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Old 09-23-2014, 10:15 AM   #1
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Looking for advice on getting estimates

We have a 1998 American Dream. We just ventured on our first long trip with it. We tangled with a light pole briefly and have some body damage.
Now have to get an estimate for the insurance company.

Would anyone any advice on who to go to. We live in central Ohio now. According to the policy, we have to get the estimate from whom ever we get to do this, they take the pictures and then we wait for approval to get it done. The RV is not hurt otherwise and we want to bring it back to good again.

One of my questions is: It is a special paint, you don't see very many of these buses and so far it needs a bumper, mud flap bar, new basement doors and of course a paint job. Does the repair shop go after these things, do we? Clueless on who to trust our 'baby' with.

Thanks for any help, advice and yes you can joke with me. I know it's just part of life. But don't say it too loud, I don't think my 'baby' has a sense of humor.

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Hey Crash,
The body shop that does the should locate the parts. They will match the paint that is on the MH now. As far as who you go to, the first thing I would do is call around to some of the RV dealers where you are. The second is call truck and bus body shops. GL

Oh and btw, leave the pole dancing to the strippers!!!! LOL

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:36 AM   #3
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I've read forum comments many, many times about excellent paint and body work in northern Indiana, the RV capitol of the world... but no personal experience with any shop there.. I would certainly take my coach up there for such extensive work. I would search the forums for specific shops. My 2.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. Gives me some places to start.

I like the name...."Crash". Funny stuff. lol

Pole dancing........good one. Gave me a chuckle.
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We had our Itasca Meridian with a crack in the side repaired at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, Ind. We are satisfied with the quality, paint match, and customer service. They have RV 50 amp power and water sites. Vinney was our contact and he was very informative about the repair process. Progressive Insurance directed us to Duncan on our way home to NY form the West this spring.

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How about heading to Decatur, ID to ARG. They are the new owners of Fleetwood and American Coach. They may be the best place to get parts.

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