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Old 07-22-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Had a mishap

I was out camping this weekend and the back of my TT hooked on a cedar branch, would it be hard to change one piece of siding and the rear corner moulding?


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Old 07-22-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
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Damage like that could happen to almost anybody; I know I've had some close calls with tree branches that were hard to see.

The first thing to do, I think, is to prevent water leaks due to the damage. You could temporarily use duct tape or Eternabond tape or almost anything that will cover up the holes.

Do you have collision insurance on your trailer? If so, this damage is probably covered.

If you want to repair it yourself it would be possible, but it does sound intimidating - especially if you don't have a weather proof area to park the trailer in while you are making the repairs. You'd probably have to order the new panel from Jayco. I don't think you can just slip in a new panel, I think you have to start at the top or the bottom and remove panels, moldings, that window and other bits and pieces until you can get to the damaged panel out.

Was there any damage inside?

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Old 07-22-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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It's not difficult to repair, BUT you need to start at the bottom of the camper and remove all the panels replace the bad panel, then re-install them all. I had a mishap with my previous TT, fortunately for me it was closer to the bottom. I went to my local (at the time) camper dealer (Airstream) and they told me what to do. The panels were stapled to the studs (wood in my case) but to replace them I used screws. The challenge for you I suspect will be removing the panels up to the damaged panels, since I suspect they run the length of the camper, but the good news is that it looks like the panel at the top is undamaged so the roof seal won't need to be compromised.

If course if insurance covers it, that may be the better route for you, or you can do like my dad did when he backed the pick-up camper into a branch. The branch went completely through to the inside so he installed a spot light! Maybe something can be installed into the damaged area, side vent, additional window....
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
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i did a temporary fix until i go see the dealer tomorow. i have a pull-out there, so the panel are only about 3ft long

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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Hey, I am impressed. I hate seeing your misfortune but you did an awesome job, IMHO.
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I would attempt the repair myself (If no insurance coverage) for that short 3' run. looks like a good weekend project. Thats my #1 fear is nailing a tree while backing into a site (had some close calls myself recently). Keep us updated!
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I gotta say, I am way impressed at the patch job. Nice work and good luck!
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