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Old 07-02-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dinged in Storage by neighbor?

I believe my fiberglass HTT was hit in our storage facility by the boat that parks next to us.

I noticed a very small (1.5 inch) tear in the fiberglass siding, and it is pushed in a little bit (a few millimeters). I know it wasn't there the last time I washed it, and I know I didn't hit anything. It seems to line up with a horizontal piece of the boat motor.

I think he bumped it backing in.

But I don't know when this happened, and I can't prove it.

I've read up a little on how to repair this, and it seems like it's not easy, or not cheap if I have someone else do it.

It's on a portion with a vinyl decal stripe. It would be possible to patch it, sand it, and replace that one stripe all the way around (luckily it is a horizontal stripe, no curve to it).

Do I:
1)Count my losses and prop up some plywood between the posts in my bay so he will hit that rather than my trailer next time, the patch it myself to the best of my ability?

2)Make an insurance claim that could mean $$$$$ to repair a 1.5 inch cut?

I'm not sure the cut is all the way through the siding, so I'm not sure if water could intrude. It's covered storage, so I haven't worried about that YET, but eventually I will end up in the rain somewhere, so I need to at least temp patch it.

This is a drawback to fiberglass... it tears rather than dents...

I can take a picture if that helps.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:25 AM   #2
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A picture would be good. Sounds like hit and run, but is it possible the driver didn't know they hit your unit?
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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I think it depends on where the damage is and how bad it looks. I doubt an insurance claim is in order, but you might want to get an estimate from a qualified service center just to be sure. It might also depend on how old your unit is and how concerned you are with a new look. Years ago when I bought my first class C, I cut too close bringing it home and clipped the mailbox, putting a 4-6 inch tear in the aluminium siding. The Class C was already several years old, so I just bought a boat fiberglass repair patch and put that over the cut. It was stil there 10 years later when I sold it and several years after that when I saw the unit again. Today, I might just cut a small piece of eternabond tape if I were concerned about a leak.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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First I would talk to the neighbour. Recheck the heights and if you still suspect .it ask him if he accidentatly bumped his motor into the side of your unit. If he is honest he will admit fault and if ethical will pay for it. Parking lots are generally no fault so hopefull he will offer to pay for the damages.

If you plan to fix it there is a product that may help or make it fairly easy. I have used it on my wifes trike to repair a small place she scraped the fender. The silicone product is easy to use and can be sanded and painted. You can apply, sand and apply your vinyl overtop. Worst that can happen if your fix fails is a small cost before having it professionally done.

https://sugru.com/buy/
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:05 PM   #5
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Im confused where the damage is. You describe it as a "cut" then a tear, but refere to it as fiberglass. I woulod ask your neighbor if he perhaps bumped your coach, He may not even know he did it.
Beyond that I would not file a claim. Insurance looks for reasons to increase costs no need in providing it for them.
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Before you go talk to your neighbour.....Check/measure the height of the damage......Then go and do a walk around inspection of his boat...looking at the height that you measured your damage.....There might be some of your rig left behind on his boat.......If there is great.....photograph it and go and have a conversation......If there isn't go and have the conversation anyways....But check out his boat before you talk to him....Any chance there is video there?
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Any cameras on location?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm out of town this week, sadly not camping. I will take some pics when I get home. No cameras aimed at our spot.
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Same thing happened to me when I had a 5er except it was at the dealers lot while they were doing warranty work. They fixed it about 8 weeks later & then sent me a bill almost 10 months later.
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And the guy next to me has a boat motor with a blade that looks like it lines up with the ding..
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did you measure the height of the damage on your rig and the boat leg? In that last picture the part of the leg that likely struck your rig looks like it was cleaned....or at least the pointy corner part does....and the rest looks dusty....am I seeing this right?......time to go challenge the owner of the boat.
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Ya I saw the same thing. I didn't have a tape measure, and I also thought that the blade height may have been different while attached to the tow vehicle. Visually, it looks really close. I'll take a tape measure with me when I go back put there today.

What do y'all think my repair options are now that I've posted pics?
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Try the Sugru. Easy to work with and a bit of reflective tape will give you at worst a temporary repair. If you dont like it then other options can be used.
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