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Old 10-19-2019, 07:53 PM   #1
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Check out my tree house. Low to the ground but fun to use.

A 10 inch diameter Poplar tree branch fell about 20 feet and landed about 10 feet from the trailer. The impact jarred a cabinet door open, that never happens on the road.

Damage is very light, even though the driver side was whacked hard, no windows broke and only the water heater door was damaged.

The roof has a 13 inch crack and the roof AC vent has a little crack, the black water tank vent needs to be replaced, and the cap of the bathroom vent fan needs replacing. Total hardware cost is about $60. I am taking it a boat repair shop for the fiberglass repair, a simple scab patch should do it.

These little trailers are robust, I believe this would have destroyed a stick built.

I need to remove bark marks from the fiberglass, off hand, does anybody know of a good mildly abrasive cleaner? Iíll search the forums.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:38 PM   #2
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The thing about fibreglass is it is infinitely repairable. An easy fix at a boat shop
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:48 PM   #3
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Ouch. 😱
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:42 PM   #4
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I forgot to note that I used a Dremel with a cone grinding bit to put a stop drill hole at each end of the crack, that should keep it from propagating on the 70 minute drive to the shop.
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I need to remove bark marks from the fiberglass, off hand, does anybody know of a good mildly abrasive cleaner? Iíll search the forums.
Collinite Fiberglass Boat Cleaner
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:59 PM   #6
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You might want to check under the trailer as well where the body sits on the frame.
Not so much with Escapes, but with Bolers the plywood floor has a tendency to separate from the walls when there is a shock load on the roof.
Good luck with your repairs.
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:36 AM   #7
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You might want to check under the trailer as well where the body sits on the frame.
Not so much with Escapes, but with Bolers the plywood floor has a tendency to separate from the walls when there is a shock load on the roof.
Good luck with your repairs.
I think with the tree falling near the bathroom, the bathroom walls would have supported the shock load and evenly distributed it at the floor supported by the frame.

I think really it hit in the best spot on the trailer.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:39 AM   #8
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Good call on the bathroom wall, the crack is a half inch or so from it.

Thanks for the tip on the floor, I’ll look into it.

Thanks for the cleaner link.
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There is a forum member here who repairs and resells damaged Escapes, his screen name is oldtimer and is located in Missouri.
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His screen name is "oldstation" Escape Trailer Owners Community - View Profile: oldstation
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