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Old 01-31-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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A Streamer Is Having A Very Bad Day

A Streamer is having a very bad day. WBCCI # 2354 is reported to be owned by Bob & Sue Martin of Sun City West AZ. I sure hope they are OK. This was spotted on I-10 in AZ.

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Old 01-31-2015, 03:26 PM   #2
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Oh, my! Let's hope they are OK!
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:19 PM   #3
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Looks like something very big plowed into them. Ouch.
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:34 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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Sounds as good as could be hoped for. Good to hear! Glad they were not hurt or worse.
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:54 PM   #6
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Yikes!

Glad to hear they are okay.


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Old 01-31-2015, 05:15 PM   #7
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Sue says they feel like the Airstream literally save their lives by cushioning the force of the tractor cab hitting them.
It might also have saved the truck driver's life as well, giving him a softer landing than many he might have had from falling asleep at the wheel. I hope he recovers to spread his story as a warning to others.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:23 PM   #8
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You're probably right, webspinner ... they were all very lucky, considering.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:27 PM   #9
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Good grief! -- Please convey our best wishes for them getting back on the road soon!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:40 AM   #10
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Glad to hear that they are OK. Any accident you can walk away from is a blessing. The truckers insurance should cover any costs. I wouldn't trust the TVs hitch, again, tho. After getting a hit like that, welds and bolts are probable shot.
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Glad to hear that it all came out as well as it could under the circumstances. That is the kind of thing that really scares me as it could easily happen to any if us.

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Semis without a trailer cant stop worth a darn... How do I know,, trust me.!!!. Back in my early days of driving larger trucks,, front brakes were an option. Like hitting the coaster brakes on a old single speed bike dragging the rear tire.. After my first scare,, I allowed an extra 100 feet even at 30 mph..

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Old 02-01-2015, 12:53 PM   #13
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They were very lucky, the truck will have plenty of insurance, the trucks all have front brakes,it is federal law every axle will have brakes, but you have to be awake in order to make use of them, they walked away and wil run again, very thankful
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:36 PM   #14
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Both correct

Sodbuster and THDonohue are both correct. All trucks must now have front brakes, but that was not always true. I too owned and operated over the road tractors with no front brakes. Even with front brakes a tractor with no trailer is dangerous as there is virtually no weight on the rear axles and therefore no stopping power. They do not stop well and like to switch ends.
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