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Old 02-18-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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2006 Dolphin Belly box doors

I had the misfortune of having a large tree (about 50 feet in height and 18 inches in diameter) fall on my 06 Dolphin. I am in a battle with the insurance company over the doors on the belly boxes. the doors on the driver side under the slide are out of alignment. the tree hit on the passenger side front corner. The door on the right rear for access to the a/c heat unit has actually come apart. The louvers and interior structure has separated (louvers total out of the door). This tree hit with a force that bent the entry stairway and popped the right rear door open. This door has 1/4 turn Southco latches. The insurance company is blaming all the door issues on bad glue and will not pay for any door repairs. Has anyone experienced problems with belly doors falling apart?
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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Send them a letter if intent to retain a lawyer.

On of my belly door de-laminated about 1/8 inch. I used JB weld and touch up paint after I clamped it in place overnight.



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Old 02-18-2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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Who is the Insurance company?
I assume you took your Dolphin to a RV Collision Clinic that has contracts with Insurance Companies. If the Repair facility diagnoses the problem of the doors to be from the falling tree, the Insurance Company is obligated to do repairs. Don't forget you can always contact your State Insurance Commissioner and file a complaint against the insurance company.
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My doors are solid and well built, all of them.

That tree weighed tons. Keep fighting. If your doors were solid before the hit then the reason for the separation is obvious; I suspect the door separation is a symptom the problem may be something due to alignment.

Strange thing we just moved from a spot where we had to spend five months this winter in the path of big trees like you described. Every night I went to sleep with a premonition one would come down on us. I'm so sorry to hear of your problem.
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Quite possible that the storage box framework of which is all interconnected got bent inward enough from the impact to affect the opposite side as well. Try to check the plumb of the storage box walls on both sides and compare to the plumb of the exterior walls on the coach. If they are not plumb with each other, well you know...
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