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Old 07-31-2022, 04:51 PM   #1
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Just my luck! Hole in exterior class a door

Well.. I swear sometimes I have the worst luck going.. long story short i opened our door to take my dog out my hand slipped off the handle as I tripped and the door went flying and smacked against the top of an open compartment door (corner) leaving a gaping hole in the door exposing the foam within and leaving a nasty look to our MH.

Does anybody know how difficult or expensive a fix like this would be? Do I need an entire new door or can I patch it? Iím not even sure what material this door is made of. Any insight would be highly appreciated!

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Old 07-31-2022, 04:53 PM   #2
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Well.. I swear sometimes I have the worst luck going.. long story short i opened our door to take my dog out my hand slipped off the handle as I tripped and the door went flying and smacked against the top of an open compartment door (corner) leaving a gaping hole in the door exposing the foam within and leaving a nasty look to our MH.

Does anybody know how difficult or expensive a fix like this would be? Do I need an entire new door or can I patch it? Iím not even sure what material this door is made of. Any insight would be highly appreciated!

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I think a safety reflector mounted right there would greatly enhance the safety of your Motorhome.

Just sayin. Good way to hide a boo-boo.
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Haha. Thanks for the suggestion but I’m hoping it doesn’t come down to this. My concern is Nova Scotia winters and weather. I don’t want to cause any unnecessary problems with insulation and I feel this hole exposing the foam within can’t be a good thing. If the doors fibreglass I think it’d be fairly easy to repair based on some videos I watched, but I have no idea if it is unfortunately
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Old 07-31-2022, 05:01 PM   #4
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Since the surface is "textured"/filon/FG filaments exposed, you will have an extremely difficult time matching the texture.


A better solution is to use something like 3M 4000 to glue a piece of stainless steel over it.
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Old 07-31-2022, 05:13 PM   #5
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That appears to be "filon" siding, look it up. Any auto body shop has the ability to patch the hole and repaint so it looks like before your accident.
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The insulation value could be easily restored with some spray foam insulation. Like "Good Stuff" at any hardware store.

Restoring the surface would be hard to match texture and color.

Other than the reflector suggestion by Radar, I would suggest something decorative. A family crest, a group logo, something of that nature that would look in place on a door.
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Old 07-31-2022, 05:23 PM   #7
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Get an inexpensive fiberglass shower repair kit. When done put a welcome sticker over it.
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Get an inexpensive fiberglass shower repair kit. When done put a welcome sticker over it.

Yup, another good option. Just don't expect a good match for the random pattern of FG threads in the filon. Close, but not perfect.


A sticker/decal is a very good option.
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Haha. Thanks for the suggestion but Iím hoping it doesnít come down to this. My concern is Nova Scotia winters and weather. I donít want to cause any unnecessary problems with insulation and I feel this hole exposing the foam within canít be a good thing. If the doors fibreglass I think itíd be fairly easy to repair based on some videos I watched, but I have no idea if it is unfortunately
Our Revolution was some sort of metal. Maye talk to a body shop. I still think some sort of deliberate accessory approach would work once you fix the hole. Been there and done that although not on the door.
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Cut a piece of aluminum, thin like the door material, slip it behind the tear, lightly hammer the tear down below flush with the surface and pop rivet it every 1/4 or so with 5/64 (small size) rivets. Bondo and paint. A chip gaurd spray before painting, after primer, can get you close to matching the texture. Experiment on something to get the technique. You need the rivers very close together to keep the bondo from cracking. Rivet both sides of the tear close to the edges. If you can't get and edge to stay down rivet it then tap it down. Use a pointed hammer like a little brad hammer or bodyshop pecking hammer.
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Thanks for the advice everybody appreciate you all
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:21 PM   #12
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X 2 on a reflector. My RV was in my son's RV repair shop and one of his employees put a hole in my door when a ladder slipped out of his hands.
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The glass is going to be cocked on itself. Dremel crack until it will lay flat again and pick and bend it back in place best you can first. You can repair with JB weld or Locktite fiberglass repair epoxy. The Locktite is slow to set you may want to wait until it starts to set. Then maybe another small what looks like light charcoal metallic swoosh at similar angles shape as rest cut from vinyl.
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I've repaired couple of holes in our 5th wheeler. The body is smooth fiberglass with a gelcoat over most of it with standards swirls for decoration. But matching the filon texture is very difficult.



My suggestion is to use a fiberglass repair kit for weather proofing, etc. Sand the patch area and put a nice decal over it as suggested elsewhere. Or replace the door.



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