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Old 05-13-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Oops, poked a hole in the exterior front panel

OK, when we camp, my husband backs up the truck, and I line him up and lower the power hitch onto the ball. Usually works well. This time, for some reason, he leaned the stabilizer bars up against the front wall of the trailer vertically instead of having them lying on the ground. I didn't notice. So, as I lowered the trailer onto the ball, suddenly I heard "pop"! The stabilizer bar poked right thru the silver part of the trailer that looks like aluminum with all the criss crosses (but is actually some sort of plastic). Didn't go all the way through to the storage compartment, but it's a hole about 2-3 inches in diameter! I could see what appears to be insulation inside. I used a coat hanger to pry the plastic back into place, but there's still space for water, bugs, etc to get in What can we use to patch that?? For now, there's clear packing tape over it. We were thinking maybe a spray sealant?
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

You could try Eternabond tape. Its made for roofs but I can't see why it wouldn't work on something like this. Might not be a pretty repair though.
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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Find you a square piece of aluminum diamond plate a little bigger than the damage you have. Drill a hole in center then drill a hole though the damaged area as close to center as possible. Fill hole with a water proof sealant. Put new piece on and bolt in through to the storage area then tighten till tight. This should blend in and not be real noticeable.
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Doc, Thanks, does that tape come in various colors? I'd like it to be as un-noticable as possible.

lx22f/c, Thanks for your reply as well! The hole does not go all the way through to the storage compartment. Seems like it would have to be an awfully long bolt to go that far, and I'd have to drill through the undamaged storage area to secure it. I think something on the surface is what we need. I'll try to post a pic...
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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I would use that diamond plate patch method, but secure it with pop rivets. This is the way aircraft skin gets repaired when damaged. I would also make sure some waterproofing material was placed in behind the patch. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself I'm sure the dealer could figure something out for you.
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just added a photo to my original post. You have to imagine the damage, like a flap, before I pryed it back into position. You can see the part that is still open through the tape.
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I like the diamond plate idea better than the Eternabond tape.

You could use RV butyl putty tape behind the edges of the riveted patch.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:13 PM   #8
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Ouch! Maybe one of those round reflective driveway markers mounted with plenty o sealant. Sorta like a badge of honor and constant reminder to remove all thing from the front before backing in. I tend to lean into my senior moments
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Looks like a good place for a JOF Sticker to me!....
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Line X the whole piece, not only will it look good but you will not have to worry about it leaking.

http://www.linex.com/
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