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Old 06-19-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Had to happen someday I guess. We were coming home from a fantastic week at St George Island, FL when I got a little too up close and personal with a concrete post at a gas station. I should have backed up and swung around but thought I could make it pulling around. Wrong, the back end swung too far on my blind side and I clipped the post hard. Zero marks on the post but camper is a bit ugly.

Insurance adjuster just left and said he is 90% sure it can be repaired. Depends on the side panel, if it needs to come off then he is 90% sure they will total it! It's only two years old. We camp 5 times a year or so. He specializes in RV repair and has visited the factory in IN a few times. He is worried about the tube damage and repair work to the corner for the side panel. The rear will just need to be pulled and replaced.

Was curious if any others have gone through similar repairs and what I can expect. He has no idea on costs yet, just it will be "a lot". We have plenty of time, no trips are planned until the fall.

I have more photos if you like, these show the major damage.



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Old 06-19-2014, 12:39 PM   #2
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For those who have done "home repairs" after a minor bash up like this one; take heed. The adjuster is talking about totaling the camper if there is sidewall damage.

There is a very good reason for that. Like "uni-body construction," these campers don't take "hits" well. A bump in the rear can cause severe water intrusion up front due to the "racking" of the frame.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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That is a Easy Fix. How in the heck did the (Bumper Cap) stay on? Are you going to (Tape/Cover) the area until the results are in? Good luck. Youroo!!
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Ouch for sure, good luck gettng it repaired or a replacement unit.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:17 PM   #5
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OH that sucks!!... best of luck on fixing, or getting a new unit.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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That is a Easy Fix. How in the heck did the (Bumper Cap) stay on? Are you going to (Tape/Cover) the area until the results are in? Good luck. Youroo!!
Happy you think its an easy fix! Its going to a repair center today or tomorrow, they are the largest in the Upstate area and about an hour away. They have done a lot of work on FR units and the in house insurance guy knows our adjuster. Not sure if that is good or bad!

No clue how the cap stayed on. It was a slow moving hit but sure was solid as you can see. The walls and frame look straight other than the rear wall of course. The repair center will tape over the area until they can get it in.

Wife is sort of hoping it gets totaled, she misses the deeper super slide we used to have! I am happy to just to have it repaired well enough to get several more years out of it at min. I sure dont want any other issues creeping up due to this one.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:02 PM   #7
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Had to happen someday I guess. We were coming home from a fantastic week at St George Island, FL when I got a little too up close and personal with a concrete post at a gas station. I should have backed up and swung around but thought I could make it pulling around. Wrong, the back end swung too far on my blind side and I clipped the post hard. Zero marks on the post but camper is a bit ugly.

Insurance adjuster just left and said he is 90% sure it can be repaired. Depends on the side panel, if it needs to come off then he is 90% sure they will total it! It's only two years old. We camp 5 times a year or so. He specializes in RV repair and has visited the factory in IN a few times. He is worried about the tube damage and repair work to the corner for the side panel. The rear will just need to be pulled and replaced.

Was curious if any others have gone through similar repairs and what I can expect. He has no idea on costs yet, just it will be "a lot". We have plenty of time, no trips are planned until the fall.

I have more photos if you like, these show the major damage.



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Looks like the entire side, rear cap and even some interior wall renewals, most likely a factory repair with transport, probably looking at most of the value. Is that wall damp at the bottom rear, looks like it pulled apart not sheared at the POC.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:42 PM   #8
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If I ever am unlucky enough to be in your shoes I hope for a right off because its what you don't see that is the problem.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:56 PM   #9
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We had a similar incident way back when - ours was also a gas station post but it was driver side right in middle of camper where slide meets camper wall - lots of damage trying to get it away 😞. We were a photo op at the RV park near Disney after that as they put us at the end of the main road so EVERYONE could look and point - looked like a huge can opener attacked it 😁
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #10
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I had the same thing happen last year. Hit yellow post at bp, tore up storage door and slide out. Cost 5k to repair and 5 months in shop.


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