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Old 12-08-2008, 02:04 PM   #57
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So sorry to here about your loss. Have you contacted the TV stations. Your Airstream is so beautiful that they may take it as a human interest story. I'm sure people noticed your cutey going down the street with the stabilizer bars dragging. At least you would have a direction that it was taken. Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:49 PM   #58
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Here's another idea that may work...

Depending on which part of Metro Seattle you live in, it may be possible to work around Seattle main airport restricted area and charter a single engine plane and instructor (preferably a high-wing Cessna from Cessna Dealer/Pilot Center..) and fly search patterns from 3,000 to 4,000' altitude on clear day.. Maybe a plane owning Forum member could be of assistance? You'd be astounded how much area you can cover, and how easy spotting a shiny Airstream is, and for approx $120 you could have several sets of eyes cover hundreds of square miles. Hard to get within 20 miles of Sea Tac, however, without special permissions and good pilot to negotiate access. If some worthless Meth Head took it for $$, then it probably isn't locked in a garage, and it might be within 100 miles. If it went into Canada (and they're not checking title/legal owner permission like they used to..) it may be much harder to get back. If it fit into shipping container, it will be real hard to find.. Sorry for loss
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:08 PM   #59
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Condoluminium,

That sounds like a great idea, but we're in West Seattle, well within that 20 mile radius to the airport.

Blue Pearl,

I did send a message to KOMO this morning hoping for a response. Haven't heard anything yet.

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Old 12-08-2008, 05:11 PM   #60
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Here are a couple of other resources:

The second one shows serial numbers of vehicles reported stolen or totalled, as of a couple of minutes ago, your trailer is not shown:

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/ni.../vincheck.html


I'll watch for somebody trying to sell this trailer to us at our shop...
Overlander63,

Thanks for the heads up on the vincheck. We've got it listed now, so hopefully that will help.

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Old 12-08-2008, 05:41 PM   #61
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You know, when you stop to think about it, as rare as a shiny antique Airstream is, it would be awfully difficult to take it very far before it was noticed. Notwithstanding a prepared shipping container, it could still be close to where it was taken. Not just any garage can handle the height of an Airstream with an air conditioner on the roof - so commercial doors on seldom-used buildings would be immediately suspect.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:49 PM   #62
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There is no nameplated model name. It goes by either "18 footer" or "Traveler."


Do you have the VIN number, or are there any distinguishing features we could look for in passing?
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:57 PM   #63
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I was just gonna suggest that you have available ANY and ALL pics of the interior/distinguishing marks/dents. Its way to easy to remove the small plate with the VIN and replace it....Most people arent aware of how to distinguish the years of older units. So, it could easily be sold as another year model...
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #64
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:26 PM   #65
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Another thought... you could put an ad in the paper saying you're looking for a vintage A/S trailer to buy for cash. You could also offer a finders fee; someone might come forward for it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:04 PM   #66
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Another thought... you could put an ad in the paper saying you're looking for a vintage A/S trailer to buy for cash. You could also offer a finders fee; someone might come forward for it.
An ad in Craigslist in the Seattle area would help also. Something like "Stolen: 1958 Airstream" for a subject, and a description of the trailer, with a couple of pictures for text. Put it in "RV" section, people looking for one will see it there. Repost every few days, so it stays close to the top of the searches.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:51 PM   #67
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Again, thanks everyone. The support here is amazing.

Kevin245, our vin is listed in the original post... here again though 18D0106.

For you Puget Sound area folks: we're going to be on KING 5 tonight at 10 and 11. I sent them an email this afternoon and they called right up to schedule a time to come over. Ryan was interviewed while I wrangled the boys and then they had us do a couple of minutes of family shots in the living room.

As for identifying marks, etc: We installed a black water tank during the restoration complete with one of the tornado clean out things (can't remember the official name). Just inside the door above the dinette is a switch that controls the LED step light (orange). On the refer cabinet above the bed is a switch to power the water pump. Under the curb side dinette is Ryan's 12V control panel. Above the toilet in the closet wall is the gauge that shows the levels in both the black tank and fresh water tank (toggle is underneath). The bed's mattress is covered in that classic mattress ticking fabric (white canvas with navy stripes). On the forward shelf above the dinette is/was a Tivoli Model One Radio that is powered via a 12v cord that comes through the skin above the shelf. There's a 110v instahot water heater on the right side of the kitchen cabinet. The plumbing is blue and red 1/2" PEX. The refer, stove and toilet are all original. It still has the propane lantern. The sconce lights had no shades. The floor is a light green Marmoleum that we installed during the shell-off period. DuoTherm A/C in the middle with a Max fan forward of that. The awning is ZipDee and it's BRIGHT ORANGE solid. New shore power AC inlet. New Dexter axle on original springs. Wheels are galvanized steel. Front 30lb propane tanks are white. Custom spare tire carrier built under the dinette (had no tire in it).

That should cover it...

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Ask the TV station for a video copy of your segment. Then post it on Youtube with the word airstream in the title. It all helps.
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Katie, If you need help with the video posting, let me know. I can convert it into flash and post it for you on the many video sites that are now out there. Jaime
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #70
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A friend on my irrigation forum is a ex-cop who's dealt with these things; his advise
if any one sees the coach is to call 911 and keep it in view, telling 911 you suspect it
of being stolen.
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