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Old 05-26-2011, 06:25 AM   #1
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Center front panel damage - Geico

During the recent round of storms here in St Louis, we had a limb come crashing down out of a tree.. Unfortunately it landed on our Bambi.
Dead center above the front window. Right where the numbers would be if we had any. It looks like only one panel will need replaced, if it needs it.
It almost looks lke a suction cup could be put on it, and get the one dent pulled out.
Any idea, if this could be done (pull the dent out)?
If not, roughly how much to replace that panel.
I am not sure what our deductable is with Geico, but I imagine we will get to it.
Does anyone have experience with them.
I have them for couple of motorcycles, because State Farm (They have everything else I own) was too high on bikes. They also (State Farm) proved to be too high for Airstreams..

We haven't had a claim of any kind for 20 years.. (I'm a good customer, just keep giving them $$$, no claims, ha)

Thanks,
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:30 AM   #2
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It's heartbreaking when our aluminum is damaged. I have the same question. The PO put a small dent in ours backing in to a branch. When at Jackson Center a few weeks ago I asked if they could pull it out. Paul said they couldn't. In cases like this, he tells us, they replace the whole panel.

So, I hope we both hear of other solutions from the experienced voices here. I don't mind honest wear, but would love to have the dent smoothed.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:33 AM   #3
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I haven't tried dent pulling on an AS, but I did have some success with a toilet plunger (my glass cups wouldn't conform to the curve) on a few car fenders...
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:40 AM   #4
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Unable to say without photos. Some dents can be popped out, some cant. One key point is if there are creases in the metal.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:51 AM   #5
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I didn't realize it when we bought our AS used, but when I got up on the roof, I found a dent where someone had probably kneeled on teh front end cap.

Not visible from the ground, but I decided to have a go at it with an automotive dent puller (big suction cup thing) anyway.

It popped out out I would say 95%. Not perfect, but a lot better than it was.

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:53 AM   #6
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I feel your pain! Our Bambi got hail damage and Brad damage! I was bringing her home in the rain and over shot her space and clipped it just right on a trim piece of the house. The bumper never touched the house since the trim stuck out further from the house.
I have a low deductible so I'll turn it in and will most likely take her to BT Camper in Wentzville. You could give them a call for an estimate. Good luck.
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When the aluminum panels are hit ,the aluminum is stretched.Sometimes the dent can be popped out but you still will be able to see the damaged area.Replacement of top center segment is usually between $1800 and $1900.
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When the aluminum panels are hit ,the aluminum is stretched.Sometimes the dent can be popped out but you still will be able to see the damaged area.Replacement of top center segment is usually between $1800 and $1900.
Well, I'm pretty sure that will reach my deductable.

Thanks, I will be heading for BT in Wentzville also.. Just had a bunch of stuff done there.

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Old 05-26-2011, 07:18 AM   #9
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Oh noooooo. I had a tree limb fall on my trailer too. Damage was pretty ugly - and on a seam. My insurance provided me a check to make have 2 panels replaced (and other panels removed/reinstalled to get the right access). But, before I headed for the nearest service center, I called a paintless dent removal company to see what they could do. Amazing results. Not perfect - but neither is my vintage trailer. I was pleased with the results and used the insurance $$$ towards a new converter! You can see pics of my results (and others) on this thread:
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Good luck with the situation - hope it goes smoothly. Glad you are safe!

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Old 05-26-2011, 07:32 AM   #10
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Well, I'm pretty sure that will reach my deductable.

Thanks, I will be heading for BT in Wentzville also.. Just had a bunch of stuff done there.

Thanks
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Do you think they do good work? I've heard they are pretty good and besides Oklahoma City they are my only choice. I'm calling my insurance today. My first claim.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:37 AM   #11
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I use Progressive, their trailer policy offering is very complete.. Even includes unlimited roadside service and coverage in Mexico ( with Mexican insurance in place). My policy is for stated value... Full replacement and is $144 yearly.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #12
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Progressive policy

Phrunes,

did you get your Progressive policy online or through an agent? That sounds like a very good rate.

thanks for the info

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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I originally had it quoted thru a broker but later just went direct. They were $25 cheaper going direct to Progressive. I just called them because their online system does not have a quote generator for pull type trailers before the late 80's.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:47 AM   #14
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During the recent round of storms here in St Louis, we had a limb come crashing down out of a tree.. Unfortunately it landed on our Bambi.
Dead center above the front window. Right where the numbers would be if we had any. It looks like only one panel will need replaced, if it needs it.
It almost looks lke a suction cup could be put on it, and get the one dent pulled out.
Any idea, if this could be done (pull the dent out)?
If not, roughly how much to replace that panel.
I am not sure what our deductable is with Geico, but I imagine we will get to it.
Does anyone have experience with them.
I have them for couple of motorcycles, because State Farm (They have everything else I own) was too high on bikes. They also (State Farm) proved to be too high for Airstreams..

