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Old 04-03-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Angry Argosy - steel cap replace/repair?

Our 1997 Argosy 6.6m Minuet's front roof cap met a large tree recently and our insurance adjuster is having problems finding resources to replace/repair it. The dent is very deep but doesn't appear to have punctured the skin (pictures attached).

Anybody know of donor source out there or have experience with how repairable these are? We're not looking for a repair that's concourse correct - just not the crumpled smashed in look we have now.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have rear cap on a 77 28ft Argosy motorhome it might be the same, It is the steel cap
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Since it's steel, a good body shop should be able to fix it. You'll have to take out the interior endcap to give access to the back side of the steel cap. My guess is that the big-business body shops that deal mainly with auto insurance are not going to be interested, but a small shop run by a craftsman should be able to do it. I have no clue what the cost might be, though, especially with the need to remove and replace that interior plastic cover.
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I have rear cap on a 77 28ft Argosy motorhome it might be the same, It is the steel cap
I think your motorhome is wider than a Minuet.
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Yeah, that's what we were thinking too. Wondering if the rear and front caps are symmetrical so a shop would be able to have a template for the repair. I've contacted Dan at Vintage Campers in Peru, IN and he said it would be a pretty major repair so they would need to pass. My dad has a number of shops he uses for semi truck/triler fabrication work in southern Missouri - thinking that a bit of redneck ingenuity might be just the cure
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Low ball insurance offer came back with a valuation of $1100 before deductible based on a dealer trade in value from NADA. Trying to find better pricing now
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Jeff, if you were one of my insureds and had stated value I would call the company and get a second adjuster out there. Meet him/her and show them the pictures of your trailer. With my company you have the right to dispute an adjuster.
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Argosy - steel cap replace/repair?

Greetings Jeff!

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Low ball insurance offer came back with a valuation of $1100 before deductible based on a dealer trade in value from NADA. Trying to find better pricing now
Just a thought on another option. Indianapolis isn't too far from Helena, Ohio where P and S Trailer Service is located. They have a long history of working on Airstream products and doing excellent work. I believe that they have branched out and are now performing a much wider variety of restoration services as well as offering some nice Vintage Airstream products for sale. You might try contacting them to see if they could either help you with a realistic value for your Minuet as well as a creditable estimate for repairs.

Good luck with your research and investigation!

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