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Old 05-16-2007, 09:52 PM   #1
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ceowf - fix or sell battered AS?

I purchased my Airstream new from a dealer in Parkersburg, WV in 1973. My
wife and our 4 children used the trailer to vacation in Flordia. The children grew up and we used the trailer very little in the last 20 years. We had a major freeze and wind storm a couple of years ago and a 100' tall maple tree fell on the trailer abov the bath in the back. I spent 26 years with IBM in marketing retired in 88 and became CEO of General Business Services, Inc. We
design, install, maintain networks, pbx and voip.

I now need to decide weather to repair and update the Airstream or buy something else. Need to get quotes on repair and upgrade. Any help would be appricated.


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Old 05-17-2007, 12:35 AM   #2
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Walt, I think there are those better skilled to answer than and maybe those with more sense since I am considering repairing a 1959 Overlander that rolled on its side and apparently hit a sign post or small tree that dented the roof near the rear ceiling vent.

Your description of being damaged by a 100 ft Maple tree suggests significant damage, most likely a a cost beyond its worth unless it has sentimental value to you. Forum members would need to know more to give you an educated opinioon. You need to provide a much better description, perferrably with pictures, describing the size, width depth of the damage, the interior damage, does it appear that the frame is damaged, etc. PIctures of the damage inside and out will tell the story.

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Old 05-17-2007, 05:55 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. A one owner coach, especially one that you and your family grew up, and grew old () in, that has otherwise been well cared for, is worth more to repair than one that has been through the mill. If the damage is too severe, though, for example if the tree crushed the roof down to the floor, it would never be "right" again.
If that is the case, I would recommend finding a comparable trailer that needs the "stuff" your trailer still has in good shape, and transferring the parts. That way, you will still have a portion of your old trailer with you. You can point to a counter, or the couch, the fridge, etc, and say "that came from our original trailer".
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