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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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Old 11-02-2017, 07:09 PM   #3
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Oh, we have to have photos!
Yup, no help without pics.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:10 PM   #4
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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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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!
^^^ this ^^^
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I had considered calling the insurance company. And I may decide to do that.
This is where my newness as an RV owner kicks in however. I have no earthly idea what a repair like this might run and if it would exceed the deductible. Also, what sort of hit does this typically do to rates? Does it affect my regular auto rates as well and typically how eager is an insurance company to drop you after a claim? If it helps, the insurance is with Progressive and my regular auto is Farm Bureau.
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I had considered calling the insurance company. And I may decide to do that.
This is where my newness as an RV owner kicks in however. I have no earthly idea what a repair like this might run and if it would exceed the deductible. Also, what sort of hit does this typically do to rates? Does it affect my regular auto rates as well and typically how eager is an insurance company to drop you after a claim? If it helps, the insurance is with Progressive and my regular auto is Farm Bureau.
Well call your agent and ask these questions. That's part of why you have an agent. Or else you could call Flo...
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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...
...and probably higher rates when it's time to renew his policy.

Personally, I think you're on the right track with repairing something like that yourself. Save your insurance for potential bigger issues.
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Save your insurance for potential bigger issues.
Bigger issues? That's catastrophic in my book, it can only be fixed with 2 gallons of gas and a match.
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A frosted window that does not open. Then inside the shower you can use suction cups to attach whatever you want. So instead of a skylight you have a sidelight.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:56 PM   #17
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So I am 80% to my idea....and have gotten the issue far enough to allow me time to look for the exact parts to complete the rest of my idea....

I gave the window a lot of thought. But I would still want a basket in the shower for shampoo/soap/razor.... And since it is not the traditional shower head, a regular basket is not an option.

So here is my solution.
I was planning on sealing the top seams with eternabond tape anyways, so I sealed the hole with it also.
I picked up a scrap of aluminum diamondplate and a scrap of brass plate off ebay.
I sealed the back edges all the way around of both the diamondplate and brass plate with weatherstrip.

I used 1/4" galvanized carriage bolts to mount through the camper. I used 2x4 blocks and ran the bolts through them in the wall so as to have resistance to cranking down the bolts.

I accidentally ran across the basket that allows you to attach via suction so I will try it first before bolting one on. So far it seems pretty strong.

Not counting the eternalbound...I am around $80 -$90 into this project.
I still have to pick up the hand shower for outside of course.

So I have a small list of things left to do. I need to pick up some black paint and blacken carriage bolts outside.
I also need to pick the hand held shower and mount it.

On the inside, I need to pick up some brass acorn nuts to cover the carriage bolts.

Here are some pictures to show where I am at now.

I want to thank everyone for their suggestions.
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Old 11-15-2017, 02:44 AM   #18
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lottathought,

The best thing is that you just went forward with seeking options, made your choice...and fixed it!

I would think you'll be a successful RVer...because you don't expect everything to be perfect and your not the least bit afraid to dive in and fix it!!

Congratulations!! Well...on the fix, not how you did it. LOL!!!

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Insurance claim... itís pretty painless actually


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Thanks for the advice Nate. As you can see however, I already corrected the issue with a mod.
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