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Old 08-04-2005, 04:40 PM   #29
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Maybe a little black humor...

Originally Posted by Peter&Denise
Just wondering - is your TT rear or mid bath? P.
No matter what it was, it is now a mid-bath...
But at least no one was injured, that is a good thing.
This brings to mind the last accident I had, I was not at fault:
911 operator: "Was anyone injured?"
Me: "Not yet!"
Sherriff, EMS, and ambulance were at the scene in 3 minutes...

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Old 08-04-2005, 05:52 PM   #30
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The biggest blessing is that your trailer took the hit and not your tow vehicle alone.
Thank God above that the trailer caught it all. Could you imagine if that ran into the back of your car or truck?
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that it would be very hard to replace my Minuet if I got hit like that. Just remember, it can be replaced; your lives cannot.
My family's prayers are with you.

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Old 08-04-2005, 05:54 PM   #31
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I'm so glad no one was hurt, except the airstream, and hopefully all will come out okay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Old 08-04-2005, 06:39 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Barkingspider
I am confident the Airstream will be considered a total loss. Here's a general overview of what might need to be repaired/replaced if it were to be fixed:
  1. There are 8 rear panels that need to be replaced along with the rear window.
  2. Frame and plywood floor are cracked approximately 3-4 feet in on the right hand side.
  3. Rear bumper and storage compartmet are gone.
  4. Rear bedroom is demolished. Everything back there would need to be replaced. Interior endcap, interior skin, ribs, cabinetry.
This is just a general overview. I haven't spent a lot of time really analyzing it because I can tell the repair would be cost prohibitive.

Joe, is your coach a standard-width, or wide-body? If you and the insurance company can come to terms on you keeping your trailer, you may be able to find many parts for it from donor coaches that forum members are parting out.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:39 PM   #33
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Tough luck Joe,

If I hadn't just converted my tail lights to school bus lamps I'd be thinking of adding a third brake light above the rear window.

Best wishes for a positive outcome,

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Old 08-04-2005, 08:41 PM   #34
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major bummer!

Oh, Joe - What a huge drag! My heart goes out to you and your family - glad everyone's okay. Good luck dealing with the insurance company.....
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:09 PM   #35
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I feel for you.
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:40 PM   #36
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Along with others, we are so glad that only the rear of the AS took the hit and that your family is okay. Just seems amazing with such a direct impact that the damage is only to that rear section. Makes it clear that the AS design is worth a lot. I'm imagining if that had happened to our former Coleman Caravan white box. I think that trailer would have fractured all over the highway. Best wishes for a satisfactory solution to all of this, ~G and M
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:41 PM   #37
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More sympathy from West Coast...

Sorry to see and read story, and as owner of '88 with similar pink-ish accented interior (we had more muaves and maroons with bright flowers) your interior makeover was terrific..

I'd suggest two things...

1. Consider chatting with local attorney just for fun, so you don't wind up getting sued for contributing to cause of bent license plate on front of tractor... You might also keep his insurance company from lowballing you for a few rounds.. Texas law tends to favor the injured, and you should be entitled to full market value (not some phony blue or gold book value..) if it's totaled..

2. Get quote from Airstream in Jackson Center as part of claim to fix.. May either help get proper settlement from trucker, and may help you decide whether to buy back from insurance co and repair of they total it..

Best of luck, and do let Forum know how this works out...

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Old 08-04-2005, 10:36 PM   #38
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Please accept my regrets. It is so sad to see your loss.

What are the four parts to healing; denial, anger, acceptance and mourning?

Please remember the factory still cranks them out so you do not have to go without.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:30 PM   #39
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Sorry this happened. Hope for a speedy transition to a new AS for you.

I was wondering how the tow vehicle took the impact? Could the impact that large on the trailer cause a problem on the tow vehcile hitch/frame?

Just curious.

Glad your family was not hurt.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:42 PM   #40
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bad luck, you had a beautiful machine..can i have your front windows???????????? how much$$$$
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:10 AM   #41
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Spyder you gotta just be sick over all this. Heck I'm even achein' a bit and it's not my unit. Wish mine looked that good inside.

Hope you will keep us totally posted on the insurance settlement activities.
Especially the salvage value the insurer assigns to it. As you prob know that is what they will sell it back to you for.
Once you get that number and their offer on settlement you might want to put the trailer up on eBAY as is and just see what you might get. There is no time limit that I have ever heard of to settle a claim. If you can afford to wait, don't let them rush you into selling short.

Did you guys just turn around and come home? Did you have to repair anything to bring it back?
I know most of your repair work was finished a year ago. Did you all get to use the trailer much or was this a first long trip?
How did the authorities in Louisiana treat the situation? Where exactly in La. did it happen? Is I-10 thru La. still a nightmare of ill-repair? (guess it is a nightmare for sure for you guys).
Oh and did the impact have any effect on the hitch connection?

BTW that truck van looks familliar. Is that a WalMart truck or a Blue Bell Ice Cream maybe? If either and they got the ticket, then I predict a fixed trailer in your future.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:55 AM   #42
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One other place to take it to for repair is in Oklahoma City. They do outstanding work.

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