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Old 04-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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Our 73 sovereign got smacked really hard coming back from Fl. last week. It was hit on the driver side rear quarter panel @ about 70 mph and damaged the bathroom etc. I managed to keep it from rolling and eventually made it home to Joplin Mo., but now I need advice on a reputable place to get an estimate and repairs. I'm thinking Reliable in Springfield Mo., Bill Thomas in Wentzville, but would really appreciate any feedback or opinions anyone has. We just don't want a bad experience to get any worse by going to the wrong place to get it fixed. Any thoughts would really help. Thanks in advance, Scott.

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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You're not horribly far from the mother ship. Failing anything local you could go there.

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:57 PM   #3
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I hope you have excellent insurance, all Airstream metal repairs are very expensive and often the unit is written off rather than repaired. If someone else's insurance is to pay for it, you are probably going to be in for a real fight, especially on a 42 year old unit. Be prepared to find the actual selling value of similar units, to prove the worth of yours. Even then, it will probably be a real uphill battle.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply! That would be my first choice, but when I called, they were backed up for months. Still, that may wind up being my best option, just hate to miss the whole summer. If it weren't for water damage I could get by, but when it went up on 2 wheels I think it torqued some of the rivets cause it has leaks now, besides the bathroom floor being exposed. I just hope the insurance co. doesn't total it. Thanks again, Scott & Jan
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:55 PM   #5
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Wentzville would be my choice. Good people there. They have been working on and selling airstreams for many years. Call them first.

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Old 04-06-2015, 05:13 PM   #6
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Sure sorry to hear about this.. Nothing worst than a vintage trailer getting blind sided.. And from what I know,, dealing with any other insurance company they will pass your old trailer off as some type of sheep herder wagon and needed to be taken off the road 20 years ago.. When we put insurance on our old 72,, our agent could not believe that a 40+ year old trailer was still worth over $500.. We pulled up eBay at his office and saw that they sell more towards the $8000 to $15,000 range.

I would go ahead and contact a few good lawyers and visit with them and deal with the one who fully feels your pain..

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Old 04-06-2015, 05:44 PM   #7
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Give P&S trailer service a call at 419-638-6261. They are about 75 miles north of the mother ship in Helena, Ohio. On Rt. 6 between Bowling Green and Fremont. They have been doing that kind of work since the 1960s. I believe that they are more reasonable than Jackson Center.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:59 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for the reply's. Still waiting on estimates and news from insurance co. Between a death in the family and learning to nav. the forum, I apologize for not sending my appreciation sooner. Hopefully, my next post will have better news. Incidentally, the adjuster said if they do total my sovereign, I will have the option of buying it back, so that's some comfort. Thanks again, Scott.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:25 PM   #9
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I won't have anything to do with any of the Reliable dealerships. I won't post the reasons here, but will answer a PM. Joplin to Wentzville is an easy day's drive, so you can keep your coach tarped until a nice day, then untarp a drive to Wentzville. Driving to JC with a leaking coach might be adding to the damage.

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