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Feb 19, 2015
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Well I wasn’t expecting that during our visit to the Camping carpark aire in Montrichard sur Cher.
Yesterday we had a nice little wander around the village and a lovely lunch before heading back to the van for a little sit around enjoying a bit of sunshine before settling down for the evening.
Went out in the morning and noticed that someone had been using our van for target practice during the night and there are two very deep dents about the size of a 1 euro coin on the side of the van which I guess where caused by a high powered air rifle Thankfully they haven’t managed to pierce the aluminium skin but very noticeable and undoubtedly expensive to remedy.
We had heard something hitting the van during the night but thought it was something off one of the nearby trees.
There was a gendarmerie car driving around the site this morning and I naively felt a bit reassured by their presence (despite not having my angle mort stickers on yet). I managed to catch him and he said that I should head to the Gendarmerie and make a declaration which I did.
I chatted to our French neighbours and they were very shocked and also extremely helpful phoning the Campingcar people to tell them what had happened.
So any top tips for covering up bullet holes in the side of the van.
 

suavecarve

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Absolutely gutting.
A lot depends on attitude towards the van and how old it is and how expensive to repair versus embracing the wounds and putting bullet hole graphics around them
Best of luck
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Badknee

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The cheapest way would to cover them with stickers/graphics, next is try a dent puller, there are quite a lot of companies offer this service now. Then a bodyshop but that will be expensive.
The biggest problem I think is that the aluminium will have been stretched in the process and will be a bugger to ‘in stretch’.
 
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hi, we had a small dent on rear panel & used a GB sticker to cover it , luckily it was in the near perfect place to put the sticker

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Lenny HB

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The cheapest way would to cover them with stickers/graphics, next is try a dent puller, there are quite a lot of companies offer this service now. Then a bodyshop but that will be expensive.
The biggest problem I think is that the aluminium will have been stretched in the process and will be a bugger to ‘in stretch’.
Can't do that on bonded aluminum it pulls the aluminum away from the foam and leaves a bubble.

Filling and spraying works well if its done well.
 
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Well I wasn’t expecting that during our visit to the Camping carpark aire in Montrichard sur Cher.
Yesterday we had a nice little wander around the village and a lovely lunch before heading back to the van for a little sit around enjoying a bit of sunshine before settling down for the evening.
Went out in the morning and noticed that someone had been using our van for target practice during the night and there are two very deep dents about the size of a 1 euro coin on the side of the van which I guess where caused by a high powered air rifle Thankfully they haven’t managed to pierce the aluminium skin but very noticeable and undoubtedly expensive to remedy.
We had heard something hitting the van during the night but thought it was something off one of the nearby trees.
There was a gendarmerie car driving around the site this morning and I naively felt a bit reassured by their presence (despite not having my angle mort stickers on yet). I managed to catch him and he said that I should head to the Gendarmerie and make a declaration which I did.
I chatted to our French neighbours and they were very shocked and also extremely helpful phoning the Campingcar people to tell them what had happened.
So any top tips for covering up bullet holes in the side of the van.
Sounds the wrong shape for an air rifle pellet more like a catapult

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Aug 6, 2020
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Obviously depending on where the dents are - I had a dent on the side of my old caravan and covered it with a small reflector (and likewise stuck one on the opposite side) and it didn’t look out of place - dealer never noticed when I part ex’d it 👍
 
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Not quite sure if a couple of random stickers would look right but I will have a chat with the “dent doctors” when I get back
 
Dec 17, 2019
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That’s terrible. We cycled past that site a few weeks ago, and must admit was a bit put off due the proximity of some transit sites nearby.
 
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Sounds the wrong shape for an air rifle pellet more like a catapult
There was a traveller site across the road from one of our work car parks. Any car parked in there risked being hit by ball bearings fired from across the road . After numerous cars were damaged, the car park was out out of bounds.
 

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