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Old 08-26-2015, 03:23 PM   #1
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Stupid Mistake!

Today I picked up my camper from storage to get it ready for camping next week. I did a great job of parking it except that I forgot to chock the wheels. As soon as I unhooked the trailer it started to roll back towards my house! The terror was sickening as I knew immediately what I forgot to do. Well when I finally walked to the back of the trailer I found that the house amazingly had no damage except for an outside light on the wall. However the trailer did not fair as well. When the trailer hit it broke an outside light and that poked right through the back of the trailer. I will need 2 panels of siding replaced to fix the damage. Could have been a whole lot worse however so I am taking my beating and moving on. Remeber to chock your trailer BEFORE unhooking.

With that said the dealer is backed up in service. Does anyone know how difficult it is to remove the panels and repalce 2 of them? It appears that each panel is stapled on the bottom then slides into a groove on the one above it. I could remove the other panels in order and reaplce them if the dealer can get the material. Am I correct in my understanding how these are attached to the trailer? Is there anything I need to be aware of?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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You will also need to remove the corner trim, which is screwed on, to access the panels. You will need butyl tape to replace the corner trim.

If it was me, I would get some Eternabond and simply cover up the damage until the dealer can look at it and give you an estimate.

Either way, good luck! Mistakes happen, what can you do. When I bought my first trailer we brought it home and parked it in the back yard. I needed to take it to an inspection shop to get tags. I pulled out of my backyard and kept a close look at the corner of the house, making sure I didn't hit it. Well... stupid me didn't account for the fact that the gutter stuck out 6" past the house... ripped the gutter off the house and caused a minor dent in the aluminum siding on the trailer.

It is what it is...
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:59 PM   #3
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I honestly don't know how hard it would be. Your homeowners may cover it though. When we had holes and were waiting (from a wreck) we used camouflage duct tape while waiting on the repairs and kept camping . Realizing that this is like closing the barn door after the horse gets out, but one suggestion. I never take my chains off until the camper (or other trailer) is off the ball. That way if I forget to chock the wheels (and we've all done it) it will only move back a little bit and shouldn't get any damage. Sorry it happened to you.
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I honestly don't know how hard it would be. Your homeowners may cover it though. When we had holes and were waiting (from a wreck) we used camouflage duct tape while waiting on the repairs and kept camping . Realizing that this is like closing the barn door after the horse gets out, but one suggestion. I never take my chains off until the camper (or other trailer) is off the ball. That way if I forget to chock the wheels (and we've all done it) it will only move back a little bit and shouldn't get any damage. Sorry it happened to you.

Great idea on the breakaway chains!
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:27 PM   #5
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You can add me to the rollaway list but luckily no damage.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:55 PM   #6
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Yeah good policy to chock first and leave the safety chains attached to vehicle until all is secure. Not sure what the siding removal process entails, do you have to start at the bottom or top when removing panels to get to the affected ones?
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It would be bottom to top to put on or water would leak.
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I really don't think it would be that hard to fix. Probably harder to find the new panel . Two years ago I helped a friend rebuild the rear of his fifth wheel the panels just slid in from the side we used a lot of butyl tape. The repair looked better than it was original.
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Depending on the complexity of the repair and the availability of parts, you may want to submit a claim to your trailer insurance carrier.
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I've poked a hole in the back of a TT too. My was much stupider tho!

Tape it and investigate the do it yourself project, or weight out the repair shop option. Good luck
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