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Old 08-09-2018, 08:09 PM   #15
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Ever wonder what happens when you drive your Airstream Interstate straight into a hailstorm with tennis-ball sized hail? Well, wonder no more, we solved it for you. LOL

On Monday, we had the unfortunate luck to be driving on I-25 south of Colorado Springs when the mother of all hail storms hit. In addition to the damage you can see in these pics, it punched a hole in our main ceiling vent cover and damaged several other components.

Already in touch with insurance and body shops. Due to several huge storms here, we have a 6-8 month wait on body work. Windshield should get fixed today. We're trying to fix what we can to get it back on the road.
VALLEYVIEW - first of all, it's still a great day when such destruction occurs and you get out of it safe & unharmed. I always worry in that section of the country because the altitude, jet stream, & temps make these events common. I have daughter in CO & sister in NM. So I-70 & I-25 is a common route for us. With a brand new AI driving all over, this is one of my fears. Glad you all are ok. But the Sprinter is one strong van. Would rather be in it than my other cars in situation like this. Maybe good excuse to get custom paintjob like NOSTOCK's unit ?
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:12 PM   #16
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Wow, I've heard of big hail damage, but your pictures really brought it home. We get hurricanes on the coast, but only rarely hail, and then only pea-sized.

Must have been a miserable feeling to just have to sit there and take it. Probably didn't last long, yet seemed to last forever. Glad you were ok.

Hi Rowie, thanks. Yes, it was scary to be in that bombardment! And not a great feeling, except that we were safe.

We got to the side of the road and stopped as quickly as we could do in a safe manner. Then got the heck away from the front and went to the back of the rig because we thought the windshield would shatter at any moment.

Even when we stopped moving, the hailstones were hitting the windshield horizontally like line drives, drilling it head on and causing fearsome cracks.

But everyone was good and we made it through the 10-15 minutes of terror. Many cars we saw had both front and back windows completely smashed and we wondered where you could take refuge in that scenario. Yikes!

My wife said it felt like one of those crazy "Day After Tomorrow" climate chaos movies where everything with the weather goes haywire. LOL
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:30 PM   #17
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You were on the road when this happened!!!??? I thought it happened while parked and you were in your house... wow!! So glad nothing happened and you and your wife made it safely through this!!
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:07 PM   #18
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You were on the road when this happened!!!??? I thought it happened while parked and you were in your house... wow!! So glad nothing happened and you and your wife made it safely through this!!

Thank you Wachuko! And thanks, everyone, for your support and empathy. It means a lot.

Yup, we were driving when the chaos hit, and lived to tell the tale.

I hope you guys NEVER have to experience anything like it!
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:27 PM   #19
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You responded correctly,though. Stop, take shelter away from glass. Glad you were ok. Didn’t realize you were driving!!
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:19 AM   #20
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In East TN we get similar hail storms (and, strong lightning storms like yesterday). With hail that large - even in your house - it truly sounds like you're in a war zone at the wrong end of a machine gun. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be in your AI. When over, I would have been crying and breathing a sigh of relief at the same time.

We feel your pain!

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Old 08-10-2018, 11:22 AM   #21
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:11 AM   #22
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Deja Vu... the 1993 Bismarck ND International

I wasn't there but here's an article from the Bismarck Tribune:

"25 Years Ago-1993

Broken windows, dented Airstreamers and flooded basements were left behind on Thursday, July 1, when three storms with winds gusting up to 38 mph hit Bismarck-Mandan with a downpour of rain and 15 minutes of two-inch-sized hail. Roads, culverts and ditches became rivers, drowned in several feet of water, while visibility was reduced to nearly nothing at times. A 24-hour record for rainfall in July was broken when 2.7 inches of rain fell at the Bismarck airport. The previous high was 2.33 inches on July 18, 1969.

Damages in Mandan were not nearly as bad as in south Bismarck, however, Mandan’s rodeo events had to be temporarily canceled as the roads surrounding Dacotah Centennial Park were under several inches of water. The area golf courses were also closed due to standing water and hail-damaged greens.

Damage to the nearly 2,500 Airstreamer trailers parked at Silver City near the Bismarck airport, headquarters for the annual convention of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, is estimated at $4.9 million. But the thousands strong Airstream visitors kept their sense of humor and had bumper stickers printed and placed on their trailers that read “Bis-Marks.”

More volatile weather was on tap for the long holiday weekend, and it was a breezy, cloudy, wet Fourth at the culmination of Mandan’s Rodeo Days celebration. Though the parade down Main Street was huge — 125 units —only about a dozen pieces were from the Wally Byam Caravan Club International; at least 50 had been expected. But the Airstream folks who ventured down Main Street received the most applause of the day, continuing the mutual love affair between the locals and the club that brought the silver trailers to Bismarck.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, July 6: a high of 65 degrees; 53 degrees for the low."
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I'm so god you and your family escaped injury. Best to you in fixing up your Airstream!
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Holy cannon fodder!

I wish you success on the repairs, also. Our's took a few dents from a "surprise" hail storm in GA, however, no skylight/vent cover damage.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:22 PM   #25
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Springs hail damage

We just moved to Colorado Springs from Georgia with our Sport in tow. Fortunately for us, we were staying in Montbello when that hailstorm hit! I have seen so many cars damaged since we got to the Springs. Hopefully got can get on the road and get the repairs done elsewhere!

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Old 08-15-2018, 11:59 PM   #26
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We just moved to Colorado Springs from Georgia with our Sport in tow. Fortunately for us, we were staying in Montbello when that hailstorm hit! I have seen so many cars damaged since we got to the Springs. Hopefully got can get on the road and get the repairs done elsewhere!

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Beth, I'm glad you missed the storm!

Apparently there is an RV dealership in Fountain, CO that got clobbered, and there were various pieces and parts of rigs scattered across the parking lot afterwards. I can't imagine...

debrunyon, thanks for your support!

westernjeep401, thanks! I'm glad you guys didn't have skylight/vent cover damage!

85MH325, what a story! Never heard about that. Cute, "Bis-Marks." LOL.
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:28 AM   #27
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Three years ago was staying in Rafter J RV park in the Black Hills south of Rapid City. During the night a hail storm hit and in spite of the many trees their canopy didn't prevent hail damage to many rigs there, including my 23D Flying Cloud and my F150 (not the aluminum one)
Extensive damage by golf ball sized hail stones resulting in $16,000 repairs to the Airstream for numerous panel replacements and $6000 for the F150 hood, windshield, and roof replacement. All performed after I returned home to the Northwest.
Good ending as insurance coverage was complete and quality repairs made everything like before.
If you look in a Rapid City directory you'll find many body shops doing hail repair. No wonder.
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Old 08-16-2018, 04:39 PM   #28
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So so sorry for your loss! Our Airstream was in a campground in Manitou Springs that day and sustained some damage as well, but mostly on the top and the corners - pretty small dimples (have to really look for the ones on the corners and get on a ladder to see the ones on the top) compared to your damage. We were near Denver visiting friends, so our truck did not suffer any damage. We were planning on spending the night but when we saw the news about the zoo and Seven Falls being hit so hard, we immediately packed up and headed back to make sure Lucy was ok. The RV park was covered in leaves and tree limbs, but so very thankful our skylights/vents/etc were not damaged. It hailed again the next afternoon, twice..... fortunately only pea size but still freaked us out. Certainly would like one of those Airstream Hail AirBags!!! Haha! Goodluck on the repairs!
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