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Old 10-23-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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A little adventure into a big one

After finishing working in Boise this summer I decided to take a little time off and tour Idaho. I worked my east and ended up in Wyoming. A little further than I wanted to go but I was so close to Yellowstone I just had to visit. I spent Saturday in the park and Saturday Night in the camp Ground.

I raised up the jacks and left around 9:15 Sunday morning. I made as far as 5 miles west of West Yellowstone, MT. THis is where my truck and trailer ended up in a ditch pointed the wrong way.

Fortunately the trailer broke free from the truck when the truck rolled. The truck twisted out of the trailer, the chains broke and the breakaway switch activated.

I was going well below the speed limit. I was slowing down beacuse the road ahead looked slick. I backed off the gas and the rear of the truck broke free, I counter steered, the truck swung the other way and by the time I countersteered again I was sideways and knew I was just along for the ride. By the time the I was slidding off the road everything was fairly straitened out. The truck rolled and the trailer slid on the Spare tire frame and the rear frame.

There is damage underneath, in the rear and at least on of the drawers has pulled off its slides. It is still livable but will be going the Airstream dealer in Eugene, OR (info good or bad appreciated).

Oh, I am ok. I was briefly trapped because the windows would not come down. I broke the passenger window with my 3 D cell mag light, gathered up my purse, camera and iPod. I crawled out stood up and was shaking like a leaf. Once the adrenilin wore off I realized I may not be ok. My lower back hurt the put me on a back board and transported me to a hospital a hour away. After being examined I was declared ok, a few pulled muscles, a scrape on my hand and small cut on my cheek.

Some would say I had a bad day. I disagree. I walked away from an accident where a simular one killed someone else 5 minutes later. According to all the EMTs I was very lucky. They usually have to extract people from a roll over and call in a life flight. I was taking pictures of the wreck when the EMTs arrived. They looked in the vehicle and shouted where is the driver. The people who stopped to help me pointed to me. The EMTs were amazed.

All in all a good day.
I am hoping they total the truck. However they are leaning towards repairing it.
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Old 10-23-2006, 06:57 PM   #2
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Rivet Thank goodness you are ok! Hang in there!

Oh my Michelle, I am glad your guardian angel was on duty! Whew. Please be sure to post updates. Take good care of yourself!

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:00 PM   #3
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That is terrible, glad you are OK. GunnyUSMC has a thread "and the fun never stops" or something like that, he had warranty work done at Sutton in Eugene and was not happy. Isn't there a dealer in Boise?

Charlie Burke, who is on another list, is in Boise and has a tremendous amount of Airstream knowledge.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:03 PM   #4
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Dealers for repair

Airstream recommended another dealer in CA. C&G trailer in Bellflower. any body want to suggest a dealer west of the mississippi. The Boise Dealer is not well thought of either. AS of Spokane is not set up for this big a job. I think.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:20 PM   #5
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You have said in the past, that home is where you are. If you aren't absolutely hand tied to where you cannot do so, then consider taking the time to go back to the factory. Now, you will hear many comments pro and con on that, however, every one of their repair people were originally employed in the factory building these things. The repair, if feasible, will be done more right than by people who have done this on occasion. Now, no doubt, there are good ones other places, but my money would go to Jackson Center.
By the way, I practise what I preach. I took one of mine from GA to Jackson Center for repair where a tree grew arms and hands, and tore off one end of my awning, taking a couple of panels with it.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:38 PM   #6
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I was shocked when I read your post and saw pictures. This is everyone's nightmare. Thank goodness you are OK. You certainly had a guardian angel riding on your shoulder in that truck. I applaud you for keeping control as much as you did. You are my hero! It is my hopes that you feel back to yourself in no time. It must kill your soul to see Rebecca and Buttercup so banged up. They will be better in time. Most importantly, you were not injured seriously (or worse). Thank goodness! Thank goodness! Thank goodness!

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:47 PM   #7
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Wow ... Glad you are ok.I think what steelbird has said about taking it to the factory would be the right thing to do if you are able to.Personally I think it would get done better and faster than what a dealer does.these people do what they do and are quick to the fix.Plus you can probably throw in a few addons and upgrades while you are there also.Keep us up to date with everything.Glad you are ok.
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:24 PM   #8
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Wow! All in all an excellent adventure you will never forget!

Welcome to the "I rolled on the highway and lived club!"
And you did it with an Airstream in tow! Wow!

Glad you are OK!

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Old 10-23-2006, 08:43 PM   #9
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Good Grief!

Michelle, there are four places I would recommend for the repair on your trailer.
Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford Texas, Airstream of Arkansas in Searcy, Ace Fogdall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
Bill Thomas Airstream in Wentzville, Missouri.
At least you are okay, and the trailer can be repaired, although I don't think I would want a truck that had rolled.
The soreness and aches will continue for a few days, try not to give in to the temptation of crawling under the trailer to see how bad the damage is.
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:49 PM   #10
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Michelle, you are a walking miracle. I see people every week with your mechanism of injury that require major surgical intervention. The Lord must have sent angels to protect you. As for your rig, it DOES sound like major surgical intervention is in order. I hope for you the best options present themselves and that your insurance company treats you well.

Wow, that's a hard one to shake off! Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:55 PM   #11
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Michelle, praise God for holding you through such an accident! I cannot even imagine what you went through. I also cannot imagine having the presense of mind to calmly take photos after climbing out of your truck! I'll not add to the good suggestions already offered above, but just add my praise to that of others that you came through relatively uninjured. Best wishes on all counts of "major surgery" and astute observation. ~G
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:01 PM   #12
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Thanks for sharing difficult story, and very thankful you're OK... Amazing that trailer slid and bounced, but didn't roll over...

C&G in LA area is small, knowledgable and only handles repairs as Airstream authorized service center... They meet test of west of Mississsippi, but it might still be challenge to get unit down there.

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Old 10-23-2006, 09:08 PM   #13
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Michelle, Thank God that you are OK. The truck and Airstream can be fixed or replaced, you can't. Seeing your pictures gave me shivers.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:23 PM   #14
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Wonder Woman!! Miz Indestructible-blessed be and you are.

Thank you for getting the pics online and sharing your horrifying experience.

It looks like a harmless light dusting of snow but obviously was not. Definitely another learning experience of a thread to us newbies on towing during inclimate weather.

May you all be healed soon! lots of flowers to you!

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