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Old 04-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Is this dent hard/expensive to have repaired?

This is a photo that was sent to me by the owner of a trailer I am interested in. It has a dent in the rear curbside corner. I haven't seen the trailer in person yet, but I am told the skin is not pierced nor did the dent cause any problems on the inside of the trailer.

I am just wondering if this type of problem is easily fixed and expensive to repair? Would it likely require the removal/replacement of a panel or do you think it could be fixed using one of those do-it-yourself dent repair kits that are used to take out hail dents on automobiles?

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Old 04-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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That is a panel replacement dent. If you were willing to remove the interior you could make it marginally better buy working it from the inside, but the best bet is replacement. Others here on the forum would have a better idea on the cost then me.
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Depends on your idea of fixed. It can be pulled out with hot wax and sticks at very little cost, but will leave evidence of the dent . If the panel is replaced that is big bucks and most likely will bring additional problems down the road such as leaking.
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This is a photo that was sent to me by the owner of a trailer I am interested in. It has a dent in the rear curbside corner. I haven't seen the trailer in person yet, but I am told the skin is not pierced nor did the dent cause any problems on the inside of the trailer.

I am just wondering if this type of problem is easily fixed and expensive to repair? Would it likely require the removal/replacement of a panel or do you think it could be fixed using one of those do-it-yourself dent repair kits that are used to take out hail dents on automobiles?

Tim

Replacement cost, depending on the labor rate, is ball park, $1100.00 to $1200.00.

Contact your insurance company.

The dent is creased. Therefore the panel will always look poor.

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From the photo, it looks like there is a crease along with the dent. If so, the crease has stretched the metal and will always show. If you want to fix like it was not there, you have to replace the panel...expensive! Depending on the year of the trailer, different prices, and labor is also expensive. The price of the trailer should reflect the dent. (approx. $1,500/2000). Hope this helps.

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Old 04-06-2009, 05:41 PM   #6
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In my opinion, you can make a significant improvement by having the dent pulled,
however, with the crease shown, it may never be perfect, probably can have
dent wizard or dent doctor do the job for around $150 with the knowledge that
while much better looking the crease will remain...
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:44 PM   #7
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Hello Tim. It's generally been said that type of dent produces stretching of the metal. Evidence will still be visible even if it is popped out. A number of threads are out there on this subject. They'll be among the results of this search.

I haven't had to deal with this one yet. Knock on aluminum...
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:50 PM   #8
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You should consider this as a ..."take a trip to the Mothership".. in Ohio..cost to replace this panel, correctly.. 1500$ TOPS..I figure less..(1200$)
The food and, the fun....is worth the trip..
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Thanks folks - your responses answer my questions. It's not what I wanted to hear, but it is what I needed to know.

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If you can get this Airstream for the right price, It can still be a great deal. If the unit is otherwise perfect, you just might get a great Airstream for a great price.

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Old 04-07-2009, 10:28 AM   #11
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I had a very simular dent on my Safari. I was able with use of a suction cup dent puller get it to pop out by pulling it VERY CAREFULLY.. Iwas lucky I know, and it really only showed the repair when certain angles of sun hit it and you were looking for it.. It would be worth a try... The bigger dent was my ego for backing into the bush in the first place...
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Don't let that small dent stand in your way. You can at least blame it on the previous owner.

It will not effect the use of the rig.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #13
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Don't let that small dent stand in your way. You can at least blame it on the previous owner.

It will not effect the use of the rig.
I agree!!!
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:31 AM   #14
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Look at it this way, you won't have to worry or stew about putting the first dent in your Airstream...it's already there! See all the grief it has saved you?
My guess is, if it's been on the road more than once, there's at least a rock dent, or a door ding, or...well, you get the idea. Are there any perfect 'Streams out there over 5 years old, with no dents, dings, or blemishes on the skins? Its kind of like us as we age, the wrinkles and scars give us character, show we've actually lived!
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:40 PM   #15
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Looks like a tall, wild, horse kicked it. That's the story I'd stick with. Don't worry about repairing it.
I agree with what StevenG says.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:22 PM   #16
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Have to agree with last 4 posts- I can think of lots of better things to worry about, or spend $1000+ on! Like: an awning, or new tires, or gas, or camping fees, or rally fees, or insurance, a lap-top or flat-screen, etc........
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:54 PM   #17
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For a show coach probably not. For a user, why not. No funtional effect. Buy it 1200 less for the damage, roll out the dent. You have your 1st "beauty mark". Got that one out of the way, now lets go camping
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do you think it could be fixed using one of those do-it-yourself dent repair kits that are used to take out hail dents on automobiles?

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You would be able to reduce the dent quite a bit if you are talking about a "Pops a Dent" or a "Ding King". Someone above mentioned hot wax. I don't know about that but a hot glue gun and 2X2 short pieces of lumber will do the same job. You could probably reduce it even more by taking out the interior skin and palming it out from the inside and then rolling it out with a roller from a bed frame. You probably will still have a small ding left.
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That dent is no big deal. I had a very similar dent , had the panel replaced, and it was in the ball park of what Andy quoted. Came out very nice.
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farmer bill negotiate price this a miniscule dent
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