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Old 10-23-2017, 10:21 PM   #1
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Bad Tree Scrape picture... can this be fixed easily?

we are looking at purchasing this unit... worst part is the tree scrape at the back... is this an easy / quick fix? can the molding be replaced or not... what are our options? there is also darkened areas above the scrape under the window frame and rivets ... is this normal?
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:40 PM   #2
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Quick easy fix on damaged aluminum? Lots of us would love for that to be true! Reality is your dealing with a material that does not magically return to pre damaged condition without adding sufficient effort or $. The simpllst repair can be expensive to return to new condition. If you need perfect then look hard or buy new. Otherwise accept blemishes and the value reduction they present.
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thanks AlinCal; i like your reply alot better than the one previous to yours... well said.
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Old 10-24-2017, 01:12 AM   #4
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welcome jjair: being a vintage as owner, these blims a part and parcle of as ownership. if the price is right and the rest of the trailer is to your taste, than go for it. good luck. kurt
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:52 AM   #5
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My primary concern would revolve around whether a leak is associated with that scrape. If not, I would not worry much about it. If so, you will either want to dig deep into whether there is water damage or just move on to another trailer.
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:59 AM   #6
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All I see is a scrape on the trim. That is easily replaced- it sticks on with double sided tape.

I just noticed the photo is titled "scrape on body moulding". Bingo. Easy fix.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:22 AM   #7
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The scrape on the trim piece is immaterial and will not affect the trailer other than aesthetically. Also, these are normal and you will eventually add your own dings. I actually have basically the same thing on my trailer.

The dark area under the window is harder to see in this image but it might just be some of the sealing material (i.e., caulk) that is bleeding out of the seam around the window frame (worth another look to confirm.) If that's what it is, then this too is perfectly normal and of no concern.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:11 AM   #8
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I purchased a new trailer and not looking forward to my first boo boo, so buying a trailer with known blemishes relieves you of that worry. The only concern (mentioned above) I would have is when the trailer hit the tree was there sufficient force to bend or damage the window frame, which could cause a leak. Welcome to the forum and good luck with your decision. We have owned our AS for 1 year and have nothing but great things to report! Safe travels.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:28 AM   #9
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The aluminum trim piece comes in a 20 foot length and is riveted on with blind rivets, if you look closely you will see where it starts and stops. The center is sold in a 100 foot roll and is peel and stick. It is not a difficult job to replace both if you have some experience with pop rivets. Hope this helps, I don't like damage on my trailer either.
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Friend, that isn't even the beginning of an oops!
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:13 PM   #12
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It doesn’t appear to have damage beyond the scrap. It there are no leaks I wouldn’t give it another thought. -John
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:49 PM   #13
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Looks like simple beltline trim repair. However, the riveted aluminum rim that hold the rear window in appears to have the dreaded filiform corrosion. Look that up online and see how to effectively deal with it. I would imagine if it is there you will see it on other aluminum parts. It is actually easy to prevent once what you have is brought under control. Alway regularly wax all rivet heads and sheet metal edges as they are the most vulnerable. They are not clear coated during manufacture.
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