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Old 08-15-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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Hail Damaged Airsteam... worth the discount??

I'm still a wanna-be Airstream newbie, and I'm looking for some advice. I may have the opportunity to purchase a new A/S with some hail damage for a seriously discounted price. I'm still waiting to see photos, so I don't know the extent of the damage, but in general, do ya'll have opinions about whether or not this would be a good idea? I have no idea what would be involved in repairing such damage.... Any insight would be appreciated, thank you.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:51 AM   #2
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Some hail damage can be pulled out to some extent by a product called the Ding King. Larger cave ins can sometimes be pulled out by suction cups. Repairs done using these techniques are far from perfect. Whether it is worth it to tow around and camp in a dented RV is up to you. Some people say the dents add character and are a great conversation starter as to how you got them. 70% of the hail damaged units are never repaired properly and the owners live with the dents.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:14 AM   #3
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We bought our 98 Bambi new with minor hail damage to upper panels from storm damage dealer had in southern Ohio without any one hardly ever noticing. Got a great discount & would not hesitate about buying another if the price was right. I was quoted $1200 per panel replacement from P & S Trailer Service in Helena Ohio but I wouldn't bother unless very it was noticeable.
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:32 AM   #4
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Depends - thing to check

We had a hail storm that "totaled" our unit for insurance purposes - $35,000 damage.See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f249...cap-25108.html for details and the actual numbers.

BUT, it is in good shape, and we continue to enjoy using it. We've put another 40,000 miles on it since.

You will need to check out the AC cover, vent covers, skylights, light covers, etc. The hail destroyed out AC cover, cracked a running light, and we recently discovered that it must have cracked a skylight - we're getting moisture in it. The clear coat does not appear to be damaged.

Will be glad to send you a picture of our damage for you to compare.

We consider our unit to be well lived in. Besides, I figure the dimples give it lift like a golf ball.

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Old 08-15-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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Over time (at least down south where it gets hot!), all but the biggest/deepest hail dimples will magically disappear due to the sun's heating and overnight cooling.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:11 AM   #6
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Character marks. If the price is right go for it.

Some of the dings will pop out somewhat over time. Check if you are getting a regular title or a salvage title if it was totaled by the insurance company. A salvage title could affect resale. Check if a salvage title could affect getting insurance.
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Don't expect the dents to pull without some trace. Ditto to Crusty's report.

I'm traveling tomorrow into predicted heavy rain. Just figure we'll see hail at some time. I've got to be sanguine about it. Like gklott says, the"lived in" look will be the badge of our adventures.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:26 AM   #8
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My 34 footer was sold new in FL and that's where it lived for many years. It's got more than a couple hail dents on the end caps. And I don't see them pulling out in the sun

Any trailer you keep for a long time...you're probably gonna hit hail at some point. Unless it's absolutely horrible, get it and go camping. If you don't have them now, you will later.

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If the price is right, go for it! The trailer is still brand new. I would expect a VERY SERIOUS price reduction if the damage is very noticeable.

As an example, when we bought Lucy new, she had received a fairly shallow 6" ding amidships on the street side. We parlayed this dent into a brand new Hensley Arrow which was around $3,000 at the time.

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all but the biggest/deepest hail dimples will magically disappear due to the sun's heating and overnight cooling.
But, don't forget to do the right magic chant; Ahhhh Loooo Maaaah Nuumm
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:10 AM   #11
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I'm still waiting to see photos, so I don't know the extent of the damage,
Where is this trailer? Was it damaged in the big hailstorm that hit Denver several weeks ago? There were trailers very badly damaged at a dealer there and even very discounted, may not be worth the asking price. I wouldn't trust photos to tell the whole story.

Check out these recent hail threads for lots of information on hail damage. The second thread is about whether to buy a new trailer that was hail damaged.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381/hail-54116.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...age-54544.html

I hope you find a trailer that works for you. Getting a brand new trailer with exterior damage may be a wise purchase if the price is right. On the other hand, looking at the damage all the time may be difficult. A lot of the appeal of Airstreams is the outside shape. Some interiors are not all that different than other brands.

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the dents would make it easier to find your trailer at a rally
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:27 PM   #13
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Thank you all for the advice. The trailer is in Colorado and must have been damaged in the recent storm....
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????

If the dealer files a claim with their insurance company, how can they sell it, unless they bought it back. If that is the case, you should get an unbelievable deal! Even if they doubled what they supposedly bought it back at, it would be a great deal.

Inquisitive minds want to know, did they indeed buy it back?
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If the dealer files a claim with their insurance company, how can they sell it, unless they bought it back. If that is the case, you should get an unbelievable deal! Even if they doubled what they supposedly bought it back at, it would be a great deal.

Inquisitive minds want to know, did they indeed buy it back?
They would only "buy it back" if it were totaled. Otherwise, the dealer submits a claim, the insurance company writes a check, that's it.
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Id go for it If its not all caved in my Softball size or Basketball size Hail.
I have gotten 2 new dents this yr so far. I CRIED a little. But It dont stop us from campin. Its character dents. Shows its be used. I still cry every time I look at em and know it was a mistake I made.
IF its a great deal LET NOTHING stand in your way.
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You would offer to buy it from the dealer's insurance company, if you can find out who that is and get the trailer VIN number. That way they don't have any of the processing hassles.
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Thank you all for the feedback - it has been helpful in my decision-making process.

For the inquisitive minds, the salesperson was supposed to send me pictures last night or this morning, and I haven't heard from him. So, I don't know whether or not the trailer was totaled or if it has a salvage title.

In the meantime, I have pretty much decided to go with a new, undamaged Airstream. I fully expect that it will collect dents and perhaps other marks over its lifetime, but they will then be part of the stories of my own adventures.... Thanks again
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Thank you all for the feedback - it has been helpful in my decision-making process.

For the inquisitive minds, the salesperson was supposed to send me pictures last night or this morning, and I haven't heard from him. So, I don't know whether or not the trailer was totaled or if it has a salvage title.

In the meantime, I have pretty much decided to go with a new, undamaged Airstream. I fully expect that it will collect dents and perhaps other marks over its lifetime, but they will then be part of the stories of my own adventures.... Thanks again
Good decision Reshecca!! Good luck with your search
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I fully expect that it will collect dents and perhaps other marks over its lifetime, but they will then be part of the stories of my own adventures.... Thanks again
Every dent on Bess, I did and I remember where and why it happened; sort of like a travelogue that never goes away.
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