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Old 07-15-2003, 05:43 AM   #29
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Hey again Chris. An Excursion is a large sport utility vehicle based on a Ford medium duty truck frame such as F250/350. It has a 6.8 L V10 and weighs about 7500 lb. I bought it specifically to pull my Airstream. I have been pleased with it but am very impressed with some of General Motors similar products. This is the last year that the Excursion will be made. It was soundly thrashed in the media and by environmental types for fuel inefficiency and just being a "big ass truck".

If I am not mistaken I may have to deal with "book value" as an issue with my trailer as well but things get a bit more subjective with a trailer that old so we will see. I may go the route of taking a check and buying for salvage. Doing that casts a significant stigma on the AS for future dealings. One of our fellow forum friends has suggested taking $ for a reduction in value and keeping the title clean that way. I like that idea and will see how it flies.
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Old 07-15-2003, 02:20 PM   #30
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What u talkin here IS " Toys 4 Boys "...LOL, a v10 6.8, yep sounds abt right...U say when U get 2 the GAS PUMP, they tell U 2 stop Yr engine...as Yr GAININ on the pump...How U doin 2day...
glad U got a lot of options here abt Yr A/S, it is a good thing, BUT don't 4get 2 tell the Ins: that the A/S is a piece of AMERICAN heritage, it is an ICON, an remind 'em 2 what it stands 4...jus incase they 4got...lol, give it 2'em...nicely of course,
Well I got THE fone call late 2day, my CAR is READY 4 collection in the mornin...YIPPEEEEEEEE...I don't care if they painted it candy PINK, as long as I can drive her agn...I realy missed my 'ole car, I hear they do a KEWL job on repairs...so it should b jus fine...( no doubt U'll hear me SCREAM...)...Well I gotta rush as I are STARVIN, jus got home from work...All the BEST 2 U n ALL...Chris.....
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Back on the ROAD AGAIN...

Hi ALL...
Well went an collected my car this morning, the Guy in charge of inspection asked me go take a look at the finished job, he also says I got a waranty on the work for 12 months, 'fraid it DON'T cover future knocks on the front bumper...it looks great, I had a stone chip right on the lip of the hood, right on the edge...I DON'T anymore...Hee Hee...first class job, always is when someone else is payin 4it, I'll admit, I'm NOT the worlds best driver, I don't pretend 2b, I bn drivin over 30 years now, an still can NOT reverse between 2 parked vehicles...or MOVIN ones come 2 that...LOL, I did c a WOMAN holdin her MOBILE & smokin, with the same HAND...Mobiles are BANNED whilst DRIVIN over here in G B ...
85MH325...U heard the song " Give me 40 ACRES "...Well that abt sums it up 4my drivin, It is strange 2a " CRAZY LIMEY ", I kn that from past experiences, I can c where I want 2 b, but it's the GETTIN there bit that stumps me, I keep 4gettin that in some places there r 3 lanes......IN each DIRECTION...Ask the policeman my D/W says...I don't kn who ends up the MOST confused, one nice officer, VERY NICE officer who said FOLLOW me, as I tailed him out of the parkin lot he must have got a "call", as he was GONE in a flash...I sure hope the poor chap is'nt STILL lookin 4 me,...Yep I guess people DID talk abt U Roger...but I say whilst they r talkin abt U, they r leavin someone else ALONE..., besides it's NICE 2b remembered...LMAO...
well I gotta b on my way now, it could RAIN 2nite...( much needed )...it is hot as baked spuds...Chris.....
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Old 07-16-2003, 03:49 PM   #32
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Hey Chris, glad you got your wheels back. The inspector looked at my AS yesterday and as predicted he used the T word. Now the fun begins. I can hardly wait to see what they offer.
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Old 07-16-2003, 03:54 PM   #33
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After all the time I spent in England, I never did get real happy about parallel parking. I could do it, but the stress level was always high.

The worst thing, though, was backing into a tight space. Worst place I encountered was on the ferry to Skye when I had to back between an articulated lorry (see, I know the lingo) and the side wall of the ferrry deck. They finally told me to just leave it where it was, but I couldn't get out of the car as it stood, so I had to keep working at it.
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Old 07-17-2003, 02:06 AM   #34
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Hi Guys...

