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Old 10-26-2010, 08:48 AM   #43
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I am posting the flyer I put together with the details on my 72 Tradewind. It may help as a template for a flyer that you can put together on your unit. Bottom line is a stolen Airstream doesn't look any different than a legit unit. Once it is pulled away from your site and the thief puts another license plate on it the only way it can be detected is by someone with a sharp eye spotting it. This is probably a good case for the WBCCI numbers on the unit. I really wish the forum would start a new forum on STOLEN AIRSTREAMS. The best person to spot an Airstream is an Airstream owner. And if anybody that steals one goes out looking for parts or tries to sell it then the Airstream Community can check that forum and see what's been stolen.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:46 AM   #44
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Correct me if I am wrong but since I have belonged to the forums I have read about several of these airstreams being stolen in states that border the Gulf or the Ocean. I honestly feel there maybe a theft ring that is sending them over seas. I feel they would be worth more if they were sold to over seas customers. They do it with cars, boats and other items. Why not airstreams.

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Old 10-27-2010, 07:50 AM   #45
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I think that a new forum on stolen Airstreams sounds like a great idea.
Thanks for posting your flyer.

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Old 10-27-2010, 12:10 PM   #46
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Stolen airstream info

The police officer working on my cases is very interested in speaking with anyone else who has had theirs stolen. He would like to join forces with the other detectives. At least he is taking this seriously and offering to help. If you have had your trailer stolen please email me or contact Jessie Guerra III at the San Marcos TX police dept. jguerra@sanmarcostx.gov my case number is 10-79743. I will be uploading a flyer soon with identifying features etc. PLEASE I NEED TO BRING HER HOME!
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:58 AM   #47
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I think the reason Airstreams are a hot target for theft is for the stainless steel. My 77 Ford 350 box truck was selected by the theives out of about 7 vehicles because of the big aluminum box on the back. They had already hit it earlier and took the copper-brass radiator out of it.

Before the economy tanked, aluminum was worth about 80 cents a pound, copper over $3 a pound, etc. I don't know what stainless was going for but since it's heavy it's attractive to them.

Metal theft is so bad they will even take steel. At one point, a large car from the 50s or 60s would bring almost $800 for scrap (In fact, I purchased a 1962 Mercury Monterry station wagon for $800 a couple of years ago, which was what it would have brought for scrap).

Trust me, it's alot easier to cut it up into a unrecognizable pile of junk and sell it quick than it is to shop a hot trailer. Here in El Paso the cops watch the scrapyards but it's hard to tell what something was when it's been cut up.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:15 AM   #48
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I think the reason Airstreams are a hot target for theft is for the stainless steel.
There is not any appreciable amount of stainless steel in a vintage Airstream. The skin is aluminum, the floor is wood and the frame is steel.

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You will never know if your outfit was heisted by Mexicans or low life El Paso trash of some other variety, but in either case, you can hope for a plague on their family.
Well, I sure hope we don't have any readers who live in Mexico who read this forum.

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Old 10-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #49
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I doubt any of this has to do with scrap metal or hunting cabins. There is more $ to be made, after the effort and risk of the theft, in the illicit peddling of a vintage American travel trailer, quite likely out of country. Forget the local cops- this might be better investigated by looking at recent shipping manifests for container ships out of, for example, Galveston. I hope I am completely wrong and that all of you with stolen rigs get them back SOON! The rest of us might want to get comprehensive/theft insurance, it's not very expensive.
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I've not been on the forum that long, but is there ANY record of a stolen trailer being recovered and returned to the grieving owners?
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #51
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I read about someone in Washington state who's Rig was stolen, insurance paid out, and the rig was recovered later. It had been made into a crackhouse, noticable by the chemical odors left over. I don't recall if they fixed it up or got rid of it but this is the only time I have heard of an Airstream being recovered.
I wouldn't be suprised if someone is setting these up as crackhouses or rentals on someones back 40.
In my area you can get $1000.00 a month for a stationary 28 footer.

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Old 10-28-2010, 12:58 PM   #52
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We do camp hosting up north and have had the cops remove a lot of trailers with "that smell". They have to bring in the hasmat crew before they're moved. I would not want one of those trailers returned if I had it stolen.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:06 AM   #53
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it is interesting the number of trailers stolen in Texas recently (my 72 TW as one). It is also interesting that they all seem to be 70's models.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:33 AM   #54
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AIRSTREAM FOUND!!! My 74 overlander was found about 10 miles from my house. It was in plain sight and I called the cops and its now BACK AT MY PLACE!!!! I am thriilled. they removed the plate and the bumper stickers but my WB number was visible!!! YAYYYYYYYY!!! We are jumping for joy and love you all!!
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:46 AM   #55
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Good for you. That makes my day. Who would have ever thought.

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Old 11-30-2010, 04:02 AM   #56
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Happy for you!!!

Out of curiosity...how did you find it?
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