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Old 09-28-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Hole punched in interior wall of 2012 Itasca Sunova 30A

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While putting out the slide on the passenger's side, a broom got caught sideways and punched a whole right through the wall to the outside. This is an insurance claim. The dealer wants to replace the whole interior panel. The exterior wall is a simple fibreglass fix. The interior hole is near the floor. It could be repaired with a 7" x 7" piece of paneling. My concern is replacing the whole panel and all the insulation and maintaining the integrity of the wall. I realize the patch is hokey but I am concerned with the panel replacement. Any advice?
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:10 PM   #2
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hi sorry about your hole. been repairing rv for more then fifty years. your right about the outside repair so I won't address. inside, you didn't say if the damage includes any part of the fame. if not then your patch sound fine if you can live with knowing it patch (it wouldn't brother me although I would match things as close as possible to keep it nice). if fame got damage them expand the patch out and replace any bad. with all I have been reading in my rv newsletter lately most dealership are so overloaded that waiting periods are long and work is sloppy. good luck
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In this case no good answer. The risk with the panel replacement is if there has been any fading of the adjoining panels, your going to notice it. The patch is just a bad idea.

Other ideas would be to "change" the area. If its low enough maybe you can add floor trim that would cover the hole and be a new design addition. Maybe add a light weight wainscoting. Other ideas in that same thought line.

With my property restoration company we had to do things like this all the time to houses. The insurance would not pay to replace everything because it was not damaged... but to not replace it all would look bad. So you learn to get creative and work with the customer.
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Hole in the wall

Can you put a frame around it to make it look like an access panel?
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Can you put a frame around it to make it look like an access panel?
Or paint it to look like a cat (or mouse if small enough) coming in a pet door. You'll have a great conversation starter and forever laugh about the whole experience.
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Can you put a frame around it to make it look like an access panel?
Actually that is another great idea. The access panel thing would likely have the same fading issue, but doing decorative frame outs could work really well depending on where and the type of style of the interior.


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Or paint it to look like a cat (or mouse if small enough) coming in a pet door. You'll have a great conversation starter and forever laugh about the whole experience.
That's just FUNNY! I love it
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Advice needed!
While putting out the slide on the passenger's side, a broom got caught sideways and punched a whole right through the wall to the outside. This is an insurance claim. The dealer wants to replace the whole interior panel. The exterior wall is a simple fibreglass fix. The interior hole is near the floor. It could be repaired with a 7" x 7" piece of paneling. My concern is replacing the whole panel and all the insulation and maintaining the integrity of the wall. I realize the patch is hokey but I am concerned with the panel replacement. Any advice?

Apparently the panel is still available through Winnebago. There is no frame damage. Just a hole. Does replacing the whole panel do anything against the wall strength?? I like the idea of disguising it somehow.
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whether the fame is wood or metal replacing a whole panel will not hurt the strength of the wall as long as u use the proper glue with wood or metal when replacing it. matching things depending on age of MH and fading, will be your biggest hassle. Good times:
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Cover it with a door and use it for a broom closet.
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