Any suggestions on how to repair? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Any suggestions on how to repair?

Take it to fiberglass boat repair shop or RV shop? Anyone know where to get replacement door, get it from Casita or OEM supplier? Thanks in advance for any recommendations. Mike
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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Take it to someone experienced with fiberglass.

What's the story behind this travesty?
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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History is vague, partial roll-over or sideswiped but the trailer is in good shape besides obvious fiberglass damage, a couple of broken rivets, door frame, and some plastic trim. It is water-proof at the moment but not very appealing to the eye. At some point I wanted to get professional repair with nice finish/paint. I was looking for some input from someone who might have some experience with repair process. I guess I am looking for advice on how to save money as well. Thanks again.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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Someone with more hands on experience will probably be along soon, but please avail yourself to the excellent search function for this site. Click on Search at the top bar, then insert the search terms in the bottom space titled Search Site / Google in the drop down menu.

I think that others have found good luck with boat repair facilities as they know more about fiberglass and gel coat than a typical RV dealer. Fortunately Casita is still in business so you can still buy parts.

You might also want to try the Casita forum. http://www.casitaforum.com/
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
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It certainly won't cost anything to get estimates from repair places so you can see what it will cost if you have someone else do it?
I would start there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #6
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Yeah check with marina's, they usually have a fiberglass person. Where my boat was prior to sandy, Joel could do wonders with fiberglass... but he is pretty busy right now lol

best of luck

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #7
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A Casita owner took their trailer to Superior RV Inc in Vancouver,Wa. The whole front left side corner was broken. They did the fiberglass repair inside and outside, and when it was finished no one could tell it was ever wrecked.
Find a shop that does fiberglass work,ask around in your area.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:33 PM   #8
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Just so you know what is possible if one's dedicated/broke enough...

There are no recent updates to the following project, but here's what another member has been working on...(link to thread: Repairing caved in Scamp)

He's gone from this:

To this:

I wish he'd post pics of what it looks like now!

Good luck with yours...

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That is a monumental job, I dont think the trailer would be worth it. I have seen photo's of high end boats that were T-boned by another boat and the side was destroyed. They created moulds off the good side and were able to make it so you couldnt tell. That would be a true fiberglass master!
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That is a monumental job, I dont think the trailer would be worth it. I have seen photo's of high end boats that were T-boned by another boat and the side was destroyed. They created moulds off the good side and were able to make it so you couldnt tell. That would be a true fiberglass master!


Are you talking about the O.P.'s trailer?

His problems look mostly cosmetic to me...

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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. They created moulds off the good side and were able to make it so you couldnt tell. That would be a true fiberglass master!
It sure would be, making a boat with two left hand sides But, yes, I've seen yards do similar things, repair things like burned off decks so well there isn't any visible indication of the previous major damage.

Without making light of this situation, for an experienced person, this is minor damage that could be repaired so well that it would not be visible.

I agree with the previous comments, get a couple of estimates from boat yards to be able to put a dollar amount on a professional repair.

Unfortunately this repair is a little too major to recommend a DIY approach unless you can find someone with experience to help you with some aspects. That approach could save you lots because some of the steps can easily be DIY.

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Take it to someone experienced with fiberglass.

What's the story behind this travesty?
It looks suspiciously like it did a BIG wag up against a p/u with a canopy on it.

I agree with the others try getting a quote from a local marina - its winter time things get slow you never know what they may be willing to do it for.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:57 AM   #13
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I am going to get some estimates and call Casita for door replacement. Thanks for feedback. I will post whenever I get it finished. Mike
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