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Old 02-29-2012, 05:45 PM   #29
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Get out the CorrosionX and hit the scratch and any other filiform as soon as you can. My experience is that will stop/slow the corrosion. Spray it on, let it soak into the filiform (it should turn from white to gray color), and wipe it off. Treat it again from time to time.

After that trip home in snow it may be a good idea to spray the underside with CorrosionX or Boeshield as well as a preventive measure against roadway salt damage.

I don't think I would lose any sleep over that scratch. If you use the trailer, they will happen. If you keep the trailer clean it will look so good no one will notice. I recently saw an Airstream that had tiny decal notes by the scratches, identifying the bridge or tree and its location. Kind of a well-traveled trailer's brag map.

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Old 02-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #30
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I recently saw an Airstream that had tiny decal notes by the scratches, identifying the bridge or tree and its location. Kind of a well-traveled trailer's brag map.


It's the dent that worries me -- plus whether the dent actually opened the seam a bit...

I'll definitely try the Corrosion X - I was waiting til I was settled somewhere for a bit!
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:58 PM   #31
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I wonder if that belt line seam is sealed. I can remember thinking about that on our 2007 Safari, so I slipped a piece of paper up into the seam and it felt open, no sealant.

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #32
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Yes, and if it was sealed, it may be unsealed now.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #33
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I'm sorry Zlee! It's hard to have your new baby damage but it looks more like an accident versus a act of vandalism. Keep us posted on the repair and if the Mothership is too far try OKC, they did a great job on mine.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #34
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Z, what a bummer!!! My first booboo was caused by me. It was nighttime, raining and the step was out on the Sport. I had a ton of stuff in my arms so I ran like crazy to the door and BOOM!!!! The step hit me square in the shins and down I went!!!! But not before trying to grab the door handle to stop my fall and scratching the door all the way across with my keys (that were unfortunately) in my hands! I tell ya, I was so bummed!

Well, I hope the seal stayed intact and all you have to do is X it. Take care.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #35
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When the trailer was pretty new, we went to a CG in Santa Fe and arrived when it was dark. The spaces were amongst piñon trees and poorly lit. I had trouble even finding the space. The next morning there was a scratch all along one side at the belt line. Piñon trees have hard branches. Later we had the beltline trim put on at JC and it hid most of the scratch.

But I have scratched other places when a tool slipped. It is very easy to do. And the dealer put a 6" crease in one side—not too visible and I didn't see it right away.

The skin is very vulnerable and there's a whole world waiting to scratch it and dent it.

It always feels bad. The first one is the worst one.

I hope you get this worked out and it will feel better sometime in the future. It is a drag waiting for that future.

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Old 02-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #36
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Sorry to see this, Z... We feel your pain...

It happens, unfortunately, and though I hate finding any sort of thing wrong, I try my best not to spend too much energy on it. Once it's done, it's done... But it is a learning process to get over it.

We have a very slight, small dimple in one spot on our Bambi's exterior and I have no idea how it got there...it's the kind of thing might have been caused by a bird flying into it or maybe someone stumbling and catching themselves with their hand perhaps. I see it every time I pass by, but I am sure no on else notices it much...

I hated it when we began getting little dings on the "scarificial rock guards"... especially after finding ourselves on 15 or so miles of freshly oiled and graveled pavement in heavy rain in NM...We tried to go slowly to minimize it, but no one else wanted to go slowly, and they were throwing stones at us when they passed, so we just drove and hoped for the best. I call them "honest dings" because they got there in the process of making fine use of the Bambi... AND those guards can be replaced when they get worse. (I think I'm going to ask Greg to make a black vinyl "bra" like you use on the fronts of cars to go on the rock guards when they get to a point where they really bother me. That could be cool.)

Anyway, hope yo can get past it, do what you can to minimize it and keep enjoying yourself. (And do take care of that corrosion.)
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Love the trailer, live with the scratch, let it go. Go camping.

The next one will be easier to get over........ Yes, there will be a next one.
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Know how you feel...

A few years ago....on the way to a Casini Rally....I got too close to the pipe barriers in a gas station. Left a 9' gouge along the street side. I was sick . My insurance and a great Airstream service shop took care of the 4' x 14' panel replacement. All it cost us was the 10 hour round trip for the repair. I will be taken care of.
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A few years ago....on the way to a Casini Rally....I got too close to the pipe barriers in a gas station. Left a 9' gouge along the street side. I was sick . My insurance and a great Airstream service shop took care of the 4' x 14' panel replacement. All it cost us was the 10 hour round trip for the repair. I will be taken care of.
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.......and I have NEVER returned to that gas station!

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zlee,

This may ease the pain.

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Yeah, it's $500. Not sure how to get an estimate...a great excuse to go to Alumapalooza...
You could probably take pictures and email JC, who could give you a ball park estimate for repairs.


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You could probably take pictures and email JC, who could give you a ball park estimate for repairs.

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Yay! I'll have to get that all in gear tomorrow; today is crammed full, including backing the Bambino into the most narrow space I've had her into so far yet. (Her home for the next few months when I'm not traveling!) Thanks Maggie!

I'm really not feeling too tragic about the ding, mainly I'm just concerned that the Bambino will leak at the seam there. Here's the pics from late yesterday afternoon:



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