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Old 08-27-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Ouch!!...my first significant ding

I was devastated this past Friday afternoon while setting up my TT, and I looked up and discovered what you see in the picture below....a 4" - 5" gash that penetrates the fiberglass. There is green paint within the damaged area...what appears to be the color of neighborhood street signs. Since I pulled it to a local campground this past weekend, I was able to re-trace my route quite easily. I am completely baffled as I don't see any road signs that I would have (could have) hit, and there are no damaged signs. Based on the sign locations, I would have had to take the TT wheels up onto the curb to hit them, which I certainly didn't do. The only thing I can figure is that it happened 2 weeks earlier when I pulled it on some small curvy roads through the countryside, although I thought I would have noticed prior to now. I just thought I would have felt us hit the sign. Hopefully moisture hasn't penetrated...I now have a pvc tape over it now until I can get it fixed.

I'm humbled and will just have to be even more careful.

I'll be taking it to a local garage today in Manheim, PA that specializes in fiberglass repair...no idea what it will cost to fix.

As with new cars, the first scratch/ding is always the hardest to accept...after that, it gets easier.

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Old 08-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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Keep us posted. I almost rubbed against the cement bottom portion of a parking lot light fixture when exiting. I couldn't believe how close I came w/o even noticing it until I felt the trailer jump up on the curb. Closest call for me yet. :lightning:
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #3
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Keep us posted.
I just got back from pulling my TT to the garage. Estimate is $300. I can't complain.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:11 PM   #4
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Looking at your picture, the damage appears to be on the left (driver's side) rear of your trailer.

Question: In your travels, where might you have made a sharp right turn? The damage seems to progressively get worse as it reaches the end of the trailer, thus indicating the rear of the trailer swung out, striking something, as you made a right turn somewhere. Because of the angle of your trailer and TV during the turn, your mirrors would never see the approaching object that struck your trailer. With the long rear overhang most trailers have, they are extremely prone to this type of accident.
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Looking at your picture, the damage appears to be on the left (driver's side) rear of your trailer.

Question: In your travels, where might you have made a sharp right turn? The damage seems to progressively get worse as it reaches the end of the trailer, thus indicating the rear of the trailer swung out, striking something, as you made a right turn somewhere. Because of the angle of your trailer and TV during the turn, your mirrors would never see the approaching object that struck your trailer. With the long rear overhang most trailers have, they are extremely prone to this type of accident.
You are correct in your observation that the damage apparently occurred on a right turn. The damage becomes increasingly worse as you move to the rear of the trailer. What the pic does not show are the light scrapes on the fiberglass and the scratches in the aluminum bunk window frame and glass to the left of the gouge (the body shop said they can buff and touch it up to make it look almost as good as new). Having spent the last 10 years driving a Ford Escort, and now pulling around a rig that has a total length of about 52 feet is quite a change for me....prior to this, I never pulled even one of those little 4' x 6' trailers. I am still trying to gain an understanding/feel of how much the rear of the trailer swings out when turning corners, but as you say, it's hard to know when you can't see it in your mirror. I always take as wide of a turn as I can going around corners, but apparently there was a corner where I didn't do it quite enough.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:39 PM   #6
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Actually, my first experience with this type of accident was with a 1967 Chevy Bel-Air. I had parallel parked with a utility pole extremely close to the right rear fender. When I went to exit the parking space, there was enough room between me and the car in front that if I cut the wheels hard, I could just pull out. When I did, the rear of the car swung out enough that the utility pole sideswiped the last few inches of the fender- essentially crushing the side trim against the fender.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:01 PM   #7
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This will make you feel better. Picked up trailer at dealer. Brought trailer home. Backed trailer in driveway. Trailer longer then old trailer. Siding on garage now has imprint of trailer bumper. Bumper "kinda" bent upward. And all before we put anything in the trailer. Dang truck drivers, think they can back anything!!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:57 PM   #8
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I have a very similar black mark only on my trailer. When backing into the drive I got a little too close to the house. The shingles on the roof put the black marks on the trailer. I think I can just wax them out.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #9
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When I was 18ish I had to pick up my parents TT form their winter storage facility, which had a two hour window to pick up the rig or you paid an additional storage fee. I do not recall why, by my parents could not go that day. So they asked me to pick it up. I think it was the first time I ever pulled a trailer, and I know for fact I had never back one up. They told me I could park it on the street, but I thought I would try parking it in the driveway. What the heck, the worst thing that would happen I would pull around the block and park it in front. Well as I was backing up I “tapped” the neighbor’s wood fence that was illegally installed right on the edge of our driveway. I pulled forwards and slide the trailer over a few inches and backed in the remaining 50+ feet with no issues. I parked it right where she always sat. The outcome of the fence and TT, no noticeable damage. I did hear it crack the corner post, and my parent’s gate that was attached to the post worked better than ever.

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Tree or branch limb possibly? If it was on the pasenger side it would make more sence if you hit a sign but anyways too bad on the damage and that quote dosent seem too bad if it turns out pretty decent. Post up some "after" pics of the repair if you can.
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