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Robert Street

New panels on a damage area

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After a 10 hour tow back from Charlotte last year I skinned a mailbox with my ATC at the driveway. My dealer has told me that ATC makes a light weight panel that is applied over the "skinned" one and good as new. Anyone done this! Got my national award down there so I shouldn't complain!

Robert

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I never heard of such, I would want the rivets removed, bent metal removed and replaced with a new sheet and new rivets installed or I'd leave it alone

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Robert,

Got pictures of the damaged area ?

 

Sure would help us diagnose the issue !!!

 

Mike in Colorado

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 Applying a panel over a damaged panel is some times done on reefer trucks because it is easier because the foam sticks to the old panel.

 

 As long as the old panel does not stick out, the only way you would know is that there will be two thicknesses of panel at the rear seam. (as long as you have interior panels) And the trailer will be stronger. 

 

 

 On your trailer, I would recommend that you remove the damaged panel and place it exactly on top of the new panel and clamp it securely to a piece of plywood.

 Then using it as a template, drill all the holes and then instal it. It saved a lot of time.

 

 I have never heard of "thinner panels" for that use  except glue-on self stick patch panels.

 

 Cheaper trailers use screws to hold the panels on. Better ones use buck rivets.

 

 You can use Monobolts if you have interior panels but they are expensive.

 

"Shave head" rivets can also be used.

 

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Did something similar last year. Took it to a shop in Oxford, NY and they installed new panels. Mine is screwless. Can't tell I ever damaged it.

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