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Old 04-10-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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I am sick. Softball sized hail just beat up my 06 Bambi. I called my insurance carrier but does anyone know how this get fixed? Email me...
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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If the insurance will cover it it will have to go back to Ohio.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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I am sick. Softball sized hail just beat up my 06 Bambi. I called my insurance carrier but does anyone know how this get fixed? Email me...

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The Airstream dealer in Little Rock, can handle that body work.

They are well qualified to do so.

DO NOT settle with your insurance company. Take the trailer to a dealer and get an estimate. Then you have talking power. All insurance companies will attempt to make their own estimate, that they are "NOT" qualified to do.

The dealer can much better communicate with your insurance company, than most individuals.

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Old 04-10-2009, 06:06 PM   #4
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The Airstream dealer in Little Rock, can handle that body work.

They are well qualified to do so.

DO NOT settle with your insurance company. Take the trailer to a dealer and get an estimate. Then you have talking power. All insurance companies will attempt to make their own estimate, that they are "NOT" qualified to do.

The dealer can much better communicate with your insurance company, than most individuals.

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Well, close to Little Rock, anyway. Airstream of Arkansas (Airstream of Arkansas: RVs for Sale in Searcy, AR - Airstream, Airstream Trailers For Sale - Airstream Travel Trailer) is 50 miles north (on Interstate like US 167) in Searcy, Arkansas. Also, look for posts by Airhog1, Gene from AOA.

Andy is right; they do good work and are true believers. Friendly people in Searcy, Little Rock, and Arkansas in general. One caveat, if it matters to you, White County is dry so any needed supplies must be purchased prior to leaving Pulaski County on 167. There will be lots of huge emporiums as you approach the county line.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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Do you want original bucked rivets or Olympic rivets for the repair? See what your insurance company will cover,If you want bucked rivets take to the Factory Service in Ohio. What all was damaged?
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I'd have to agree. I've heard great things about Airstream of Arkansas. Also have seen what the factory service center can do. Your best bet is to take it to A of A or get some pics taken and send them to the Airstream service center and have them work up a quote.

My sense is that if it was softball sized hail, your unit may look as if someone hit it with a baseball bat in many places. It could be conceivable that the cost to repair could outweigh the value. I say that because I have seen many a totaled Airstream from severe hail damage...but it's hard to say for sure without pics or getting some estimates.
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One caveat, if it matters to you, White County is dry so any needed supplies must be purchased prior to leaving Pulaski County on 167.
Yes, my mother in San Antonio has said it's been unparallelled dry since August of last year.

Though I did grow up in Texas and know exactly what you're sayin'....
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:34 PM   #8
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I've seen Airstream of Arkansas's body work in person. Top quality, first rate repair. Great and friendly dealer to boot!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:35 AM   #9
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Yes, my mother in San Antonio has said it's been unparallelled dry since August of last year.

Though I did grow up in Texas and know exactly what you're sayin'....
Ha!

I can't tell if you two are agreeing or talking past one another, but either way, it's funny as heck!

Austin has been in severe drought for almost two years now, fortunately the county is not dry, so my "supplies" are well stocked.

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Old 04-11-2009, 08:13 AM   #10
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Dry in Texas?
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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Sorry to hear about your trailer. We'd be sick too.

Here's how insurance companies often handle disasters such as hailstorms. If you got hit, probably a lot of others did too. They'll bring in claims adjusters from all over, many of whom know nothing about your claim. They will try to give you a check on the spot, usually for too little, and get rid of you. Or, they will try to send you to a shop that doesn't know what it's doing because they will work cheap for the insurance company.

When Denver got hit by a major hailstorm in the late '80's and our SUV got whacked, my company offered me half of what it would cost. I had an estimate in hand. I just kept talking louder and louder about how they were trying to cheat me, lowball me, etc. The room was full of other insured with claims and immediately the boss came over to me and offered me a bunch more money. Unfortunately, you sometimes have to get in their face.

Read your policy first before you make a claim. I hope you have replacement coverage. I agree, if you were hit by softball sized hail, the trailer may be totaled. I've seen what golf ball sized hail does and it ain't pretty.

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Old 04-11-2009, 11:40 AM   #12
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the last big hail storm that came thru a few years ago i got hit . two vehicles my classis motor home and the roof on my house. 48k was the final pay out by the ins co. i got an education on state farm tactics. they tryed to low ball me every way the could. one thing i did learn by alabama law if yout vehicle has more damage than 75% of the units value. their book not yours it is totaled. and they only pay the 75 % figure. and they will take the vehicle. my motor home was 74% so i got a check and kept the unit. we had hail here in south huntsville but not the large stuff. i got a ding or two but nothing to get excited about.
good luck some one mentioned sending pictures for an estimate. that is the best way to do that . if not you will be burning a lot of gas getting same and it will not be recoverable. most ins co will not pay for the trip to the repair shop.
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Yes, my mother in San Antonio has said it's been unparallelled dry since August of last year.

Though I did grow up in Texas and know exactly what you're sayin'....
Good one! Where in Texas?

I bought my ’67 Trade Wind in San Marcos when I lived between Wimberley and Driftwood. Before that I lived in Dumas and Dalhart up in the top of the panhandle. Really dry there, but not the same kind of dry as Arkansas’ dry counties. Trust me, it has (recently) led to driving from White to Woodruff County for relief from the drought.

And, I can pronounce Bexar County, Bourne, Manchaca, and Pedernales.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:23 PM   #14
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Back on topic, I feel your pain. I bought my Excella this way. For now I just try not to let it bother me. The story was that it had been towed through a hailstorm. Makes sense to me, almost all the damage is to the front cap with very little elsewhere. Right now, repair is not in the budget. I know budget is a dirty word for Airstreamers, forgive me all.

You can now see the reason for my avatar, too.
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