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Old 08-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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TV sorrow.

Just when your happy life throws a curve ball. We just had a fabulous trip in our F350 after new shocks, a/c repair and wd tuned in to the sweet spot. So excited and planning fall and spring travel. That was until hubby walks out from work to find the driver seat burnt, cab filled with smoke and liner melted all over the other seats. Now 3 days later still waiting on someone to come look at it in person. All I want to do is go camping. If you look from the outside it looks so perfect but just pitiful when you open the doors. Now in limbo.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Argh! I feel for you. Do you mean you never got out with the trailer after fixing up the TV? BUmmer.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Don't Give Up

Call the dealer, call the people who did your last repair - which is probably where they wired in the fire starter, get a police report on the damage - and see if they have a CSI who can tell you how the fire started, call your insurance company (perhaps you have rental truck coverage until yours is repaired), call your friends and see if someone will rent or loan you a tow vehicle.

Know anyone who owns a construction company? They might not let you use a vehicle, but you might be able to get them to take you to a rally in exchange for food and lodging and a great long weekend.

Are you a member of WBCCI, etc. Anyone in your unit willing to help? Ditto for any of the forum members. You might have to have the Airstream towed to a nice camping spot then go visit it on weekends, or if all else fails put it in the driveway and camp there (invite the neighbors so they don't report you to the zoning wonks.)

WAH! I do know how you feel. Pray they fix it fast or total it.

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Old 08-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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The fire was just in the seats. Looks like the lumbar. We did get to enjoy our trip before it happened and trailer is happily safe a home. Really sad part is they are talking about totaling it. I can't believe it, an 01 with just rolling 200000.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Whoa!!!

In the HOT SEAT? Lumbar with heat???? Sounds like the power relay stuck?!?!?!
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Well the inspector says it's a total. So she has had her last trip. All because a burnt seat. So now the search begins for a tow vehicle. I hate shopping for a vehicle.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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You could buy the salvage back from the insurance and fix it yourself.

It would have a salvage title, and likely never be eligible for full coverage again, but you would could get liability.


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Old 08-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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The inspector thinks it will be more than $12,000 to restore so not sure that is going to be an options.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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Keep in mind the inspector has to price the repairs new from Ford and has to assume the worst case scenario in all cases. I'd take it to the dealer and pay them $100 to go over it and identify/eliminate the culprit, then buy the truck back from the insurance company with a fraction of the money they give you for it and replace the interior from a salvage yard.

You likely know the little problems/annoyances of the truck and could fix every one of them and have thousands left over from the check they cut you.

There's a particular individual on this board that could hop in with some very timely help, but I'll let him speak up if he chooses so as to not steal his thunder.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Well.. Sorry to hear the news..

Just wanted to add that inspector/appraisers are obligated to price/value repairs with all new everything and restored to condition equal or better than pre-accident.. If your standards are more flexible, you might find in larger city a body shop or upholstery shop that could replace the seats and carpet and liner and some wiring for less.. Might still have smoky barbecue smell for a while, but if remainder of truck mechanically solid and reliable, I'd at least get an estimate based on used seats from salvage yard.. You may not get much truck for what they offer you either...
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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My insurance carrier adjuster said that after 100,000 miles on the odometer, they would use only used or foreign parts for a repair. However, that is not written in my policy, so they ate a new front end after a minor accident involving the front axle.

So, carefully read your policy to see what the fine print says for vehicles over a certain milage. That tidbit could also color the amount of the "totaled" check.
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Photo looks like spontaneous human combustion to me. Are you sure you were not sitting there?
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I expect that the entire wiring is fried including the computer which is why they totaled it. Probably isn't worth the effort to rewire the entire truck. Better to let it go and find another one. Look for a newer truck that is just coming off a lease. Most have less than 30,000 miles with full warranty but have the 1-2 years of depreciation off the price. The new Fords have a much better tranny and alot more power than your 2001. Just take the insurance money and run.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #14
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Well they did not total her but gave a great payout and I was able sell her to someone willing to do the work themselves so she will live on. As for us we were able to hunt down a nice 01 Excursion in good shape with the 7.3 diesel. This will be great as I have 2 growing boys and 2 dogs so they are all looking forward to a trip this fall.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:13 PM   #15
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Great truck and great engine. We love our 04. Hope you guys love it half as much as I do!

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Well they did not total her but gave a great payout and I was able sell her to someone willing to do the work themselves so she will live on. As for us we were able to hunt down a nice 01 Excursion in good shape with the 7.3 diesel. This will be great as I have 2 growing boys and 2 dogs so they are all looking forward to a trip this fall.
Glad it all worked out for you. We picked up our 27FB two years ago and then had to get a TV. Picked a 2002 Excursion with a 7.3. Couldn't be happier. Went to Disney (Anaheim) Christmas of 2011 with the whole family +1 (7 people) and were very comfy. We bought ours with 195K on the clock and are now up to 225K. Doesn't use oil, runs like a top. Added a DP Tuner and Pyrometer guage for pulling up hills and engine braking down hills. The only real issue is the brakes. I splurged with aftermarket slotted rotors and ceramic pads. Worked GREAT for 15K miles then warped. If you need new brakes go with Bendix Heavy Duty (for ambulances etc). These seem to work just as good and are straight so far. Last time I took the Excursion to the garage the owner said he had 3 customers asking if it was for sale. No way! Welllll maybe if someone would pay 60K so I could buy a brand new burb or F350 with magical "TOW" buttons. - Brad
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Congrats! We love our '02 Excursion with the mere 5.4L V8 engine, and it tows our 25' Excella very well... We traded up (bought used in 2005) from a mid-90's Suburban, and were glad to get the extra comfortable seats, airbags, etc., along with extra power and heft.. As we now say, the Excursion is great for those times "when a Suburban just isn't big enough.. " Our only problem is unkind looks in parking lots from all the Prius and Tesla drivers.. Oh well...
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Congrats! We love our '02 Excursion with the mere 5.4L V8 engine, and it tows our 25' Excella very well... We traded up (bought used in 2005) from a mid-90's Suburban, and were glad to get the extra comfortable seats, airbags, etc., along with extra power and heft.. As we now say, the Excursion is great for those times "when a Suburban just isn't big enough.. " Our only problem is unkind looks in parking lots from all the Prius and Tesla drivers.. Oh well...
Just tell them you're helping to keep demand up and prices down. Does that fuzzy math work out? I saw a window sticker that said "Buy a hybrid, I need the gas!"
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