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Old 03-16-2004, 01:41 PM   #1
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Reward for Stolen 1999 27' Airstream Safari

Reward being offered for stolen 1999 27' Safari

Our 27" Airstream was stolen in the Atlanta, GA area on March 10, 2004.
The Serial Number: 1STGPYL24XJ512307
Georgia License Tag: 2828DA (Dekalb County)
Dealer Sticker: JD Sanders Inc. (Gainesville, FL)
Includes: Rear bumper hitch with spare tire carrier, Siemens roof mounted solar panel, Electric tongue jack.

Reward offered for information leading to the recovery of trailer.
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Old 03-16-2004, 01:46 PM   #2
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What happened???????/

Where was it?
Were you using it or was it stored?
Any chance it has been mistakingly Repossessed?

That sucks!

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Old 03-16-2004, 02:01 PM   #3
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I run I 75 between Marietta and Cartersville every day. I'll keep an eye out. Printing out the description as I type to keep in the car.

Saw a coach about that size yesterday morning but it was headed towards Atlanta.

I'll come down 41 today and eyeball the camper places like 3way on 41 and see if they have any coaches that size. The scumballs may have sold it real quick to a unsuspecting dealer.

Good luck on finding it.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:09 PM   #4
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Our Airstream was stolen from a secured storage facility in the Doraville/Norcross area. Thank you for your conerns!
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Old 03-16-2004, 04:11 PM   #5
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Ralph -

I can imagine how you must feel. I hope those scumballs get caught, and you get your trailer back.

I'm sure there are lots of trailers stolen all the time, but I don't hear much about them. However, the last one I heard was a friend of mine who had his trailer stolen out of his driveway -- and of all places, he lived in the Atlanta area also (near Tucker).

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Old 03-16-2004, 04:39 PM   #6
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Our Airstream was stolen from a secured storage facility in the Doraville/Norcross area. Thank you for your conerns!
How the heck did they get it out of there? Sounds like you have a case against the storage place for it's theft. Something like that does not just leave unnoticed.
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:11 PM   #7
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Our Airstream was stolen from a private (not public) storage facility. The thieves cut the fence in order to cut the drive chain on the electric gate mechanism. The trailer was totally locked up, including the tongue padlock. There was no way to operate the electric tongue jack without access to inside of trailer. We have no idea who we are dealing with...professionals or whoever. It looks like they dragged the trailer out with the tongue jack dragging on ground. Probably cut it off after it was bent over. Just a guess. There was another vehicle parked directly in front with very little maneuvering room. Frankly we're having a difficult time visualizing how they could have hauled it out from where it was parked. This is obviously an extreme example of what determined thieves can do! They took everything......wheel covers, chocks, leveling boards..........
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:23 PM   #8
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That is unbelievable, and such a beautiful unit. We are really sorry to hear about it. If you catch the scum that stole it please turn them over to us on this forum. We will rally together and bring Airstream justice upon them.
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:19 PM   #9
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RJ ...

Very sorry to hear about your Safari. I have a hunch it could be used for a dwelling out in the woods or hills somewhere ... or it is in Mexico. I hope I'm wrong.

The other night .. Petunia was up at about 2 AM when she heard a loud truck (probably diesel) running outside in front of our home (where the AS is parked).

When she went outside to take a look ... our motion sensors turned on the lights and the truck drove away. Made me suspicious and paranoid.

So now I leave a light or two on at night inside the trailer to make it look like someone is inside ... but I'm still paranoid.

Best of luck on recovering your Safari.
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:51 PM   #10
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RJ -
we're really sorry for your loss. Hopefully it will be only temporarily.

If it dares to come our way you can bet we'll have the authorities on those thieves in no time.

What scumbags to steal such a wonderful trailer!

...They must've had a buyer already to go through so much trouble to get it...

Did you try contacting the AS dealers? - they're not that many. Send them a fax with the details. I'm sure they'll help if someone tries to sell it to them. It doesn't hurt.
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:53 PM   #11
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Doesn't sound like there wasn't any way to stop them. Locks are for honest folk who get moments of stupidity and for kids. These guys have done this before and likly will again. Must have been heart breaking, but there was no stoping them.
Is there a national reg of Trailers like cars? Someone may try to register it somewhere. Does that carfax outfit do trailers.
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Meth lab

I have seen this before and unfortunatly your rig will probably end up deep in the forest as a meth lab.

But I will keep an eye peeled, doubt they would take it to Oregon.
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Sorry to hear about your loss, the fact remains that this crime has a lot to do with the lack of ignorance these thieves had. Truth be told our A/S gems are now debunking the Japanese vehicles as the hot ticket item. Will keep an eye out for the cutie in L.A.
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Re: Meth lab

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I have seen this before and unfortunatly your rig will probably end up deep in the forest as a meth lab.

But I will keep an eye peeled, doubt they would take it to Oregon.
CC... an interesting thought, but why a locked and penned in A/S when there are a million SOBs sitting on streets and in driveways ripe for the taking and that won't attract an ounce of attention? That was a LOT of work to get to their A/S, and many mobile labs are one-or-two time operations before they're so contaminated that the cooks dump 'em. Meth cooks are lazy by definition. Clever and crafty perhaps, but lazy. I don't see one going to that kind of effort to grab someplace to cook.

We have a nation-wide... in fact, international group here. We need to put our collective heads together and figure out where someone would take an A/S and to what purpose? If it's a strip-and-salvage operation for parts, we'll hear about a new parts source popping up. (most) Dealers won't buy used parts, it'd likely be internet or eBay sales... keep your eyes peeled there. Airstream dealers have had a tough time over the years because there are so few units on the road... a local independent shop wouldn't have any customers for used Airstream parts!

To be used on the road, they have to be re-registered. That's tough to do without a title. The VIN is stamped into the tongue, so it's tough to alter. It may be that, like luxo-wagon cars, these are beginning to go overseas... but they're too big to go into a standard Conex box shipping container, and they've got to get to a port somehow, and have to be stored before getting onto a ship.

These things aren't just disappearing. Either they're going onto private property as cabins or being stripped out, or shipped overseas or something, but they're going somewhere. Anybody got ideas about where to look in your area?

This, folks, is what community is about. We have definately formed a community here. Perhaps it's time to start an Airstream Community Watch group with a 'stolen' registry.

What do you think?

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