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Old 02-01-2015, 03:22 PM   #15
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yikes! bad memories...

glad they're OK
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Old 02-01-2015, 03:27 PM   #16
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Bob & Sue are members of the 4CU...they live in the Spokane, WA area but winter in AZ. As far as I know, they are not members of the Airforums. I just spoke with Sue on the phone...they are fine...banged & shaken up but did not have to go to the hospital ... thank goodness.

They were on I-10 on their way to Quartzsite on 20 Jan as part of a camping club caravan and were rear-ended by a brand new diesel tractor (cab only, no trailer attached) when the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. Their trailer is totaled of course, as was the tractor cab. The trucker ended up in the hospital with his injuries. Their tow vehicle sustained some damage, as the trailer was pushed into it, but it was still drivable.

They are now in search of another rig...theirs was a '99 23' Safari and they are looking for another vintage rig of similar size, perhaps newer, and with twins. If anyone knows of a rig that may meet their needs, please PM me and I will put you in touch with them.

They are upbeat folks and Sue seemed in good spirits when we spoke, but as you might guess, they are in the usual throes of dealing with insurance, etc. Sue says they feel like the Airstream literally save their lives by cushioning the force of the tractor cab hitting them.
Dear TB, I really empathize, and I am SO happy your friends Bob and Sue are OK, please forward my best wishes to them, and if they are interested I'll send you my private contact information. I'm sure they've got many good friends to support them but you may remember that I wrecked back in June of 2013, so I probably went through a lot of the emotional roller coaster that Bob & Sue will be facing. I walked away from mine and thought I was fine - and physically I was but when I got the new Eddie Bauer and got ready to tow it home I was in "flop sweat" mode for the whole trip. Really didn't relax for 3 or 4 months and occasionally still have a bad nightmare.

Driving the EB home from the dealership WAS traumatic. If I had the sense God gave a duck I would have been better off taking 3 days for a 300 mile trip.

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Old 02-01-2015, 08:22 PM   #17
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The brakes on trucks is sort of a moot point when the operator isn't awake to use them...

Sorry to hear the story; glad everyone is okay.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:39 PM   #18
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Man! Glad everyone came out ok. Hope they're up and running soon. Not a member of the forums? Inconceivable...

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Old 02-02-2015, 06:46 AM   #19
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Only a small percentage of AS owners are members of the forums, most never heard of it. Their loss. Peace, jim
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:06 AM   #20
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Glad to hear they are OK, I would suggest, however, if anyone is unfortunate to be involved in an accident to go to a Med Clinic or Hospital asap. Sometimes in a crash like this from behind there are back and neck issues that if spotted on an x-ray right after can be mitigated, I know, did not go and now 10 years later suffer from a minor rear end we had.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:08 AM   #21
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This photo shows that despite damage, the AS basically held together and absorbed the impact. A more traditional box trailer might have exploded with contents scattered everywhere.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:14 AM   #22
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Good point.

Not having to collect your kitchenware and undies off the freeway is a real silver lining, in this kind of mishap.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:47 PM   #23
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My personal thanks for everyone's concern, comments and feedback RE Bob & Sue's accident and loss. And thanks to those of you who have contacted me about potential new rigs for them. I have passed all that information along.

I have also sent Bob & Sue the link to this discussion thread so they may see first hand your comments and offers of good wishes and more ... and witness the depth of concern, sense of community and knowledge available here on the Forums. Perhaps they will sign up, too!
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:17 PM   #24
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I bet that the driver was texting. You should get his phone records to make sure. We had a truck back into our car at a stop light, even with the horn blaring. When the police arrived the trucker said that we ran into him. Thank God the gas station attendant heard the horn and saw the whole thing. I just don't trust people when it comes to accidents.
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I bet that the driver was texting. You should get his phone records to make sure. We had a truck back into our car at a stop light, even with the horn blaring. When the police arrived the trucker said that we ran into him. Thank God the gas station attendant heard the horn and saw the whole thing. I just don't trust people when it comes to accidents.
In the case of this Airstream, however, it doesn't matter to the Airstreamers whether he was asleep or texting. (It would likely matter to his CDL, though.) The trucker is at fault either way, it'll just be a question of convincing the company's insurance provider what an older well-maintained Airstream is really worth.
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This photo shows that despite damage, the AS basically held together and absorbed the impact. A more traditional box trailer might have exploded with contents scattered everywhere.
I agree with this. While I don't know what the impact speed was, that the trailer basically held together is impressive. I've seen SOBs blown apart with impact. This looks like more like a controlled crush which probably substantially padded the impact to the vehicle. Sort of like a crumple zone in an engine compartment.... glad everyone was able to walk away.
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