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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 06/22/17 07:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I hope they get a reputable paintless dent repair outfit to do the body repair. If they are planning to do a body fill and repaint I would not buy the van. That repair will fail in some fashion over the next 5-10 years. Paintless dent repair is the only way to go. I had Dent Doctor, a national chain with lifetime warranty do my 1998 F350 in 1999. Paint was still perfect 13 years later when I sold the truck.


I was told they hired a "person to just deal with the hail damage", so am assuming it's a PDR specialist? (They had 40-some vehicles damaged) I have a very persnickety friend suffer hail damage to a car, and he said he was very pleased with the outcome via PDR. So I'm crossing my fingers....

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I feel ya' on the delays. My new-to-me van shell took a year to get to me, with one thing and another. Now I need to find time to build the interior!


3/4 timing in a DIY van conversion. Backroads, mountains, boondocking, sometimes big cities for a change of pace.


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Naio wrote:

I feel ya' on the delays. My new-to-me van shell took a year to get to me, with one thing and another. Now I need to find time to build the interior!


The one good thing, is that the delay has given me time to ponder all sorts of configurations!! There are a TON of people who've done conversion tutorials online - and most of them are easily adaptable to any brand/model. And if you need 1/4"-20 Plusnuts (also called pre-bulbed crossnuts) to anchor things to the sides - let me know. I bought 100 @ 60 cents each and I won't begin to use all those.....

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Hey, thanks, I would love some!

Want to trade for 1" nylon spacer tubes, used to hang things in awning rail (hang awning, lights, etc.)? I just bought 100 of them [emoticon]


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Naio wrote:

Hey, thanks, I would love some!

Want to trade for 1" nylon spacer tubes, used to hang things in awning rail (hang awning, lights, etc.)? I just bought 100 of them [emoticon]


Linky (scroll down).


WOW! What a clever idea! I don't plan on having an awning, but if it was as discrete as a simple "C" channel, I might reconsider :-)

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I only use an awning in the rain. In my last van, I just tued a tarp to the cargo rack. This van came with the awning channel. I think it's kinda nifty [emoticon].

It's really nice in the rain, to have a dry place to hang out, put the lawn chairs, and to be able to have the door open without the inside of the door getting wet (which leads to condensation and mold in the rig).

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Years ago my wife and I bought a used van and I converted it to a camper. I have to say, looking back, between the building the van and camping trips it was an awesome time for us. Over the years our rigs have gotten bigger, more complex with more luxury. But, never more fun than the van was.

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Well, my van should arrive Friday they say - "dimple-finish" and all. We have opted for a "rebate" instead of hail-damage repair, which could have taken quite a while. Sounds like I'll be learning a new life skill - paintless dent removal.

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Woohoo!#!

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My personality is such that I wouldn't let the dimples take the joy away from it. I'd take the rebate and get the paintless dent repair guy to do what he could with it and move on.

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