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Old 01-20-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Loss of control questionnaire

This is the form that was sent to those that reported some form or another, of a "loss of control" accident, when towing their Airstream.

This form was first sent out by Caravanner Insurance Company, the old insurance division of Airstream, starting in early 1970.

Information submitted by those insureds, was compiled statistically that allowed a prediction to be made as to the relative safety or lack thereof, of how a specific load equalizing hitch setup was made, installed, adjusted, as well it's rating. correct for the specific purpose intended.

We were able to document, why 90 percent of all the loss of control accidents happened, and how they could have been avoided.

This data came from well over one thousand (1,000) loss of control accidents, which were insured by Caravanner Insurance Company.

There will be two articles that will appear in Magazines that are known to the Airstream owners, within the next few months, that will go into greater detail and hopefully of interest to the majority, with the hope of correcting all too many "load equalizing hitch myths," and instilling a desire to improve towing safety, for all concerned, and reducing unnecessary damages to all too many Airstreams.

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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Andy,

Everyone can see how the questionnaire covers the tow vehicle, how it was equipped, and what hitch was used, but how does it cover how the hitch was adjusted, or setup?

Don't know about others, but I suspect at least many have had simular experiences to me, and that is I've had dealers setup hitches just good enough to get me off the lot. Unless a person has some experience, or enlists a friend with some experience, setting up a hitch can be tricky, at best. And, we all know a weight equilizer hitch that is setup grossly incorrectly, is not much better and sometimes worse than a bumper hitch.
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Andy,

Everyone can see how the questionnaire covers the tow vehicle, how it was equipped, and what hitch was used, but how does it cover how the hitch was adjusted, or setup?

Don't know about others, but I suspect at least many have had simular experiences to me, and that is I've had dealers setup hitches just good enough to get me off the lot. Unless a person has some experience, or enlists a friend with some experience, setting up a hitch can be tricky, at best. And, we all know a weight equilizer hitch that is setup grossly incorrectly, is not much better and sometimes worse than a bumper hitch.
The trailer owner, was also typically interviewed, most always in person, or on the phone.

Surprisingly, most owners volunteered tons of information, over and above the form. We used that additional information, as well, in our data base.

Most of the time, the form was returned with a lengthy letter attached.

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Ahh, the famous Twelve Questions!

Thanks for the posting and the notice of upcoming editorial content. Hope that a way can be found to alert the rest of us (who don't subscribe to said magazines) to secure copies of same (name/volume/issue).

I do appreciate all the trouble, Andy, that invaluable experience of yours is a great thing to put to paper for that "rest of us".

I've done more than one search on your comments on this subject and am working over my own file of How To on this subject.

On the Silver Streak Mailing List there was a recent set of comments that cracks around a certain starboard-bow window were not uncommonly found on Silver Streak trailers. I immediately thought of you, and of being "overhitched".

Again, thanks!
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