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Old 11-30-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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First Time Exterior Damage to Rock Guard- Looking for Advice and Cost Estimate

I've got a 2012 Flying Cloud 20'.

Driving back today and F150 ran over something and must have kicked it up into AS. Didn't think much of it until I stopped to check the tires and saw the damage to the rock guard. See attached photo.

Anyone have any idea what it will cost to fix it? I don't want to make an insurance claim unless it will be worth it. Plus I'm supposed to switch insurance carriers on 12/1.

Also where do you all go for repairs? I'm new to Airstreaming so I don't know where to start except with the insurance company.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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That's a pretty good ding. Before replacing the rock guard, I would remove it completely, and try doing a little hammering from the inside. You might be surprised at how good you can make it look.

Several years ago I had a ding on one of Old Lucy's rock guards. I removed it and worked on it with a automotive dent hammer. I was pleased enough with the results that I never replaced it.

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Old 12-01-2014, 01:26 AM   #3
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Your rock guards are made of Stainless steel and with the right equipment can be fixed with that type of damage to about 95% to 98% like new. A good shop would charge about a hour of labor to fix it. $80.00 to $100.00 seams to be the labor rates for most shops today. You may have to ship it if you can't find someone in your area which would be additional cost. Sometimes you can find used ones for about half the cost of new ones. I have fixed ones with worst damage than yours for a lot less than a used one. Hope that helps
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Think that a new SS wrap protector runs $500 (and you'd probably have to pay shipping as well). I'd try a good body shop. Don't know if working on stainless steel is all that easy...but would sure ask!
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Think that a new SS wrap protector runs $500 (and you'd probably have to pay shipping as well).!
Andy said but did not confirm that the price is for a pair of protectors and not per side.

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The price quote I received for a new one for my 1993 Excella is $535, which does not include tax or installation.
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The price you quoted is for a complete set (both sides) segment protector. One side only, obviously is much cheaper.

Ordering what you want or need, and shipping it to you from our stock or the factory, depends on what you want, and where you live, since shipping costs depend on size and distance.

Also, for the benefit of all, Fedex and UPS have raised their shipping rates again, as they usually do after the first of the year.

They also have changed their billing method to the size of the package (dimensional weight), or the weight, which ever is greater, plus the greater the distance, the greater the cost.

In the past, dimensional weight only applied to "air" shipments. Those days are gone.

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Out of Doors Mart quotes a set of these (both sides) for $1,082.00.
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That price is why I am trying to fix mine, but then Andy from Inland RV posted that in the other thread below this one, but hasn't followed up with my question to verify. May contact directly, because 500 is way better for a set than 1000.
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Keep the ding and just relax .......It could have been a lot worse. An Airstream with no patina is just that, an Airstream without soul and stories.

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It comes off easily ...take in to your local body shop and they will restore it to 90-95% until it gets hit again...its your lower "rock" guard doing its job. Get some Rock Tamers ... (large flaps).
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I'd think any paintless dent repair shop would be able to deal with this type of repair easily.
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Looks like there is a little damage underneath as well to the black plastic thing.

2nd photo attached.

I'm assuming it is ok if I don't fix this. Can someone confirm?

I'm fine having some body shop do their best for $100.
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That's a bit more than a 'ding'.. thankfully it was there to absorb some of the impact.

Once you get that panel open you can see behind..that will tell more.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:19 AM   #13
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I don't think $100 will even come close, considering replacing that broken banana wrap is what should be dealt with first. That will act like a water scoop letting water into the belly when driving in the rain, if you do not fix it!
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Well, it is a "protector" and it did do it's job. As far as the piece behind it the auto repair industry has some really ( and I mean REALLY) good adhesives these days. A piece of flexible plastic can be glued to cover that opening and retain it's integrity to water intrusion. Stop by a decent body shop and if things are a bit slow for them I think they could do a very decent job for you. OR, stop by a NAPA store in your travels and see what it would cost for the stuff to do it yourself. Beware though, some of these adhesives require specialized application tools. By that I mean a tool similar to a caulking gun but it has 2 plungers instead of one. Knocking dent out of the segment guard will just take a light touch and some patience.
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