1966 chinook mobilodge - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hey everybody! Just made an account here to get some fiberglass repair advice. I totally smashed it into a tree when towing it in, itís horrible.

Got a quote from a repair guy here in Seattle for $3k!!

Any advice on repairing this myself for a first time fiberglass project? Will the dented part pop back into shape? I can get a tire iron in there but it wonít pop out. Cut a hole on the inside and push out? Use one of those air bags for hanging doors?

Any advice helps!
Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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I should mention Iím full timing in an aristocrat lo liner but just upgraded to this! I pay rent on the side of a house. May this be my escape plan!
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:14 PM   #3
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man that hurts...

I know nothing.. but check this out: You Can Repair Fiberglass
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:24 PM   #4
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Ouch! Is that a big dent too? it will probably be able to be pushed back into shape. The tears can be fused back together with fiberglass. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube that will show you the basics of fiberglass repair. That is what I did when I took on a couple of large fiberglass modifications on my Casita travel trailer.

The main thing I learned that I can pass on is to use epoxy resin rather than polyurethane resin. The reason is that the epoxy resin bonds better to other materials including old polyurethane based fiberglass. I also used a slow cure epoxy resin which gave me more time to work the material and according to the label, made an even stronger bond than the faster cure epoxy resins.

The photos that I posted during my work on my trailer that are fiberglass related can be found here: My Broken Back 16ft. Casita The fiberglass related pictures start on page 14. There were some earlier fiberglass photos in the thread but they were lost in some snafu by my photo hosting service.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:17 PM   #5
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On your question about the dent, you can probably put a jacking post from the inside to push it out. Make sure that your floor is solid enough to take the pressure.

Another possibility in your case is to drill a hole in the middle of the dent and then put a 2X4 spanning across the dent with a similar hole on the upper side. You can then insert a piece of all-thread rod through the holes with nuts and washers one either end. About 1/2" rods I would say. You can then tighten either of the nuts which will pull the dent back into shape. Once done, you can fiberglass the hole while you are doing the other fiberglass repairs.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:12 AM   #6
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$3K bid sounds a little low to me, given professional rates, and in Seattle, more so.

Trade your time and effort for cash. Be creative, and you can fix for less.

A hydraulic floor jack, a 4x4 and a strong enough floor to take the load sound like the next step.
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