, and it may pop out.

Several have reported success with this method in the past.

Light replacement parts may be available from Airstream dealer.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:49 AM   #3
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You can make it better. Maybe not perfect, but on the roof it won't be as noticeable.
Check out LoLoHo's video with this same fix.
Go ahead to about the 2:10 mark for the roof dent.


BTW, a good source for lenses is a truck stop. They carry a bunch and there's not that many styles that aren't found on big rigs.
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:15 PM   #4
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Try using a shop vacuum a piece of plywood with a tight hole for the end of the hose, and an inner tube big enough to encircle the ding. Pull a vacuum on the ding, and it may pop out.

Several have reported success with this method in the past.

Light replacement parts may be available from Airstream dealer.
What an interesting idea ... I'll give it a try. Need to track down an inner tube.

Never would have thought of this. Thanks.
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:28 PM   #5
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Tree limb ... a dent — can I pop this out?

Inside diameter of the inner tube needs to be a bit bigger than the diameter of the dent. A car or truck innertube might work best. Don’t inflate it super hard.
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NAPA has lots of lenses.
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I'd order one of these:
https://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?...oducts_id=1085
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Old 03-19-2019, 04:09 PM   #8
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Dent repair

Try “Pops a Dent”, it uses craft glue gun. It worked great when I backed into a tree limb with my international... Got it at auto parts store.
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Check out YouTube. Lots of Airstream dent removal videos.
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Go to Harbor freight and buy a $4 suction cup. It wonders for me
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I used the $60 suction dent puller from Harbor Freight to pull a couple of good sized limb dents from my roof. Uses a compressor for the suction and a slide hammer for pulling.
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