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Old 05-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Repairing body damage

So it was bound to happen sometime. Caught the edge of a tree backing into a site. Wondering is if this could be an easy self repair or if I need a dealer to check behind the aluminum siding for other potential issues such as busted studs or paneling.
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:24 AM   #2
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This happened to a friend of mine who elected to repair it himself.
He was quite proud of his repair to a seemingly minor left rear accident.

Unfortunately, to his horror, he discovered after his first winter that the right front was delaminating due to hidden damage from the "racking" of the frame and structure at impact.

Once hit (IMO), it is time to repair and sell as soon as possible. You might regret keeping it until it is too late to trade due to "fatal" hidden damage.

While he did not get a photo of the camper shedding insulation and clothing down the highway as the wall peeled away, here is a photo of his "repair" of the front so he could get it home.

It is now a near total loss and sold as a hunting cabin for 1400 bucks. (Sorry called Sam and I had the amount wrong)
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:36 AM   #3
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From the angle of the picture it doesn't look that bad. Maybe remove the trim and have peek inside. If the wood isn't broken re trim and seal. If worse repair and trade if able as Herk has said.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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Dang my friend, that's a bummer, but it could happen to any of us. What did you decide to do? Did it do any internal damage?
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:49 PM   #5
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No internal damage was just simply cosmetic. Found an RV repair guy off Craigslist to fix for a few hundred


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