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Old 08-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #3739
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That is NOT how you do a shell off prior to restoration.

Sad.. Hope everyone ok. That is AS FRIGHTING!

But it is a solid recommendation for proper following distance and managing speed as well as the environment to best you can and pray.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:16 PM   #3740
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Here's a link to more views. Looks like the frame stayed on the road and the shell went in the ditch. Maybe something come up over the bumper and broke the shell off. TV looks bruised but not rolled.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/phot...i/-/index.html
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:29 PM   #3741
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So sad! That happened right where I grew up.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:46 PM   #3742
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Virginia wreck

It would appear that the Airstream took the hardest hit. Let's hope that it was sacrificed for human life. That looks like a nasty one.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:00 AM   #3743
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That accident sure makes secondary roads look appealing. Since Airstreams are "campers" which would imply vacation use, the journey is just as important as the destination. When driving at interstate speeds and not towing, I am concentrating on the road ahead and my mirrors for traffic. I usually miss out on the scenery. This is even more true when riding my motorcycles at interstate speeds.

Since many folks on the RV forums report they drive in the 55 to 62 mph range which is below interstate speed limits, perhaps we would all be safer avoiding the high speed chase whenever possible.

Every hour on the interstate, I have folks close to within 15' of my rear bumper before moving out to pass. If I hit the brakes because of a tire tread in my lane, I will get rear ended because there is no way that driver can respond and brake being that close to me. Since I lack a rear view camera on the back of the Airstream, I often wonder how close folks are following me there as well.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #3744
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Yikes! I hope everyone was OK.
Switz, secondary roads are no guarantee of safety. We almost got taken out by a guy coming at us on a two lane highway in a rural area. He was towing an sob and the trailer was out of control. He pulled out of our lane seconds before hitting us (and our trailer) and went the other way, hit a road sign and ended up upside down in a ditch with the trailer at 45 degree angle to the truck. I am thinking dirt roads are looking good about now.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #3745
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That accident sure makes secondary roads look appealing. Since Airstreams are "campers" which would imply vacation use, the journey is just as important as the destination. When driving at interstate speeds and not towing, I am concentrating on the road ahead and my mirrors for traffic. I usually miss out on the scenery. This is even more true when riding my motorcycles at interstate speeds.

Since many folks on the RV forums report they drive in the 55 to 62 mph range which is below interstate speed limits, perhaps we would all be safer avoiding the high speed chase whenever possible.

Every hour on the interstate, I have folks close to within 15' of my rear bumper before moving out to pass. If I hit the brakes because of a tire tread in my lane, I will get rear ended because there is no way that driver can respond and brake being that close to me. Since I lack a rear view camera on the back of the Airstream, I often wonder how close folks are following me there as well.
That stretch of I-81 is particularly nasty; I wouldn't draw too many general conclusions from it. There are too many vehicles (trucks and cars), hills, and plenty of aggressive drivers.

In my experience, the issue with the non-limited-access roads is that they tend to go through every little town with a bunch of traffic lights. For example, you're more likely to have someone pull out in front of you on a road like that, so it's not like they're automatically safer. Thinking about my scariest incidents with the campers, they're about evenly split - one accident and a near double-accident on the interstates, and several times people have pulled out in front of me from the side of the road, requiring hard braking and/or maneuvering to avoid.

The real issue is people are idiots behind the wheel.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:47 AM   #3746
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Hi, this is a very good reason to NOT be riding in a trailer.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:33 PM   #3747
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Spotted a polished early 60s model headed west on I-26 near thee intersection of I-20 this afternoon around 3:45.
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I saw the same 60's polished one an hour and half earlier as I was headed towards Myrtle Beach on 501 while pulling mine to Huntington St. Park. I gave him the headlights and a wave and he waved back. The timing works out pretty well for it to be the same one.
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I saw the same 60's polished one an hour and half earlier as I was headed towards Myrtle Beach on 501 while pulling mine to Huntington St. Park. I gave him the headlights and a wave and he waved back. The timing works out pretty well for it to be the same one.
Yep, that's about perfect timing. I gave him a thumbs up, but wasn't towing at the time.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #3750
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Drove to Ottawa yesterday and home today, but without the trailer. Saw three Airstreams in the westbound lanes of the 401 on the way down, but only got a picture of this one.

One of the others was an Excella pulled by a black F-150

Saw two Airstreams on the way back today. The only one I got a good look at was an Excella 1000 going westbound on the 401 through Toronto. It was being pulled by a minivan with a canoe on the roof. I'm sure you were as happy as I was to get through that traffic jam!
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Sitting here at Huntington State Park (coast of SC) there is a '94 Airstream two sites down (owner came and said hello) and when we got back from a trip to town earlier tonight there is another newer Airstream about 29' right across from the other. I have not me them yet.
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Drove to Ottawa yesterday and home today, but without the trailer. Saw three Airstreams in the westbound lanes of the 401 on the way down, but only got a picture of this one.

One of the others was an Excella pulled by a black F-150

Saw two Airstreams on the way back today. The only one I got a good look at was an Excella 1000 going westbound on the 401 through Toronto. It was being pulled by a minivan with a canoe on the roof. I'm sure you were as happy as I was to get through that traffic jam!
Can you get the picture bigger? It looks like me - red minvan with a 28' International. I was westbound on 401 yesterday coming from Quebec City and going to the Ivy Lea KOA near Gananoque.
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