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Old 06-02-2015, 12:32 PM   #1
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How would you repair these wraps?

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We use our AS a lot, traveling with it a few times a year and its an extra living space we use for office, guests, getting away from the effin' kids.

Incurred this damage/rip to the front right banana wrap with a too tight turning radius and an unfamiliar TV. Also including pic of left side to show the dented version I have.

The rip is bad for sure and needs to be repaired somehow. Here are what I think are my options, I'm interested in opinions on pros and cons and what you might do based on your experiences.

A) Band Aid patch
This isn't a trailer queen. I care what it looks like up to a point. I could remove the blue band strip only and fashion a 6-8 inch patch, shaped by hand to match the curve - I have access to a machine shop with a wheel. Pop rivet the patch to the original and seal seams and be done with it.

B) Band Aid patchplus
Remove the banana panel to access it better, hammer it out from the back, but basically still apply a patch to the area.

C) Replicate
Remove the panel. Get a new sheet of aluminum and use the old to create a new panel. This option is clearly the most labor intensive. It will make me cry if I bang this panel up.

D) Replace somehow.
Look for someone else that builds these panels?

What would you do?
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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I bet you can find a used one to replace the torn one and you should be able pop the dent out on the other.

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Old 06-02-2015, 01:29 PM   #3
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Hello JitneyBead:

Looking at your photos, it doesn't appear there is structural damage, only cosmetic. My '67 Safari looks like it's in the same overall condition as yours. Well used and still going strong. Unless your intention is to restore it to better than original (polish it like a mirror), my vote would be for (A) - Band Aid Patch.

When my ST trailer tire blew (new with less than 500 miles on it) traveling at a sustained speed of 55 miles an hour, it ripped up the wheel well and tore a small rent in the side panel. I purchased a small piece of aluminum sheet from Home Depot, shaped it and popped rivited it on. Its been on for several years and no one has noticed it yet.

I'm in my 80's and I would select the easiest and least costly method to preserve and continue using the trailer. Should someone wish to do a complete restoration later, you will have prevented further damage from happening.

Happy trailering!
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:38 PM   #4
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Hey Jitney... What did you end up doing to fix this? I'm in the sMe exact boat. Trying to figure out a way to recreate the entire panel by hand...
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