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Old 05-17-2005, 02:19 PM   #15
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So sorry to hear about your break in. I really don't understand how/why people do this sort of thing.

When my 345 was borken into and the door window was broken out I ended up getting my quote from Airstream. I went to two AS dealers first. One did not give me the confidence that they even knew what I was talking about (service manager asked what a 345 was) and the second flat out told me they did not have the tools to do the job properly.

I received a flat quote from Airstream by describing the damage to their service writers, submitted it to my insurance company and they paid me within a week. I ended up getting the work done in Jackson Center (not too far for me) and the final bill was lower than the quote.
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Old 05-17-2005, 02:41 PM   #16
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Silly as this sounds, I don't lock the A/S or my truck in the driveway. Nothing in either to steal that would cost more than the repairs to windows, doors or locks damaged by a break-in. One morning when I lived in town, I found the contents of my glovebox on the seat and floor, but nothing significant was missing. Since moving to the country I haven't had a problem. I do lock the house most of the time, esp. if we're going out for a while, but my Shar-pei would likely chase off all but the most determined thief - actually I wouldn't want the lawsuit if he got a hold of someone breaking in ! P.
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Old 05-17-2005, 04:03 PM   #17
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Unfortunately it seems like motor homes are the prefered RV for break ins. They make the assumption that these vehicles have a lot of built in goodies and that those who use them tend to leave more items than us trailer folk do.

We had one member of our local unit who was broken into twice and at two different locations. They ripped out everything of value, using a prybar. The fellow lost clothing, a piano keyboard, and his basement compartments were also emptied of tools and other items.

Obviously whoever went into your 345 doesn't know that it's more like a trailer than the current crop of A/S motorhomes. I'm sure their booty wasn't what they expected. I keep nothing of value in my trailer and anyone breaking in would get very little short of the microwave and an $80 TV. What hurts more is the damage caused in the break in. Big $$ when they screw up the door and frame.

My condolences. I hope somebody can catch these jerks.

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Old 05-17-2005, 04:18 PM   #18
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Had my shop broken into a year ago and they stole $8,000.00 worth of woodworking tools. What a feeling. Thats one of the reasons we're moving out of the city. Just two months ago while on vacation in Georiga, we came out of the hotel to find the rear window shattered on the Suburban. There wasn't anything in it to steal but spent one afternoon getting it replaced. I really feel for you.
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If anyone can point me to a supply place that can at least help with the windows, I would be most thankful.


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Old 05-17-2005, 04:33 PM   #20
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I know you must be feeling awful. Please accept our condolences for these violations of your classic motor homes. I think a new business is going to spring up - a variation of the self storage lot where the manager lives in an on-site apartment, has cameras and patrol dogs in the lot after hours. I'm sure indoor storage is going to become more available as this kind of problem becomes more widespread.

I know that I'd pay a premium for that kind of security when I'm not there to babysit Tin Lizzie.

I wish you the best of luck finding replacement parts, and I'll keep my "airstream eyes" open looking for old coaches fit only to be parted out. Hope everyone will join me in helping you get back where you belong.

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Good morning,

I will need the the front double unit on the left of the door and the curbside rear bedroom window, both had frame and screen damage. The Kitchen window just had screen damage and I htink I can fix that easily enough.

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Angry Thanks to everyone

I want to thank everyone for your comments. Sure makes me feel like part of the family to share this tragedy with you all. I do like the suggestion about leaving the coach unlocked. My greatest sadness is the destruction, not the missing items which can be easily replaced. I took a lot of pictures last evening for the insurance company and just kept thinking how much destruction could have been avoided.

All they really needed to do was borrow the extension ladder from the back of the yard, pry one window open, climb in and lift the lever on the door. It could have been so very easy...really dumb, dumb crooks.

Thanks again for the comments, I will contact AS for a quote too.

Oh, I also thought about the electric fence idea...what if we all had a tarp of mesh netting to cover our coaches with that could be electrified? Maybe a new product for someone to invent?
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Very sorry to hear they got into your trailer. We also leave our trailer unlocked. I figure there's nothing much in there that would be of interest to a theif, except for the trailer itself. But I hate to think of the damage an idiot with a crowbar could do trying to get in. Obviously you can't leave it unlocked in a storage yard, but if it's next to your house I think it's a good idea. I do the same thing with my convertible, for the same reason. Convertible tops are far more expensive than the radio, which is the only thing they could steal out of it.
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Old 05-18-2005, 01:35 PM   #24
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In March 1999 Iwalked out of a friend's home in North Austin to find my K-5 Blazer gone. Never saw it or the $4000 worth of tools and music in it again.
I never want to experience that violated feeling again.
It is a wonder that there are not more motorhomes stolen and parted out, and trailers too. How much $$$ is aluminum per pound now anyway?
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It was so sad to read the posts of those who had the breakins. My prayers are with you. Sadly there is an element of people who think nothing of taking or vandalizing other people's property. I taught children like this for several years and it never ceased to amaze me when they talked about their crimes with no sense of remorse towards their victims.
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I feel your pain! I'm on the 2nd month of attempting an estimate for repairs on my 76 Argosy 28' MH. While parked at our workshop/storge lot it suffered a forced entry of door, bent frame,sprung door,trashed lock,pried striker. Didn't take anything. My kid moved into it the next night to keep an eye on things(Even with the colder weather in OHIO He likes the unit so much I don't think he will move out of it now!)I will be contacting JacksonCenter to get a decent/accurate estimate. Take Care, JOEY
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So sorry to hear about your break in. I really don't understand how/why people do this sort of thing.

When my 345 was borken into and the door window was broken out I ended up getting my quote from Airstream. I went to two AS dealers first. One did not give me the confidence that they even knew what I was talking about (service manager asked what a 345 was) and the second flat out told me they did not have the tools to do the job properly.

I received a flat quote from Airstream by describing the damage to their service writers, submitted it to my insurance company and they paid me within a week. I ended up getting the work done in Jackson Center (not too far for me) and the final bill was lower than the quote.
sorry to haer about bad news . i need trailer indemnity insurance any recomendations ? cheers steve
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Old 05-23-2005, 03:31 PM   #28
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After our recent experience when the engine failed due to a mechanic using the wrong oil filter. Our insurance comapny came to the rescue to the tune of $19,000. I highly recommend American Family. Yes, I know there are cheaper ones out there but service is what counts when you need them.
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