How to remove side panel from Coleman pop up.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by masher, May 25, 2009.

  1. masher

    masher 2003 Coleman Taos

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    I've got a dent on the rear pas side panel.
    It looks like it would just pop out if I could get behind it.
    Are these panels hard to get off?,do the front and back pvc skirts need to come off first?,it looks like they can stay in place.
     
  2. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    If you look underneath the frame of the PuP, the panel is either held on with rivet or screws. also without seeing how the panel meets the corner, it is hard to say if there is a channel seam held on with screws there as well.

    do you have pics of it?
     
  3. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave New Member

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    I had to pull the curbside panel off my 87 SunValley to repair damage to the rear corner. Mine had rivets along the top edge, along the door edge and screws along the bottom that all had to be removed. Hardest part of the whole job was keeping the slot the rear panel slides into straight. Sorry but I don't have any pictures of the repair.
     
  4. Sharon

    Sharon Dover, FL

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    The front and back corner trim needs to be removed, it should be rivited on, once your remove those, the side are pretty much free.

    The bottom, there should be little hex nuts, just unscrew those. You may be able to get behind the side panel enough with out drilling out the rivets on top.

    Also make sure you remove any thing like the water inlets and electral out lets if on that side.

    we had to do the same thing.

    Sharon
     
  5. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    is it possible for you to access the dent through the inside by removing a piece of the interior sidewall? if it is underneath a seat or cabinet it may prove to be easier?
     
  6. masher

    masher 2003 Coleman Taos

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    Thanks all, I can't get it from the inside, the wheel well is right there.It's rivets on top and screws in the bottom.I was hoping the ends wouldn't have to come off, but it looks like there is some type of channel the panel sits in.
    When the door is open it covers the dent, but I'd like to fix it if possible.They should make white bondo,that and a sticker may be easier.;)
     
  7. sdn40

    sdn40 Member

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    thinkin outside the box here - instead of removing the panel - why not drill a small hole and then pull the dent out ??? I think that I would rather patch a 1/16" hole rather than risking the issues with removing a whole panel.

    This idea is based upon how flimsy the sheet metal was on my camper when I removed the back panel due to damage. One word of warning as well - depending on the dent and the surrounding area - once dented - even when popped back out - that area will be very easy to dent again - very easy
     
  8. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave New Member

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    I forgot to mention, that with the ABS front and rear panels, there are no fasteners along the edges. They just slide into a slot formed in the side panels. The ends do not have to be removed.
     
  9. Buddha

    Buddha 1998 1203

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    Well, I have seen body shops use a large suction cup to pull out shallow dents. Call you local body shop, they may do it for nothinh.
     
  10. jebiford29

    jebiford29 New Member

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    I've had luck with a plunger, believe it or not.
     

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