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Old 03-18-2004, 08:49 AM   #15
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That first photo where you can see several Airstreams lined up in a row almost looks like a rally gone horribly wrong.

When I visit salvage yards and see wrecked vehicles like this, it always fires the imagination regarding who, where, how, etc.... I've always thought places like this were a little eerie, a little bit spooky, you know?

Great pictures, Ron. Thanks for taking them and sharing!
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Old 03-18-2004, 09:15 AM   #16
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Well, it looks like these must have been used by Hensley for their video BEFORE they got it right!!
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Old 03-18-2004, 09:30 AM   #17
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That first photo... almost looks like a rally gone horribly wrong.
LOL!! Too true!

The first thing I thought of was that quote in every magazine article and t.v. news piece on Airstreams, which says "60% of all Airstreams ever built are still on the road today!" I'm looking at these, and wondering if they don't make up a large portion of the other 40 percent!

Seriously though, I have new respect for the fragility of aluminum trailers after seeing these pics. I'm getting the impression that if you roll one onto it's back, you're pretty much done. You don't just grab a few truck drivers, flip it upright and keep vacationing.
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Old 03-18-2004, 09:33 AM   #18
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If you would...

I need a rear stabilizer to fit my 1995 21' Sovriegn. It's a BAL. Wing type.

Most appreciative of your offer.

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It is Colaw's RV salvage, Carthage, Mo. Exit 22 on I-44, north west outer road. Salvage or not, it is a good place to stop if you are on the interstate. They have good prices on a lot of new RV supplies, and occasionally really great prices.


I am just up the road, and get over that way every couple of weeks, if anyone needs me to look for something just pm me.


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Old 03-18-2004, 09:54 AM   #19
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Speaking of totally messed up Airstreams...

Speaking of totally messed up Airstreams...

Check out this "burnout" from vintage-rv.com. They say it's what happens when you don't have your refrigerator serviced regularly!!!

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Breedlow any idea where that burnout is located or a link to the site?

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Old 03-18-2004, 10:57 AM   #21
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Right here!

They want a grand for it. Looks like they're in Fort Worth, TX. I'm not affiliated, I was just surfing this morning and found it.
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:18 AM   #22
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I remember that guy, he caused a minor stir on the forum a while back. Who could for get his bumper-mounted generator on that other trailer he has for sale!

Those pics of the junkyard are just too sad. I was just thinking how strong AS are, after reading CampCollector's thread on repairing the roof of his tree-whacked Bambi. Obviously everything has it's limits - EEK!
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:43 AM   #23
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Oouuuu Ouchhh those must have hurt! (and I try not to imagine who, what and when - probably a very sad story - of someone driving a tad too fast)

But by the looks of those pictures you could piece together a fancy new A/S with the wrinkled look and lots of air.

See a door in pretty good shape - that would be cool for my Bunkair comode/head or whatever you want to call it - ha bathroom.

Wonder what a door runs for?

They are erie pictures though and very sad to see such beautiful A/S all banged up.

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Seriously though, I have new respect for the fragility of aluminum trailers after seeing these pics. I'm getting the impression that if you roll one onto it's back, you're pretty much done. You don't just grab a few truck drivers, flip it upright and keep vacationing.
I wish we could find out the cause of each of those wrecks and have the investigation reports posted. It would be valuable lesson material!

Actually, Brad...

That these Airstreams are in as good of condition as they are is testament to the strength of the monocoque design. I have seen SOBs that rollover. They have a chassis and two hundred yards of debris strewn along the road. Most of what's left leaves the scene in a dump truck rather than behind a tow truck!

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Seriously though, I have new respect for the fragility of aluminum trailers after seeing these pics. I'm getting the impression that if you roll one onto it's back, you're pretty much done. You don't just grab a few truck drivers, flip it upright and keep vacationing.
You might flip an AS back over and be able to tow it, but if it is a SOB you will need a bunch of shovels and garbage bags I have seen the end result of several accidents involving RV's, most of the stick framed ones, if they have been rolled or have taken an extreme hit are nothing but a bunch of pieces. Usually with the appliances and personal effects scattered up and down the road way. Airstreams are the most durable units built. If you want something to come thru and accident unscathed buy an Abrams tank, but come to think of it I have seen a couple of those wrecked too.

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That these Airstreams are in as good of condition as they are is testament to the strength of the monocoque design. I have seen SOBs that rollover. They have a chassis and two hundred yards of debris strewn along the road.
Agreed! As bad as these look, at least they remained intact due to the monocoque design. I guess we could think of it kind of like the effects of dropping an empty can of paint from a roof, which would dent it up pretty badly, versus dropping a similarly-weighted shoebox, which would obliterate it.
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Sounds like a great place to know about!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-18-2004, 02:43 PM   #28
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Tony and I left Colaws a little bit scared to pull our Safari. I'm concerned about the single axle. I've never had a blow-out, and surely don't want my first to be on the A/S

A while back I said I had a lead foot, and towing the a/s at 60 or so would be difficult. NOT ANY MORE! That was an unforgettable lesson.

Most interestingly, (is that a word ) A lot of the airstreams were sitting level at the base, but the entire upper part looked as though it would fall to the side. Definate roll jobs... I'd say.

Tony asked, as they were unloading the giant RV, if people are killed in these, and the guy said, " I don't ask, and I don't want to know." The front pasenger side of the RV was completely smashed in. If anyone was in that seat, they had to have been killed. So very sad. It's worse than a car wreck though, it's somebodys second home....

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