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While driving in AZ our 2003 Windsor had an encounter with a large panel that blew off a passing semi.  This 10' long panel blew up and came down on our roof.  It hit a solar panel (smashed the glass), dented a roof vent cover, and then hit fiberglass and ripped a 24" long gash.  Overall, surprisingly little damage, and I think the solar panel and vent cover saved us a bit.  Inside it pushed the roof down at the front of the bedroom, which broke a couple light fixtures and knocked some wood trim off around the sliding door track.  But I'm worried that it may have bent a roof strut as there is a bit of a bow in the ceiling now.

The good news is that there wasn't any more damage than that, and I've already patched it with a piece of 28ga galv steel from Home Depot and some waterproof gorilla tape (which seems to be basically eternabond with a thinner backing and a lot cheaper!).  We've started a claim with our insurance (and have some dashcam footage to help), and we're back travelling again and I think the patch will even work for the Pacific Northwest weather we're heading towards.

But now I'm looking for any shops on the west coast that you'd recommend for this kind of work.  Fiberglass is one thing, but I'm hoping for someone experienced with the roof structure of that era's Monaco coaches.  Has anyone had a good or bad experience with this type of repairs?  What about any of the ex-Monaco shops around Eugene?

thanks in advance for any help you can provide,
Jason.

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Wow!! That's a hard hit. Yes, you are correct about the possible bend in the steel tubing in the ceiling. Good news, it's all fixable. We use to say when doing steel fabrication,  "it's only steel". And yes you want someone with knowledge about Monaco construction. Try getting a hold of this rv repair/inspection specialist who runs a YouTube site called AZ Expert. I've watched a lot of his vids. He does a lot of work on the older high end coaches like complete roof replacement, delam,  and other major coach repair. He knows all about our Monaco rigs, and he can travel to you. Can probably find him on Google. 

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M&M Coach Specialists in Victorville California. 12137 Industrial Blvd., Victorville, CA 92395. Phone number 909-627-6000 they have a great fiberglass guy there and body repair.

Don

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"which seems to be basically eternabond with a thinner backing and a lot cheaper!"  

The bitterness of poorer quality remains long after the bitterness of a lower price is forgotten.

Chuck B 2004 Windsor

OOOps, The bitterness of poorer quality remains long after the sweetness of a lower price is forgotten.

Chuck B 2004 Windsor

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I have had body work done by Lafayette Auto Body & RV repair, Lafayette, Oregon. Steve, the owner, has a skilled staff and they do great work.  They are located about 30 minutes  off I-5 about 20 miles south of Portland.  They are always busy, but accommodating. Call Steve and see if he can help you.

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1 hour ago, Chuck B 2004 Windsor said:

OOOps, The bitterness of poorer quality remains long after the sweetness of a lower price is forgotten.

Agreed, but I didn't have eternabond on hand, and the ability to get it from a big box store right away is nice.  I was expecting to use duct tape, and order eternabond to replace the duct tape for the patch.  With this stuff I think it will be fine for the few weeks until we can get a real repair started (hopefully in a few weeks!).  But definitely going to keep an eye on it.

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3 minutes ago, Mark Holt said:

I would take it up to Oregon Motorcoach in Eugene OR. Everyone there including the owner worked for Monaco and Country Coach. They have an excellent body and glass side. 

They have a great Rep 

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It seems you have a few options, might depend on who can get to it fastest.  Good luck, hopefully you won't encounter too much rain gettingto Oregon.  We live there and know it can be dicey in the spring.

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49 minutes ago, Wrayj1 said:

It seems you have a few options, might depend on who can get to it fastest.  Good luck, hopefully you won't encounter too much rain gettingto Oregon.  We live there and know it can be dicey in the spring.

Why I live on the Eastside 

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Elite Renovation & Repair has ex-Monaco guys that own and work at the shop. You might want to call them to see who they recommend. Not sure they would take on a job such as yours, but you never know.

They are in Harrisburg OR. Elite R&R RV Restorations - We restore, renovate and repair RV trailers (eliternr.com)

There is also an Elite RV & Repair in Fresno California that does the kind of work that you are looking for.

Home Page, Elite RV and Repair (elitervrepair.com)

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Thanks all for the suggestions.  Will start calling some of these places this week.  

I've submitted an insurance claim and hoping they'll pay, but haven't heard anything from them yet.  I expect that will be another delay in this repair started.  

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Just now, Wrayj1 said:

You will likely have to decide on a repair shop so the insurance can send their adjuster to assess the d as image and speak with the shop owner.

Is your insurance based in Oregon? We have the privilege of choosing our repair shops. Insurance is forbidden from requiring to use their mandatory shops. 

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