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Old 02-11-2016, 04:48 PM   #15
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Definitely a shell off resto
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:54 PM   #16
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Definitely a shell off resto

Maybe not. I think it'll buff out....
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:57 PM   #17
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Yikes!

The cast iron skillet in the last photo looks salvageable . . .

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Old 02-11-2016, 05:22 PM   #18
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Here's the part I like: Est. Retail Value:$23,352 USD

In what distant sector of the current space-time continuum?

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Old 02-11-2016, 09:21 PM   #19
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My AS recently got into a fight with a fence, and it was pretty much a tie. The fence went down, and the AS got bent. It didn't seem like that big a deal to me, so I was thinking I would just pay to have the AS repaired, and keep it off the insurance records. Well, that was a nice thought, but when I got the estimate of how many thousands of dollars it was going to cost to repair the AS, I was shocked and amazed, and so on the insurance records it will have to go. I mean, I've always thought of AS's as being fairly robust, but when I get it back, I feel like I'm going to have to treat it like a delicate little egg. If it had cost much more to repair it, they would have had to total it, and we're basically just talking cosmetic damage to a few exterior panels. I suppose I could just tow it around with dented panels, but that somehow wasn't the image I wanted to portray when I decided to start Airstreaming. The dealer suggested that I might want to trade my dented 23' in for the 25' I probably should have bought instead, and somehow all these problems would miraculously go away, but even though he may be correct, I could no more abandon my dented 23' than I could abandon my dog (an exaggeration, but hyperbole is allowed unless expressly prohibited).

Anyway, worse things could happen, as your photo shows.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:14 PM   #20
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My Dad's a TV repairman, he can buff it out.
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:11 PM   #21
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I thought those wheels would stop all problems... think they are usable?
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:47 PM   #22
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Oh, McDave, now you have me worried about what you will think of us when we pull into the Wyoming trip in our Silver HotDog. It literally looks like a microwaved hotdog after it has cooled. Nearly back to that lovely shiny aluminum, but uniquely worbled.

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The propane tanks look intact
Proof that pressure relief valves actually work to prevent BLEVE— Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion. Without the relief valves, those cylinders would have exploded. Any fire hot enough to burn the paint off a cylinder is hot enough to explode one otherwise. In fact, the propane vapors shooting out of a pressure relief valve, if they ignited, would have acted as a blowtorch to keep the front of the trailer burning until the vapors were gone.
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Old 02-17-2016, 12:06 AM   #24
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I mean, I've always thought of AS's as being fairly robust, but when I get it back, I feel like I'm going to have to treat it like a delicate little egg.
Actually, Airstreams ARE fairly robust. The fence that dented your Airstream would have cracked a Casita or other fiberglass trailer like an eggshell.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:11 AM   #25
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It is truly amazing how hot, fast and thoroughly a camper will burn. When I bought my AS I tried to sell and then give away my old camper. Got no takers. So I removed anything in it that was salvageable and then disposed of it in the old fashioned way. It did not take long. When it was done I raked up the remains and it filled two trash cans which I disposed of.
Sorry, I can't run java on this board because of all the rediculous pop ups and ads so I can't imbed this photo.
Maybe someone can do that for me.
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Proof that pressure relief valves actually work to prevent BLEVE— Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion. Without the relief valves, those cylinders would have exploded. Any fire hot enough to burn the paint off a cylinder is hot enough to explode one otherwise. In fact, the propane vapors shooting out of a pressure relief valve, if they ignited, would have acted as a blowtorch to keep the front of the trailer burning until the vapors were gone.
Seems the pressure release valves are pointed away from the trailer body? I think.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:33 AM   #27
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Seems the pressure release valves are pointed away from the trailer body? I think.
That is the way they should be. I couldn't really tell from the photos, though. My developing cataracts rob me of the ability to se fine detail— sure hope my ophthalmologist tells me soon that they're far enough advanced to need removal; I'd hate to think my vision will get even worse before I can have the surgery.
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Tell me about it. I hope I'm not approaching surgery. My wife had hers done years ago, a great improvement.
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