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Old 03-30-2021, 04:56 PM   #1
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Front rock dings

I just noticed this today. My last trailer had 6,000 miles and not one ding. This one is just one month old and have only towed it home. ...didnít take long, or maybe itís just a law of averages for trailering as a whole. Bullseye right in between the rock guards. Anyone find a good way to repair these?
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Old 03-30-2021, 06:44 PM   #2
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I say consider the trailer properly blessed (and hopefully not destined for more).
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Old 03-30-2021, 07:10 PM   #3
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I agree with DaveP. It's not an easy fix and it's pretty minor - definitely not worth losing sleep over.
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I’ve had luck repairing some small dents with a hot glue dent puller, but when they are pin point like that one it’s not an option. I know it makes you sick as it does all of us, but your correct law of average states it’s gonna happen eventually. Prevention is key.
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This one is up to high, it originated from someone else. Just dumb luck! I hear all of you...thanks! I’ll move on and let it go...
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This one is up to high, it originated from someone else. Just dumb luck!
Sucks for sure.
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I had the exact same thing. I was able to pull it out a bit to remove the dent, but you can still see the pinpoint where it was hit. I noticed they addressed this issue in the Basecamps, so I am sure that Airstream is aware of this too.
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Old 03-30-2021, 07:25 PM   #8
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I had the exact same thing. I was able to pull it out a bit to remove the dent, but you can still see the pinpoint where it was hit. I noticed they addressed this issue in the Basecamps, so I am sure that Airstream is aware of this too.
How did you pull it out?
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Google “Paintless Dent Repair Kit‘.
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Old 03-30-2021, 07:50 PM   #10
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Do you have mud flaps on your wheels? This could have happened by another car/truck throwing up a stone. I’ve had a wind shield crack as a result of a vehicle going the other way. Either way I know the sinking feeling. There are people that specialize in taking dents out of cars. I had a few on my F150. The guy was amazing. Couldn’t even tell when he was done.
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Old 03-30-2021, 08:00 PM   #11
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When life throws you a sharp, pointy, hard lemon...

Luckily it is centered in your front panel; a great opportunity to cover it with a customized patch or plaque, perhaps the name of your new trailer, or a cutout of your home state, a logo or symbol. You could also attach a curved mirror there to assist with hitching up, or a big bubble level for side-to-side leveling. Endless possibilities to make some refreshing lemonade.
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:27 AM   #12
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Another use for an Airforums sticker!

How did that rock get past the Propane tank cover?
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:21 AM   #13
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I have a similar dent in front of my door. I have no idea how it got there, not exactly rock area. Maybe it's always been there and I just noticed it? I though about cutting a round access hole inside, then gave up. My current solution? $4 on e-Bay.
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Never understood why they couldn't add maybe a 1/2" to the top of the rock guard as it is a good sized space that is left exposed.

I have heard of this being used on cars and it might be able to reduce the crater created since it would have to stretch the film before it started to make a dent. My thought is that it might not prevent it, but might minimize it. For sure it would solve basic/minor road rash, but I would be reluctant to cover rivets with it for two reasons....one, it won't lay flat, and two, it'd be a place for water and moisture to collect, but on flat skin surfaces......

https://www.amazon.com/Scotchgard-Cl.../dp/B004VG6QYS
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Get two Olympic rivets and a O.R. shaver, if you can find one in stock, and put one in the 'ding' spot and the other on the other side to match...not too crazy, I've seen it done!
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Iíve had luck repairing some small dents with a hot glue dent puller, but when they are pin point like that one itís not an option. I know it makes you sick as it does all of us, but your correct law of average states itís gonna happen eventually. Prevention is key.
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I second the Rock Tamers. Prevention is the key. I have used them for 10+ years, and they have saved the front of every trailer I have owned.
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I second the Rock Tamers. Prevention is the key. I have used them for 10+ years, and they have saved the front of every trailer I have owned.
I have the tamers too in addition to mud flaps, and still the occasional rock can slip past the goalie. It's rare, but not zero.
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Rock Guards can help you save on very expensive repairs, kinda like a deductible in a insurance policy.
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:02 AM   #19
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Rock Tamers are only likely to do anything for the rocks hitting your rock guard. The rocks hitting outside that area probably didnít originate from your TV. They also donít stop all rocks that hit your rock guard. My in-laws use them and their rock guards are still peppered with dents. Where you drive is the biggest factor.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:50 AM   #20
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I picked up one of the flags mollysdad recommended, I also have an Airstream trailer sticker on the way. Before I apply either one, what should I do about the rock chip in the clear coat? I have seen pictures of filiform under stickers.
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