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Old 02-09-2019, 08:26 AM   #1
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I was excited to be joining the community of Airstream enthusiasts after purchasing my first trailer, 1970 Overlander. While driving it home to San Diego through LA yesterday a motorcyclist decided to split lanes where there was no room and bounced off another car and smashed into the rear driver side panel of the Airstream. Broken hand for the Motorcyclist and broken rear panel for me. I am hoping for some input on what dollar value I should be expecting this to cost in case their insurance comes back with a low ball number. Any input the community can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:33 AM   #2
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That is going to be a very big job. I would contact someone who can do the job correctly.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:05 AM   #3
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My advice is don't let the insurance company come back with a number, period.

Did that also crack your sewer pipe?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:20 AM   #4
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I was excited to be joining the community of Airstream enthusiasts after purchasing my first trailer, 1970 Overlander. While driving it home to San Diego through LA yesterday a motorcyclist decided to split lanes where there was no room and bounced off another car and smashed into the rear driver side panel of the Airstream. Broken hand for the Motorcyclist and broken rear panel for me. I am hoping for some input on what dollar value I should be expecting this to cost in case their insurance comes back with a low ball number. Any input the community can offer would be greatly appreciated.
To repair it correctly, you are going to need to replace the entire side sheet. Then, it will need to be polished to match the rest of the trailer. Neither of those things is cheap, plus the modern aluminum from Airstream is a different grade than the original, which will also add to the challenge--and cost.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:28 AM   #5
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Show them the bill of sale and tell them they just bought an Airstream.

Very sorry to see this. good luck.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #6
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Show them the bill of sale and tell them they just bought an Airstream.

Very sorry to see this. good luck.
This sounds like a good idea. The cost to replace that entire side will not be cheap, and then there is the issue with whether it will match or not when complete. Hence, my agreement with AlinCal.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:36 AM   #7
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First I would get a repair quote from an Airstream Dealer including info on how it will compare to non damaged panels. If the repair is more than the value of the unit hopefully you will at least get your original cost.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:43 AM   #8
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I'm sure they will "low ball" you no matter what you do.


Twice I had a total loss in vehicle accidents ticketed against other driver in both cases insurance wanted to settle right away and in both cases I replace the vehicles and told insurance I am in no hurry and if it takes 10 years to settle that's OK. I was asking the very good condition blue book amount. Both times that is what I received.


Moral of the story do not be in a hurry to settle and know what it will take to replace since I bet they will total out the Airstream at what THEY say is the value.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:49 AM   #9
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I had similar damage from broken iced up limb falling through by 70 ambassador like a spear being driven through the roof. The proper repair would be to replace the entire AL segment. Due to labor cost and challenge to acquire the matching material the bid was just over $10,000. I had to settle for the value of what I had insured the the project I was in the middle of. Therefore, I patched the roof which is only visible to the taller people Good luck, hold your ground
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:54 AM   #10
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Send pictures to either Airstream in Jackson Center, Ohio for a quote on repairs the get an estimate on polishing to add to it. Both are probably more than what you paid. If they total, make sure you don't accept anything less than what you paid along with money spent to pick it up and bring it home. If lower then I would threaten to take them to court.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:04 AM   #11
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Two summers ago, I hit a bridge guardrail, which left a substantial crease from the front to the rear of the right side of my AS FC27. I took the trailer to my local AS dealer, who gave me an estimate of slightly more than $16K to repair the damage (all on the surface, none inside). I would not be surprised if your estimate by your local AS dealer would be comparable.
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I was excited to be joining the community of Airstream enthusiasts after purchasing my first trailer, 1970 Overlander. While driving it home to San Diego through LA yesterday a motorcyclist decided to split lanes where there was no room and bounced off another car and smashed into the rear driver side panel of the Airstream. Broken hand for the Motorcyclist and broken rear panel for me. I am hoping for some input on what dollar value I should be expecting this to cost in case their insurance comes back with a low ball number. Any input the community can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Big question; did/do you have insurance on this new trailer?? (hope so!) Either way, your in for some "not so fun" time consuming adventures ahead with this one...I hate CA laws for motorcycle's...they always try to split lanes and scare the heck out of motorists...anyway, soo sorry to hear your plight...please keep us informed on what you end up doing.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #13
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I have damaged and had repairs to several vintage airstreams. (1963 Safari and 1966 Overlander) I suffered a wheel issue on the Overlander that did similar (actually greater damage) to yours. Depending upon who does the repair you are looking at $4500-$10k. I suspect you trailer has other panels that have also been replaced before. It can be matched.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:19 AM   #14
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What a bummer. There's a place in salt lake that builds Cobras. They know aluminum. They may be able to help you. If not, maybe they know how to get some older tech aluminum panels for you. It is possible, they can fix that rip. I saw a video from them, where they had an ac cobra that got hit on the rear end. It looked pretty bad. They fixed it, to perfection. No new parts, just pulling, a little heat, massaging it. The car looked perfect when they were done with it. The difficulty I can foresee is, AS sides are thinner aluminum than a cobra. It's worth a call. Hope this helps a little DJ
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