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Old 09-14-2016, 08:00 PM   #15
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We just had the right hand lower panel that extends from the door to the rear cap seam replaced at Jackson Center. The quote they started under was $6300. I know there was some wrangling between Airstream and the insurance company so I'm not sure what the final bill came out to. I think it was pretty close to the original estimate. Took about two weeks and they did a beautiful job.
For that price. I would assume that they removed the interior panels and used bucked rivets. Right?
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:26 AM   #16
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If I'm remembering correctly without the paperwork,
The buck robot process would have put it in the $9k range. Since mine was self inflicted I didn't want to push the insurance company.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:26 AM   #17
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Buck Rivets versus Pop Rivets on external repairs

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For that price. I would assume that they removed the interior panels and used bucked rivets. Right?
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D.O. is asking the right question.

At Jackson Center in 2008 a guy had a 30 foot or so older Airstream that he had plowed the side of it and wanted it repaired.

He wanted 'buck rivets' where the interior would have to be pulled out to do. His insurance would do 'pop rivets'. So he sat there a week to haggle between Jackson Center and his insurance carrier. It was an older model Airstream.

The cost is significantly more for 'buck rivets' like you see on your exterior. I would suspect that there may be different kinds of pop rivets, etc..

If the offender is caught and held responsible... buck rivets, for sure.

If not... you have to decide if the additional cost is worth it.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:33 AM   #18
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Although there is probably no question that bucked is better, dependent on the skill of the installer, Olympics are mostly used for field repair. I can tell you that my repair (to two rear upper end cap panels) has held up fine for 5 years with no leaks, gaps, popped rivets, etc. Olympics really aren't "pop rivets" although similar in application technique.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:31 PM   #19
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Damage does not have to be severe for panel replacement. I had fairly minor scrapes the extended most of the length of my trailer. 10K. A common practice is to sandwich a panel over the damaged section.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:10 AM   #20
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We were hit last year on Hwy 285 going into Denver. Old Winnebago towing a trailered boat tried to pass us when two lanes narrowed to one. Sideswiped same area of trailer plus took our truck mirror Took off before we could get a plate. Filled out a police report which you will need for claim. It was $10,000 to repair at Timeless Travel Trailers. Make sure that you deal any holes in skin right away as you don't want moisture to get in wall. BTW, we have Progressive insurance and our rates did not go up next year if you were wondering.
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:55 AM   #21
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We have a 2005 AS which was in pristine condition until this past weekend. While returning from a camping trip last week, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel restaurant for breakfast, parking in the RV section behind the restaurant. When we came out we found that someone had hit the driver's side of the AS, leaving a deep crease and a three foot smear of white paint. We reported it to the restaurant and the local police, who initiated a "hit and run" investigation. Since it was on the side of an interstate highway with fairly large volume of traffic, I do not expect that anything will come of the investigation. My question is as to the cost of repair. The damage is in the middle of the aluminum panel which extends to most of the side of the trailer. Has anyone had such damage repaired, and, if so, about what did it cost?
Take a picture of the damage and send it to airstream and they will send U a quote
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Frustrating!

We had an incident a few years ago when someone must have gotten too close to our trailer when parked overnight at a Fying J.

They bent the awning supports - which I was able to straighten, but also put a slight scratch into the skin maybe two feet long - not major but enough to cause a very slght indentation and perhaps break through the clear coat.

I was pretty sick about it but what can you do? I figured that to fix it to my satisfaction would require replacement of the whole side panel. Just not worth it, so I have come to live with it! At least the trailer was not new and already had a couple of minor blemishes!

I never really thought to contact my insurance, but in reality, I somehow doubt they would have agreed to spend $10k to fix a minor scratch!

I did carefully go over the scratch with clear coat in case the original coating had been compromised and so far no filiform corrosion has happened at that location.

I surely would have been ticked off if my trailer was much newer when this happened!

It is still an annoyance but I have come to accept it - not a lot of choice! Probably I notice it far more than anyone else does

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At least the trailer was not new and already had a couple of minor blemishes!
One reason I'm happy to drive used vehicles!
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