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Old 07-29-2018, 03:39 PM   #1
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Who All Has Destroyed Front Door with Tailgate?

Anyone had to replace the door under the nose of the camper? Curious what kind of a reaming I should expect from the dealer on replacing.

Did this to my brand new 30.5MBOK with, that's WITH a Stromberg Carlson tailgate. It turns out it doesn't matter what tailgate you have if you leave it down and start towing.

Any suggestions on alternative purchasing options vs. buying from the dealer?
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:13 PM   #2
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Maybe check with a fiberglass repair shop to see if they can do the job or recommend someone. Then compare their price to what the dealer quotes you.
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Maybe not so pretty... fix door structurally, if needed, and cover with diamond plate alum?
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Mine got hit with my Rockwood 5er but from a different issue. Was setting up the wedge incorrectly and the trailer rolled into the back of my truck while it was attached in the shoe. Put a quarter sized hole in taillight assembly. ($350) Truck bumper also creased front door aluminum assembly around the edge of the door. Still worked fine but looked bad and reminded me of the screw up so I bought another door from Rockwood. ($400) So it was a ($750) screw up. I did re install the door myself and was a 30 minute job.
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Semi-unrelated. I haven't left the tailgate down while towing my RV, however did so while towing a cargo trailer with a company service truck. I could not see the tailgate from the cab due to the tool boxes, I was always leaving the tailgate down and driving off, loosing stuff along the way. After the trailer cause damage, I rigged a buzzer in the cab to buzz when the key was in the "run" position with a button switch on the tailgate. Tailgate down, key on, buzzer sounded. Never left it down again.
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4 years ago I nicked my previous 5th's door panel while backing up to the hitch (at too sharp of an angle for the tailgate to be open). I just lived with the minor cosmetic blemish.
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All those doors are sourced in a few companies in Indiana. Look for a sticker on the inside of a door and see if you can buy direct or from a rv salvage supplier.

Also another tip: Work on a routine to reduce the possibility of leaving the hatch up or the tailgate down.
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I'm pleased to share the door is $152 + $66 labor to install. Seeing as I expected it to be between 100-200 million dollars, I'm pretty happy with this outcome.
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I'm pleased to share the door is $152 + $66 labor to install.
Is this what your dealer quoted? If so, not nearly as pricey as I would have expected.

Looks like you got away with only a slight flesh wound.
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Who All Has Destroyed Front Door with Tailgate?

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Is this what your dealer quoted? If so, not nearly as pricey as I would have expected.



Looks like you got away with only a slight flesh wound.



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Is this what your dealer quoted? If so, not nearly as pricey as I would have expected.

Looks like you got away with only a slight flesh wound.
Yah I was pleasantly shocked as well. I really expected something in the $500-1000 range.
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Yep, that's exactly the kind of flesh wound I was thinking about...
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Yah I was pleasantly shocked as well. I really expected something in the $500-1000 range.

Sounds like you got off cheap. Just think of it as a "college course" you paid for, as a lesson earned.

I take plenty of "college courses" my self....
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Sounds like you got off cheap. Just think of it as a "college course" you paid for, as a lesson earned.

I take plenty of "college courses" my self....
Yah my struggle though is with my new Stromberg Carlson tailgate I ordered so I wouldn't have to worry about tailgate issues. It doesn't want to stay latched when I'm towing the camper- I was beating myself up over this on Sunday and my wife was 100% confident I never took the tailgate down to start with, therefore it must've fallen.

Perhaps my biggest lesson is to keep the tailgate locked, vs. just closed.
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Yah my struggle though is with my new Stromberg Carlson tailgate I ordered so I wouldn't have to worry about tailgate issues. It doesn't want to stay latched when I'm towing the camper- I was beating myself up over this on Sunday and my wife was 100% confident I never took the tailgate down to start with, therefore it must've fallen.

Perhaps my biggest lesson is to keep the tailgate locked, vs. just closed.

Yeah, I hear ya... Maybe attach a little green spring rod to the tailgate that you can see with your rear view mirror, when the tailgate is in the up position?
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Yeah, I hear ya... Maybe attach a little green spring rod to the tailgate that you can see with your rear view mirror, when the tailgate is in the up position?
Not a bad idea.
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Yah my struggle though is with my new Stromberg Carlson tailgate I ordered so I wouldn't have to worry about tailgate issues. It doesn't want to stay latched when I'm towing the camper- I was beating myself up over this on Sunday and my wife was 100% confident I never took the tailgate down to start with, therefore it must've fallen.

Perhaps my biggest lesson is to keep the tailgate locked, vs. just closed.
Back in the day, I removed the tailgate and installed a low profile toolbox. If you do that, the height of the toolbox should be low enough for the trailer's hitch pin to pass over the box. I didn't do that and had to raise the trailer to clear the toolbox then lower the trailer to be at the right height to hitch. When unhitching, I had to pull out slightly to clear the truck hitch then raise the trailer to clear the toolbox before pulling further ahead. A PIA, but I didn't deliver enough 5th wheel trailers to pay for another, lower profile, toolbox.

On the other hand, that toolbox was really handy for all kinds of 'truck' stuff; wrenches & other tools, motor oil etc., grease, TT hitch, plus lots of etc. and miscellaneous.
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Put a dent in our old Toy Box, a cool decal worked pretty nice!
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