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Old 07-05-2022, 04:51 PM   #1
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Repairs with frame damage


I am new to this group and needing some help to locate a body shop that can do repairs with frame damage to our 2007 Fleetwood Discovery. We took it to a local RV shop here in Panama City, FL and they advised that they cannot do the work due to frame damage involved and did not have any suggestions. Can anyone tell me of a good repair shop that can handle a big job like this? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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I've used Bell Frame and brake in Dothan Alabama on several wrecks, just north of you..... they'll straighten/repair the frame and then your body shop can do the rest....

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Josam in Orlando can do it.
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I've used Bell Frame and brake in Dothan Alabama on several wrecks, just north of you..... they'll straighten/repair the frame and then your body shop can do the rest....

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Straightening a MH frame requires a HDT repair shop, not an RV shop.
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American Frame and Axle in Tampa Florida.

They are good. I watched them straighten am motorhome frame with a 9 inch twist. It was straight when they were done.
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Lots of great suggestions, all heavy duty shops, point is ain't many automotive body shops gonna make the $$$ investment to have heavy duty frame equipment.

Plus if the mechanic ain't used to working with these types of chassis, all the equipment in the world ain't gonna give him that experience.

Just wondering if you got any pics showing frame damage?
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American Frame and Axle in Tampa Florida.



They are good. I watched them straighten am motorhome frame with a 9 inch twist. It was straight when they were done.
I've used them on a wreck garbage truck... great job and nice people.
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No, not specifically the frame, just photos of the damage on scene. Sadly I haven’t figured out how to upload them on here just yet.
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The challenge in repairing a MH frame is getting clean access to the frame to attach the chains and/or cables. The basement gets in the way. Many truck frame shops can straighten a frame, but can they deal with taking off the basement
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Sadly I havenít figured out how to upload them on here just yet.
Click the Go Advanced button. That changes the dialog box to one with more functionality, including a paper clip to attach images.

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The challenge in repairing a MH frame is getting clean access to the frame to attach the chains and/or cables. The basement gets in the way. Many truck frame shops can straighten a frame, but can they deal with taking off the basement
Correct, it's usually a few step process, body shop removes/strips away damage or whatever is needed to access fame points, unit is either towed or drive to frame shop, and back to body shop.

My gut says unless it's a fairly new coach with minor fame damage, it'll be a total loss.
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Lots of great suggestions, all heavy duty shops, point is ain't many automotive body shops gonna make the $$$ investment to have heavy duty frame equipment.

Plus if the mechanic ain't used to working with these types of chassis, all the equipment in the world ain't gonna give him that experience.

Just wondering if you got any pics showing frame damage?
And that is why HDT mechanics earn a much higher wage and the shop charges $150-$200/hr.
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