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Hail Damaged RV's

Corpus Christi has recently had a pretty big hail storm. A local RV Dealer has hail damaged RV's heavily discounted. I've not looked at any units yet but thought I would ask the forum what to watch out for. I'm sure their insurance paid off on damages so I am thinking that is how they can afford the discounts.  However, I recall that recently we view new Montana's that were discounted 35-40%. So any recommendations?


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Jerry, obviously the damage would be cosmetic, hail is not going to damage the frame, how ever everything on top would be subject to damage including the roof coating its self.  All of the plastic vent covers--AC cover, hail can also damage the sides but that would take a heck of a storm--unless it is skined in Aluminum which is very soft.  The siding and roof can be repaired or better yet replaced if damaged. But that all cost which needs to be taken into account when buying one.  Inspect the roof and everything on it very closely. 


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I would also suggest carefully looking at every seam and seal, paying close attention for cracks of any kind and size.  If a seam is hit by a large hailstone, it may do more than just dent it.

Look at the seams on the sides as well as the top.  If the hailstorm also included high winds, it could damage things on the sides.

I would imagine that you might have a good buy, but verify with the dealer that ALL other aspects of the RV are still covered by a factory warranty.  Obviously, with a large discount, they will not be responsible for cosmetic issues.

Good luck.



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Our friend had an aluminum siding RV and sat through a bad hailstorm in Kansas. He parked it in the desert near Palm Springs for a couple of months during 80 to 90 degree weather and most of the dings from the hail reduced to where you almost couldn't see them.

The heat in the day and cold at night stretched the siding back into place.

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