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Old 07-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Is it worth it?

We backed into an overhang recently and was wondering how much damage to the frame this might have caused and how much a repair might be? The dent covers the top three panels but no indentations are seen from inside the trailer (it's a 23d).

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Old 07-01-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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Roughly $1500 per panel. If it is still watertight, there is no reason to rush right out and get it fixed. Enjoy camping season and get it repaired this winter.

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Old 07-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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Looks like a insurance claim to me..
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #4
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Stuff happens, and that's what insurance if for. Trust me, you will not enjoy looking at that every time you go out.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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....I'm sure you are just sick about this, but it can be fixed and as already posted, that's exactly why we have insurance. It surely isn't a subtle signal that you backed into something below the clearance height of your trailer....and I appreciate you posting this as it will serve as a reminder to all of us. Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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Ouch...

As mentioned above, you could let it go for a while until it got too painful to look at, but highest likelihood of NEED to fix it is water leak.. Given the sharp bends now established between the panels, the odds of panel separation, a sheared rivet or leaks around the red running lights are very good.. A little water pouring in during rain or even condensation if it flows downhill just right can do a lot of harm to interior plywood stuff and fabrics.. I'd be on the phone to insurance company too, suggesting maybe the overhang hit you instead??

>> And these aren't repairs an average non-Airstream RV shop can usually fix well.. The aluminum takes a new set once deformed, and won't go back easily to prior state, and generally does need to be replaced and re-riveted and re-sealed...
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:04 PM   #7
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You might want to hit the seams with tempro or another rv sealer until you get it fixed. Par Bon might work too.. It looks like it might leak.
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Agree - this WILL leak sooner or later - and sooner than you think. If you have insurance go ahead and use it. Then invest in a wireless backup camera.

I know the feeling - rolled mine! Knew it was done for the first minute I looked at it. YOURS IS FIXABLE and you'll feel better when it is fixed. So call, get estimates from reliable people and get it fixed. The longer you leave it unfixed the worse the damage will get... mice, hornets, bees, rain, etc.

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Looks like it will leak around the clearance lights first. Report it to your insurance agent. Then, get up there snd put some silicone around those lights.
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I want to thank all of you for replying it definitely helped - although I'm still sick to my stomach over the whole deal! Thankfully, there were no punctures or broken seals I could see except around the lights. I put some sealant around those and along the seams just in case until I can get it in for repair. Thank you all again!

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I know the feeling.. I set my bathroom on fire while fixing the rear frame rails. Pretty much forced me to do an extensive rehab. So bad stuff happens, to the best and the worst of us. Keep your chin up, it's fixable. It will make a good story later!
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Well, fix it! Here is another AS sitting as neglect envelops her... Sad ;(


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Your collision insurance will handle this less your deductible. It's just like your car. You have an issue that is repairable, and if you carry collision and comprehensive one of the two will take care of it. Call your Agent, get an adjuster out. Good luck!
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And good luck finding a shop that can make can correctly do the work.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:44 PM   #15
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Thank you for the advice! I've sent pics and got an estimate from Airstream but will use the insurance to cover it. Lesson learned on our part'
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You'll need to remove the inside panels to do the job right. Make sure that's what they have in mind when you have the repairs done. Your insurance should pay. Good luck
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If something like that happened to the FaN, I'd be inclined to take it to an aircraft-structures specialist vs. a body shop that does trailer repairs.

An aircraft-structures programme at a trade school might work too. There is one right here in the Fraser Valley.


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Old 07-12-2013, 09:10 AM   #18
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I did the same thing a couple years ago. Mine was two of the panels only...the curbside top curved corner and the center panel. it was $3,400 at the mothership. There are no ribs up there above the window until you get to a bow at the white roof/end cap interface.

edit: There are no ribs nor inner skin IF you have cabinets up there. If you have inner skin showing, there probably are ribs.
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