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mordred1973
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Unfortunately whilst away recently, we were hit by a storm and found our awning wrapped over the roof of the caravan. Luckily the broken Fibre poles for the awning are available from the manufacturer.

 

We are however left with a number of quite significant dents in the side of the caravan caused by both poles and the aluminium table that was in the awning.

 

Our insurers have agreed I should take the caravan to a main Bailey dealer to obtain a repair estimate.

 

Has anyone had or attempted to have dents rectified on an AluTec bodyshell?

 

Thanks

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Our Seville had quite severe damage, following a storm, and was repaired,..filled and repainted, by Crossley coach craft in Lancs.

 

2 1/2 yrs later, and there are no signs that any repair has been done.

 

Generally you can get estimates by email+ photos.

 

Depending on the damage it should be fine.

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There were some threads on here a while back, about some folk getting golf ball size dents from heavy hail repaired. It may be worth a look at them, try searching for hail damageor similar . This may give you a few leads.

It all depends on how bad the dents are.

Roger

 

Beat me to it.

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Thanks to both "Burns" and local Roger. ..will do some searching.

 

will then have a trawl of internet for feedback on bodywork repairs by both White Arches in Rushden and Pioneer in Peterborough. ...both similar distance from home for me.

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There isn't a possibility to reskin. Lots of dealers say you can't fill the dents but forum members have had dents treated. They usually say to replace the panel concerned. It can be carried out at a reputable service agent too, doesn't have to go back to bailey for such a perceived massive job! I was shocked when my local dealer said they could replace the front and roof of the van at their workshop.

Caravanless. ...

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OK I will update this post following visit to dealer on Saturday (pain in butt getting caravan out of storage to take it there for 5minute evaluation then back into storage but hey)

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Just had the side of our S2 Valencia dented by another caravanner backing his caravan into it whilst we were enjoying a sandwich in the car at Membury services.

 

Dealer says there is no problem in filling and respraying.

 

When the out of control caravan hit the side of ours there was one hell of a bang and our car was rocked. I got out expecting to see the other caravan embedded into ours but all the damage was a very roughly large dinner plate size dent with a small deeper dent near the centre. No internal damage at all. Just goes to show how strong the grp skin is.

 

Bob

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We had a very good repair carried out by Panelworks at Bawtry near Doncaster. Filled and sprayed and we could not detect that a repair had been carried out. Before and after pictures attached.

 

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Bobbyjo, that's pretty impressive. ...I wonder if I should search our a specialist caravan body repairer rather than Bailey main dealer then?

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Bobbyjo, that's pretty impressive. ...I wonder if I should search our a specialist caravan body repairer rather than Bailey main dealer then?

Yes, I would do that. In fact some dealers sub contract the work out to Body repairers.

 

We have used Panelworks although not for the same thing. Very happy with the results.

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We had a very good repair carried out by Panelworks at Bawtry near Doncaster. Filled and sprayed and we could not detect that a repair had been carried out. Before and after pictures attached.

 

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Seriously was this a fill and spray repair ? The white plastic floor to wall fitting channel has been totally removed at one point exposing the floor and there's nothing left of the fastening point for the finishing trim, how they repair this without the wall off is interesting to say the least. .

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I think the bottom trim is attached with silicone with perhaps a fixing at each end. See this further picture.

 

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Obviously I did not see the repair being carried out but the estimate was for filling with specialist filler and repainting with new bumper and trim.

 

This was as recommended by a loss adjuster who was sent by my insurers (Caravan Club)

 

Panelworks collected the caravan from my home and returned it when repaired.

 

Repairs necessary as a result of a French driver attempting to overtake me where the road was not wide enough!

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The bottom half of the door fell off when I opened it immediately after the accident. The bottom hinge plate had become detached from the door frame. The plate is not screwed into the frame but crimped if that is the right term. We had only gone about half a mile from the site which we had just left and so we put the bottom half of the door in the caravan and returned carefully to the site.

 

My first thoughts were that this was going to put an end to our holiday. We were in Provence at the time. A very helpful Dutch man who was on site came to see what had happened and said that he thought we could effect a repair. Out came his cordless drill and bit set. He kindly went to the local hardware shop for some self tapping screws. We reattached the hinge and rehung the door and were able to continue our holiday the next day.

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