Originally Posted by Rich Anthony
Hello ... I am replacing the bumper on my 2021 Globtrotter. I bumped a 4x4 post just enough to bent the bumper in the center.This caused three rivits on the wet storage to break and one latch to not quite line up. So, the good news is only the bumper needs replaceing. The bad news is $850.00 for the bumper from the dealer. How do I get the four screws out that hold the bumper on?they are locked down tight. Thanks!
A very large Phillips screwdriver. Even one with a hex to add a wrench.
Mine came out peacefully after I backed into a tree and put a small dent.
I decided to try to fix it myself. Removed the bumper, laid it on a Sunday newspaper and using a small block of wood and a hammer and a lot of small tapping, I made it unnoticeable.
But here's the problem. If you dent the bumper it stretches the top (horizontal part) as you pound out the dent it leaves the top with a wavy section. I tried a torch, afraid to scorch it, lots more tapping with a hammer and wood, a scissor jack inside the bumper, and nothing is perfect. The best tool was a long pipe clamp with the jaws very close together and used as a lever.
But my latches close and I can replace the pop rivets. (I may use tiny machine screws.) From 5' away, no one knows, although it's not perfect. I wasn't ready to spring for $800. (although YOU can buy the bumper for $500 and use the four screws.) Paying a dealer $350 to put in four screws seems excessive.
BTW, if you buy a new bumper, measure carefully. All Airstreams don't use the same bumper.