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Old 12-07-2008, 09:26 PM   #41
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We feel for your loss of your beautiful trailer... Good luck and keep the faith that you'll get it back unharmed...my guess (and hope) is that they won't get far with it because it's the kind of trailer people will notice. We'll sure keep an eye out. We hope they get caught and the book thrown at them!
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #42
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Two suggestions - first, if you had anything inside the trailer with separate value on its own - Honda generator, new fridge, etc., it'll be worth keeping an eye out for those things separately on Craigslist + eBay. Those would be easy to pull out and sell off quickly if they're parting it out.

The other thing I'd try and do is take a drive in several directions from your home and fine where the nearby security cameras are that would have a shot of those routes. Could be a bank drive-thru or parking lot camera, but with something as unique as this trailer... a friendly manager, armed with a specific segment of time provided by you, *could* theoretically determine what kind of car was used to steal it, and maybe even get a license plate number.

If you're near an interstate or tollway too, that could be another method with good, well-aimed cameras that would've picked up license plate info. Even if the truck was stolen too, you'll increase the chances of connecting some dots.

Best of luck, and we all have a pit in our stomachs just thinking about your situation.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:58 PM   #43
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Hi Guys, I am down in Auburn, WA. This may be a little late in thinking but is there any way to let the Canadian border patrols know about it? They do typically search every single one that goes through the borders. I will also keep my eye out down here. This just sucks. It sucks outloud.

I also wouldn't think it would be loaded that quickly for an overseas shipment. I would be more concerned with northern borders than anything, seconded closely by aluminum recycling, but with prices these days I am doubting that too.

That really is a bold move for that area.
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:12 PM   #44
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Here are a couple of other resources:


Anthony Damata's Global Craigslist Search Engine


The second one shows serial numbers of vehicles reported stolen or totalled, as of a couple of minutes ago, your trailer is not shown:

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/ni.../vincheck.html


I'll watch for somebody trying to sell this trailer to us at our shop...
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:07 PM   #45
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There were two locks on the tongue. A Universal trailer lock (big yellow lock that goes in place of the ball) and a smaller coupler lock. Both were removed easily with bolt cutters. I've linked to photos of the locks at West Marine's website:

West Marine: Universal Trailer Lock Product Display

West Marine: Brass Coupler Lock Product Display

An experience from another trailer being stolen (a cargo trailer from work) is that no matter how many locks or chains or bight lights there are - if they want it bad enough, they're going to get it. IF we get the trailer back (and I definitely hope we do) or get another, we will be looking at high tech protection for it- such as Lojack.

Thanks for all your support and advice on this thread as well as some PM's today. They all really help. We spent five long months last winter doing a shell off-restoration of it. I would have never had the courage to tackle such a big project without the wisdom and resources that we've found on this forum.

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:12 PM   #46
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Ryan and Katie,
As I read this post I am SICKENED by the thought of someone stealing your beauty. I will certainly keep my eyes peeled down California way as I am planning some winter camping in the coming weeks. Don't give up hope, with the great group we have here on the forums and all of the dedicated aluminatics searching nationwide, chances are good that it may be recovered. Please keep us posted.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:39 PM   #47
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This really *$%%#% me off! I have a Safari I spent two years restoring and two Boles-Aeros from the 50s I am restoring. I live in a remote area in Eastern Washington and I am always worried about someone getting my babies. I am shocked that the ball hitch lock did not work as that is what I use and they are not cheap. Now what do we do do to protect ourselves? How do we protect our investments when we are in a strange camp ground and we want to go somewhere all day? I will keep on looking in all the local papers and the Spokane Creg's List.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:45 PM   #48
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check this out, very interesting, own power source, relatively inexpensive with no monthly costs, anyone heard of this company? So many I looked at were a grand, or at least 500 bucks plus monthly fees more than cable tv. This seems to be pay when you need to access..
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:27 AM   #49
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hmmm, I can see how a bolt cutter could get to these. I have one of these
Overton's - Gorilla Guard Trailer Lock
for my boat.. I'll be looking for one for my trailers. In my opinon, these would be very hard to get off, they don't have any outside purchase that a bolt cutter could get too.

Bummer we have to think about this.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:17 AM   #50
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:53 AM   #51
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So did this happen in your driveway, while you were home, or from an unattended storage facility, or what? The Gorilla Guard lock mentioned here might thwart thieves with a bolt cutter, but I guess truly determined and inventive vermin could figure out a way to still haul it off. I will certainly be on the lookout for your beautiful trailer, I can't imagine it staying anonymous for long and I bet someone spots it. Best of luck!
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:04 AM   #52
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They would have to have gone down California Ave. to get to I-5, depending when the
coach was jacked, WSDOT cameras might have caught it heading towards the Canadian
border. What is that, a three hour drive? We grew up down the street, we're blown away.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:32 AM   #53
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I belong to a irrigation forum, nationwide. Is there a way I could post the pics of the
stolen coach on that forum? I have a MacBook.
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The trailer was parked in its pad, on our property. The spot is parallel to the alley that runs behind the house. We were home and recently asleep when we think it was taken. (We've got a 7 week old baby and catch our zzz's quickly these days.) One of our alley neighbors heard a scraping sound around 11:30 pm Saturday and thought it was someone dragging around garbage cans. Turns out what she probably heard were the stabilizer jacks scraping on the gravel/concrete as the trailer was pulled away.

Mike, you're more than welcome to pull the photos off our original post if you can. We'd be glad to email them to you directly if that doesn't work.

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:21 PM   #55
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Stopped by to check on progress... You all are still in our thoughts.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:12 PM   #56
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:04 PM   #57
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So sorry to here about your loss. Have you contacted the TV stations. Your Airstream is so beautiful that they may take it as a human interest story. I'm sure people noticed your cutey going down the street with the stabilizer bars dragging. At least you would have a direction that it was taken. Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #58
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Here's another idea that may work...

Depending on which part of Metro Seattle you live in, it may be possible to work around Seattle main airport restricted area and charter a single engine plane and instructor (preferably a high-wing Cessna from Cessna Dealer/Pilot Center..) and fly search patterns from 3,000 to 4,000' altitude on clear day.. Maybe a plane owning Forum member could be of assistance? You'd be astounded how much area you can cover, and how easy spotting a shiny Airstream is, and for approx $120 you could have several sets of eyes cover hundreds of square miles. Hard to get within 20 miles of Sea Tac, however, without special permissions and good pilot to negotiate access. If some worthless Meth Head took it for $$, then it probably isn't locked in a garage, and it might be within 100 miles. If it went into Canada (and they're not checking title/legal owner permission like they used to..) it may be much harder to get back. If it fit into shipping container, it will be real hard to find.. Sorry for loss
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Condoluminium,

That sounds like a great idea, but we're in West Seattle, well within that 20 mile radius to the airport.

Blue Pearl,

I did send a message to KOMO this morning hoping for a response. Haven't heard anything yet.

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Here are a couple of other resources:

The second one shows serial numbers of vehicles reported stolen or totalled, as of a couple of minutes ago, your trailer is not shown:

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/ni.../vincheck.html


I'll watch for somebody trying to sell this trailer to us at our shop...
Overlander63,

Thanks for the heads up on the vincheck. We've got it listed now, so hopefully that will help.

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