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Old 09-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #11
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I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but the events I posted about are real; not made up. Trying to get photos from my friend and will post them to try and show the rear end damage and the front failure as a result of the rear end hit.

Having seen the outcome and the initial accident's minor looking damage; my advice is sincere.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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ThanX for the comments caper. I am having the work done by professionals and so am expecting a professional job. I guess only time will tell. Now all I need is the TT to get fixed before my scheduled trip to take the kids to Disney!
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #13
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I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but the events I posted about are real; not made up. Trying to get photos from my friend and will post them to try and show the rear end damage and the front failure as a result of the rear end hit.

Having seen the outcome and the initial accident's minor looking damage; my advice is sincere.
I would love to see the pics. And I am taking your comments very seriously. I believe what you have pointed out is that a poor repair or hangers with a faulty design and either issue exacerbated by damage can lead to catastrophic events.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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Here is the reply from my friend:

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No. Didn't think to take pictures, was in too big of a hurry to fix it; was going out again the next day.
Here's one picture of the final repair I made. It is to the right front. The original impact was the left rear. The impact caused a crack in the roof which I failed to detect. The rain and melting snow caused havoc. The super structure remained sound.
It was mostly cosmetic.
Hope it helps. My advice would be to get it to a professional that he trusts and let them check it out.

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Old 09-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
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His unit has a fiberglass body which is an entirely different beast. Fiberglass will delaminate from the backing material if it gets wet. My suspicioun is that if it frezes as well that it will delaminate faster. Metal TTs do not delaminate because they are mechanically attached.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:13 PM   #16
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It was plastic on wood studs.
The wood studs rotted out all caused by the rear end damage.
He screwed the plastic into the better wood to get home.

Look, I got no ax to grind here. Just thought I would let you in on what happened to my friend, so it would not happen to you.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:19 PM   #17
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And I would imagine the impact in Herk's example was much more severe than what we are discussing here.
And considering any possible water damage from leaking through the damaged area, the repair guys will be able to assess that and fix anything that requires it.
I did extensive repairs to our old stick-and-tin camper, and there wasn't much we couldn't fix.
I agree that comparing a fibreglass-skinned camper to a tin one is comparing apples to oranges.
But that is what scares me, as we now own a fibreglass fifth. If anything happens to it, I can't fix anything.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:34 PM   #18
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I wish he had taken photos of the rear bumper area. A car had backed into the camper and the damage appeared to be even less than your photo.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:34 PM   #19
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If the cost to repair is greater than what you paid maybe you would want to reconsider fixing it... I would take the money and run... There is no requirement to get it fixed. Perhaps an upgrade is in your near future? Now is the time to start looking. In the mean time you could bang the sheet metal and eternabond it back together.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #20
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I did consider your suggestion but to be honest I like the trailer I have and have seen nothing I would like more. I have fixed most of the manufacturing defects, cleaned up the small amount of wear and tear, added a number of improvements, and made it uniquely mine.
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