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Old 01-24-2008, 12:22 PM   #15
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I'm with Darol.

That is just painful to look at. I would also file a report with the Better Business Bureau so others can see their track record.

That's just not right. I would definitely go after them in small claims, that's nothing to shove under the rug.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:32 PM   #16
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Wow, this is so sad. It took an incredibly stupid person to do this.

Maybe Andy at Inland RV will give you his opinion. He is the expert in this area.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:32 PM   #17
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If you'll PM me the shippers name and address if you have them both - I have access to DOT and Safer - may be able to get you some info. if you want.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:44 PM   #18
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Towing isn't easy...

People don't understand what it takes to properly haul these, so trusting them to strangers, from out of state, without proper financing, without paid up to date over-priced insurance- unfortunately ends up this way...

Airstreams are especially difficult to trailer. I watch my husband load these, and he goes through an hour or more of properly securing them, and then we stop at 5 miles, 10 miles, 50, then 100- intervals so he can check them out and adjust the straps and chains.

The main thing- the one that hurts you- is SPEED. These guys will take a trailer, like a 1940's Airstream or a Silver Streak, and hitch it up to an F350 and do 80 with it to get it where its going and get done with the job. We pull ours slow- its tough, but worth it, it saves the trailer from what he did. My man looked at the pix and said its junk- that he bent more than what is shown, and that it can't be easily fixed, but to take it to a small airport.

He said there is a guy in Corralles NM named Dan, and he's pretty safe and reliable with hauling- WCC Transport, and you can find him at the car dealers there- he's got a couple flat beds.

My guess, with all the distance involved, with all the trouble you'll have to collect, that you'll spend more than what the trailer cost in collecting- its a losing battle. But then, there's always principle...

Good luck with it, forget the BBB, tow them yourself, and DRIVE SLOW.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:45 PM   #19
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Thanks for the link, that gives me a hope that at least some of this can be repaired. I just hope we can sort out the door frame. For replacing exterior panels, what type/gauge aluminum do I get to match what's on a 59? Which rivets?

BTW, as far as I know there are no vintage trailer places near Albuquerque who work on airstreams (for some reason, RetroRestoration won't touch AS trailers). If anyone knows of someone in the Albuquerque area who can do this kind of work, I'd appreciate recommendations.

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I think that you are a candidate for the 4CU Restoration rally. Check out this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f289...lly-39159.html
Someone there may be able to assist you.

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:52 PM   #20
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Also, be sure to save/print his profile page on Uship where it states the insurance. He may go in and try to change it, and you need to have it for posterity. You can save it as a Web page (In IE, do File, Save As, make sure "Web Page" is selected - it will save it as the group of files that make up the whole page).

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:54 PM   #21
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That makes me sick! I'm so sorry for you!

Off to court you go!
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:17 PM   #22
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Take a deep breath.....

You have a great Pacer there. Too bad a JERK nearly destroyed it. Note.....I say nearly destroyed. I think the door is the only REAL problem here. The drip panels and the banana wraps and the access panels ar fixable. The bigger panels can be worked with some effort and there is always Griffiths in OKC and North Dallas RV. If you have a tow vehicle that will tow a Pacer, that same on will haul a lowboy tandem axel farm type trailer (I use 'em for hay and tractors, etc.) Load up the Pacer, correctly and take it in for pro repair. Its not that far from where you are to either OKC or DFW. You can rent a trailer for a few days. The pacer is too nice to give up on.

Stay with the lawsuit on the trucker. Stick it down his neck.
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:17 PM   #23
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This is just sickening. I feel for your loss and you cannot let him walk away from this. He's responsible. Hopefully you have pictures that you looked at while making your decision to buy this trailer and those should be shown, along with the pictures from this thread, to his insurance carrier. You should also get a statement from the seller stating the condition it was in when the shipper picked it up. Keep after them, they cannot ignore you and hope you go away.

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:58 PM   #24
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Obviously, there is severe structural damage, causedby how the shipper tied it down.

There is some damage to a couple of horizontal stringers, and possibly a main bow or two, and a couple of segments.

We have the original segments.

I would suggest that you have someone repair the trailer, that has "remanufacture experience."

If not, the end result would more than likely be less than desireable.

The door area itself, requires some expertice, to get it back as it was.

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Old 01-24-2008, 04:19 PM   #25
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There are not enough bad words in the English language to describe the person who is responsible for this damage. You may have to use some Spanish and maybe some Italian too. I feel your anger and pain.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:51 PM   #26
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there you go!

Do what Andy said. Corona is not that far either....and his work is the best!
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:01 PM   #27
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Obviously, there is severe structural damage, causedby how the shipper tied it down.

There is some damage to a couple of horizontal stringers, and possibly a main bow or two, and a couple of segments.

We have the original segments.

I would suggest that you have someone repair the trailer, that has "remanufacture experience."

If not, the end result would more than likely be less than desireable.

The door area itself, requires some expertice, to get it back as it was.

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Andy, do you have a rough ballpark figure of what this would cost to fix? I'm trying to get an idea of how much to go after the shipper for.
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I really hate to see something like this happen. I'm afraid it's going to cost more to fix it than you paid for it.
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