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Old 02-28-2021, 08:47 PM   #1
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Was doing 65 mph in the right lane Westbound I-10 today about mm35 and some mid-20s female tried to park her suv inside my trailer going over 90mph. The ball on the hitch was bent forward with the impact force. Needless to say this was pretty deflating as I was only on day 3 of my adventure and hadn't even gotten out of my home state of FL. This is an '89 Land Yacht "Squarestream" that I had recently acquired at the end of last year. Where would you suggest I attempt to begin seeking someone willing to undertake such a repair? The driver was cited and a police report was filed. So hopefully insurance will pick up some of the cost. Not great beginners luck... any suggestions will be helpful. Currently in the Pensacola area and had fully moved into this trailer to live indefinitely. Thanks in advance- Matt
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:52 PM   #2
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Dang.....Glad you are ok.
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Sorry this happened to you. Glad you're OK.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:54 PM   #4
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Humm.
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Years ago on the forum, there was a member from Texas who spent considerable time and money restoring a Vintage Airstream. A very proud young man he was. He took off across I-10 from Texas headed to Florida. Got tagged on that long bridge (Atchafalaya?) in Louisiana by an 18 wheeler. His was totaled by the insurance folks. Hope you have better results.

There is an Airstream dealer not too far from Pensacola at about mile marker 70 on I-10 as I recall. It's the Ft Walton Beach, Eglin AFB exit. I can't vouch for their service department, but it is an actual dealership. They also have a second place somewhere west of there in Mississippi, I think. Let me see if I can find them.

The WBCCI also a campground somewhere near Pensacola. Lots of Airstream near you right now.


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Old 02-28-2021, 10:07 PM   #6
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https://www.airstreamnwfl.com/

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With a 25 mph difference, the trailer held up pretty well.
I'd call Jackson Center and see if they do older repairs.
I can't see a small dealer knowing how to make it like new. Maybe a place that specialized in classic refurbs like Timeless Travelers?
Is it towable?
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:26 AM   #8
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I can’t tell you much about repairs, but Florida is a no fault state, so things will be interesting. Our experience is that the other driver’s carrier will treat you like dirt, promise you the moon until they get you roped into their repair system. Consider having your company handle the repairs and then subrogate the costs. Your company will probably be stuck with 5% or so, and you might have to pay the deductible (we did on our car but I think we got a refund on it). Good luck!!
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:42 AM   #9
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With a 25 mph difference, the trailer held up pretty well.
I'd call Jackson Center and see if they do older repairs.
I can't see a small dealer knowing how to make it like new. Maybe a place that specialized in classic refurbs like Timeless Travelers?
Is it towable?
Do you mean Timeless Travel Trailers in Denver? Think they also have a dealership relationship in Virginia.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:53 AM   #10
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Or maybe....The guy's in Ohio that build & fix 'em.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:58 AM   #11
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IMO hit hard enough to bend ball will be frame damage, pic. does not show side if rippled etc. plus much unseen damage. IMO it's totaled, sorry to say, just be glad no injuries, trailers can be fixed, humans dif. story. If decide to fix take to JC & you can live in it at terra port as they will bring back in eve. then take into shop in morn. work on it then back in eve. every day until finished. they do outstanding work on all yrs. Last time I was there left for 3 days, did some tourist stuff like Columbus zoo, many other sites [areas] to do.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:02 AM   #12
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There is an Airstream Dealer along I-10 just west of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. It is Great American RV Superstore. It is at Exit 70 on I-10. You might give them a call and see what they think.

In looking at the pictures of the damage to your Squarestream, repairing it may well exceed its value. In addition, a repair of that magnitude would take several months at best. A severe impact like you sustained has most likely damaged many items inside the trailer that you can not even see at this point. Things like the cabinetry could have been knocked out of line to the point of being unrepairable.

You may well be looking at a totaled Airstream.

