Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS
Hi, looks like to me that the top panel is an overlay since the rivets should be under the belt molding and not seen.
No, pretty sure that’s the window surround, those rivets are exposed on newer trailers. But the Olympic rivets do suggest that whole rear corner was repaired. The tail light caulking has also been redone - well, I might add.
Looking at other peoples’ photos it appears Airstream has moved that rear rib laterally over the years - if it is indeed bent I don’t see any way to push the dent out without gaining interior access. It may be possible to straighten the rib from inside. The preferred - and much more costly - method of repair however would be to remove both outer and inner skins and replace that section of rib.
Also - speaking from experience - that dent is unlikely to just “pop” out and would need to be worked quite a bit to be cosmetically acceptable.