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Old 09-08-2010, 08:29 PM   #43
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It sounds like the thief planned this well. Have other large items been stolen in the area? Perhaps you could put up fliers in the area to see if any one saw anything unusual. It must have taken some time to cut through chains, hitch it up, and take off with it. I am so sorry!
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:12 PM   #44
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Didn't we (an Air Forum Member) have a 70's Airstream stolen last month?
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:01 PM   #45
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That was my 75 TW. I think it's unrelated though as it was stolen by someone known to me (or so I thought) with a fake check. It's a whole different thing to the different kind of scum who took the AS in Houston.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:52 PM   #46
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This thing is pretty personal. We've spent the last 2 years fixing it up, customizing it, new axles, the works. We might can find another one like it but the memories and sweat equity that went into this one is something I don't want to repeat. I say that to you guys out there that think your trailers are safely locked up. If it's visible from the road and someone can see it then it can be theirs in a matter of minutes. I think the Rhino Boot is a good way to protect it.
Dave I don't know what's worse waving goodbye to a guy that just handed you a fake check or pulling up to a building and seeing the gate wide open and my trailer gone. Either way it's pretty painful. Hopefully these guys will mess up and someone will catch them. Am attaching my stolen flyer again for anyone that may want to send it to a local dealer, repair shop, police department etc.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:39 AM   #47
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What are the old end-cap numbers that are still visible?

I think I see roof-writing in my trailers future.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:05 AM   #48
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I looked at the flyer and see faded WBCCI number remains - what were the numbers? It's not likely they would buff them out...
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:34 PM   #49
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16865 are the old numbers. Other distinguishing items; Street side outer front window broken. There was still broken glass on it but they may remove it making it look ok as the inner glass is good. Propane tanks are grey. Awning (grey outer) doesn't roll all the way up cause it's stiff. Tied up with bungee cord at the front. Also since they don't have keys then I'm assuming they would have to improvise a lock or way to tie door down for travel. Standard 70's style lock was on the trailer but they may improvise. Carrier V Air Conditioner on top, new axles.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:58 PM   #50
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I doubt they'll come this far, but I color printed several copies of your pictures out and will post them at local campgrounds.

If I spot the thing - I'll call you and the police - and slit the valve stems to immobilize the unit!

I also learned the hard way NEVER let your coverage lapse even if the unit is stored - between thieves and hail storms - there is too much that can go wrong. I'd stake the guy out in the desert and let the rattlers git him - but in virginia were a bit short of deserts. Got a swamp called the Great Dismal - with water moccasins that'll do in a pinch though.

Hope you catch the thieves. Paula
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:08 PM   #51
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Rich Hog..

Hey Rich Hog,

Was this off Shepard just north of Washington Ave? Is it the one that has a sailboat sitting by it? (just south of the Caddillac Bar?)

I looked at it all of the time as I have to go to River Oaks everyday from the Woodlands. I totally feel your pain, I had a 30' Avion stolen once never to be found. I think trailer are so easy to change numbers on or fabricate an identity

Like I say, I feel for you brudda....
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:23 PM   #52
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Rich,

I am so sorry this happened to you. I know you put so much work in it. What a heart-breaker!

I sure hope you get it back, and it is not badly damaged.

This makes me kind of nervous about mine. It sits unattended in an open storage lot out in the country, with just a small hitch lock on it.

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Old 09-09-2010, 09:43 PM   #53
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Yeah SafariSS that was it. Just too much exposure there on Shepherd. And not enough protection on it. Keep your eyes open it's out there somewhere.

You're right David. Took a stock 70s Tradewind and upgraded it, had just put in new axles, shocks and aluminum splash guard. A thief doesn't deserve this.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:46 PM   #54
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Everyone help?

Hi RichHog -

I am very sorry to hear about your temporary loss of a beautiful Airstream - keeping a positive attitude that you will see her again soon.

To help I've emailed Iowa's Airstream dealers to keep their eyes open.
USAdventuresRV, FogdallsRV, ShorewoodRV, and CampingWorld.

Please will everyone else do the same? It will keep a shorter list for RichHog to contact...
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Howdy!

Rick sorry for your loss, I hate a theft. What you mentioned about a deer lease could very well happen as hunting season is approaching. A friend and I look a some property for sale last year in the Texas hill country. The property had previously been use as hunting leases. On the property was about a dozen RV's some in very good condition. We asked about the RV's an they stated that they belonged to the hunters that had the lease before the property went up for sale, and the hunters had abandoned them (Use them like you stole them). They will more than likely be left for the new owners of the property to deal with.

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:54 PM   #56
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Yeah the deer lease thing scares me cause if the trailer is off the road then it doesn't need registration or repair and no one would know that it's stolen. At least with an Airstream it's shiny and would be visible in the sun.
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