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Old 08-09-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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Interstate meets giant hail storm (ouch)

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.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:49 PM   #2
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Ouch!! Family sent me videos as well... they live in Colorado Springs...not a pretty site if your cars were not under cover... lot of damage from it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:56 PM   #3
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You have my sincere condolences. Hail is the #1 fear I have living an Airstream lifestyle.

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:29 PM   #4
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You have my sincere condolences. Hail is the #1 fear I have living an Airstream lifestyle.

John

Thank you and I hear you on the hail!

We've had some bad hail storms in the last year or two in our next of the woods. Several dealerships here have gotten hit and have sold or will be selling a bunch of rigs "as-is" with hail damage.

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:40 PM   #5
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That's some scary pictures. Glad you are all OK otherwise!

Considering that hailstones that size can and have killed unprotected humans, I'd suggest you were lucky no one got hurt. The dings in sheet metal and stars in the glass are survivable...getting hit on the head by one that size would not be fun.
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:47 PM   #6
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That's some scary pictures. Glad you are all OK otherwise!

Considering that hailstones that size can and have killed unprotected humans, I'd suggest you were lucky no one got hurt. The dings in sheet metal and stars in the glass are survivable...getting hit on the head by one that size would not be fun.

Thank you.

Yes, I agree 100%! We were very happy to escape unharmed. The windshield, to its credit, managed to "hold" and not shatter despite a crazy onslaught.

Sheet metal and glass can always be fixed.

A number of people at a zoo in CO Spgs were injured and had to go to the hospital and several animals were killed in the storm.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:19 PM   #8
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Where is the Airstream Hail Airbag? Deployed at the first ping of an ice ball, the AHA (or A-HA!) deploys to form 12 inches of inflated canvas protection over the entire roof area. Probably out of stock....
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:21 PM   #9
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What should I upgrade to?
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:36 PM   #11
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Thanks for field testing your van so the rest of us wouldn’t have to do so.
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Years ago, in the mountains west of Rapid City, South Dakota, I survived a hailstorm of that quality in my TrailManor trailer. It was as close to being in a war that I want to experience. The noise was deafening.

The radio kept saying "Get away from windows." Pretty hard to do in a travel trailer. I crawled into my TravSack, pulled it up over my head, and rode the storm out. $8500 damage to the trailer, including a total roof replacement and $4000 damage to my truck. Some hailstones were as large as a baseball. I didn't lose a bit of glass; my truck was parked pointing away from the storm and the hailstones slid down the glass.

Super storms are rare, but they are definitely not pleasant.
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Thanks for field testing your van so the rest of us wouldn’t have to do so.
Yes, happy to oblige, lol. If you know of any more severe weather activity expected nearby and need us to do additional testing, by all means!
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:48 PM   #14
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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.
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