Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-12-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 103
Angry I am SOOO MAAAD!!!

Hi, fellow Airstreamers. I'm sorry I've been a stranger lately. My real estate career has been taking off, and I've been very busy. Not to mention the weather has been cold for so long, I hadn't given much thought to camping until recently....which brings me to why I'm ticked off...

We've had our Bambi in a "safe" place all winter, in a storage yard with a keypad lock system designed to keep the riff raff out, so to speak. Well, last week I drove over there to pay my March storage fee, and thought I'd go see our little home-away-from-home, knowing it won't be long before we'll be pulling her out and hitting the road somewhere.

Well, I was dismayed to see that some clown had backed into or along side of it and somehow managed to destroy the passenger side front turn signal light (breaking the entire light cover and the wiring), and grazed pretty heavily the sheath that covers the awning pole. It looks like crap now, for lack of a better term. I guess I should be happy that the person who did this somehow totally avoided scratching or scraping Bambi's skin! How they could do so much damage to the turn signal cover and the awning post and not even nick the skin is beyond me, but I'm sure grateful.

The owners of the storage facility, of course, felt terrible and are trying to figure out who did it. Of course, they have a suspicion, but nothing will ever be done about it. The damage isn't that terrible, but it just kills me that it isn't perfect anymore.

I guess we can go into our owner's documents and find the cover's part number, but are we stuck with a scratched up pole sheath? It's already starting to rust a tad where it was scraped, which makes me want to cry! It doesn't seem practical to replace the entire awning, but it looks awful. Is there something we could do to repair the scrape without making it look painted or patched?

Sorry to rant and rave, but we are so proud of our Bambi, and now it seems "used" for the first time.


KY Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2004, 08:26 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
MaShep's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 299
Images: 9
Will the storage facility pay for the repairs?

Cheers, Linda
MaShep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2004, 08:35 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
jjonesnc's Avatar
Cary , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 156
Images: 8
Send a message via Yahoo to jjonesnc
people different from us...........

Thats a great reflection of our society.
If I had hurt bambi, or caddy, or old clunky for that matter I would not be able to just drive away....the world has gotten alot more disrepctful.......but alas they are different from us....
jjonesnc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2004, 08:43 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Tinsel Loaf's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 790
I know how you feel. Our Brand New Classic bashed in on our first outing by a hit and run. The heart ache is almost too much. Why don't the people that do these things fess up. Hope you can get it repaired without to much hassle.
Tinsel Loaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2004, 09:01 PM   #5
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,326
I feel for you....I've been there. Glad to hear that the sheet metal was not damaged. A lens or a pod can be replaced very easy, but the skin is a PITA and not cheap.
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2004, 09:17 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
Cedars's Avatar
1983 31' Excella
Waterloo , Iowa
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 355
Kentucky Girl, is your awning a Zip Dee? If so, you can order a new support from them. Guess I'll have to expose my ignorance here, when you're talking about awning pole, I'm thinking awning suport, the piece that is attached to the coach body?

Elizabeth in Iowa
The carpeting is gone! The carpeting is gone! Long live the cork floor!
Cedars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2004, 05:18 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
luckydc's Avatar
Richmond , Virginia
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 219
Images: 19

Sorry to hear about your baby. I can only imagine. Thank goodness it was not terminal! Your experience affirms my decisison to widen my drive, at the expense of the lawn and a tree, in order to keep my girl at home where I can keep my eye on her!

Don't think of her as "used" now; but, rather, "seasoned" or "expereinced." Life is about surviving the bumps and bruises!

WBCCI #2468
2006 Ford F-150 Lariart 4X4
2004 19' Bambi Safari LS
luckydc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2004, 07:58 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 103
Thanks for the sympathy

In answer to a few of your questions....

No, the facility makes you sign a paper releasing them from any responsibility. The owner (me) assumes the risk.

The awning is a ZipDee, and the part that's scuffed is the metal part that's exposed once the awning is completely up and tucked away. I think it has the screws in it that are used to adjust the awning height. I'm sure there's a part number I can order, I just have to get busy and do it.

I agree, there's no way I'd do damage to someone's camper (car, bike, trash can, etc.) and not own up to it. It's a shame people are like that. We can't wait to get a place where we can park our baby so it's safe from clowns like that. Oh well...maybe next year...

Thanks again,

KY Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2004, 08:05 PM   #9
Rivet Master
RoadKingMoe's Avatar
2001 34' Limited
The State of , Ohio
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,605
Images: 23
If your trailer insurance covers it, take it to Jackson Center and have it fixed right.
RoadKingMoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2004, 09:44 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
campcollector's Avatar
2003 19' Bambi
Lincoln City , Oregon
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 314
Images: 21
Smile Always a brite side.

Sorry to rant and rave, but we are so proud of our Bambi, and now it seems "used" for the first time.

Hey don't feel bad things could be alot worse.

Would you care to trade your bambi for mine.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	my pictures0003.jpg
Views:	665
Size:	86.8 KB
ID:	5211  
"No good dent goes unpunished."
campcollector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2004, 06:02 AM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
Pick's Avatar
1972 31' Sovereign
High Springs , Florida
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,310
Images: 36
Send a message via AIM to Pick
I feel your pain, Cherie. I pulled my Airstream down here to Florida, and on I95 in South Carolina, I hit a "road gator". It was lying across my lane and the break down lane. With a tractor trailer right next to me, I had nowhere to go. It dented the right front corner "banana wrap", bad. I have procured a replacement banana wrap segment form Bob's RV Salvage in High Springs, Fl.
2003 GMC 2500HD 4X4 D/A Ext. Cab
Propane Powered Honda EU2000i
Lots of Hot Sauce!
Air # 283
WBCCI 1350
Pick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2004, 09:07 AM   #12
3 Rivet Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 103
Re: Always a brite side.

Originally posted by campcollector

Hey don't feel bad things could be alot worse.

Would you care to trade your bambi for mine.

Oh my GOSH!! You're right...I AM feeling a lot better!

KY Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2004, 09:13 AM   #13
Rivet Master
Sneakinup's Avatar
1977 31' Sovereign
Tampa Bay , ^
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 696
Images: 117

That has to hurt! Sorry you had to suffer from some jerk that didn't have the decency to admit they hit your trailer.

Just last week someone was wandering around my property, my trailer specifically, and stole 2 of my freshwater hoses. They took the time to disconnect it from the trailer and my house and make off with it, and while they were at it, picked up a shovel that my neighbor left in his backyard. It isn't the cost of the hoses that bother me as much as the fact that someone was casing my home. In 9 years of living here, nothing has ever happened here. Sometimes I fear what this world is coming to.
My 77 Sovereign Renovation
Out in the woods, or in the city, It's all the same to me.
When I'm drivin' free, the world's my home....When I'm mobile.

Sneakinup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2004, 12:13 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
silverlassie's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 51
So sorry to hear it

I work in the Criminal Justice field and I constantly have to remind myself that for every disrespectful self-centered jerk there are hundreds of wonderful caring people, kinda puts things into perspective sometimes. Thank goodness they didn't damage the aluminum skin...
Hang in there, you and your Bambi have a lot of memories to make.


silverlassie is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.