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Old 07-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Our July 4th trip from Seattle out to one of the coastal campgrounds at Olympic National Park started off badly... Holiday traffic, a bad dinner experience, then this: "
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While turning into a gas station we were rear-ended. The good news is that all major systems are still in tact. The bad news is that I've got a hole in the fiberglass & damage to the interior framing & cabinetry. We patched it up with some Gorilla tape and continued on our way. Thank goodness it was a dry weekend at the beach.
Obviously my insurance and/or the other driver will take care of the repair costs, but we're in the dark about what to expect in terms of repair costs and times. Anyone have any experience with what to expect with collision repair?

We're slated to be on the road every other weekend from now to the end of the summer with a potential 2-3 week adventure around Labor Day. Is my summer going to be a bust?
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Wow, that sucks. Sorry to see this. I think only your dealer can answer the questions on cost and time. Probably depends on how busy they are too. I suspect they will have to replace the entire back panel as the walls are essentially once piece with holes cut in the them for the windows, doors, beds, etc. Most likely if you explain to them what your schedule is, they can look at it to make sure there aren't any safety issues, maybe they can patch it temporarily until the season is over. I'm sure they'll have to wait for parts from Jayco anyway.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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Thanks DocBrown. At this point we're kind of expecting the worst, and I was hopeful that someone out there would have a good experience to lift my spirits. My assumption is that the repair work will be fairly extensive since there's interior framing involved, and I can't imagine that these things turn around quickly given part orders etc... we'll see later this week what the cost & potential timelines are.

Anyone have an experience where RV collision repair was surprisingly quick (as in 2 weeks or less)?
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I'm not sure I would want a quick repair. Given what damage you have, I would want the dealer to take their time and make sure the repair is done right and not try to hurry things to satisfy your vacation schedule...

It sucks, but it's just my 2 pennies!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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glsimms, thanks for the perspective. I'm not interested in trading quality for speed, but I did grow up around the body shop at a Ford dealer and have a sense of the pace and activity that surrounds the repair process with an auto (or at least how things went 20 years ago). Let's just say that the average vehicle was subject to a lot of "hurry up and wait" when undergoing repair, for a number of reasons. My starting assumption is that RV collision repair moves in the same way, so at the very least I should know what to expect.

& with that the real sales job begins: convincing my wife that tent camping at the state parks we have reserved will be just as fun as our Jayco.
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IF the safety, strength, or weather integrity has not been compromised, could the exterior body be patched temporarily - Eternabond tape? - and replace the broken tail light? Then you could enjoy your upcoming trips and have the trailer repaired properly this winter.
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glsimms, thanks for the perspective. I'm not interested in trading quality for speed, but I did grow up around the body shop at a Ford dealer and have a sense of the pace and activity that surrounds the repair process with an auto (or at least how things went 20 years ago). Let's just say that the average vehicle was subject to a lot of "hurry up and wait" when undergoing repair, for a number of reasons. My starting assumption is that RV collision repair moves in the same way, so at the very least I should know what to expect.

& with that the real sales job begins: convincing my wife that tent camping at the state parks we have reserved will be just as fun as our Jayco.
Rolltide....

I can certainly respect your experience with the auto repair business, but somehow I think RV's and autos are 2 different animals???
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Why wouldn't the driver's insurance also cover the cost of a rental for your trips? That's what I'd be asking for...
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I'm still waiting to get information about the other vehicle so I can determine if the other driver even had insurance, he was in such a hurry he decided not to stop after the accident. However, a nice officer helped him remember just a few minutes later.

Assuming the other driver has insurance, we could go the rental route for our upcoming trips. Although for a quick weekend that's an awful lot of gear to move around. If we get complete & quality repair plus compensation for diminished value I'll feel like we're whole.
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Let us know if you get that "Diminished Value" comp. That is very hard to get, it's so subjective to an adjuster, especially in an RV that depreciates so quickly.

We got rear ended in out car a while back, serveral thousand in damage, couldnt get diminished value comp. I argued that the car will be worth less forever due to services like car fax...it didn't seem to matter.
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