TabneroTabnero Member Posts: 177
edited April 2020 in Events & News


  • jkjennjkjenn Member Posts: 6,343
    Oh, I hate this. So sorry.

    2021 [email protected] 320 Boondock "Mattie Ross" | 2021 [email protected] Nights: 115 | Total nights in a [email protected] 326 | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk | [email protected] owner since 2014

  • dragonsdoflydragonsdofly Member Posts: 1,558
    @Tabnero, the question more likely is "what is covered by your insurance?" I think nüCamp could repair it by replacing the entire front to back roof skin. Will your insurance cover a repair like that? Do you have a deductible amount? It is possible that a dealership or experienced body shop could do the repair well with guidance from nüCamp, but what will any of that cost? And how long will that take? I almost wish that the rock had smashed your window. That would have been DIY repairable and financially manageable.  As @jkjenn said, I hate this. Keep us informed as to your progress with this. Btw, that front/ top/back skin is supposed to be aluminum, and most good body shops should be able to handle a spot repair.
    2017 [email protected] sofitel([email protected])TV 2015 Silverado 2500hd(Behemoth). Wyandotte, Michigan.
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  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 7,573
    Not to make light, but if all else fails, I see a nice decal in your future.
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • Tabaz Tabaz Member Posts: 2,109
    This is so sad.  Perhaps the bathroom access door provides enough space to push out the dent from the inside.  Still won't be pretty, but might make it less unsightly.
    2016 Outback 320 with a 2010 Ford Expedition.
  • ChanWChanW Member Posts: 2,981
    In any case, you'll need to finish the patch to match the color of the skin. I don't see that as being an inexpensive job. A body shop could tell you.

    Chan  -  Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 S Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl 
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  • CbusguyCbusguy Member Posts: 776
    Stuff happens when you actually use your trailer.  Agree with Tabaz might try flattening it back out from the access panel,  other than that give nucamp a call and see what getting the top skin replaced and then make the insurance claim.   That is why you pay the insurance company all that money.... 

    A bit of guerrilla tape to get it home then a call to the insurance company.
    2009 GMC Canyon,   3.7 liter 
    2020 320s Boondock lite, With Lots of mods
  • DalehelmanDalehelman Member Posts: 2,366
    Is your [email protected] a Sofitel? If so that is an aluminum skin. It will require a different type of repair. I would fill in the void and as mentioned earlier find a sticker. Maybe an American flag.
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  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 4,664
    I think all [email protected] have an aluminum skin roof. The regular sidewalls are not, so maybe that is different on Sofitels or other models?
  • jkjennjkjenn Member Posts: 6,343
    edited June 2019
    If you are OK covering it with a decal, Bondo could be an affordable fix for you. My dad kept an old truck passing a NY state inspections by repairing rusted out parts with old coffee cans and Bondo.

    On a lighter note, for dog shows, actually working dogs with scars do not have those held against them in judging if obtained in the line of work. Maybe the same could be said of [email protected]?

    2021 [email protected] 320 Boondock "Mattie Ross" | 2021 [email protected] Nights: 115 | Total nights in a [email protected] 326 | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk | [email protected] owner since 2014

  • GatorEggGatorEgg Member Posts: 362
    edited June 2019
    I don't know this is good or bad.  I looked at an Outback last year with approximate same damage.  They only were asking $11,500 for a 2017.  This small booboo made it a salvage unit because insurance totaled it due the cost to repair.  My buddy bought it for $10k, patched it as jkjenn stated and put an Outback sticker over it. Which looked like it came that way.   Would never know unless disclosed at selling time. 
    Put a sticker over it.
    2018 [email protected] Boondock 320S, 2019 Toyota Tacoma Sport 4x4
    Odessa, Fl.  

  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 4,664
    edited July 2019
    I'd probably go the fill-it-and-sticker-it route myself, but whatever you do I'd be careful that the repair forms a good seal over and around the damage. I suspect water infiltration into the wall "sandwich" would not be a good thing.
  • B0atguyB0atguy Member Posts: 160
    edited July 2019
    Try to pull it out from the outside with a hook type of tool , and get it as close to flat and original as you can . Sand it down a bit. Use some JB Weld on it ......probably marine weld will work the best . (This stuff is used on aluminum engines and cases ! ). Might need a little filler . Sand it down ,apply, sand apply ......to get it as smooth as possible . Lightly paint with the closest matching automotive paint you can find and/or slap a nice sticker on it . Done ......
    2021 Keystone Passport Superlight 229RK . 
    2019 320s Grey / Black Trim. Pitched Axle, Front rack, 150w Solar, Sofitel sink, Isabella Awning, etc. - SOLD 
    2007 Chevy Avalanche Z71 1500 5.3
    2011 Keystone Outback 260FL 32' - 2 Slides . - SOLD
    2001 Chevy Suburban LT 2500 8.1 - 496ci  

  • TabneroTabnero Member Posts: 177
    edited April 2020
  • db_cooperdb_cooper Member Posts: 676
    If that happens to ours I'd go the repair/decal route.  I'd rather disclose the repair when selling than have a salvage title for something so cosmetic.

    2015 Max S Outback | 2010 Xterra

  • lkc001lkc001 Member Posts: 661
    edited July 2019
    I'm in the camp of doing a repair to seal the area so water can't get in, then a cool sticker or a splat sticker.  I purchased my unit used and it had some slight hail damage and a rock hit (not as deep as yours) on the front.   I am going to get some stickers for a few of the dimples--they rest can't be seen from the ground.  I still love it, even though it has a few flaws. . . . 
    2016 Nissan Frontier SV V6 4x4
    Finally!  New Owner of a 2017 Tab 320S! 
  • tabiphiletabiphile Member Posts: 319
    If you want to achieve a virtually perfect repair you should consider taking it to a body shop. They will sand out the area surrounding, fill it and then color match spray it. They should be able to get very close to an original finish...but expect to pay about $500 for the work. Your insurance might cover the repair.
    If you want to repair it yourself you can do exactly what a body shop will do...sand the area surrounding to get a surface that will hold bondo and then very carefully fill the divot with a two part auto body filler. Once it is cured you can then carefully sand it to smooth it out. The paint can be matched by an auto parts/paint supply store. For about $25 dollars they can provide you with a relatively close custom mixed match to the finish in a spray can. You should resit any temptation to try pulling the stretched and now work hardened aluminum out before making the repair...you'll probably end up raising the surrounding area and making it worse than it already is.
    If you have never done body work before do not expect the result to be "professional". It is really hard to hide sanding marks, get the patch leveled to the surrounding area and blend paint...Adequate is easy, pro you can't tell it's been repaired..not so easy. Your fall back is a vinyl sticker pasted over the top. How about these bullet hole decals?https://uedata.amazon.com/Bullet-Holes-Vinyl-Decal-Kit/dp/B0007ZGNFO
    All you need is a story to go along with them.
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