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Old 05-25-2007, 10:04 PM   #29
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This is Jerry, Caryl's husband.

As you may know, I visited the Airstream of Chicago fire site and photographed it today. I was delighted to confirm that all the fine employees got out without injury and that the owners told them they did not need to look for new jobs as the they intended to reopen in the area and to do so in a larger facility.

This is good news for all Chicagoland Airstream owners and the employees. Having been pleased with their sales and service, we certainly plan to support the dealership and hope others in the area do the same.

As for my personal observations of the fire site, it was very interesting to see how little was left of the affected units. It appeared to me that esentially all of the plastic, fiberglass, rubber and aluminum components of all the RV's, regardless of maker, vaporized in the high heat, i.e. transformed from solid to gasseous states, and apparently blew away in the high winds of the time. Perhaps the molecules of our BaseCamp are circling the earth by now, not sure. One thing for sure, however, we're not going camping in our BaseCamp this weekend!! ;-(

At this point we understand that our personal loss is fully covered by insurance. If this is correct, we hope to be happy AS owners again in the near future. In the meantime, with your approval, we will continue to contribute to the AS forum and continue to enjoy your company.

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Old 05-25-2007, 10:32 PM   #30
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Condolences on the Base Camp.
I was at that a/s dealership maybe a couple of months ago.
I live maybe 30 minutes north from that dealer, it's roughly a mile from Camping World.

My husband works for Coffman Truck Sales in Aurora, he's in the parts department. Husband had mentioned that the drivers make deliveries there at that truck place next to the a/s. Sad news about the fire. We were just talking about it after dinner.
On the day I had stoppped in there (just to see the shiny pretty trailers) I had wandered around the showroom for about 10 or 15 minutes. No one was around. I did go into all the trailers although the BaseCamp model that was outside was locked. I'm sure it's a very cool trailer, I hope you can get a replacement soon.

I was at the other a/s dealer that's way south from where I'm at. We took a trip to find parts and look to see what trailers were for sale. What a waste of a trip, got no help. I was overjoyed when I discovered the Bolingbrook dealer.
I hope the Bolingbrook dealer is able to rebuild and recover from the loss. Bad time for business I suppose. Summer is just starting.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:57 PM   #31
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I heard on the news that the fire actually started in a neighboring business. Is that still what they're thinking?
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:11 AM   #32
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It is so sad that this would occur right before a holiday. I'm sure some were planning on picking up their trailers in preparation for a Memorial Day vacation. I'm curious, if the fire started in an adjacent business, would that business be responsible for all damages incurred to the Airstream dealership and the trailers destroyed/damaged?
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:14 AM   #33
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This is what Jerry and I were told and what we got from the news reports:

The fire started in a diesel truck repair business which was housed in the same building. The cause is still unknown. There were large propane tanks in the Airstream service bays in addition to the propane tanks on the trailers themselves. Those tanks exploded. One tank shot up in the air and landed a quarter mile away. In addition to the propane, high winds added addition fury. The fire took about 30 minutes to completely destroy both businesses.

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Old 05-26-2007, 10:54 AM   #34
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Do you know when the insurance etc. will end and you'll have your new Basecamp?
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:38 AM   #35
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Is anybody saying yet how fast you can get a new Basecamp? Caryl, karmic balance should suggest that your knee replacement will go great.
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Old 05-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #36
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We have just begun the process with our insurance agent to understand how to proceed. I think it can go rather quickly--but one never knows what one will run into as these things develop, does one? Airstream can deliver a Base Camp fairly quickly, but we will need to understand who is paying what first. There are several businesses involved--Airstream, the truck repair shop and the owner of the building. By the way, there are four other AS owners with vaporized units as well.

Luckily, I had cancelled all our summer trips because I moved the date of my knee replacement to the end of May instead of later in the summer. Couldn't take the pain anymore. So that was a blessing in disguise. Jerry is taking care of the insurance part and I will be focusing on surgery and rehab. When we understand the dollars we have available and my condition after surgery, we will figure out what we will do. Replacing and knee and a trailer all in the same month--what a concept!

