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valhalla360

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Posted: 04/12/20 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quadruple check for other damage...even with what you described, I would expect damages beyond the frame.


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Posted: 04/12/20 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it were me, I would let the insurance company take care of it - isn't damage like this why we carry insurance ? ? ? I would advocate for a replacement - heck with chancing a costly repair that may or not work.
I would also put in a claim for the damaged bicycles if they were attached to trailer at time of damage.


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Posted: 04/12/20 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome to my world, sorry.

Totaled a trailer, totaled a truck and totaled wife's caravan in various wind storms from trees falling, the truth.

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scotty46 wrote:

As IDman asked, when the tree fell it caught the spare tire, which caused the bumper to bend, which then caused the frame to bend. It also demolished two bicycles. I am not good at posting pictures, but the impact caused the frame to drop about 6 inches back to nothing at 4-5 feet from the bumper. Can see wiring, pipes and the "black" tank in the gap, so I am concerned about the integrity of the water system and electrical. Also concerned about the long term endurance of the body and frame as the damage is at the end of the trailer where there would be more bounce as you travel down the road. For the sake of 6 inches, it did no damage to the "box" but in sure did bend the frame. Lost five trees in the storm that included up to 80 mph straight line winds. The trees were pines that had been planted in the 30's by the CCC. Pines are pretty weak.


With that kind of damage, it is done. Insurance company...


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Posted: 04/12/20 08:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Likely damaged the "box" too as the frame was pulled downwards from it. Unless you got "lucky" and they only attached the floor and walls with a couple of drywall screws that broke right off.


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Posted: 04/13/20 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is very difficult to weld on a frame, when the box is sitting on it. The heat from welding is many times hotter than what it takes to damage the box etc.
You want someone that is experienced in repairing TT frames in this manner. Fixing the frame is pretty easy. Doing it without damaging other things is not.
I have seen such repairs done.... Jbarca did his. But he is exceptional, and puts a great deal of thought and effort into such endeavours. Probably not cost effective to pay someone to do what it would take.



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Due to the fact they haven’t contacted a insurance company yet.....I’m doubting the camper was insured

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Newbieatcamping wrote:

Due to the fact they haven’t contacted a insurance company yet.....I’m doubting the camper was insured


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Posted: 04/14/20 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The camper was insured. I don't know why you assume it wasn't. Appraisals are slow right now due to the widespread nature of the storm. I was just wanting to get opinions about reliability of options.

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Newbieatcamping wrote:

Due to the fact they haven’t contacted a insurance company yet.....I’m doubting the camper was insured


Wow, a NGOF (new grumpy old fart) in the group! Welcome aboard!


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