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Old 12-02-2014, 10:10 AM   #15
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I looked at ODM to see how much a plastic banana wrap actually cost. I was surprised that the ones that are shown on their parts website were ~$50.

My guess is that it would take 3-4 hours labor to replace the banana wrap.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:08 PM   #16
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Be glad you are in location near North Dallas RV. I have used them for repairs to my units. Not cheap, but EXCELLENT work! Talk to Randy. Your shield did its job!!! - and saved you money! The part is "low" cost; the labor is the big charge on our toys.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:28 PM   #17
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Btw, you DO NOT want to call your insurance carrier on this! Your main concern is repairing the damage so you have a water tight seal if you opened any area under the body. I understand your pain; my unit has a rear RS (Road Side) blemish from a wayward Walmart shopping cart. Repair quoted at $400 for material + $800 for labor. I have $1000 deductible, so I'd only fix it - if REALLY necessary!
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:29 PM   #18
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Try to locate someone with a Harbor Freight English wheel (a sheet metal forming tool) and they can fix in about five minutes! SS works very easily and can be polished to a mirror shine and then given a finish to look like the original with a Scotch Bright dish pan scrubbing pad.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:00 PM   #19
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MEK can be used to glue the plastic bandanna wrap. You'll have to repaint the area when done. It will be 100% strong. MEK is very effective on this plastic.

A highschool auto/metal class will have lots of experience at fixing the segment protector. Free, and $10 a quart plus a little time
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:00 PM   #20
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Should read banana wrap
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:40 PM   #21
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Replaced both of my segment protectors this past summer. Thousands of tiny dents in them. I just took each one off and drilled out all of the rivets to release the sheet from its frame. Laid perfectly flat once removed from the frame. Purchased the exact match 304 stainless sheet cut to a rectangle about one inch bigger than the old ones. Used the old ones as a pattern and cut out using air nibbler. Put back together with rivets and remounted. Looks brand new. Cost about $90 and took me four hours total. I added rock tamers to the truck before I traveled again. Very happy with the outcome. Ampman.


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Old 12-02-2014, 01:47 PM   #22
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I would definitely be more concerned with the compromised banana wrap than the rock guard. A hole like that will let a lot of water in which will damage your insulation and possible your floors. Not to mention providing easy access for rodents and snakes. I'd live with the rock guard and consider that a part of your Airstream's personality. But the banana wrap needs to be replaced ASAP.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:19 PM   #23
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Just saw the second photo. Patch it up until you decide which way you want to go. DYI or have a pro do it. Many great options already discussed here. Temporary repairs will give you experiance and confidence for when you have future incidents out on the road far from home.
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The only AS I have ever seen without a dent, ding, pimple or a dimple was on the showroom floor.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:11 PM   #25
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Wow. I am, once again, glad that I keep an eye on this forum. My rock guard sustained similar damage from road debris and I've been wondering if I should take the Safari to a restorer or the factory. I'll be removing it and heading to a body shop...
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:22 PM   #26
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Sometimes a simple fix will get you by.
This is "duct tape" zone!!!!
Tape horizontal from bottom UP. Keep lower edge of tape overlapping the previous course. Only tape up enough to seal the area.

Gorilla tape is 500 MPH stuff.. Get a cheaper one. Waxing the area where applying tape beforehand may help protect from the tape glue.

With the weather forecast the next few days you should handle soon.
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