Originally Posted by woodssd
... I want the the repair to be as good as new...
IF u want 'like new' take it to j/c and have bucked rivets used.
dealer-service centers generally don't use bucked rivets because the repair takes more effort...
AND many have not learned or have access to the tools for bucked rivet repairs.
i've seen many older trailers with panel replacements using olympic rivets and some shops do FANTASTIC work...
BUT suggesting that removal of the interior is risky or will leave the trailer scarred is SILLY.
the factory service center takes out interiors and puts them BACK routinely, every day.
and the factory service center uses BOTH repair techniques (bucked/olympic) depending on owner budget.
besides on YOUR unit only part of the interior will need to come out, including some interior skin.
MANY folks have elected to have 'as new' bucked rivets used.
bandit' had his unit done this way recently, here is his thread with showntell...
u can pm him for more details and 2 ask IF he'd go this route again.
yes the cost is higher, but virtually no one will be able to tell ANY repair has happened without taking it apart again.
every insurance company and policy is unique, and wether a single claim (however big) will effect the premium is case by case....
i had a 45,000$ claim ONE WEEK into a new policy with a new (2me) insurance company...
my rates actually went DOWN the next renewal,
so don't be bullied by anyone here into using a repair approach that YOU don't want.
IF the link above doesn't answer your questions, there are plenty of other threads on this.
and IF only ONE curved segment is damaged either approach will look pretty good.
lastly IF u wait till december for the repair, the factory service center offers 20% off on labor rates...
and labor charges will be the largest portion of the repair bill.