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Old 10-12-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Body Damage

Looks like someone did a number on me at the parking lot
We were out all day sightseeing while MH was parked in
a public parking lot (park and ride)

There are two sets of damages...

Damage 1a,1b,1c are all the same with different angles shown
This is on the passenger side rear corner

Damage 1a


Damage 1b


Damage 1c



Damage 2 : This is in the rear center of the MH where hitch is.


I have taken out the tow bar etc and straightened the
fiberglass with a mallet

It appears someone drove into it and pulled out thereby
tearing the fiberglass and some damage to the exhaust pipe end
which i will try to straightened out

The paint crack (and fiberglass crack) is visible in both areas.

Do i attempt to fix this myself (never done it) or call progressive (my carrier)?

Are body damages like this expensive to fix?
I have 1k deductible on collision.

Should i go for a truck shop or should i go for camping world or...?
Suggestions and experiences are welcome.

thanks
jim
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:41 AM   #2
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It's probably at least a couple of thousand dollars and I would file a claim with the insurance company.

I wouldn't go to Camping World under any circumstances.
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It will be a "collision" claim (in most states), and whether or not it costs you a surcharge on your policy depends on your insurance company and your history with them. Your agent should be able to help you with this information.

This is not a light brush, they clearly knew they'd hit you. Likely they have significant damage too. If this is a 'park and ride' lot, they may be there on a regular basis. If you have not already, I'd report this to the police. Cruising the lot every once in a while might just find this creaton.

This is not a job for an amatuer. I'd track down a shop with fiberglass experience. It will need to be reinforced on the back side and using the correct materials are critical to a good looking and lasting repair. Replacing the cap would be very expensive, but from what I can see in the photos, this is repairable by an experienced shop.

This is why you have insurance, sucks as it does.

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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Look for a Body Shop that specializes in Corvette Body work. They can fix it so you'll never know it happened. We had to replace the entire back cap on our 1999 Tradewinds and the part cost was $7500.00, we made a claim for the damages. I just got the Insurance renewal and the premium didn't go up more than I would expect to see every year. For some reason even though the value of the coach goes down every year the insurance goes up. I'm told it's because the cost of repairs goes up. Go figure.

In any case it's not going to be inexpensive or fast. The rear will need to be repainted after the repair. So make a claim and get some help from your insurance company. I'd report it to the police even though if it happened on private property they won't do anything. Since our accendent happened in a shell station they didn't even write out a report. Your Insurance company may ask if you reported it.

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Looks like someone did a number on me at the parking lot
We were out all day sightseeing while MH was parked in
a public parking lot (park and ride)

There are two sets of damages...

Damage 1a,1b,1c are all the same with different angles shown
This is on the passenger side rear corner

Damage 1a


Damage 1b


Damage 1c



Damage 2 : This is in the rear center of the MH where hitch is.


I have taken out the tow bar etc and straightened the
fiberglass with a mallet

It appears someone drove into it and pulled out thereby
tearing the fiberglass and some damage to the exhaust pipe end
which i will try to straightened out

The paint crack (and fiberglass crack) is visible in both areas.

Do i attempt to fix this myself (never done it) or call progressive (my carrier)?

Are body damages like this expensive to fix?
I have 1k deductible on collision.

Should i go for a truck shop or should i go for camping world or...?
Suggestions and experiences are welcome.

thanks
jim
See if the park and ride had security cameras, that might show who did this. What a shame. A good boat yard should be able to fix it up.

Good luck.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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I will be picking up my Coachmen from Progressive's preferred body shop Saturday. Progressive insurance has affiliated repair shops in their coverage area. If you use their preferred repair shop, the work is warranted for the length of time you own the unit and, Progressive will knock 10% off your deductible. Worked for me

I didn't watch my tail swing and smacked my roll gate . Took off rear bumper and left rear storage door. $4,211.00 for repair.

Call Progressive, they will inspect the repairs in progress and send you a weekly report w/pictures.

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Old 10-14-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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I had a very similiar damage to my motor home a couple of weeks ago, only I caused the damage myself when I jacknifed my tow while backing up. A very stupid act on my part for trying to back up in a tight spot while tryine to get to a fuel pump.
I took my MH to a local body shop and he fixed the rear bumber assembly, painted it and it looks just like new.
I have a 2000 Winnebago Journey. The rear bumber assembly alone would cost me about $1700, not including shipping and it comes with primer paint only. My body shop fixed the fiberglass bumber, bent frame and other parts and even patched up a older ding on my front bumber all for $1700. Only had it in the shop for less than a week too.
I suggest taking it to a body shop and see what they can do for you. My deductible with State Farm is $500.

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If you are in the Wilmington, NC, area I can recommend Mike's Collision. They specialize on RV repairs and have a 45 ft paint booth and huge bays in the shop. They did a terrific job on mine and it was a $49k repair after a major accident!

Welcome to Mike's Collision Center - Wilmington, NC
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Makes you want to take a hammer to somebody's head doesn't it. If you're around Pensacola, i know a guy that can make it look showroom new.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:44 AM   #10
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If you would want a quote on the repairs e-mail the pictures to rond@rvglass.com and I will get you a qualified estimate at no charge to you. Also I can give you a few shops to choose from.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #11
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i got progressive working on it
it's in the body shop
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:44 PM   #12
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Our coach is at the Monaco center in Oregon getting similar work done on the rear cap. Believe it or not, they were the cheapest quote out of more than ten body shops and are actually spraying the entire cap which none of the other shops were going to do. Should look new when it's done.
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