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Old 12-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #43
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Great information in the above post, however it is evident that a bad encounter often spills our emotions and they run onto innocent bystanders. For the most part the professional trucker is just that, and conducts himself in a very professional manner. When pulling my Airstream the overall length is over 50 feet and I try to act as a professional driver: signaling lane changes, avoiding quick maneuvers, and staying constantly aware of all surrounding vehicles. I find that some of the best company on the road is the professional trucker. He is aware of increased stopping distances as well as other cautions that must be observed while trailering. I know that they are human and some make mistakes and some are inconsiderate. Let us be kind and courteous so that when we arrive at our destination our blood pressure will be in check and no damage to physical being which cain't be replaced.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:29 AM   #44
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I am the original poster! We (actually my wife) finally settled on our claim. She got a total of $28,300 for the trailer, which I think is just about what she was worth. That includes $1,800 in state tax that the insurance company refunded. It took almost two months and I bet the insurance adjustor is really glad to finish the claim. My wife is rather aggresive! I say good for her! Those Irish girls make good spouses! GMAC is the carrier. I would recommend them but I am yet to receive my bill for 2012. Now comes the look to replace her (the trailer - not my wife). Can't believe how far this post went.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:23 AM   #45
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I hate to think what your new insurance bill is going to be. They will get "their" money back one way or the other. Glad it worked out ok for you in the end. Sounds like your wife is a keeper.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:30 PM   #46
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Oh, phew - good luck on your hunt! We'll be looking forward to seeing what you find.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:16 PM   #47
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Ditto's Mhilley

Glad you got your claim settled to your liking.....Insurance companies are hard to deal with at times........Let us know what your new rig looks like !!! Safe travels !!!!

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Old 12-23-2011, 06:36 AM   #48
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I am the original poster! We (actually my wife) finally settled on our claim. She got a total of $28,300 for the trailer, which I think is just about what she was worth. That includes $1,800 in state tax that the insurance company refunded. It took almost two months and I bet the insurance adjustor is really glad to finish the claim. My wife is rather aggresive! I say good for her! Those Irish girls make good spouses! GMAC is the carrier. I would recommend them but I am yet to receive my bill for 2012. Now comes the look to replace her (the trailer - not my wife). Can't believe how far this post went.
Yeah, we got more than a little sidetracked above. Sure glad that this portion of your troubles is over, that you'll be able to take a breather. Hope you're feeling better as well.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:23 AM   #49
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I am the original poster! We (actually my wife) finally settled on our claim. She got a total of $28,300 for the trailer, which I think is just about what she was worth. That includes $1,800 in state tax that the insurance company refunded. It took almost two months and I bet the insurance adjustor is really glad to finish the claim. My wife is rather aggresive! I say good for her! Those Irish girls make good spouses! GMAC is the carrier. I would recommend them but I am yet to receive my bill for 2012. Now comes the look to replace her (the trailer - not my wife). Can't believe how far this post went.
I am glad that you got a favorable settlement and wish you good speed in finding another Airstream.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #50
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So glad you got a decent settlement - now go SHOPPING for another one! Drool, dream, plan and anticipate. Glad to hear things are turning for the best. BTW there's a 20 ft Flying Cloud in the Classifieds.

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Old 12-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #51
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I just caught up w your post. We had a very similar accident a couple yrs ago w another semi. We had a Reese w anti sway bars. They were good, to a point. We lost everything, trailer and SUV, but came out w minimal body damage, we did spend a great deal of time w chiropractor. We were not going to get into another 'stream but friends talked us into it and we are glad. We made one important investment, a Hensley hitch! Our lives are worth the investment. Good luck, stay safe.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #52
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Getting in late here; after thought, remember, each state has an Insurance Commissioner, this person 's job is to (among other things) renew each Insurance companies license each year.
If your having trouble with your company a personal visit to the commissioner usually breaks up the log jamb quickly, they fear this person and don't want trouble with them....
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But not nearly as much as "he" (the commissioner) fears losing that highly remunerative job or consulting position in the insurance industry after his stint in government.

Cynicism aside, I agree it is worth the trouble.
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But not nearly as much as "he" (the commissioner) fears losing that highly remunerative job or consulting position in the insurance industry after his stint in government.

Cynicism aside, I agree it is worth the trouble.
In the end and after much back and forth for two months my wife ended up getting more money than we paid for the trailer. In addition we got the state sales tax and $3000.00 for the contents. She discovered that we had checked off the box that says "fair replacement value" on the insurance application. She found several throught the country for sale, made copies, and sent the copy to the insurance company. The only very unfortunate happening is that she now refuses to tow an Airstream! How can I blame her?
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Congratulations! on a (mostly) happy ending

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In the end and after much back and forth for two months my wife ended up getting more money than we paid for the trailer. In addition we got the state sales tax and $3000.00 for the contents. She discovered that we had checked off the box that says "fair replacement value" on the insurance application. She found several throught the country for sale, made copies, and sent the copy to the insurance company. The only very unfortunate happening is that she now refuses to tow an Airstream! How can I blame her?
Well - you can't blame her. Remember the observation that a cat, having jumped on a hot stove, will never jump on any stove again.

OK. We're done with that bit.

Let's hope that with time you will be able to recall the joy of your last best camping trips, take the lessons with you and leave the black cloud behind.

Good luck when you decide to find your next Airstream.
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The only very unfortunate happening is that she now refuses to tow an Airstream!

Does not want to tow a trailer . . understood. But, as all other new trailers are verifiably, easily-understood-to-be-inferior (seriously so) to a new Airstream in regards performance parameters, a bit of emotional distance may be needed.

Personally, I'd much rather have a well-sorted high-end tow rig than pretty much any Class C.

Thanks for updating us, glad for the ending posted, and good luck.

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