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Old 05-13-2006, 03:26 PM   #15
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It looks like it took a pretty good whack. The whole trailer is likely knocked out of alignment. I would walk away unless you got it for nothing.

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Old 05-13-2006, 06:33 PM   #16
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I would contact North Dallas RV and talk to Pat Moore ,they have been repairing Airstreams for years. It looks like they could just order a new front end and replace. I could not tell if furniture is damaged.The rest of the trailer appears to be ok.It all depends on your purchase price.

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Old 05-13-2006, 06:53 PM   #17
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Rivet Is this too much damage to fix?

You might give the following a call:

1615 Loop 289 South,
Lubbock, Texas
(806) 745-8791 or (800) 588-8796
(You will want to talk to Jim)

They did some minor body work for me and I'm very well pleased. Do a Google search on Billy Sims as they have a good Web site.

Another possibility is:

P & S Trailer Service (Steve & Kevin)
4702 W Us Highway 6
Helena, OH 43435
(419) 638-6261

Best of luck,
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:37 PM   #18
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Exclamation Is it worthy of?

It's the things that you can't see that would worry me..
Personally, life is too short..I'd walk away from it.
There's more than enough problems to be had with a "perfect" unit, let alone a unit you knows that has been wrecked.
Paula is right about the end caps, they can be replaced as a single piece.
I suspect that's not all that would need to be addressed, judging from the pictures, it took a significant blow.
Still, it's up to you..
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:41 PM   #19
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We had to have the 2 top right side panels replaced after a tree hit it, several years back, no rib damage, the bill was $4,500.00 just for that. They had to replace the inside front dome also. I sure wouldn't take this one on. Walk away...
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Old 05-14-2006, 07:33 AM   #20
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Thats sort of damage is from a Jack Knife. The sheet aluminum is the least of the concerns I would have. I would have some real concerns about frame damage. Problem is till the belly is dropped and you start measuring you might not know.

If you are serious about it and its a REALLY REALLY REALLY good price, start by measuring from a central point on the tongue to the a common place on the axle mounts to both sides to see if the tongue is till in line with axles. Then start inspecting the floors for humps and low spots to try to get an idea if the frame bent up or down.

If the tongue is off or you find waves in the floor you might be looking at some costly frame repairs if you cant handle the welding yourself. I'd walk.
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:08 PM   #21
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I had a deer try to jump between pick-up and trailer outside Dayton, OH. Damage looked alot like that. Managed to break the door frame too. Fortunately I was just down the road from Jackson Center and a retired pro fixed for about $3,800 (1988 dollars).
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:59 PM   #22
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:43 PM   #23
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Well, it was a beauty and could, I suppose, be again. Can anyone tell what kind of W-D was being used on the hitch from the photos?

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Old 06-04-2006, 09:00 PM   #24
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What you see is the tow truck's gear for towing, not the regular WD sys used by A/S folks.
My guess is:
The owner either never had one, or he removed it after the accident.

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