XL 378 propane door
I was told many years ago when I first bought our Mooney, "there are those who have, and those who will" referring to landing with the wheels still folded in the wheel wells. Fortunately, that never happened to us.
What did happen is when filling the motorhome at the local gas station (been there many times) for what ever reason, I cut to sharp and crunched the Propane storage compartment door. That's it, zero damage anywhere else, none.
I called a parts supplier and they could get me a new door, unpainted for about $750, new latch included. This was going to leave me looking for a paint shop that would actually paint it. I then contacted the dealer we bought from (who has been great) for an estimate to supply the door and paint it. Bare in mind, it takes 6 screws to remove the door.
Both the parts supplier and the dealer were about the same on the cost of the door, and both quoted 3-4 weeks from the factory. What blew me away, was the price quoted to paint the new door. Granted there are three colors, it is 42"X27", new and unpainted... Wait for it, $3,600. That's nearly $900 per color.
So now, I have found a used door from a salvage yard and have contacted a RV collision outfit that is not real close, but within driving distance. I explained what I was doing and he said, "yeah, no problem. Need to see the layout, but probably around $500. We get them all the time"
I'm not sure if I'm smoking CRACK, the dealer is smoking CRACK, or the industry is just that strong, but $3,600 seems steep.
And for the question everyone wants to know, Yes we do have insurance. Frankly I thought I could get it done for less than the deductibleÖ
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