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Old 06-19-2016, 07:15 AM   #15
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That stuff is paper thin like mentioned above. I would caulk it for now and replace the whole sheet later with heavier material when you have time.

I had mine tear at the screw holes so I added more screws and made large washers from thick diamond plate. The material is so thin that is comes on a roll.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:35 AM   #16
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I'd patch it with whatever (maybe just fill with silicone or something?) and go on your trip. When you get back, I'd look into repairing it more permanently, going with something that wouldn't look like a patch job. Some day when you go to sell the trailer, a patch like that might cost you dearly.

If the trailer is that new, a replacement panel should be available at a very nominal expense, and should be easily within the average DIY'ers capablilities to install.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:06 AM   #17
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Use J-B Weld putty filler hole leveled off. Go enjoy your camper. When you get back see if you can find a little heavier diamond plate. To replace it would probably be better. I have seen those panels and even chips and stones and rocks can send out those things so easy from the tires. Don't worry about it for now. Oops it happens to all of us. Minor damage knowing her go enjoy the camper.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:26 AM   #18
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Is it easy to remove? If so take it off, hammer the hole shut and use a metal glue to fill in the cracks.
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First, thanks everyone for the replies and ideas, there is a solution in here somewhere. Got a chance to look at it a little closer today, and you are correct, that stuff is paper thin, not sure how it holds up to anything! It seems to be open on the bottom and I can probably get some sort of flat tool up in there to push the tinfoil back out and maybe hammer it flat and then some type of filler or jb weld. I'll post some pictures when I get around to working the repair in the next few days.
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IMO it is only there to help reduce road rash from gravel, etc on the road. It certainly is better to have it as a wearing surface than a fiberglass surface. Most of the sand, debris on the road will not hurt it or leave small dents.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:49 PM   #21
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Don't beat yourself up on this one. It's the norm in the RV world.

I did $17K to my 5 day old fifth wheel trailer. You have to pay attention to what's overhead in these oversize things.
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Don't beat yourself up on this one. It's the norm in the RV world.

I did $17K to my 5 day old fifth wheel trailer. You have to pay attention to what's overhead in these oversize things.
That must have been painful to look at.
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Ohhh how I relate to this post! Yep, I did the same thing not long after buying our Minnie. Easy repair is to patch with a piece of diamond plate. I sealed it caulk and used four sheet metal screws to secure it. It's been on there two years without a problem. If I were going to have the whole panel replaced, I'd want to see if they could use a heavier gauge diamond plate.
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Ohhh how I relate to this post! Yep, I did the same thing not long after buying our Minnie. Easy repair is to patch with a piece of diamond plate. I sealed it caulk and used four sheet metal screws to secure it. It's been on there two years without a problem. If I were going to have the whole panel replaced, I'd want to see if they could use a heavier gauge diamond plate.
What is used on RV's and is considered to be diamond plate nowadays, used to be made out of a minimum of 1/8" thick steel. Now it is considered anything with the distinctive diamond shaped raised surface, more cosmetic than anything. It comes in sheets and rolls. Maybe soon you will be able to find it in a spray can like the "hammered finishes"!

It does create a nice finish and will help guard against scuffs and SMALL rock abrasions, but don't make the mistake of thinking it is structural in any way!
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I slightly scraped the slideout on my TT last year. I could have ignored the scrape but I took it in and let the insurance company pay and it cost over 8 grand! If you an patch it then I would and just enjoy the RV. I m petrified to move mine now...
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I slightly scraped the slideout on my TT last year. I could have ignored the scrape but I took it in and let the insurance company pay and it cost over 8 grand! If you an patch it then I would and just enjoy the RV. I m petrified to move mine now...

Keep in mind that the insurance companies are totally clueless and without a lot of choices when it comes to RV repairs. Because of this, gouging by the dealer is a rampant practice. That work could likely have been done for 25% of what they charged the ins. co.

Please don't let that incident stop you from adventuring further! Stuff happens, we all realize that, but when it does happen, think of it as experience! You know how you did that, so in the future, avoid that particular situation, or just handle it differently next time.

And keep your insurance up to date....
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I knew at some point I would damage the trailer, but always assumed it would from a deep woods boon docking experience while trying to scale a 40% grade over a rock slide, not in my driveway! Anyway, I've decided it's not a big deal, live and learn, some 200mph tape for right now and then a more permanent fix after the season. i took a picture of it, but don't have a way to post it, need to go back and read the instructions.
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You could just cover it with a dummy electrical box or put grommets there and use it to connect another battery.
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