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Old 04-19-2007, 02:04 PM   #21
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Hail happens, and I've seen SOB's that are totally thrashed by hail. Airplanes, tanker trucks, cars on lots, you name it. Beauty marks on a trailer that are there from use doing what it was intended to be used for are signs of a well loved and well used rig. Dirt, crud, broken pieces are signs of neglect, but hail damage is life.

We live on the west coast of Canada so just north of you and we travel all over the western provinces and states. We've hit all kinds of weather including snow in summer, hail, huge lightening and wind storms, and they sure do make things interesting and great stories to tell around the campfire.

By the way, I've seen a fibreglass trailer that was in a huge hail storm in Saskatchewan and it had many hairline cracks in it like an egg dropped. It didn't leak, but I'd be more afraid of that than a few pock marks.

Enjoy your Airstream, and post pictures of your restoration. We love pictures.

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Old 04-19-2007, 03:59 PM   #22
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Here are some pics from JCanavera's photo gallery that have some fairly significant hail damage issues:

http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...ser=56&page=12
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:09 PM   #23
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My Airstream was baptized by hail within 4 months of owning it. It has several dimples, especially on the end caps. I just don't worry about it anymore.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:18 PM   #24
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My Airstream was baptized by hail within 4 months of owning it. It has several dimples, especially on the end caps. I just don't worry about it anymore.
Got any corrosion (white spider veins)??
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:44 PM   #25
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The issue though is that any trailer made of aluminum that gets hit hard by hail will have marks, so restoring an SOB instead of an Airstream won't matter. You get into a hail storm that can cause serious dents and even your TV is highly likely to suffer. I think you'll still find a market for a hail damaged Airstream and are much less likely to do so for a similar SOB.

Now about the sun taking out dents - I wonder if that will work on my face . It could use a few age related dents taken out.

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:57 PM   #26
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Back about 1984 my son, then 9, and I went camping in the high Sierra in our brand new pop-up. The second day BIG thunder storms rumbled over us and we got pummeled relentlessly with BIG hail. We had so much fun trying to out yell the noise. 2 days later we broke camp and folded the trailer. It was then we noticed the heavy damage to the roof. We laughed and laughed. Today he is 31 and when we reminisce that is always our most memorable trip....just the 2 of us. Eventually we sold the pop up, in excellent condition with the 'textured' roof.

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Here are some pics from JCanavera's photo gallery that have some fairly significant hail damage issues:

http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...ser=56&page=12
Talk about all "Hail" breaking loose!
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:50 AM   #28
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Last year, our 2003 25' Safari was totaled by hail damage -- I'm talking huge hail (golf ball to orange size, which we had never experienced in our lives). Yes, I hate to admit, it was sitting in our driveway at the time. We were watching the weather but when the first big "thud" hit the roof of our house, we knew we were in trouble. Damage to the tow vehicle and I believe just about every house in our neighborhood had to be re-roofed, including ours. We had a sick feeling in our gut when we saw the AS but still had hope it could be repaired--but, no, it was totaled and yes, it did have leaks.

AS holds its value--insurance paid well. Several months later we found a great deal on a 28' Classic a couple of hours from home. The added space was nice and the floorplan suited our needs better than our beloved 2003. So, now we're paranoid and this time we were going to "do it right" and got a covered storage space to store the new AS when not in use. So, we get the new AS home in the driveway after a two-hour drive and a neighbor comes over to point out the big dent in the upper right corner -- seems we hit a large bird while on the road as indicated by the lone feather at the hit site and a few more on top of the trailer. My husband was able to suction out the dent somewhat--no leaks, no problems.

Then several months later on a trip while driving through New Mexico on IH10, traffic came to a complete stop as some bad weather was moving through the area. As we were sitting (ducks) there, high winds with, yes, hail hit us. Luckily it was small hail...just a few tiny "zits" on one side of the AS -- I think that only because the wind was fueling it's force (our 2003 had experienced small hail with no problem). So, you know, you just gotta laugh and keep on enjoying your AS.
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