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Old 03-02-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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Need Help! Wheel Fell Off! Lots of Damage!

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I own a 1975 Silver Streak travel trailer. I know this is an Airstream website but there isnt a SS forum anywhere and I need some advice as to where to take my Trailer to be fixed. Basically what happened was the wheel disattatched itself from the hub whilst driving and the wheel went under the trailer and ripped up the underside. The frame has damage at the ends and lots of the aluminum belly-pan is torn up. The sewage tank is split and destroyed. I don't know the extent of the plumbing damage, but there could be some pipes broken etc. The Axel itslef looks ok from what I can see. Spindel looks good. Im actually on holiday in the smoky mountains NC and am stranded here for the meantime (not too bad!!). Anyway, I live in Houston Texas and am going to be making my way back there once the wheel is put back on so I can tow it.. Does anyone know a good place that can make sheet metal, welding repairs etc from here to Houston?? My trailer was in A1 condition and I want the job done right so it will be returned to its glory again.... Please help!! I cant bear to see my trailer look like this!!!

Thanks for any help!
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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Help on the way....I hope.

Our sympathy!! Where are you in the Smokies. I am sure that when you get exact you will get help. Keep us up dated.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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Are you familiar w/ Airstream of Arkansas? Not sure how "on the way" you're wanting.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:56 PM   #4
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We are in Maggie valley, just east of Cherokee. We were real lucky that the wheel didnt fall off when we were coming down the mountains! We pulled out of a gas station and our wheel overtook us!!!. I've spoken to my insurance company and apparantley im covered for the damage, but I really want to get the best job done. I love my trailer and its gone through its life without a scratch, so I want it in good hands. Any advice??
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:59 PM   #5
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Arkansas might be a little out of the way, but if thats what it takes ill do it!! Would an Airstream shop touch this trailer?? I was thinking of NC,SC,GA,FL,AL,LA,TX... The way home...
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Old 03-02-2007, 06:37 PM   #6
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Forum member RichardT lives in that neck of the woods, near Ashville. You might PM him to see if knows somebody close.

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Old 03-02-2007, 09:02 PM   #8
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Thanks.. Ill give Trailorworks a call. Just want to make sure the Insurance company will pay first....
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:56 AM   #9
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I know that Safford RV in Thornburg, VA (North of Richmond on I-95) does major sheet metal aluminum work on Airstreams. I get work done there, as it is local. They sell Airstreams and other lines, so I don't think they would turn away your Silver Streak. Their Airstream trained technician showed me before and after photos of a repair to an Airstream that had the entire rear left corner crushed by a tree. He repaired the frame and rivetted sheet metal. It looked like new. I think he said about $10K for the work. Hopefully you have some insurance.
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:43 AM   #10
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If you can make it over to Greensboro NC i think its about 150 - 200 from Maggie Valley you have a Airstream dealer that has a good sized shop... they are at exit 208 on I-40.

Out of Doors Mart..
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Most of the good shops have a backlog of work so I would start making phone calls before driving much out of the way.
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I'm so sorry to hear of your mishap...it's one of my worst nightmares being a single axle trailer...

So am I the first ghoul to want to see pictures?

Hope your baby is nback to normal ASAP!

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I'm so sorry to hear of your mishap...it's one of my worst nightmares being a single axle trailer...

So am I the first ghoul to want to see pictures?

Hope your baby is nback to normal ASAP!

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Well, finally, someone asked for pics. I was trying to be really nice and not, but it was driving me crazy. I also have a single axle and like Shari the thought of losing a wheel is always somewhere in the back of my mind. But I'm sure glad I wasn't the first one to ask .

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Old 03-03-2007, 10:39 AM   #14
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Hi,

Ill try to get some pics out later on. I have no idea how much it will cost to fix. I think the wheel/axel is OK, but the whole rear underbelly is going to have to be replaced. Also the wheel well which is part of the frame is crushed + septic tank + Plumbing... I just hope the insurance company dont write it off!!
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