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Old 08-04-2005, 07:41 AM   #1
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Rear Ended by an 18 Wheeler

Thought you all might "enjoy" (is that the right word?) these pictures.

My wife and I were heading from Austin, TX to Hattiesburg, MS last Friday when we suddenly encountered a complete traffic stop on I-10 a few miles outside of Baton Rouge, LA. I brought the truck and trailer to a stop and just as I started to let off on the brake we got a good jolt forward. At that moment my heart sank. I knew I had been rear ended I just had no idea how bad. Kind of like a hammer hitting a marshmallow.

Now it's time to start working with the other driver's insurance company. Wish me luck!

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Old 08-04-2005, 07:48 AM   #2
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Good Grief!

Oh! The inhumanity!
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:01 AM   #3
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My God, that truck is damn near perfect after the collision. Scary how resiliant those things are. Sorry to hear about that - it's every Airstreamer's nightmare. Good luck - and hope you get back out on the road very soon.

Looks eerily similar to the one on Andy's site:


More pictures from that here.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:01 AM   #4
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Best of luck

Hope all works out well with the insurance company.Looks like the trailer lost in this encounter.The most important thing is nobody was hurt.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:05 AM   #5
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Ouch! That really sucks! Best of luck dealing with the insurance company - make sure you don't give those blood-suckers an inch.

Just wondering - is your TT rear or mid bath? P.
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Oh boy

Just seeing the picture makes me queesy. I'm glad everyone is ok. I hope all the folks out there who claim Semi drivers are the safe ones note that THE TRUCK was going to fast and that it is ALWAYS the fault of the bozo who doesnt maintain brakeing space. Believe it or not, when I worked in Emergency services, there were times on the interstate that I had my ambulance, lights and sirens going, moving as fast as it would go with a semi crowding my bumper.
For petes sakes people, hang up and drive and maintain breaking space.

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Old 08-04-2005, 08:26 AM   #7
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Hey Joe,

So sorry, I know you have put a lot into your trailer from reading your posts.
I am sure it put a damper on your vacation. Are you gonna get it fixed or look for a new trailer? Please keep us informed on your progress.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:51 AM   #8
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Ouch!

no. joe, i didnt "enjoy" the pix....it put a knot in my stomach.....im really sorry that you didnt have a happier post....
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Joe,

Good luck with insurance and finding someone to fix the A/S correctly, if that is possible.

Let us know where the repairs will be done, if you go that route.

Are you and the A/S still in LA, or back in TX?

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Old 08-04-2005, 09:28 AM   #10
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I'm so sorry for you!

I got tears in my eyes when I saw that.It was very painful to see.Are you & yours O.K?Good luck with what your facing & keep us updated.
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Just wondering - is your TT rear or mid bath? P.
Trailer is a mid bath. Pictures of my interior restoration can be found here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=11190
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Trailer is a mid bath. Pictures of my interior restoration can be found here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=11190

After seeing the pictures of the beautiful job that was done I feel even worse.
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:01 AM   #13
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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.

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Joe,

Are you and the A/S still in LA, or back in TX?
The Airstream and I are back in Austin, Texas.
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