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Old 05-04-2013, 07:51 PM   #15
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Make the contractor pay. When you finally go to sell or trade in your AS think of how much money that dent will cost you then!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:12 PM   #16
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Ha! Lobsters......now that's something we have in spades. Fixing dents up here, well that is a bit harder. Thank you for the comments and kind thoughts.

The contractor is not admitting to doing this, I know it wasn't me, and as his guys set up to paint (without my permission) trim boards next to the old girl. If it wasn't them the who I asked? Space aliens? And how did the white paint get there? In the face of that he's taking the fifth and he's not even a US resident.

So I think either we come to some agreement or the hold back on the job may be held back for a very long time.

I like my trailer and I will get this dent removed, probably at JC. There's a road trip in my future.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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I have had several dents repaired on both rear quarter panels. Couldn't find anybody to blame it on. I now never ever back up with out a spotter. Easy fix. $1700 to $2000. 2 days tied up. Part is normally stock at JC. Make a nice holiday out of it. Can Am fixed mine and did a great job. It just depends on where you want to hang around. Good luck. Jim
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:52 PM   #18
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We are having 3 panels replaced as I type. Knucklehead in Louisiana opened his door and snagged my awning post. Put a big dent in the rear corner just past the rear awning post and pushed the rear and dented the opposite corner too. Lower panels not the top like yours. Covered by my insurance and hopefully they will collect from the careless partys insurance. Cost is more than I had expected but I guess the labor is there and these curved panels are costly too. Hope to be getting back soon. Beginning to get the travel bug.

Good luck with your repair however you decide to go.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:38 PM   #19
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It's in his best interest to come clean about the incident. Court and the Better Business Bureau looking over his shoulder are not pleasant alternatives.

Good luck with your repairs.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #20
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Get it fixed properly!
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #21
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Just wondering...has anyone heard of paintless dent removal working on Airstream aluminum. While this dent is likely too large, it seems a perfect process to solve some of the dentts our trailers receive.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:13 AM   #22
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I don't think the paintless dent removal technique would be that great on the AS's. First, they need access to the inside of the dent. I've also heard that the type of aluminum used is not so flexible. Maybe one of our aluminum engineers out there could elaborate on this. If you need to remove the inner panels to gain access you might be able to do some dent removal but I think if it is creased it will always be obvious. Maybe look better but never go away completely.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #23
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Don't consider removal of the dent - it cannot be done. The aluminum would be stretched and would look awful. The only solution is to replace the panel. This being the case, the best place to get this done is at JC - just book your appointment and tell them what repair you need done. You can email the photos to Chris Burch at JC - that way the parts will be ready when you arrive.

I would also suggest that you ask Chris for an estimate, so you have an idea of how much the insurance is going to have to cover. As they say in Quebec, "lache pas".
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:02 PM   #24
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I think the curved sections are of low temper so they can be formed. A high temper metal would spring back after forming. The end caps are relatively soft compared to the skin.

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I don't think the paintless dent removal technique would be that great on the AS's. First, they need access to the inside of the dent. I've also heard that the type of aluminum used is not so flexible. Maybe one of our aluminum engineers out there could elaborate on this. If you need to remove the inner panels to gain access you might be able to do some dent removal but I think if it is creased it will always be obvious. Maybe look better but never go away completely.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:42 AM   #25
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I had similar dent in rear upper quarter. For starters no body shop can match color. Second, the metal is stretched and if pushed back out, it would still show. Third, there is a special riveting tool needed to replace the metal panel. After chasing options, a new panel was put on and it cost $1800.00.

The problem of being 2,000 miles from competent repair facility does pose a new issue.
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