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Old 01-05-2019, 01:44 PM   #11
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$2,000 and a long time at the body shop(anything, no matter how small, costs that much)


advice:
-wait for the video, and decide if you can place blame on the guilty party, and file an insurance claim with their insurer....

if not:

-file a claim with your own insurer, under your UM(uninsured motorists) coverage, which means you'll also have a deductible to pay, usually $250, and will probably have to also provide the insurer a police accident report, which shows that you reported this as a 'hit and run'.
-if your insurer wants to try to find the 'guilty party', and they are successful, your policy should then be relieved of the cost of the claim, and your deductible should be returned to you by the other insurer...generally speaking.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:46 PM   #12
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x2 on 2rad4u recommending auto-body shops. Another option, depending on availability, is a boat shop. Fiberglass repair on boats is an everyday thing.

If you can get the molding parts, the auto-body shop can probably do all the repair for you.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:50 PM   #13
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X2 on the repair. I think fiberglass is an easier repair than patching metal.

Another idea is to have a truck body shop repair as they have booths big enough to get it in. Many tractors have fiberglass caps and cabs these days.
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:18 PM   #14
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Yup.....until itís gets fixed (whatever way you choose) use some Gorilla tape on that opening. Water in between the walls will be bad news.
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:52 PM   #15
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We had a similar experience on our Rockwood Windjammer. Our neighbor at the storage lot was backing in without his wife spotting him, and his rear bumber gouged the side of our trailer. Worse than yours since the wood backing the fiberglass was also damaged. Thankfully, he's an honest guy, and went right to the office to have the manager call me. I took it to a local RV Marine repair facility for the repair. His insurance was State Farm. It cost $9,000 to repair it! They couldn't just patch the filon because it had texture and sanding the patch would have left a smooth spot. Our trailer was less than 2 years old at the time. They removed both driver side slides and replaced an 8 foot section from slide to slide along with a new fender skirt, decals and other small trim. They got the paint perfect, and it was repaired as good as new.

Same is fuy is still our neighbor at the storage lot, and I sure hope he learned his lesson (his wife says he'll never back it alone again!) since he still parks next to our new Cedar Creek.

From your picture, it looks to me like your neighbor might have hit you as he pulled out and not even be aware of it. Do you see any sign of damage on his trailer?

Good luck with the repair. I know it's traumatic, but it can be fixed. And at last in the winter, you shouldn't be without it during camping season.
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Old 01-05-2019, 03:38 PM   #16
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Sorry to hear of the damage. Fiberglass is repairable. A good auto body shop should be able to patch to almost new looking, pretty sure the trim is replaceable. Insurance Co. should have experience on who's qualified to fix. I know, Why Me ? I'm sure you're not the first. These things happen. Still sucks.
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Old 01-05-2019, 03:41 PM   #17
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So I'll tackle the Camping World item first since that seemed to be hot! Haha. I have never dealt with this before, that's where we bought it so figured it was worth asking them at least what it would take to fix (I never made it over there this morning). I had no idea local body shops dealt with RVs, you learn something new every day!


I talked to my insurance agent and he said the same thing mostly that you all did, wait to talk to the manager and review footage to see if we can see who did it, ask for the neighbor's contact info, etc before filing a claim. He said either way this will most likely end up as "vandalism" or "property damage" which won't make my rates go up.



The thing that kills me is that the spaces at this lot are a little tight (like literally maybe 24-36" between trailers), but there is plenty of room to maneuver around if you take your time. I always bring my oldest daughter to help spot me either way.


I'll keep you guys posted on what happens! Thanks for all of the help and feedback so far!
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I've had the wonderful opportunity to watch owners (newbies I guess) take up to 20+ minutes and around 10-15+ tries to get their unit in their space at our storage facility!!!!!! Luckily I have boats on both sides of my unit.
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Oh that'll buff right out!
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Old 01-05-2019, 07:28 PM   #20
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1st CW in Myrtle has a body shop beyond most auto-body shops!

I would use neither. A boat body repair person will come to your lot. May take 2 trips as stuff needs to fully dry before finishing. If the person is 1/2 way good you will never be able to find the ding. No one works fiberglass and matches color like a boat person.
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