Has anyone heard of this ? we have been told that the side of our caravan has small dimples the result of a hale stone storm and that we need to contact our insurance company to get the side replaced ? in all the years we have had a caravan I have never heard of this, is it urgent what are the ramifications if we ignore this ? personally we have looked and looked and can only see wear and tear for a 10 year old caravan. Thank you
Hailstone damage usually occurs to the roof not the sides.Any small dings in the side are usually from stones being thrown up by passing vehicles when towing.If your van is ten years old i would not worry about it, as you will probably have no luck with insurer as they will put it down to wear and tear.Forget it and enjoy using your van.
I have seen very extensive hail damage to a van side as well as the more frequent roof damage. IMO there is minimal risk to the vans integrity by leaving it though I know of one case with a continental van with roof mounted awning rail that a dent broke the seal and allowed in damp. This was a novel occurrence and the first known to the dealer, a major importer.
It could affect the resale value but realistically on a 10 year old van where to even the owner it is not evident that is not a big issue. IMO the risk associated with re-skinning and the probable loss of insurance claim record would in this case lead me to leave well alone.
Then there is the concern that the new skins on a 10 year will be glaringly obvious and to buyers like myself that would ring warning bells of what really was the reason to reskin, let alone what an odd looking van.
Thank you so much we ourselves thought the same 10 years old 'wear and tear' and to be honest we looked and couldn't really see what the dealer seemed to think was a big deal. As I told him obviously a con to get more out of us. Thanks again what a wonderful site this is for help and assurance, happy caravanning.
If a newish caravan is hail damaged on roof it is usually cheaper to write off than repair, so insurance pays out to owner then insurer disposes of otherwise perfectly good caravan by auction & caravan goes to new owner & back on the road. An older caravan would certainly be written off, cost of fitting a new side would be more than caravan trade value.
A dealer selling an older hail damaged caravan may hope buyer does not notice as most damage is on roof but if you try to trade in a hail damaged caravan then dealer will most certainly notice & severely reduce offer price to owner.
Hail damage only occurs when hail is grape size or bigger. Large hail is caused by unusual weather conditions chucking hail back upwards a few times causing it to build up more & more ice.
Message posted by salmong08/3/2016 at 1:42pm Outfit: Swift Freestyle SE Nissan X Trail Location: East Yorkshire
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I have got a 2010 Bailey Pegasus which has hailstone damage on the offside wall - It can only be seen from certain angles and in a certain light - there is no problem with the integrity of the body panel - and it passes damp test every year during annual service - So I would not be concerned at all
hi ive just bought a hailstone damaged caravan at reduced price but big drawback is it is on record cris as a cat d ,meens its had minor damage and insurance has paid owner out.no probs with caravan its water tight and is not easy to spot, roof mainly and few dings in side.but beware some insurance companies wont insure. they want a certificate of full repair(,thats not going to happen).saved about £3k to £4k buying this van for personal use and I am pleased with it 1 owner full dealer service history.i had full engineer report done as well.no faults found apart from minor hailstone damage and tyres were just 5 year old and they paid for 3 new tyres as part of sale price.