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Old 12-31-2014, 08:31 AM   #435
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Yes indeed, very fortunate you were ahead of the shrapnel and not behind it. I probably would have slowed and not accelerated as my normal reaction to an explosion. Good call on your part. I hope the toy hauler did not sustain too much damage. Avoidance of catastrophic tire failures has been explored extensively in these Forums. It would be interesting to do a tire failure analysis on the toy hauler. Dry rot, under inflated, over loaded, puncture, etc.

Let's all keep properly maintained tires on our Airstreams. Your new 16" heavy duty tires on New Lucy is about the best a guy can do.

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Old 12-31-2014, 09:36 AM   #436
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Yes indeed, very fortunate you were ahead of the shrapnel and not behind it. I probably would have slowed and not accelerated as my normal reaction to an explosion. Good call on your part. I hope the toy hauler did not sustain too much damage. Avoidance of catastrophic tire failures has been explored extensively in these Forums. It would be interesting to do a tire failure analysis on the toy hauler. Dry rot, under inflated, over loaded, puncture, etc.

Let's all keep properly maintained tires on our Airstreams. Your new 16" heavy duty tires on New Lucy is about the best a guy can do.

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I sure hope so, David. After my early tire failure experiences with Old Lucy, I am very gun shy in the tire department.

Why I decided to gun Olivia, as opposed to hitting the brakes, I have no idea. I sure am glad that I made that choice because had I hit the brakes, I am sure that New Lucy would have sustained significant damage. I saw some fairly large pieces of debris being blown off the toy hauler.

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Old 12-31-2014, 10:43 AM   #437
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Thankya moosetags. I had not thought of raising the hitch head first. I had been keeping my bars as loose as they would go and then "forcing" the stinger into the hitch. I have tried adjusting the hitch head angle with the bars. Raising the hitch head would help the thing swallow the stinger. I'll try it next time I'm in this situation. I still struggle at times getting hitched up on uneven surfaces.

Yep, Lucy will like supple gaskets to keep her dry in a driving rain.

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After reading about it in the Forum, we purchased a digital angle gauge. Zero it out, place it on the stinger, measure the angle, zero it out again, place it on the hitch on the TT, match the angle of the stinger by moving the jacks on the PP and -- like magic -- no problem hitching up on uneven surfaces. Stinger slides right in to the hitch. Cost is around $30 and well worth it.

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Old 12-31-2014, 11:43 AM   #438
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After reading about it in the Forum, we purchased a digital angle gauge. Zero it out, place it on the stinger, measure the angle, zero it out again, place it on the hitch on the TT, match the angle of the stinger by moving the jacks on the PP and -- like magic -- no problem hitching up on uneven surfaces. Stinger slides right in to the hitch. Cost is around $30 and well worth it.

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Thanks for the great tip. I've been lining the Hensley up by eye. I just ordered a digital angle gauge on Amazon.

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Speeding up is a good plan when you hear a big bang. If you have had a tire blow, speeding up a bit will help keep the trailer going straight and once that occurs, you can slow down gradually. The problem is to teach yourself to increase speed carefully and not do the thing your gut tells you to do and stand on the brakes.

Glad to hear you didn't sustain any damage and the guy with the toy hauler stopped safely.

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That was our lucky day, Gene.

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Lucky Day

Brian, Glad to hear no damage!
We made it to and returned from IL. with new truck and have named it Beast.

Now waiting for the dealer to tell me when to come get the Airstream. Waiting for bike rack
It's name will be Feather.

I'm now shopping for trailer insurance, any hints.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:10 PM   #442
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Hi Fred. Of course, we need to see a picture of Beast.

As to insurance, I shop it every couple of years. I have always gotten the best rate from Allstate with my vehicle insurance.

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Brian, Introducing the Beast!
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That is one cool guy, a Denali no less. May you have many great Airstream adventures with Beast.

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I have insurance that I got through Good Sam—they referred me to GMAC, but now the company has a name like National General. Start with Good Sam and work your way through the name stuff. They allow me to cancel part of the coverage when we are not using the trailer—like collision and liability. It saves me a lot of money. When I forget to change it in the fall and call them months later, they backdate it and send me a check. They also had replacement coverage.

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New Lucy is all packed-up and ready to hook-up. We spent all day today getting her loaded for the trip. Lucy is headed to Jacksonville for about two weeks. The weather has gotten better. It is only going down to 58 tonight. We have not bothered to defrost the refrigerator. Even after being on steadily since October, there is not enough frost to make defrosting worthwhile.

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It's neat your fridge isn't all frosted up even in the Florida humidity. Our new Dometic is frosted up after 3 weeks of use. Maybe the new Airstreams have better fridges now.

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New Lucy's refrigerator does seem to do better in the area of frost accumulation in the freezer. It's a noticeable improvement over Old Lucy (2005 25FB).

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