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Old 04-28-2022, 01:59 AM   #1
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Repair advice on exterior wall

Looking for some repair advice. I was so excited to buy this 2017 Dutchmen Aerolite. A 2 hour drive turned into 4+ home with it due to high winds, but sadly upon getting home I discovered I hit something. There must have been something hidden in the bushes where I stopped for lunch.

Anyway, advice on how to repair this? And some fairly deep scratches in the vinyl/plastic/whatever it is. Insurance is refusing to help over some technicalities so I'm trying to see what I can do on my own. Nothing structural appears damaged, at least not significantly.

My dad has spray guns to paint cars. I'm pretty handy with wood work. I was considering routering out some perfectly squared recesses around the damage. Then I could glue in some new boards, but I'm just not sure what I'd do after that to make it look right.

Attached are pics of damage, and my temp fix for water sealing until I get it sorted out.
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Old 04-28-2022, 07:42 PM   #2
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...ouch..,.
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Old 05-04-2022, 09:04 PM   #3
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There must of been big foot in those Bushes.
I believe the outer skin is fiberglass, which can be repaired like a boat.
Epoxy or resin mix with hardner and cloth with/ matt.
The trim is the easy part.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-05-2022, 12:20 AM   #4
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This one is a laminate build. Plywood bonded to a fiber reinforced plastic. Or so in told.

Fibreglass would have been much easier.
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Old 06-11-2022, 06:05 PM   #5
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Well, in the end it was repaired via fiberglass, but at a shop that was willing to work with me. The repair to the corner, and resealing the rubber membrane roof came in at $7k. /sigh

Just thought I'd post an update incase it helps anyone.
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Old 06-12-2022, 10:26 AM   #6
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Feel bad for you. I've done some self-inflicted damage myself. Think most of us have. For 7 grand, I'd probably have gone insurance route. Glad you're fixed and back on the road.
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Smile Aerolite Front Cap

Sorry to post on your post, but I'm new and can't find where/how to start my own post? I'm looking for the front/top cap for a 2011 Aerolite 288rlss.
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