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Old 03-01-2021, 08:38 AM   #13
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There is an Airstream Dealer along I-10 just west of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. It is Great American RV Superstore. It is at Exit 70 on I-10. You might give them a call and see what they think.

In looking at the pictures of the damage to your Squarestream, repairing it may well exceed its value. In addition, a repair of that magnitude would take several months at best. A severe impact like you sustained has most likely damaged many items inside the trailer that you can not even see at this point. Things like the cabinetry could have been knocked out of line to the point of being unrepairable.

You may well be looking at a totaled Airstream.

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I agree with Brian.Now, with backlog at an RV repair capable of this repair, on a 30 yr old trailer, repair will probably exceed value, pre accident.You may want to retain a attorney, you'll be fighting a battle on this one.Dont count on either insurance company.Walking away with a check might be your best move.
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I hear really good things about Foley's body work. They are in South Alabama.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:14 AM   #15
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Hoss Cameron in Arkansas could, but he's booked out aways...
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:19 AM   #16
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Some of this will get into "what is the value of the trailer?". Older RV's, older cars, older boats all can have issues in this regard. The "book value" on your trailer may well be something < $1,000. Since you bought it "new to you" within the last few months, you *should* be able to back up a claim for at least what you paid for it. I'm not a lawyer so that all is a guess.

Best guess is that you have way more damage there than the likely value of the trailer. The normal response, even from a good insurance company. This is why
a lot of folks go for customized "declared value" insurance. If indeed you have a policy like that, you might be in luck ...

Send some (...lots) pictures up to JC and see if they will give you a cost range for the repairs. That at least will give you some sort of starting point.

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Old 03-01-2021, 09:21 AM   #17
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I would try Foley RV in Gulfport MS. they are a great Airstream dealership. If they cannot do it, they would probably have a recommendation. It is not too far from Pensacola.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:28 AM   #18
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First day on the road with my brand new 2020 22FB, I was run off the road by an 18 wheeler into a concrete barrier in an interstate construction zone north of Tampa. The damage on the right rear panel (behind the door) didn’t look all that bad but the inside looked like a tornado had been let loose inside. I drove it to the local Fort Worth airstream dealer. The insurance adjuster took one look at it and totaled it; she said trying to straighten an airstream frame and replace the panels would cost more than buying a new one. That was a year ago and I’m still in shock!

Moral of the story? Have your insurance guys look at it first before you spend time trying to find somebody to repair it.
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Dang, that hurts. Crap, i hate seeing that. As a Sq Stream owner, this is sad. Unfortunately, Squarestreams arent constructed like conventional airstreams. The outer skin has been bonded to the frame of the house structure. The house super structure is not riveted together, its welded square tubular aluminum ribbing. The house structure is attached to the steel frame and the wood flooring is laid inside. Flooring isnt sandwiched in between house aluminum framing and steel chassis frame
They are entirely different from the standard monocoque build of conventional airstream. IN our humble opinion, the ONLY place that could do repairs is airstream, providing they still have the technique and compounds to do it.
Hopefully, you had “agreed value” coverage based on an appraisal, otherwise the insurance company will take the easy way out, and pay market “actual cash value” based on “book”. Which will suck.
Good Luck. Please keep us updated on your outcome. Meanwhile, everyone can keep an “eye” out for another. The Square profile was built between 1986-1992 First ones were cast as an Argosy, then around 1989, those Argosy Squares that didnt sell, were repainted gray and silver over the tan and brown and reclassed as “Airstream Land Yachts. In 1990,:all were badged Land Yachts Squares. In 1992 Airstream tried their hand in laminated fiberglas construction. The Square profile wasnt well received particularly where it states in the owners manual, those trailers werent accepted into the club back in the day. Same for classic style and the fiberglass bonded Class A motorhomes Good luck
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Check your hitch

Sorry this happened to you, but thankful you are safe.

In addition to the damage to your trailer, I would be concerned about hidden damage to not only the hitch head, but also to the portions of the hitch welded to the frame of your tow vehicle(TV). I would have your TV fully inspected.

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