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Old 02-13-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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To Strip or replace - that is the question

I know this sounds picky as hell but our 2003 International has a hole in the plastic coating about 1inch by 4 inches. Warrenty is reputed to cover the repair. But which way to go? Authorize the strip and refinish or to open her up and have the panel replaced. Of course the third option is to get over it and live with this little flaw until more develope and the warrent laspes. Anyone out there with a similar issue and a solution?
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Old 02-13-2004, 03:05 PM   #2
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I was pondering that very question when I sold the trailer. Sounds like the hole is growing, though. It started about the size of a grape.

I was seriously thinking of putting a decal over it. I hated to think of having the panel replaced with the attendant possibility of leaks.

I will say, though, that Camper Clinic does a great job of replacing segments. A member of our unit backed his CCD into a tree. CC replaced the segments and I could not tell anything had been done.

Maybe you should go to the Homecoming in June and let the factory do it.
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Gerald,
If the repair is covered under warranty, thats a no brainer.
Also depends where the defect is located.
To the right of your door at eye level is a different matter than out of sight on the roof.
IMHO replacing a panel opens a possible can of worms.
Touch up would be the way to go if out of warranty.
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This trailer has the new Alcoa-applied finish. I'm not sure whether it can be touched up.

What would worry me is the fact that it is growing. When I waxed the trailer a year ago, it was about plum sized and the edges were crinkly. Since there have been other reports of bad new-finish panels on this forum, I would worry that it might ultimately spread to a much larger area.
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