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Old 11-02-2017, 05:47 PM   #1
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Trying to turn an OOPs around.

I should have known that it would happen.
Bought the new travel trailer in March this year. This is first RV for the family.
It is a 26' Coleman 2155BH. It is fiberglass siding.

I was backing it into the driveway today...and misjudged the distance to the house.
No, I did not hit the house......no...I hit a flagpole.
The decorative flag on the house punched through the back wall of the RV though.
I now have about a softball sized hole all the way through.
That is the bad news.
The good news is that it did not punch through anything except wall. Inside it came into the shower area. And this was one of those composite walls. I guess it is some sort of waterproof press-board type sheets of material.
It did not hit any studs, wires, pipes, etc.
And the hole does not spider out. The flag was laying almost horizontal and the hole is fairly clean.
The house and flag..they are fine.

So when I come out of shock, I started to think.....hmmmmm

The back wall has no windows. It is just a solid wall.....maybe instead of repairing the fiberglass, I look into a window.
Unfortunately I am not terribly confident that a window in the shower will be popular with the family. They just do not have the "Flasher" vibe.

Then I started thinking of all sorts of ideas.
I have considered installing an outdoor shower spout. We like to go to the beach so that might get some real use. I have also considered maybe a decal over the repair or even installing another outdoor speaker. And the inside really could use some sort of rack to hold shampoo, etc.
Of course I would seal the hole first, regardless of what I did.

So, like I said, I am new to this...and it occurred to me that maybe I am not considering everything that I should.

So the question(s) is/are....

Would it better to just get the hole repaired or might this be time to consider a mod?

Are there any mods that people find useful that might be able to take advantage of a softball sized hole?

That mainly focused on the outside......

And does anybody have any tips on racks that can hold shower supplies and cover a hole from the inside?

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:15 PM   #2
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Oh, we have to have photos!
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Oh, we have to have photos!
Yup, no help without pics.
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Way to think out of the box! I give you a lot of credit for trying to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. Good luck.
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Welcome!

Gotta be my favorite first post ever.
Great attitude and strategic thinking.
Don't give up on the window Idea. It doesn't have to be a see through version. Instead, it is simply a clever wall-light device for ambiance in the shower.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:22 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.
I did tape it up for a temp fix. I will take a couple of photos tomorrow.

Yaknow..the more I think about it.
Maybe just do a basic patch....put a piece of Diamondplate over the spot and mount an outdoor shower spout on that.
For the inside, mount one of those Shower racks with the soap dispenser.

I will give the window some more thought too though.
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:22 AM   #7
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Ouch!

Might be a good place to mount a backup camera.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:22 PM   #8
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As promised.
A few pics of my handiwork.
I did cover it with what I had while I figure this out.
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You dodged the bullet there mister. That corner is close!

If you can back fill and patch the outside hole to a decent shape you might want to cover it with vinyl. Sign shops use self stick vinyl lettering on many projects and they may have your color.

The inside can be anything from pushing the broken parts back into the hole to covering with a picture or mirror to putting that window in. The window might be a little tough since the hole is close to the corner.
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This is a accident. Contact your insurance company and file a claim. Let the Dealer repair it back to new. You will only be out the deductible...

If that does not work, looks like a good place for a Coleman decal and a mirror!
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