Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-25-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
New Member
airextremist's Avatar
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Seal Beach , California
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3
345 Rear Aluminum

I have a 1986 345 I recently purchased that has damage on just about every panel in the rear. The panels need to be replaced as they are creased badly. The parts from airstream will run around $2500 or I've seen a few panel replacements done out of flat stock in a few of the chat threads here out of .040 alum. My question is from Airstream they are stretch formed. Can you get satisfactory results cutting the panels from flat stock? Flat stock will run about $800. I like the idea of the thicker guage back there as well. I could fabricate three flat stock pieces for the price of one from Airstream. This is something I want to do on my own and have spent the money to buy the right tools to do the job. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
airextremist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2007, 12:01 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
Robfike's Avatar
1999 36' Land Yacht Widebody
Spencer , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 463
Get the factory stuff, you will be money ahead when the job is done.
I have done sheetmetal repairs in aviation for years, and the factory stuff is allways much easier than making the parts yourself. The job will be big enough without having to form your own curved parts.
Just my 2c worth, Rob
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
New Member
airextremist's Avatar
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Seal Beach , California
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks Rob,

I am definetly going to take your advice. The parts I need are going to run $3300 now. Found more dents. Not as bad as I thought but not as good as I'd liked.

airextremist is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
345 Rear furnace Robfike Classic Motorhomes 5 09-21-2007 06:23 AM
1990 345 Motor Home Rear Airbags Howard Lefkowitz Classic Motorhomes 5 05-11-2007 09:59 AM
I need to repair damage to the aluminum skin on my 345 MH. Mr. D Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 5 05-01-2007 07:46 AM
Rear shimmy in 345? Honkity Hank Classic Motorhomes 3 12-04-2005 07:58 PM
Aluminum Rear Bumper? malconium Bumpers & Bumper Storage 4 05-28-2004 09:59 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.