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Old 09-13-2017, 07:43 AM   #1
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Smashed corner repair

During hurricane Irma here in So Florida a tree branch smashed a corner on the front right side near where the roof and front cap meet. I let it dry out and covered with eternabond tape for now to mitigate any water damage. Short of taking it to a professional how would you repair this? It's not really all that bad. Getting pictures before the eternabond was an afterthought as at the time I was mainly concerned with getting it covered before more rains came.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:31 AM   #2
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Have no idea what makeup your unit is but,your repair is good unless you want to spend lots of $$$$! Youroo!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:40 AM   #3
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Have no idea what makeup your unit is but,your repair is good unless you want to spend lots of $$$$! Youroo!!
Thanks for the response youroo. wall is just the thin (maybe 1/8") gelcoat panel attached to aluminum frame. I was thinking to just leave it for now. I'll be getting a new roof next year and will probably just have it addressed then.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:52 AM   #4
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You may want to get your insurance adjuster involved. I would also check the seams (in both directions) from the crash site. The force could have popped the caulking loose further down or back from the impact.
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I agree about the insurance adjuster.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:15 AM   #6
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I agree about the insurance adjuster.
+2. I was shocked this year at what seemed like very little added up to nearly $5K.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:17 AM   #7
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You may want to get your insurance adjuster involved. I would also check the seams (in both directions) from the crash site. The force could have popped the caulking loose further down or back from the impact.
I let the insurance lapse as I my job has had me traveling quite a bit over the last 6 months so didn't renew it as I wasn't using it. I had planned on reinstating it before the spring as the traveling will be be done soon. I already started resealing the entire RV (was due anyway). So this will either stay as is or get repaired out of pocket. I had planned on getting the roof replaced next year and may just leave it until then.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:22 AM   #8
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+2. I was shocked this year at what seemed like very little added up to nearly $5K.
I really think I can tackle this myself. All of the pieces of gelcoat are still there. I was thinking to put it all back into shape and reinforce the back with fiberglass tape and resin. Then fill the hairline cracks on the exterior with gelcoat repair kit from West Marine and replace the trim.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:37 AM   #9
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If you're handy with fiberglass repair, that's not too bad of a repair. I can't see where the joint in the cap trim is, but replacing that if it can't be recurved is going to be your biggest issue.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #10
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If you're handy with fiberglass repair, that's not too bad of a repair. I can't see where the joint in the cap trim is, but replacing that if it can't be recurved is going to be your biggest issue.
I'm pretty handy with fiberglass. Have done quite a few repairs on my boat. I already ordered the trim pieces. From what I understand I screw it in and gently bend as I go down. That part will be trial and error as I've never done it before. I'll practice on the damage piece before I attempt with the new. Worse case I get that professionally done.
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It will bend with some steady pressure. Be careful not to bend it sharply and create a kink. I use a mallet and a piece of soft wood to persuade it into place along the curves. Just putting a little pressure and bumping along it as I go. Be careful not to collapse the screw cover trim channels. I trim the piece of wood down to where it fits between them.

You're smart to practice with the damaged piece. Take it slow and easy.
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