Good morning from a WET 'n miserable day over here in the lesser G. B. ...lol, bhsl8.....I hope the "T" word don't stand 4 TRASH, jus a thought here B, do these ins: Guys REALY kn the VALUE of things, I don't mean object wise, as 2them it's just a piece of whatever, an they think MONEY can solve'n buy anything, I mean MENTAL stress wise, how U hunted Yr A/S 2 the end of the world, 2 ensure U got the best, the gettin it home, the fixin up, the lovin of turnin it into a second home, unless they own one too...I very much doubt they have any idea of it's TRUE value at all...2 those Guys it's jus a job. If U need a second op:, U tell that Guy 2 "E" me...I'll tell him the right price...OK...Good Luck...

Pahaska...Don't tell me U brought Yr " Yank-Tank " over with U...LOL, NO wonder U would'nt b able 2 park the thing...LOL. It's a wonder they did'nt charge U double price...if U did...Hee Hee...
Outside a "A U C E", in Kissimmee, I saw a parkin space an WENT 4 it...full lock, into REVERSE...backed in...easy- peasy, then as I got out this GUY says..." What U wanna park like that 4...U facin the WRONG way "!!!!...He went on to explain that the local Sheriff, a "NICE" man, would soon become a NOT so nice man if he had 2 get out of his patrol car to walk MILES around the side of the Van, to check the LICENSE plate date...I'm pretty sure a few DOUGHNUTS would have bn in order to waive a ticket...what U think?...lmao...Now the reason I backed into the spot was, there were NO other people around 2 LAUGH at my performance ,...I wondered why everyone parked that way...maybe a PLATE on the front too...LIKE WE HAVE...!!!!....
However I'm NOT gettin into that !!!!........
Well All have a GREAT day-2day, stay safe, read U all later..." The LIMEY "...Chris.....
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Outside a "A U C E", in Kissimmee, I saw a parkin space an WENT 4 it...full lock, into REVERSE...backed in...easy- peasy, then as I got out this GUY says..." What U wanna park like that 4...U facin the WRONG way "!!!!..." The LIMEY "...Chris.....
Chris... I gotta tell ya, I love your posts! The world needs more free thinkers like you to keep the place interesting!

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[i]Pahaska...Don't tell me U brought Yr " Yank-Tank " over with U...LOL, NO wonder U would'nt b able 2 park the thing...LOL. It's a wonder they did'nt charge U double price...if U did...Hee Hee... "...Chris..... [/B]
No, Chris, I always had a rental car while working there. No way would I have wanted a big car. Sometimes I had a Sterling with automatic when there were four of us, sometimes a Ford with manual when alone. The trip to Skye was on my own $$$, so it was a Ford.

I was always the designated driver since I was the senior person in the group and because one pint of bitter shandy was my limit for an evening.
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Old 07-17-2003, 02:29 PM   #37
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Hi Guys...

Good Evenin Roger/John, John/Roger...
It's bn said that I r STRANGE...well 4 those who don't kn me, I r NOT strange...I r DIFFERENT...lmao...
That out of the way...did I tell U I was " cabbie " for 12 years, well I sn things on the road that would BACON un-curl, let alone pigs tails...Being a law man I guess helped U cope in Yr part of the world...funny how some parts of the states " FLY ", an some have stood still in time,but ALL have the NEED for transportation, I only got time 4a quick word, but WILL catch U all later...so do tune in 2morrow...at Yr local Airstream Forum...run by Good Folk, 2 help All the Folk...TTFN...Chris...
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Good morning y'all. I just received my estmate from Steve at Ace Fogdall and the number exceeds $10K. No real surprises so far, so now we wait and see what the ins co offers. By the way, the very first question they asked me was if anyone was injured.

As far as retail value of the unit goes, I have been watching eBay and VAC and I see a tremendous range of from $4-9K. I realize it depends on condition and equipment etc but does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Everyone please have an enjoyable weekend in their Airstreams, be it kicking back or fixin stuff.
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Good morning y'all. I just received my estmate from Steve at Ace Fogdall and the number exceeds $10K. No real surprises so far, so now we wait and see what the ins co offers. By the way, the very first question they asked me was if anyone was injured.

