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Old 08-06-2020, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hail damage

Just curious, for those who have several years of traveling, what do you think the percentage is of those who get hail damage on AS?

Second, will insurance cover the damage?

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Old 08-06-2020, 07:10 PM   #2
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Collision and comp will cover hail damage. Florida, and the Gulf coast has modest to high risk of hail. Not as high as West Texas and up through tornado alley but still high. If you took no steps to avoid hail, I venture to guess the risk is about the same as home roof experience. Here in Louisiana it about once every 18-25 years. Fortunately you can cover up making it rare. If you don't have a cover and you know damaging hail is on the way, thick blankets makes a huge difference.

On the road be aware that except for tropical storms, weather in the US goes west to east, so traveling east you can avoid weather by watching the forecast and either out running it or waiting back. East to west or north south is a bit trickier, unless you are willing to turn back. taking refuge under a gas station awning is an option.
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Old 08-06-2020, 07:13 PM   #3
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I've been hailed on three times. My Airstream has dents from the windows up. I get used to them. Hail is the bain of Airstream ownership. I stupidity drove into a thunderstorm instead of staying put. With modern "i thingies" a guy can get good radar reports and storm tracks like a good pilot does. Then a guy and avoid them. I have a few dents maybe 1" in diameter and maybe 1/4" deep. I have many more little dents.

You can insure anything. Their actuaries know the chance of an Airstream getting hailed on, or catching fire, or getting stolen, or t-boned in an intersection. Check your policy or agent about hail damage coverage. Repairing hail damage on an Airstream is very expensive and in many cases requires new exterior skins on top. I've tried "paint-less dent repair" techniques to no avail. The glue pucks don't stick well enough for me, suction didn't work at all, dry ice didn't work either. Maybe removing the interior and trying to roll the dents would work reasonably well. I read some folks have success with this technique.

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Old 08-06-2020, 07:33 PM   #4
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Totaled our 27FB in Dallas TX due to hail!
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Old 08-06-2020, 09:57 PM   #5
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The used 2004 Safari we got came with some hail dings, so we are used to them. Still, I wouldn't want to get hit with any more!
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:12 PM   #6
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Another option is to paint it white and put a Titleist logo on it .
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:00 PM   #7
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At home our AS is housed in it's own building at our farm. So, if it is hailed on while we are home that's my fault. Traveling is another ballgame that I have little control over. Sure, I watch the weather but doesn't always work. We don't travel the midwest during the storm season. So, if we get hailed on there's nothing I can do about it. The AS belongs to the Insurance company at that point. No use losing sleep over it.

Years ago we were attending an aircraft owners convention in Durango, Colorado. There was a class on HowTo Crash An Airplane. I'll never forget what the instructor told us. "When the engine stops in flight your airplane is a company plane belonging to the Insurance company. The only thing you as a pilot worry about is how to crash it and walk away from it alive."

Although I don't want my AS to be hailed on but if that happens during our travels there's nothing that I can do about. It belongs to the Insurance.
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