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Old 11-07-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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I live in West Texas and am looking for a shop that can repair a gash in the outside wall of our Fleetwood Bounder above the bedroom window. It is 30 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. This MH has filon exterior walls.
Can anyone give me some info about get this repaired.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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I would try some of the bigger rv dealers in your area or the closest large city. Some have body shops or at the least can refer you out to one that specializes in such repairs. Most body shops might not have the knowledge to deal with some of these repairs. I know places like lazy days in Florida has a body shop and Im sure there are some near the factories in indiana.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:41 AM   #3
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Talk to a boat repair shop. I don't know what Filon is, but it is probably one of the offshoots of fiberglass and if so is most likely carried over to the boating industry as well. Also, many truck body shops will also be able to repair these 'modern' materials. The shop in Mass. that painted our new 5ers nose cap had a very large Winnebago with a similar gash (sign post) that they were just finishing up and it looked very good.
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You'll want to go to a large RV only body shop for such repairs. They've usually got to reinforce the damage from the inside before making the repairs outside. That means they often have to remove cabinetry and sometimes bathroom fixtures to get to the problem.

It's just specialized body repair that a regular auto/truck body shop doesn't have the time or skills to complete.

Another issue is paint. Many manufacturers constantly use different colors--and owners may not have the paint codes. RV body shops often have to spend hours mixing and testing paint colors for a match.
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Most body shops, large, can match the paint. Lots of NAPA have a computerized device that can match colors from DuPont or Sherwin Williams body paints. Complete RV in Denver NC had such a device and painted my wall slide perfectly.
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Filon is a variant of fiberglass but the key is that RV sidewalls are laminated, with a relatively thin skin over plywood and insulation. The skin can be repaired with standard auto-body fiberglass techniques, but if the underlayment is damaged it may take some RV-specific skills. A shop that works on RVs will know how to do that. If your gash is only skin deep. most any body shop should be able to do a decent job and match the paint. If deeper than that, you need to be more picky about the skills of the shop.

I wouldn't go to an RV dealer unless they had their own RV body shop. A place called Rodfathers RV & Autobody in Amarillo advertises that they do RV bodywork, but I know nothing about them.
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When I got in a hurry one time and backed our 5er into the house, resulting in several thousand dollars in damage, I called an auto-body repair shop the specializes in fiberglass repairs. The result was stronger than the OEM fiberglass and looked much better than original. My previous repair experience was with a boat hull repair shop, which was not as good as the auto-body shop.
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