We haven't had a claim of any kind for 20 years.. (I'm a good customer, just keep giving them $$$, no claims, ha)

Thanks,
Jeff
Several years ago I had someone try to break into my 2002 ASCL 31'. They used a screw driver to shatter the tempered glass window beside the door (over the couch) WHILE we were asleep inside. I have a $250 deductable with Geico and they paid me about $100 on the $350 cost of air freighting a new window from the A/S factory.

Insidently, the A/S service department was first class in their response to shipping the new window as I got it the next day.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #15
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Panel replacements

I just returned to CT from P&S Trailer service in Helena OH and they replaced the front center panel and the one next to it on the curb side. The front and rear end cap panels are $1,200 each to replace regardless of which panel it is. I had snow damage this winter as reason for replacing. When at P&S Steve showed me the rear center end cap panel and it had a big depression in it. I had not looked at the roof and the claims adjuster could not see it as the canvas shelter that collapsed was still covering it. Steve tried to pull it out with a suction cup and it came out enough to keep water from pooling, but I am going to call ins agent and talk to him. I know your pain. good luck. regards nm1oqrz
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During the recent round of storms here in St Louis, we had a limb come crashing down out of a tree.. Unfortunately it landed on our Bambi.
Dead center above the front window. Right where the numbers would be if we had any. It looks like only one panel will need replaced, if it needs it.
It almost looks lke a suction cup could be put on it, and get the one dent pulled out.
Any idea, if this could be done (pull the dent out)?
If not, roughly how much to replace that panel.
I am not sure what our deductable is with Geico, but I imagine we will get to it.
Does anyone have experience with them.
I have them for couple of motorcycles, because State Farm (They have everything else I own) was too high on bikes. They also (State Farm) proved to be too high for Airstreams..

We haven't had a claim of any kind for 20 years.. (I'm a good customer, just keep giving them $$$, no claims, ha)

Thanks,
Jeff
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If you do decide to go through your insurance company and have the dent professionally replaced you might want to delay the work until after the season is over. The local A/S dealer here in Florida had me wait at least a month to accept it to be worked on and then between the dealership and Airstream the wrong size metal was shipped twice (mine is a 1988). This was five years ago. Altogether, it was about a three months project from scheduling to finish. If there are any dented new A/S coming in, there is a good chance yours will be "back burnered" while the money trailers get worked on first.

Just the experience I had. Pat
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During the recent round of storms here in St Louis, we had a limb come crashing down out of a tree.. Unfortunately it landed on our Bambi.
Dead center above the front window. Right where the numbers would be if we had any. It looks like only one panel will need replaced, if it needs it.
It almost looks lke a suction cup could be put on it, and get the one dent pulled out.
Any idea, if this could be done (pull the dent out)?
If not, roughly how much to replace that panel.
I am not sure what our deductable is with Geico, but I imagine we will get to it.
Does anyone have experience with them.
I have them for couple of motorcycles, because State Farm (They have everything else I own) was too high on bikes. They also (State Farm) proved to be too high for Airstreams..

We haven't had a claim of any kind for 20 years.. (I'm a good customer, just keep giving them $$$, no claims, ha)

Thanks,
Jeff
The cost for the segment, rivets and sealer, is about $700.00.

The original flat rate manual for the old Caravanner Insurance, allowed 6 hours to replace that segment.

But, a real pro, can beat that time.

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My trailer's an old antique and it had a basketball sized tree dent in the center rear panel when I bought it. I just pushed the dent out over the last two weeks. I had to wait for warm weather to get the heat right. I used two jacks, heat, and a high pressure laminate end cap roller. I can see where the dent was but I doubt many people could find it. It won't show up on a picture at all.

I still have the interior end cap to reinstall. That may prove to be the big part of the job, but I doubt it.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:05 AM   #19
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Do you think they do good work? I've heard they are pretty good and besides Oklahoma City they are my only choice. I'm calling my insurance today. My first claim.
I've been there several times. Almost every time I've been back in the service area they are working on a big project, either from a "rolled" A/S, or something similar. I was there last week and they were replacing the back half (upper sections) of a 27'+ trailer (A/S) that the owner had backed into the roof overhang at his home.
It looks like they know what they are doing, but I've not seen the final results of any of these repairs.. They may have one guy that is better than the others too.. Its always a crapshoot on stuff like this..
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