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Old 01-24-2008, 05:13 PM   #29
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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.
We can provide a "ball park" but I must have photo's that show every part of the exterior, including the roof.

You can e-mail them direct, if you wish, since you have already posted some photo's here.

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Old 01-24-2008, 05:35 PM   #30
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No information is shown on the Safer web site for insurance information. You can pay for the information. You could also contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here you can file a complaint and they may give you the information by phone given the problem. He has a current MCS-150 Filing so they have him in the database. He's operating as Bobby Ray Reavis DBA Hot-Shot Express. He has one vehicle and one registered driver. Your DOT number is correct. Here are access numbers and contacts for the above organization: Contacting Us - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

You can access Safer yourself - most of the search items are fee free. SAFER WEB

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Old 01-24-2008, 05:59 PM   #31
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I just ran a quick check on this guy on Uship, and copied this off Uship's page:
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:30 PM   #32
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Where was the seller when this was loaded for the trip. There may be another "responsible" individual here.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:15 PM   #33
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Hmmmm. His current ID on Uship is Reavis Express, so I guess he just opened a new account in a new name. But the old account (hotshotexpress) had 100% positive feedback. If everytone else was so happy, why did he have to destroy MY shipment???
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:16 PM   #34
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In my experience, the first word out of the mouth of someone in the insurance business is, "No..." I know it's a hassle and frustrating, but you must be your own advocate here (just like healthcare). Don't let them shortchange you, don't let them make you feel like you are stupid, and don't give up. It's their job to settle for the least amount possible, but if they figure out that you are not going to cave in, they will settle for the correct amount, just to close the file and move on. It'll take some time, but hang in there.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:53 PM   #35
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First I have to figure out who his insurance company is -- the DOT doesn't have any insurance info listed for him.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:13 PM   #36
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First I have to figure out who his insurance company is -- the DOT doesn't have any insurance info listed for him.
How long ago did this happen? mayb you could get local law enforcement involved. "This guy vandalized my trailer"...Don't know if it would work, but it may be worth a shot.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:22 PM   #37
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Before you do that check what are local penalties for filing false police reports.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #38
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In my experience, the first word out of the mouth of someone in the insurance business is, "No..."
Hey - I think I resemble that remark....
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:30 PM   #39
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First I have to figure out who his insurance company is -- the DOT doesn't have any insurance info listed for him.
One wonders if this fellow even had the insurance noted, and if not, if he misrepresented himself. If so, would that be considered as fraud? One other note, did you have your own insurance on the trailer? Or alternatively, did the seller still have insurance on it? I'd consider talking to your own insurance company to get ideas as well.

Hopefully you have not paid this person, or if you did so via credit card you may be able to call them and have the charge canceled.

Make sure you let the shipping registry know that he's simply relisted under a new name. Maybe if you keep finding him when he puts his name up he'll get the hint that he's made a big mistake damaging your baby.

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:42 PM   #40
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Hi, so sorry to hear about your new/used trailer. My first thought was if his insurance doesn't cover the damage unless it was an accident, then what happened to your trailer was done on purpose? Second thought, I would invite him back and do some damage to him, his rig, or both. Accident?
Can it be fixed? Yes, but the cost will be more than you have in it now. But it is not unusual for Airstreamers to spend many times more money restoreing a vintage trailer than they originally paid for it. Good Luck.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:44 PM   #41
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When he made his MCS Filing he would have had to had insurance in place or DOT would have pulled his permit. There's coverage out there - unless he cancelled it just before this trip and DOT hasn't caught up with him yet. They get pretty nasty about it...
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This is simply awful! A Pacer is soooooo wonderful! This guy hurt us all!

I would simply cut all the red tape and go directly to my attorney. A strong letter from a aggressive attorney will usually get action. Most attorney's will give you a 1/2 hour free to discuss your case... or only charge you a partial fee of maybe $100 or so... List what you want, I bet he will respond quickly.

I have found in the past with stupid financial hassles where I believe someone is trying to pull the wool over my eyes, a letter from my attorney usually brings quick action and conversation. If not, time for lawsuit. Besides you deserve extra $ for your pain and suffering. Actually, he should pay us all for our pain.... :P

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