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Old 12-11-2006, 11:17 PM   #1
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We rolled our 06 28 CCD

I want to share some sad news. On my way home from my birthday trip to my daughter Kristin's in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, my girlfriend June and I had an accident on I-5 at Mount Shasta and rolled our 06 28 CCD Airstream "Arabesque". June was driving, we passed a semi on a moderate downhill, hit the side draft, continued to gain speed and started to fishtail. In the panic of the moment, I forgot to reach across and activate the trailer brake - regular braking just made things worse.

Arabesque spun us around and rolled on her side, then righted herself coming to rest on the shoulder. 3 semis stopped behind us on the freeway and formed a safety screen until the CHP arrived with flares. We're shaken, upset but physically OK - a miracle that there are no injuries, the truck had $8500 damage to the rear but was drivable and the trailer is totaled. We took 4 hours the next day and emptied everything out and left her in a wrecking yard in Weed. I was planning to move in December 1 for a trial at living in her full time.

A full month later, she has been hauled to my dealer (Toscano RV) and my insurance has agreed with the service manager that she is not repairable. We're still waiting for information from State Farm as to how she will be replaced. 6 months old in pristine condition, I am curious to see how they will try to "replace" her

I want to encourage you all to practice using your emergency trailer brake so that it becomes an automatic reflex. When an accident happens, our normal thinking stops and we need to rely on practiced reflexive behavior.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:26 PM   #2
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David, our hearts are with you. That is truly a beautiful trailer, and we hope you are able to get the compensation you need to replace her. Grateful that you are both ok, but very sad for your loss, and the trauma you experienced.
We'll take your words to heart, and practice emergency procedures and maneuvers.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:26 PM   #3
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David and June,
The trailer can be replaced and the truck can be repaired. The important thing here is that nobody was hurt.
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I'm so sorry,
And glad you're all ok
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:28 PM   #5
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Thtat's awful about the Airstream, but great news that ya'll were not hurt. You are 100 percent correct about practicing with the manual control on the trailer brake. I try to use it regularly to get a good feel for it.
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Curious if you're comfortable sharing more information on your configuration for learning purposes. what type of hitch? stock drums vs. disc brakes on trailer? road condition? weather condition? gas vs. diesel truck? if diesel, using exhaust brake on downhill or free wheeling? thanks in advance and glad to hear that everyone walked away!
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It's good to hear you and June are OK. A real shame about your new A/S though. We've been w/State Farm a number of years now and they have been very good to us with regard to claims, including 3 rather large ones. I hope you will have a positive experience with replacement and are ready to go again soon.

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Old 12-12-2006, 12:47 AM   #8
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David,
I live in Dunsmuir and saw the aftermath of your accident - that is I saw the trailer in the road and the semi's parked around.

I was going up the hill from Dunsmuir to Mount Shasta. My first impulse was to turn around and come to help but I could see that you had plenty of help and didn't want to add to the turmoil.

It was clear from what I saw that there were no serious injuries - the most important thing of course. That is a bad hill as the long down grade with the curve makes it easy to get going too fast - I wouldn't want to try to control a swaying trailer on that hill.

Sorry that mis-fortune had to strike you in our neck of the woods.
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Been there Done something simular. I know how it feels.
The truck and trailer can be repaired/replaced. Glad you are all ok.
I hope you have as good luck with State Farm as I did. They were quick in letting me know what they could do for me, my financial obligations, thierr obligations. They paid fast. I got the check for my truck within a week after totaling and the check for my trailer came in three days.
The amount for my truck was fair. The amount for my trailer was what I needed minus the deductable.
Interestingly enough the Reese guy on VAP 32 said the trailer brakes are not to be used for sway control. In a panic you could lock them up and make the situation worse.
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:47 AM   #10
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Interestingly enough the Reese guy on VAP 32 said the trailer brakes are not to be used for sway control. In a panic you could lock them up and make the situation worse.
Been there, done that back when I delivered travel trailers. Was used to using the manual brake controller to stop sway just starting, but got 'em locked an sliding around one day on wet pavement.

David, I'm very sorry for your loss... but sure glad I'm saying that about "things" and not loved ones!
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Very moving tale, Thankfully your all OK. Hope in the end, it all turns out better for you...
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:30 AM   #12
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Ouch! Glad you're both o.k.
Ask any pilot (and there are a bunch here) about emergency procedures. They are ingrained in our primary training and also when we change aircraft types. Each and every pilot operating handbook comes with a section on EP. Helicopter pilots are the best at this as they fly with the assumption that very, very soon something is going to go wrong in flight.
It's one thing to drive your TV and not feel like you're pulling anything, but being prepared can save your life at best, your prized possessions at least.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:57 AM   #13
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Curious if you're comfortable sharing more information on your configuration for learning purposes. what type of hitch? stock drums vs. disc brakes on trailer? road condition? weather condition? gas vs. diesel truck? if diesel, using exhaust brake on downhill or free wheeling? thanks in advance and glad to hear that everyone walked away!
I was wondering the same thing, according to Davids profile it was an 06 Tundra
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According to Edmonds.com
Cons Lacks serious brawn for towing and hauling, narrow cabin, mediocre seat comfort. At the end of the day, the Tundra still isn't as big and strong as the domestic trucksMaximum

Towing Capacity:6800 lbs.
Payload 1800

Note according to the AS site this TT weight is 7300


I hope he posts again with other info you asked about.

What is most interesting is it rolled and righted itself.
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David,
So glad June and you were OK.

Hope to shake your hand at Burnstream Court 07.

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