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Old 05-17-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Got into a hail storm and have dimples any advice? 201527fb international.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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You don't give much info - but what I have heard, if they are not too severe, they might improve considerably on their own with summer heat.

If not, maybe you should see what coverage your insurance gives you for loss of value if not for actual repair.

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Old 05-17-2015, 07:48 PM   #3
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Two choice - if severe call your insurance agent - they will total the Airstream - then you buy another. Severe - golf ball size dings, split seams or loosened rivets, vents, a/c shroud, etc ruined. Do take pictures of all four sides and the roof - and send them to Jackson Center to for an estimate (in case your insurance company tries to go cheapo on the repairs). Less severe but covers both ends and the roof - well ditto the advice above - it could cost $20K if the damage covers that much area.

Very minor - you were under shelter and one end got some smallish dimples. You CAN choose to live with it, over time the dimples will lessen as the sun causes the panels to expand and contract.
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Unfortunately, the only way to minimize the dimples and dents is to roll the out from the inside surface of the shell. I have heard of limited success using dry ice for the really small ones. I have grown fond of some of our dings. It keeps me from being distracted by them. Just focus on the smooth area, not the ding.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:56 PM   #5
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The damage is to the panels on the front top and to top don't have ladder, adjustor said I would be able to take to Jackson ,Ohio then adjustor would work I.e. Negoate with a.s. Progressive ins.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:09 AM   #6
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Hail storms are my horror! Airstreams are prone to significant damage from hail. Maybe hail is the largest cause of damage and loss in America. I'm from the midwest, and hail causes millions in damage to crops. And I think of all the car dealers that get hit every year. And all the roofs on homes that are damaged. Awful.

My 86 Limited has been in three hail storms since we have owned it. All of them occurred after I polished it of course. The hail damage has reduced its value. The cost to repair hail damage on old Airstreams is prohibitively expensive. I had one dealer estimate $50k to replace the roof skins and end caps on my trailer. It's expensive material and highly labor intensive.

Dents can be diminished by rolling them out from the inside while someone holds a bag of sand or shot on the outside. You have to remove the inner skins, again highly labor intensive. I tried dry ice, glue tabs, and suction cups with limited success. Aluminum stretches when it is dented, so restoring it to it's exact before dent shape is nearly impossible.

I feel real bad about your beautiful 2015 27 footer. Luckily you are insured by a good outfit. Pursue your claim and redeem as much of your loss as you can. Then you can decide to repair it, trade it or keep it as is. Airstream is making 50 new ones a week, maybe you want to start all over again. And Airstream can do an excellent job repairing your new trailer if you decide to go that route. Jackson Center likes to do these big projects over the winter. Drop it off in November and pick it up in April.

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Old 05-18-2015, 09:30 AM   #7
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The damage is to the panels on the front top and to top don't have ladder, adjustor said I would be able to take to Jackson ,Ohio then adjustor would work I.e. Negoate with a.s. Progressive ins.
Did you get that in writing?
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:33 AM   #8
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We go to key west dec-February so that time frame is out. Haha
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:54 PM   #9
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I do not have hail damage but do have some dings left by PO. Can Jackson Center give estimate simply by providing some photos? I have several other small issues that they might be able to help me with. Perhaps I could combine projects and have one repair... let me know. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #10
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My trailer came from FL originally. I used to live down there and, unfortunately, they seem to get more than their fare share of hail storms. Well the bottom line is....you live with it. It costs WAY more to fix it than it's worth. You cannot bondo these silver trailers. And once the metal is stretched, it's hard to beat the dent out without secondary effects happening.

Sorry to be The Bearer of Bad News. But you basically drill out the rivets and replace the panels, or you live with them. If they're not bad, you "might" be able to roll some of it out. But the proper fix is new panels. It's more Labor than it is Materials.

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I do not have hail damage but do have some dings left by PO. Can Jackson Center give estimate simply by providing some photos? I have several other small issues that they might be able to help me with. Perhaps I could combine projects and have one repair... let me know. Thanks
Generally yes - the more pictures you send them the better - if damage penetrates to the interior, those pictures need to be included. They gave me a very accurate estimate on a lower roadside rear panel replacement - even quoted it with either bucked rivets or olympics. I chose bucked.

One thing to consider - if you're going to USE a trailer it will get a bit dinged up here and there - and nothing irks you worse than paying for a repair and getting new damage six months later on the same panel.

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I have tow dings on the end caps - one on each side. I'm sure no one likes this... just like no one likes getting door dings on a new car. I hope to be able to park the TT indoors before long... at least away from trees and other 'falling objects.' I have seen too many AS dinged by improper/careless backing... I'm still working to 'train' my partner to do this (she certainly hasn't mastered backing up, so I have no choice!). Thanks
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I see the pro dent removal guys are using glue pulling systems for hail dent removal in aluminum bodies . Anyone have experience with that? If it works on F150 body why wouldn't it work on an Airstream?
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The 'Airstream Dimples' are speed enhancers.... cut drag way down.. and hard to dent the area TWICE. =)

We have some of the Dimples...the AS was hit prior to our purchase... but most hits are on the end caps...
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