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Old 04-09-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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RV Body Panels?

Is there a good source for RV body parts?

I munched my fender and one panel.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:04 AM   #2
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Ouch! That's a tough one.

There are two sources of original parts - a wrecking yard or the manufacturer.

From the images, the front fender tear looks repairable. I can't tell if the flat panel behind it is fiberglass, aluminum, or steel. If it's some kind of metal it is probably also repairable.

Have you had a competent body shop look at it yet?

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Old 04-10-2014, 02:39 AM   #3
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I'm just wondering if there's a wrecking yard that ships body parts like this cheap so I can start shopping and determine if it would be cheaper to replace the parts or have a body shop fix them.

I've learned quickly that anything involving RV repair seems to be gratuitously overpriced. Like 10 times more than it should be for any given job.

So I'm always on the look out for the easy fix.

For example... a couple weeks ago an RV shop charged $65 to "inspect" my broken inverter. For that $65 he told me it didn't work. NO DUH!!! I told him that when I pulled in.

Then he offered to install a brand new one for $2000. I declined and brought the inverter into Batteries+.

They fixed the inverter for $14. It was a burnt out relay. They ordered the part and replaced it at cost with no labor charge.

Also! LED replacements for fluorescent tubes are $19 at Batteries+ and $59 at Camping World.

So the moral of the story is that... as far as I can tell... any business with RV on the sign is massively over priced. And I love coming here to iRV2 to find the gold nugget info from people who live the life.

I'm hoping to find a cheap junk yard solution rather than paying thousands for an RV body shop. I'm dreaming perhaps but I figured it's worth a shot.
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i had one of the storage doors dented once i checked wreckage yards in the whole nation. i did find one but they asked for $800 plus shipping. i ended up fixing it for $300. all those fiberglass body parts are easy to repair.
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:03 AM   #5
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I got my coach it had a dented storage door.

I had a local Kenworth shop price me a door new which was over a 1000 for the door then had to be painted. He was able to fix the door and paint it and clear coat a few bad spots I had for less the 400.
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