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Old 05-20-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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Perhaps so dustman. For starters it's probably more difficult to repair the tailgate given the double ply, not to mention the various body lines/grooves.

Buying a tailgate is very expensive, but I'm going to research and stop by a couple of places for opinions.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #12
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Perhaps so dustman. For starters it's probably more difficult to repair the tailgate given the double ply, not to mention the various body lines/grooves.

Buying a tailgate is very expensive, but I'm going to research and stop by a couple of places for opinions.
I bet you are right about it being very expensive, too. Just be careful about getting it fixed. Even if they say they can fix it, like you said, it'll be really hard to get those lines perfect. Good luck.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:39 AM   #13
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I would sure try to bend back that front bed with a wide vise before I paid out of pocket for the new bed. You may even be able to devise something, such as two boards and bolt them together and tighten them up to straighten it out. Looks like the only real damage is it is bent at the hinge area.

Good luck, sorry about the situation, do let us know what the bed will cost if you decide to buy one though.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:52 AM   #14
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That's what my dad said Grizzly. I'm more concerns about it leaking down the road if I were to repair it myself, but at the same time, I could develop a leak at any time.

Tough deal for sure

I called my dealer and sent him pictures to get an idea of the next steps per his suggestion. He wants to get a quick look before having me bring it in.

The truck tailgate brand new will run around 1100. Looking more like an insurance claim to me.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:56 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear this ... It sure sucks to have our toys damaged but it happens, it only takes a split second for things like that to happen.

Were you able to see if there is any damage to the wall where the bed is attached ? It might look ok now but it might delaminate soon (hopefully not). I wouls surely want the dealer to have a very good look and then decided if I want to repair it or have it done professionally.

Did you consider junk(wrecking) yards for your tailgate ? You might be able to get a decent tailgate and just pay for painting which should be cehaper than buying a new tail gate from your dealer.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:05 AM   #16
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I didn't see any signs of damage on the wall or surrounding area, but that doesn't mean that delaminatjon won't happen I suppose.

I'm leaning towards buying a new bed door assembly and having my dealer do the work. If there is more damage, I hope it will be noticed then.

Good idea on the tailgate. I'm in no real rush to have that fixed - the Roo is more important at this point.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #17
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Check a site called auto-parts.com

You can find parts for the truck priced well and might just find the right color.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:24 PM   #18
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Here is the damage. Edit - it looks like i may need to have the entire front bed replaced - Thoughts?

I'm sure a body shop can assist with the tailgate. Not too bad, but bad enough for me to fix it.

After a few beers to drown my sorrows late Friday night, we had a great camping trip!

Did some biking, nature center feeding of snakes, amphibians, etc. geocashing, and watched the NASCAR All Star race.

Great weekend - except for those bumps, bruises and bent metal.
Hey how is the tv hanging on there and what kind if bracket did you use
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:35 PM   #19
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Wow, sorry to hear about that.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:37 PM   #20
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Unfortunately the only way to keep our trucks, toys, rv's and anything else in mint condition is to not use them! I think its all part of the deal....I tried to turn my trailer into a sail boat last weekend by putting out the awning in a hurricane (it crept in on us). Things happen....its all part of the deal.....

Little tangent...I have a buddy who's father would take a small ball peen hammer to every new car he bought. He would put a little dent in a hard to see place like a rocker panel or bottom of a quarter so that the first one was taken care of and the following dents and chips didn't really hurt so much. I think that's crazy but that's me.
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