As far as retail value of the unit goes, I have been watching eBay and VAC and I see a tremendous range of from $4-9K. I realize it depends on condition and equipment etc but does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Everyone please have an enjoyable weekend in their Airstreams, be it kicking back or fixin stuff.
Hi Brouck. Nope, it doesn't surprise me that Steve's estimate was over $10k. Labor is expensive! And, $4k to $9k is about right depending on condition, but I doubt that they'll even offer you that. Stick to your guns and document sales of 31' trailers so you've got something concrete to show current market value with. Good luck with whatever comes your way!

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Hi "B" an ALL....

Brouck, jus a thought here my Friend...{ quote }- Very 1st Q asked was any one injured...OK, let me think abt this, Thankfuly NO ONE was, with that out of the way, the INS: r a LOT happier no doubt, LESS 2b paid out, so does that mean due 2 that fact, U may get a lot HIGHER pay out ???...r U with me on that >
If I were U, knowing that, I would " Go 4 it "...think of a price U r realy willin 2 settle 4, ADD a couple of hundred $$$ onto it, then if they they get near-ish 2 Yr price, well it's in Yr court...
We all kn that the INS: Guys ALWAYS win, it's a kinda US 'n THEM...don't 4get, the poor 'ole Guy is ONLY doin HIS job, BUT don't let him fool U... he HAS the BACKIN of a multi-billion $ powerhouse behind him, an it costin him NOTHING..." What's the price for a hour with a solicitor " !!!!!.....???... .
So, if say U get a good price, DON'T feel bad abt it at all, if everyones policy went up by $1 next year, an they have THOUSANDS of people insured, they will recover the payment in no time at all...
...Sorry 2 ramble on "B", but only my opinion , I used 2b feelin guilty if I had 2 claim, now thinkin bk, over the last 30-ish years...U kn I only made a couple of claims, an total maybe 2 years cover costin...so I recon they owe ME, 4 NOT claimin...
Well Good luck my FRIEND...catch Ya later...Chris.....
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Hey Chris. I think I will wait and see what they offer before playing hard ball. I have a list of similar vehicles for sale with prices that have been offered the last couple weeks to use as backup.

I don't really feel guilty at all since I was driving along minding my own business but I only want what is fair.
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Hi Brouck...
Sounds abt the RIGHT thing 2 do, Only U can make that final " YES ", an U kn what U r doin...I are amazed at all the different opinions I have read here on this post, an U kn what...it jus goes to show that there R still decent Folk abt in this world...an I feel kinda honoured 2 know them...THANKS GUYS...
Knowing that my chances of owning a A/S r a little misty...OK...FOGGY, ( Wifes fault...keep on pickin the WRONG lottery numbers...)...Bless Her....But I kinda like the things, somethin one don't see over here in the U.K. very often...Could say the same 4 music...I likes LOTS of types...but I rarely c the people who SING the songs...LOL...
Tea time last night I had 2 collect one on my D/Ds, from work, as she was not feeling 2 well, an I would b able 2 stop when needed, as with the Train/Bus...The round trip was abt 40 miles...U kn, abt the same distance some of U guys have 2 WALK 2 go collect U mail...LOL....However, roads around here r NOT 2 clever...an the " Hole Brigade " were out in force...every 3 miles or so on 1 stretch was a bloomin HOLE in the road...GGRrrrrr!!!!!!
Well I found one, a NATURAL one, tried 2 swerve around it...but the rear wheel decided 2 play silly sods...an stay put...U got it, I checked it out bk home, an I got a leakin shocker, now though my car is almost 5 years old, with nearly 87000, I'm giving it the benefit of doubt...lol, now I may change the pair myself, or farm it out 2 the Guy who changed my cam-belt...( Good Guy )...I put that, simply as I finaly found someone who actualy is a GOOD GUY, fast worker, low price...not 2 many of those around...an WE ALL bn there " HAVE'NT WE "... only snag is because of how he IS...I may have to wait for a week b4 he fits me in...at least I kn I get a first-class job done....best call for a price...I get my own parts, as I get a good discount from my local parts dealer, Shhh!!
Well my finger seems 2b stuck in overdrive agn...lol, all have a great weekend, stay safe, get lucky...read U all later...Chris.....
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