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Old 08-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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Knee dent in top of new airstream

I'm feeling faint. My husband was attempting to fix our Fantastic roof fan and put his knee on top of our 2007 Safari - it made an indentation around the seam. He tried a plunger to pull it out with no luck. He went to get an auto dent puller. Has anyone done this before? Any luck pulling out the dent. It is a very warm day here, and he thinks maybe that is why it dented so easily. Please help.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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If there isn't a crease it may come out with a suction cup dent puller, just wet the cup and the aluminum so it adheres better and pull away. It may also be better when the aluminum cools down and contracts then try it again
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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I'm feeling faint. My husband was attempting to fix our Fantastic roof fan and put his knee on top of our 2007 Safari - it made an indentation around the seam. He tried a plunger to pull it out with no luck. He went to get an auto dent puller. Has anyone done this before? Any luck pulling out the dent. It is a very warm day here, and he thinks maybe that is why it dented so easily. Please help.
No one must put any weight on the segments forward and rearward of the awning rail. Dents will then happen, every time.

Can you post a photo?

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Old 08-09-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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So sorry to hear this. Remember that he probably feels worse about it than you do...
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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I'm feeling faint. My husband was attempting to fix our Fantastic roof fan and put his knee on top of our 2007 Safari - it made an indentation around the seam. He tried a plunger to pull it out with no luck. He went to get an auto dent puller. Has anyone done this before? Any luck pulling out the dent. It is a very warm day here, and he thinks maybe that is why it dented so easily. Please help.
Hi there silverhawk,

We're in Sacramento, had our a/c put in a couple of Summers ago, when the techs put their knees on top of our '64 safari..we called the folks at Camping World what they could do to remedy the problem..their reply was that we could bring the safari back in, and they could drill some holes to pop it back out..no thnx we said, we did not want any holes..as luck would have it, we had some really hot weather here, and wouldn't you know the aluminum expanded w/the heat of the day and the dents popped back most of the way back to the other way..the only thing you might watch for is any gaps that may be around the seams..during the Winter, when the rains came, we found that we had leaks..we had to order some trempro (vulkem) and seal the seams..it has worked for us..
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:53 PM   #6
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There was a man at Mystic Springs this past winter useing an air powered suction puller. It was like this
Air Suction Dent Puller Sealey RE101
I didn't see it but a friend was very impressed with the job he did on dents.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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It really works ....

only problem is it costs several hundred dollars and you need a good air compressor to create the vacuum. It didn't get rid of the sharp creases in the aluminum but he pulled many big dents back to the original shape, maybe 85 to 95 percent fixed.
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:50 AM   #8
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We have a smilar problem, don't even know the source of the dent. We have been told the solution is to replace that panel, but don't really want to spend that much money on the problem.. Hate to look at the dent, though...
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We have a smilar problem, don't even know the source of the dent. We have been told the solution is to replace that panel, but don't really want to spend that much money on the problem.. Hate to look at the dent, though...
Today, a typical segment replacement costs $1000.00 to $1200.00 or there abouts, installed.

If you have some metal damage, get your insurance company involved.

Sooner or later you will have to pay the piper.

Better to pay the deductible today, instead of waiting for that to increase like so many other things have.

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Old 08-10-2008, 04:50 PM   #10
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knee dent

Thanks to everyone for your replies and suggestions. My husband bought a $5 dent puller at the auto parts store and pulled some of the dent out yesterday. This morning when we looked out, most of the dent was gone, except for a small area. I guess when it cooled down it popped back into place. I just hope it doesn't leak.
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Andy's quote is very close, I have had a bunch of panels replaced over the years at Oasis in Tucson and they run about a grand a panel on average. Just get it done.
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We had a dent on each end of our roof on our 69. My husband bought a dent puller from Harber Freight for less that $10 and pulled them both out. The dent were there when we bought it in 2006 he pulled them out last month. Probably won't work for everyone but it was worth a try.
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After our winter ice storms left tree branches on my 76 Sovereign, I was depressed. One warm February afternoon I decided to wash the old boy. When the cold water hit the dents there was a VERY loud "pop" and the dents were history. I want to tell you I was jumping up and down screaming "oh my gosh" for several minutes. Surprised the police didn't show up. These were very large dents in the end caps too. Here are some before and after photos.
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OMG! I got so excited at your post that I went running out to the driveway to hose down Wanda - only to realise she is in storage. Alas, I may try a dent puller - no harm no foul if it doesn't work.
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