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Old 10-09-2019, 02:45 PM   #1
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Bashed rear bumper

On a trip to Utah, I made a too tight U turn with my Jeep toad and bashed in the right rear bumper of my 2006 Itasca Sunova 26P Class A. Its a three part bumper and in contacting a winnebago parts supplier he said the cost was $975 for just this right end! I wonder if anyone here has a recommendation for a good RV salvage yard or any ideas on an alternative. Here is a photo of the damaged part attached.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:43 PM   #2
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Make sure you check your tow bar VERY closely!

I made a tight turn like that once with my Jeep although did not make impact. However, about 250 miles down the road, my tow bar cracked (Blue Ox) while I was doing 65mph on I-95. I was fortunately able to get both RV and Jeep to the side of the road.

The tight turn had stressed the tow bar enough to form a small crack that got bigger over time.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:29 PM   #3
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Check with visionerv.com or colawrvsalvage.com
I think both salvage yards are in KY.
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On a trip to Utah, I made a too tight U turn with my Jeep toad and bashed in the right rear bumper of my 2006 Itasca Sunova 26P Class A. Its a three part bumper and in contacting a winnebago parts supplier he said the cost was $975 for just this right end! I wonder if anyone here has a recommendation for a good RV salvage yard or any ideas on an alternative. Here is a photo of the damaged part attached.
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I have had a few vehicle damage things happen in the span of my life, and have carried reasonable repairs myself. I think if the damage on the side of your coach isn't to bad I would try and repair yourself unless you are not practically skilled. Fiber Glass is fairly easy to work with if you wish to close a large hole a wire mesh can span the void and give fiber glass something to attach to and adds strength to the patch once all holes and gaps are filled sand to blend shape needed add filler where necessary. With patients you can save yourself a lot of time and money. A photo of the side damage would be interesting to see and would show complete extent of damage.
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Check with visionerv.com or colawrvsalvage.com
I think both salvage yards are in KY.
Thanks, I sent out a request to both.
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I have had a few vehicle damage things happen in the span of my life, and have carried reasonable repairs myself. I think if the damage on the side of your coach isn't to bad I would try and repair yourself unless you are not practically skilled. Fiber Glass is fairly easy to work with if you wish to close a large hole a wire mesh can span the void and give fiber glass something to attach to and adds strength to the patch once all holes and gaps are filled sand to blend shape needed add filler where necessary. With patients you can save yourself a lot of time and money. A photo of the side damage would be interesting to see and would show complete extent of damage.
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I dont know how good I would be at working with fiberglass but if I cant find a used one I just may try. Maybe look up body repair on youtube to learn how. There is no other damage to the body of the rv side, only the plastic bumper. Thanks
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You might look into a longer draw-bar. I had a friend who towed an SUV behind his fifth wheel and got a longer draw bar after damaging both front corners of the SUV dur to tight turns.
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I dont know how good I would be at working with fiberglass but if I cant find a used one I just may try. Maybe look up body repair on youtube to learn how. There is no other damage to the body of the rv side, only the plastic bumper. Thanks
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You are absolutely capable of using fiber glass, as you said look at U tube video's it will give you confidence. You can't make it worse you can buy wire mesh from most hard ware store's use a duct tape to hold on inside/backside area of damage if it is rough on the inside of bumper it is fiber glass if so clean the area and coat the ends of mesh with fiberglass product and let set up now you'll have something solid to work with just coat the mesh untill you have a solid backing making sure you follow existing shape you may have to do a segment at a time looking at your damage I'm pretty sure your bumper is fiber glass not plastic as my coach is but you will have to check for sure as products to repair may be slightly different. Don't give up if you do most of the work and feel its starting to look like it should you could ask a body shop if they would finish it up and paint for you, although I bought my coach paint on line and it did a pretty good job. Parts of the damaged fiber glass will need to be removed or sanded taking old paint off this gives the filling product something to adhere to.
Good luck hope this helps might save you a lot of running around I hope.
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