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Old 05-02-2020, 05:30 PM   #1
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Is this repairable?

Does this look like repairable damage? How would you go about fixing this and what would you expect it to cost?
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Old 05-02-2020, 06:02 PM   #2
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Is it repairable? You bet.

The lovely Mrs. Goin Camping After screaming "Ramming Speed" (<- I exaggerate.) backed into the same area on ours.

Dent came through to the inside. All exterior, interior panels and spars. 10K at Area 63 Productions. Could not tell it ever happened.
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Old 05-02-2020, 06:05 PM   #3
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Hmmmm, I think it is every bit of $25k.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:09 PM   #4
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Looks like two panels, banana/belly wrap, and trim. Without knowing what actually happened (looks like you dragged against something?), there's probably little to no damage to the interior, so theoretically it could be repaired without removing anything on the inside. If that's the case, you could be "lucky" enough to get away with around $5k. However, it could easily hit 10, 15, 25, depending on what we can't see from the pic.
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Old 05-03-2020, 03:03 PM   #5
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Talk to Jackson Centre,send them pictures of inside and outside and you will get a very close estimate of cost to repair. That looks like the trailer that was sold on one of the auction sites last month.
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:27 AM   #6
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Update

Quick update on this. We ended up purchasing this and decided it was with going through some major repairs. Luckily I have some handy friends. We ended up deciding to replace the entire tongue. Since the coupler was bent along with the a frame. We think that the trailer was jackknifed while going down the road. Maybe hit some ice?

As for the body work the front curved c channel is destroyed. Along with the rib that attaches to the c channel and arcs over the entire roof.

Does anyone have any tips to replace that c channel portion? Also, for the rib is it possible to remove just the damaged section and weld or reinforce a new section? I am hoping we don't have to replace the entire rib because that would mean we would need to entirely disassemble the front end cap. PHOTOS INCLUDED.
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:31 AM   #7
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No tips on the C channel but as for the rib, a competent welding shop can weld rib pieces together, you can also butt them and reinforce them with well fitted sheet bent to match on the inner rib sections. Or you can do a bit of both...
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:53 PM   #9
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Also, for the rib is it possible to remove just the damaged section and weld or reinforce a new section? I am hoping we don't have to replace the entire rib because that would mean we would need to entirely disassemble the front end cap.

You can "sister" pieces together for the ribs. The strength comes in all the pieces being riveted to the skin (the semi-monocoque idea). You will often see "partial" (not all the way across or all the way down) ribs from the factory in 70's Airstreams.


Edit: ...and wow! As is so often the case, that damage was worse than it looked! Once it affects the frame, things start to get hairy.



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Old 05-12-2020, 01:30 PM   #10
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Thank you! This is helpful. Good news, the frame is not damaged. We just replaced the tongue for safe measure since it looks like it took a good hit.
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