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Old 12-09-2003, 07:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Repairable or Totaled

Hope this attachment comes through. Had a bad day at the beach. Trees and these kind of streams dont' mix.
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Old 12-09-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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Sorry to see that this happened campcollector.

Jody of JodynJeep had some damage on his new Airstream repaired at the Jackson Center, Ohio plant and I believe he was quite satisfied.

Here's a link to that thread to read about it:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...jackson+center

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:07 PM   #3
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OH NO

Ouch ........ that hurts in more ways than one.

It can be repaired but know you are dissapointed.

You have a dealer close by ?? A good one I hope.

Best of luck going forward

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:11 PM   #4
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Give it a aspirin, maybe two and take it to Jackson Center for repair. Could have been worse.
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Old 12-09-2003, 08:31 PM   #5
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Another veiw

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:40 PM   #6
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That's a stressful looking scene. Hope no one was home at the time. It looks to be a dead Birch tree like the ones we have around here. Never can tell when or what nature has to offer. Now is when a good dealer is needed.
Best of luck on the repairs.
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:05 PM   #7
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Unhappy we were inside!

Yes we were inside when it hit at 920 am. I thought it was an earth quake at first until the ceiling started to come in.

The tree is a Large red alder, there was no wind at the time, it just fell over.

Now I know what it is like for an ant inside of a beer can.

My poor trialer had alot of wheight on the axle. The tires ballooned out quite a bit. I hope the axle is ok? It towed like normal for the return 140 mile trip.

It took 3 hours and a Tractor loader to cut the tree off because it had so much downward pressure still on the trailer.

I hope it can be restored to original.
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:13 PM   #8
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Sorry, unusual experience. It's like the old saying "everything comes apart, some things just go back together more gracefully than others." A qualified AS dealer or another recommended service facility will get you back on the road. As with a car, you will always know it happened, but think about the protection it provided and overlook a little skin color match difference. Good luck.
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:32 PM   #9
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...and at least you weren't in a tent!

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Old 12-09-2003, 09:57 PM   #10
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Count your blessings that you had and Airstream! it can be fixed and you weren't injured. Had it been an SOB I believe the outcome would have been a lot worse! I think a trip to Jackson Center is in order!

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Old 12-09-2003, 10:27 PM   #11
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I am glad you all are ok and sorry to hear about the loss.

I have to say though....you have LOTS of structural damage. Several ribs are severely bent and will need replacement. I would say that even if it could be fixed, the cost might be pretty steep and depending on who your insurance company might be they may just total it and give you whatever the unit was worth (which is about $24k approx-- I too have an '03 Bambi currently) since to me it appears that the coach might need to be gutted and rebuilt.

I'm not a qualified service tech, but I would think with the kind of damage in the pictures, that a whole bunch of interior and exterior are gonna have to be pulled apart.

The damage that I could see that Jody had was mostly sheet metal and not rib damage..whereas this one seems a bit more complex.

I see you are in OR....if you are close to George Sutton RV...he is suppose to have a great service center....www.gmsrv.com

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Old 12-09-2003, 10:37 PM   #12
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Big time bummer, GLAD you were all safe.

My worst nightmare in our classic AS. Alder wood..... a soft- hardwood, "dead" nothing I'd park close to.

Hope all repairs go well with you.
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:18 AM   #13
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Easy for me to say

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Ouch~!~ One of your worst nightmares come true, we're sorry to hear of the loss..I'm so happy to hear that you came thru it personally with no injuries~
I don't know what your insurance covers but, speaking for myself, being that the unit is so new, I take the total, get a new trailer.
I understand that this decision is a radical departure from the 'popular thinking' but, seriously: Think about the damages (both seen and, unseen) done to the frame, support struts, skin (both outside as well as the inner), possible axle, tires, etc.
Sorry gang but, this is one time when I'd say, "Take the money~after all, that's what you pay the premium for~!"
Good luck to you and, your family.
Happy Holiday Wishes`!!

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This is one of those cases where you hope you have the replacement coverage option on your insurance. It sure would make this a nobrainer.

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