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Old 03-12-2004, 09:11 PM   #1
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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.


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Old 03-12-2004, 09:26 PM   #2
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Will the storage facility pay for the repairs?

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Old 03-12-2004, 09:35 PM   #3
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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....
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Old 03-12-2004, 09:43 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 03-12-2004, 10:01 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 03-12-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
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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?

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Old 03-13-2004, 06:18 AM   #7
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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!

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Old 03-13-2004, 08:58 PM   #8
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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,

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If your trailer insurance covers it, take it to Jackson Center and have it fixed right.
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Old 03-13-2004, 10:44 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 03-14-2004, 07:02 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-14-2004, 10:07 AM   #12
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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!

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Old 03-14-2004, 10:13 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 03-14-2004, 01:13 PM   #14
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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.


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