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Old 01-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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Ouch...I'm sorry.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:21 PM   #16
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I have the trailer weatherproofed with insulating foam under the front gravel guard. I had some 1/2" x 2' x 4' foam pieces and they fit the window space exactly. They are duct taped and covered by the gravel guard and not obvious from outside.

The storage yard did call after I had left home this morning. I just happened to eat lunch about 1/4 mile away from the storage yard and decided to check the trailer while I was there.

I can't fault the yard. They will now have 24-hour attendant and more lighting. They also are sending me a check for 2 months of space rent as an apology. They have been in business 15 years with no major problems up until now.

The thieves cut two chain-link fences with bolt cutters to get to the trailers. The video surveillance shows 3 late teens or young men wearing hoodies. No fingerprints, so they were apparently wearing gloves.

I found some more missing things. The best pair of binoculars is gone, but the cheaper set is still there. The DVR player is gone along with my netbook.

USAA is sending an appraiser to meet me at the trailer Monday morning. Then I can get parts on order. Gotta have it ready for Alumafiesta early next month.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:29 PM   #17
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How Terrible

John - We are sorry to hear about this incident. If we can help in any way please let us know.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:56 PM   #18
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Your pain is my pain. My Interstate was burglarized less than 16 hours after I bought it, just over a year ago. Thieves pried the Kenwood head unit out of the dashboard with a tire iron— or a big screwdriver, or a crowbar— doing $3500 in damage to get something they might be able to pawn for $100. Didn't touch the flat-screen televisions or any of the other stuff. Didn't even search any of the cabinets or drawers. Probably because they could see the Kenwood unit through the window they broke to get it, but the rest of the vehicle was too dark to see anything.

See it, want it, take it, that's all a smash-and-grab thief understands.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #19
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Stereo theft is so 80s... there is hardly a car that can accept a DIN sized unit anymore.

Sadly, people recognize Airstreams and know they are expensive. They make assumptions on what they might find inside. We clear ours out for the winter, even though nothing is of spectacular value.

As others have noted, it is easy to do 1000's in damage getting things of trivial value. You can easily total an Airstream with 5 or 6 good hits with a hammer...
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #20
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Sadly, people recognize Airstreams and know they are expensive.
I think they recognized a big expensive Mercedes, not an Airstream, in my case.

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Stereo theft is so 80s... there is hardly a car that can accept a DIN sized unit anymore.
Well, the one they stole from my Interstate was a Kenwood DNX-7160, with touch-screen display, integrated Sirius XM radio, Pandora, Bluetooth speakerphone, Garmin GPS, iPod dock, the works. The theft technique was 80's, but what they stole certainly wasn't…
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #21
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I am so sorry John!! If I can help in any way, please call me. I'll be there shortly!
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #22
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If you plug the trailer into an outlet that has the polarity reversed, it can electrify the skin. There have been many warnings about checking for hot skin after plugging into an outlet in a campground, and others have had that happen when they have plugged into an incorrectly wired source in their own garage. I know that there may be some liability, but if you reversed the polarity on purpose, through a modified power cord used just for storage.......well, just sayin'
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:50 PM   #23
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I am soooo sorry that happened to you. I hope they catch the guys.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:57 PM   #24
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I am so sorry John!! If I can help in any way, please call me. I'll be there shortly!
Thanks, Guys, I really appreciate the offers of help,but not much needs to be done at this point. I have the trailer weatherproof and in condition to be towed for repairs and the appraiser is coming Monday.

I found a couple of additional missing items. besides the netbook, they got my little Sony T-200 camera, but they left the bag with the spare battery and the battery charger. The battery in the camera is almost certainly flat since I haven't used it for over a month, so the camera isn't even going to light up for them and won't be of any use to them.

They hit the center of the TV flat screen with something that dug up the surface and shows up as a small white spot. It is really small, but it is a constant distraction. I'll ask the insurance company to replace the set. It isn't a big set, so only about $200.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:12 PM   #25
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If you plug the trailer into an outlet that has the polarity reversed, it can electrify the skin. There have been many warnings about checking for hot skin after plugging into an outlet in a campground, and others have had that happen when they have plugged into an incorrectly wired source in their own garage. I know that there may be some liability, but if you reversed the polarity on purpose, through a modified power cord used just for storage.......well, just sayin'
Wouldn't work. They would have been standing on dry concrete. Probably not even a tingle.

Of course, if they were touching the trailer and reached out and touched one of the nearby roof support poles or if it had been raining, that would be a different story.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:55 AM   #26
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I am so sorry to hear you have been violated in such a manner.
I have often wondered if it would be better to just leave the vehicle door unlocked to limit the damage but I guess you couldn't collect insurance for the items the "human debris" steals.
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I am so sorry to hear you have been violated in such a manner.
I have often wondered if it would be better to just leave the vehicle door unlocked to limit the damage but I guess you couldn't collect insurance for the items the "human debris" steals.
I do leave the trailers unlocked and empty of anything temping. I have noticed footprints around them but never any damage to them. I learned this from the local Airstream dealer who leaves his new trailers open on the lot to save damage to the doors.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:20 AM   #28
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John...was you Airstream stored in a lot located right on I-35? I see one there and always wondered about its safety.
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