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Old 12-07-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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RV Pilgrim asking about hail damage

With a last name like Pilgrim you would think I grew up in an RV. Alas, not quite. There is an ad from a person who specializes in salvage Airstreams. The one I am interested in has hail damage:

Is it foolish to even consider this unit? Besides the cosmetics - which are definitely a major consideration - is there anything besides leaks I need to consider.

My bro-in-law until his recent retirement worked in auto body for decades. I can ask him for an opinion. I'm going to be in S Florida over Christmas and can take a first hand look. But I don't want to waste time looking at something I should not consider.

Thanks in advance for your feedback. - Jim Pilgrim

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Old 12-07-2016, 10:36 AM   #2
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Thats a lot of damage it's totaled as far as I'm concerned but if you can stand to look at it thats your choice . it needs a bunch of metal replacement you will never get those dings out .

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Old 12-07-2016, 10:58 AM   #3
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Heavy dents in aluminum are not repairable without replacing the panel/segment. This is a very expensive and labor intesive option, which is why heavily hail damaged trailers get totaled.

To me, esthetics is what these trailers are all about. I would be bothered by the dents every time I look at the trailer.

good luck!
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:13 AM   #4
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If it has a salvage title then insuring and or selling it will be difficult.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:08 PM   #5
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Last time I heard it was about $1,200 per panel to have them replaced.
If you got it cheap enough, it might be worth it.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:21 PM   #6
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If the unit is not leaking another option would be to body fill the dents and paint the top. To be right I agree it needs panel replacement, if you are buying to use and love the paint method could save you some money and give satisfactory results.

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