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Old 08-27-2010, 04:03 PM   #15
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That stinks. And to think that you personally knew him. Hopefully the outcome will be good., Susan
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Off to Houston area tomorrow I'll be on alert! What was his tow vehicle again?
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #17
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Be sure your vin number gets posted here Dave:
https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck
This web site has been circulated on the forums prior.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:47 PM   #18
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Dave - very sorry to hear about this. It's unfortunate people in this world take advantage of others. You may also want to contact border authorities as well as police departments along the border (Laredo, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, etc.) so that they are on the lookout.
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Dave I'm new to the Airstream community and recently bought my first one. If Airstream dealers are anything like Bobcat dealers they check the serial numbers of units that come in for repair to see if they are stolen. You might want to let your local dealer know that happened maybe they can post it on their network. Sooner or later it just might cross a dealership for repair.
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So Sorry to hear your story. I previously posted the following address for a search engine that encompasses all ebay and craigslist listings. Maybe it will be of some help in your search. Good luck!!!

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Old 08-27-2010, 08:04 PM   #21
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He forgot he was in Texas...

We are all on the look out. If we catch him.....it is Texas after all....
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:08 PM   #22
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Another awful break, Dave! We're heading for east Texas tomorrow to visit the family. We'll keep an eye out for it. Get those pictures posted! What year is the trailer?

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Old 08-27-2010, 09:45 PM   #23
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Sorry for your loss....what a dirtbag of a guy to do that. You might also keep an eye out for parts showing up on eBay and Craigslist. My '56 was stolen and gutted. I then got the trailer back and had pretty much all the info I needed to prove who did it and the police did nothing. I looked into the homeowners possibly covering it and they said no. I to had dropped coverage because the trailer was in a secured storage.

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If he was a "friend" for a couple of years, surely you know of someone, a girlfriend or someone in his circle.
I guess he plans on converting it into quick cash, not camping in it.
I'd call a private detective asap. No idea how to find a good and reputable private detective though.
Just not sure the police would get excited enough about this. Just another stolen vehicle to those guys.
if you find the bast@rd castrate him.

Obviously we're all behind you on recovery.
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If the trailer ever turns up you can get it back. It's still yours. Don't be afraid to report him to the police and take every step to get the crook and get your trailer back. If it turns out to be a mistake you can always back off. The longer it is missing the less likely you will get it back.

The good side is in this day of internet equipped cop cars they do a LOT of license plate checks. Phonies turn up very easily. If it is on the road or in a camp ground there is an excellent chance of getting it back.

Of course if he has sold it, he did not tell the buyer it was stolen and when he goes to register it there you are.
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Itb really saddens me to hear this story. To do that to a friend is just inexcusable. Weren't there any strangers for him to scam? Dope dealers are higher in the food chain than this guy.

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What year is your Tradewind? Since I own one in the same configuration here in Houston (mine 72) will keep an eye out for it if it comes south. It amazes me how clever people can be at ripping honest people off. Sounds like a pro on the check fraud so I would imagine he will be clever in his moves. Airstreams going down the road get noticed. Hopefully he'll screw up and you'll get your baby back.
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i would notify those 'title clearing' services in case he tries to get a new title for it.
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