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Caryl,
If it were me, I wouldn't accept anything short of an identical Base Camp as replacement. Insurance works in funny ways but that is the way I would feel.
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Usually your insurance will pay the claim and then collect from the dealership truck repairplace or both.

If you have replacement insurance you should have your new basecamp pretty quickly.
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My 2003 22ft. CCD International was a casualty as well. All that was left were the bathrom and kitchen sinks and the oven.

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Old 05-28-2007, 03:30 PM   #40
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Last Bambi Out?

We just returned home after picking up our new 16' Bambi in Bolingbrook last week. Imagine our shock and sadness when we called Airstream of Chicago with a few minor questions. We spent Monday (5/21) at the showroom (with our dogs) going over our unit and admiring their inventory. The showroom was full of new Airstreams, and the workbay area was full of Airstreams and other RV's in for service. Everyone was very helpful and patient with us. Some of the employees even came in early Tuesday morning so we could get hooked up and hit the road early. Our Bambi was parked in the bay beside the Basecamp... This is really unbelievable. We are glad to hear that everyone is o.k. and that they will reopen and be bigger and better than before.
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Chalk this one up as an odd coincidence...

Friday about noonish, we were at Heritage Square in Golden, Colorado as a meeting place (ourselves & 5 other vintage Airstreamers) for our not-really-a-rally weekend getaway. We were just hanging out waiting for everybody to arrive and a bright red H3 Hummer pulls up to check out all the trailers. We started to chat and teased him that he was halfway there with having a suitable tow vehicle, all he needed was something shiny to pull behind it.

He asked if we were part of the WBCCI, so we figured he knew something about the club & Airstreams. We continued to talk with him & his wife and he said, yeah he kinda knew something about them...he was the owner of an Airstream Dealership near Chicago. I asked him cautiously, that this wouldn't be Bolingbrook would it? He said, unfortunately yes.

Come to find out, John is the owner of Bolingbrook. He had come out to CO for a niece's graduation and found out about the fire when he stepped off the plane in Denver. We all were stunned and gave him our coldolences...he seemed to be rightfully concerned and a very sincere, nice man. He was planning on staying for the graduation, family comes first and there are people handling "the process" then heading home to deal with the loss.

We all hope that the re-build and settlements go well...

Regards to all involved - especially John & Ann.

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Friday about noonish, we were at Heritage Square in Golden, Colorado as a meeting place (ourselves & 5 other vintage Airstreamers) for our not-really-a-rally weekend getaway. We were just hanging out waiting for everybody to arrive and a bright red H3 Hummer pulls up to check out all the trailers. We started to chat and teased him that he was halfway there with having a suitable tow vehicle, all he needed was something shiny to pull behind it.

He asked if we were part of the WBCCI, so we figured he knew something about the club & Airstreams. We continued to talk with him & his wife and he said, yeah he kinda knew something about them...he was the owner of an Airstream Dealership near Chicago. I asked him cautiously, that this wouldn't be Bolingbrook would it? He said, unfortunately yes.

Come to find out, John is the owner of Bolingbrook. He had come out to CO for a niece's graduation and found out about the fire when he stepped off the plane in Denver. We all were stunned and gave him our coldolences...he seemed to be rightfully concerned and a very sincere, nice man. He was planning on staying for the graduation, family comes first and there are people handling "the process" then heading home to deal with the loss.

We all hope that the re-build and settlements go well...

Regards to all involved - especially John & Ann.

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Shari, John was the first person I called when we learned about the fire. Caught him at the airport just after he had heard the news. He was and is a cordial and sincere guy. So far, all the AS folks handling the fire issues have been super responsive. All the insurance adjusting is yet to come due to the holiday, but we asked the dealership to start looking for us. We want them to recover and be better than ever. And we want a trailer!! After considering our needs, desires, physical condition, etc., it looks like we are movin' on up to a Bambi. We figured that we would in a few years anyway, so, heck, let's do it now. The decisions yet to come are 16 or 19 or somewhere in between with a vintage.

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