Whoops - a hedge took off half the bumper casing ....

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  1. Jac Sprat

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    Just pulling into a lovely free location for the night in someone's courtyard (north Denmark) and a tight turn around a hedge yanked the edge of the bumper casing off leaving the lights in tact thankfully.
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    Does anyone have any idea what it'll cost us on insurance?
    Or anything to say about it other than what a dumbbass thing to do...
    I thought the hedge would spring off it.
     
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    Oops. Still looks sunny in Denmark going by the shadows on the photo. Don't worry about the cost of repair, sort it when you get back, just continue enjoying your journey.
     
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    There are places that repair fibre glass good as new! The techies on here will give you names I'm sure.
    Those hedges are a danger just jumping out from nowhere?!;)
     
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    Oh dear, it's a bit beyond grey duct tape I fear- and considerably more expensive! I have a similar looking rear end, but I'm too tight to spend a large fortune on some flimsy injection mounded plastic and grey duct tape holds it together for now. Maybe one day I'll fix it?
     
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    Thanks Notawak
    I fear we are not nearly as hands on as you! Haha
    You make it sound so simple!
     
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    You can but heat staple guns now. Ill look into a link later but it heats up a bit wire what you melt into the two sides of the joint. It cuts the wire when done leaving a tight fix. I think its around £100 though and you still need top fill small gaps and paint so being tight like you i buy fiberglass as its cheap and easy to use.


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    It can be a faf on a bumper as it needs to come off. Might not be a good idea if its your first diy job using the stuff. but if it safes a few 100 quid and a NCB its an option.
     
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    There is a fella at the bottom of our village that does G R P repairs, he's got a good name, BUT I guess Cornwall is a way way to far for you fellas
    Best of luck anyway:hi5:
     
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    From Denmark, certainly!
     
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    Certainly doesn't look like it's fibreglass, more than likely it's the same polycrackathene that my Burstner one was made from and applying fibreglass resin to it might soften or even melt it. A new bumper for me was around £1500 and a six week delivery. I got someone to plastic weld it for me but it started to crack along the welds again as I lifted it into the back of my car. I drilled a series of holes and made straps from aluminium to bridge the cracks, stuck them to the inside of the bumper with pu adhesive then snugged it all up with special countersunk pop rivets that "peeled" off into 4 "legs" when you tightened them, applied filler over the holes and then paid to get it resprayed. Cost around £200 all in.
     
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    Would she be better hiding most of the sharp edges with gaffa tape or the likes just in case some county's police might give them a tug. I would still use that in the UK till fixed but dont think i would risk it in Europe.
     
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    I would think in insurance claims terms its probably a pretty common occurance.However if you have salvaged all the parts it's not as difficult a job as you may think.The back bumper will have to come off to make a good repair and although yours is a later model than mine going by the lights I believe it'll be self tapping screws like mine(2005 hymer tramp) I was lucky to get the right half of a bumper off ebay cheap.I used a soldering iron and plastic strips cut off parts left over having cut off the part i wanted using a similar style to oxy acetylene welding,other methods are out there on youtube but for me tacking front and back and getting a good weld on the back and filling up on the front gave me a solid joint.It's just a matter of patience and you can get the job done .I used a plastic filler and primer with a paint mixed locally by a specialist firm who made up a large aerosol of flat paint and a can of laquer afterwards.If it's of any help I put up a doc on the resources.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/resources/repairing-a-plastic-bumper-on-a-hymer.130/
     
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    on insurance, it will cost your excess plus loss of no claims discount on renewal, so about £500 - £600. saving the parts and having a specialist plastic weld it then paint will be a similar cost
    my choice would be go to somebody like eeco-ltd.co.uk and have them make a duplicate bumper using the damaged one as a mould. will cost the same but better finish and no extra cost to insurance for next 5 years
     
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    Those sharp looking edges do need taping up, home or away, they will catch the attention of a policeman.
     
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    I smashed up the rear skirt on my Swift 630l. It was broken in a number of places.Had it plastic welded by Spitfire Garage, Southampton .
    It cost me around £900.
     
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    Not far is it? Just over the water, atop Slezwick Holstien(sp?) innet?
    2 hrs by easyjet?
     
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    that is brownhills spares department selling off excess stock. yes they will order a new one, but at full retail price plus extra
     
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    Ach well. Personally i would patch up best i could then worry about a new one when it comes to selling to get max price.
     
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