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Old 11-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Can this dent be removed with suction?

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i purchased a 77 31' sovereign as a 2nd project and wondering if this dent on the top front can be pulled out with the suction method - i've never done it but experienced in a little metal work. (removing small dents in side of car with rubber hammer/sandbag)

any insight appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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From my experience, that is too big a dent to be removed by suction cup or Dent Ding type device. If you take out the interior shell, you might be able to push it out or use a dent roller to minimize it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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I had a dent like that on my '81 Excella II. I cut a hole behind the interior bathroom light, used a dent roller. Afterward, you could not see the dent unless you knew it was there. The interior light covered the hole in the interior end cap.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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my 31'er is being delivered dec 6th - since trailers not in front of me, can anyone explain if there is easy access in the area from the interior - is it just a matter of removing rivets on that particular area of the aluminum interior shell or is there a large panel blocking this area similar to the front ine=terior shell on my overlander with the storage cabinet at the ceiling?
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:43 AM   #5
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The 1 piece plastic front nosecap with upper cabinet assembly would have to be removed.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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Could be a little tricky but if you carefully remove the panels overlapping the end cap then remove the remove the end cap you can fix the dent by carefully pushing out the dent then use the dent roller and then (reason for the work) seal the seams to prevent leaks re insulate and put her back together (get clecos first). Piece of pie cause cake would refer to easy repair and removing panels is never that easy!
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:50 AM   #7
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I have one of these Body Buddy Vacu-Dent Pneumatic Dent Puller and can pull a dent like that in a few minutes so it would be almost unnoticeable.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:47 AM   #8
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I have one of these Body Buddy Vacu-Dent Pneumatic Dent Puller and can pull a dent like that in a few minutes so it would be almost unnoticeable.
That looks like the right tool for the job!
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:30 PM   #9
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Could be a little tricky but if you carefully remove the panels overlapping the end cap then remove the remove the end cap you can fix the dent by carefully pushing out the dent then use the dent roller and then (reason for the work) seal the seams to prevent leaks re insulate and put her back together (get clecos first). Piece of pie cause cake would refer to easy repair and removing panels is never that easy!
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is the end cap held in place by just the perimeter rivets on the aluminum skin that overlaps the edges?? are there any rivets or screws hiding anywhere else?
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The interior skin is rigid and is held in place with the rivets around the edge. The aluminum inner skin overlaps it and this hides a few rivets but be prepared because when you remove the last of the rivets it will want to come down all at once and even though it is not that heavy it is bulky so have some help or just prepare to hold and remove those last rivets at the same time.i pulled both end caps by myself with no damage to me or the end caps. In my opinion this is the best route to seal and prevent leaks.
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thanks appreciate the help!

happy turkey day.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:41 AM   #12
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Thank you I hope that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful turkey day as for us we have many things to be thankful for!
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