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Old 06-18-2022, 01:19 PM   #1
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On Monday night as we were making final preps for 3600 mile round trip to Glacier National Park a horrible storm hit our home and left nothing to spare. Quarter size hail and 75 mph winds left airstream dented up on the rear, curb side, front and some on door side. The attached tow vehicle, 2019 duramax Sierra suffered just as bad. Then tornado hit - lost 10 large size trees. On ended up on brand new 40x50 pole barn damaging roof, rafters, siding and two windows. A second 30 inch maple fell on our attached garage and poked two good size holes in the roof. Our home - 1867 Victorian built post civil war from funds earned by selling grain to us government had two large trees fall on it in nearly the same location - the roof overhang and part of the roof was damaged. A get away cabin across the street had a very large OAK go right thru the roof. Lots more damage to air stream and tow vehicle from branches and debris being thrown around. We owe lots of thanks to family and friends who pitched in to clean up and get things patched up. So much that with our truck still drivability and our airstream towable - we have decided to go on our glacier trip. Still have a few days to get packed and ready.
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Old 06-18-2022, 01:25 PM   #2
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YEESH

Glad for no real injuries; kudos for going on the trip despite all the damage!

Best Wishes for a safe trip

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Old 06-18-2022, 01:50 PM   #3
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So sorry to hear that but that's why you have insurance!

Have a safe trip!
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Old 06-18-2022, 03:04 PM   #4
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That's terrible, and glad everyone is safe.

Good luck on your trip...that is a lot to have on your mind and I hope you enjoy your time away.

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Old 06-18-2022, 04:01 PM   #5
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So sorry you had to experience such a devastating event. Sometimes such things bring out the good in others. Glad you have friends to help. And, of course, buildings and vehicles can be replaced.

Certainly hope your trip takes some of the sting away from this event!
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Old 06-18-2022, 04:45 PM   #6
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Don't worry about a few dings. I say that not to be insensitive but I have experienced tree limbs snapback and I have gotten a few small dings. I believe it is just going to happen in the woodlands and places these things go anyway. Glad no one was hurt.
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Old 06-18-2022, 06:52 PM   #7
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Those huge thunderstorms with tornados are frightening and very destructive. Living in the Midwest we have had our 86 Limited hailed on three times. I've tried paint less dent repair glue tabs and was able to pull some of the hail dents out a bit. We have gotten used to the hail damage and really don't see it anymore.

But damage to your shop and home and trees is even worse. Yes, take your trip to refresh and then I'm sure you will recover from the damage.

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Old 06-18-2022, 09:36 PM   #8
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We are heading to Glacier ourselves in a coupe of days. I hope to see you there.
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Old 06-18-2022, 09:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the encouragement.

We will enjoy our trip. Hope to get roof patch complete tomorrow and get loaded up.
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Old 06-18-2022, 10:05 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about your damage.

Stay home for now and start your claims and clean up .

Besides the weather out west right now is nuts , everything east of the continental divide up north is having heavy rain and flooding . Give it a few weeks to settle down and keep an eye on the weather on http://www.weatherunderground.com get the app .

Good luck on your repairs and travels .
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Old 06-18-2022, 10:19 PM   #11
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Hail

Oh no, that does sound really bad. Ours came out pretty good from the storm it had to endure. Glad you made it through ok.
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:56 AM   #12
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My problems are petty compared to what you have endured. Good to hear you can still go on with you Airstream.
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:32 AM   #13
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:44 AM   #14
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It’s amazing how insignificant a little hail damage becomes after a few rewarding trips in an Airstream. It’s still a great RV and a few dents don’t detract from function or fun.
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:12 AM   #15
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I'd call a PDR specialist and let him pull the dents out. One versed in aluminum can work wonders. I couldn't live with the dings, and replacing the panels is way too expensive.
But first enjoy Glacier, my favorite place in America.
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:28 AM   #16
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Very glad no one was hurt and enjoy your vacation
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Old 07-02-2022, 09:54 PM   #17
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Oh wow! My heart goes out to you. So sorry that happened but glad you’re okay.
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Old 07-03-2022, 11:48 AM   #18
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Thank God you are OK

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On Monday night as we were making final preps for 3600 mile round trip to Glacier National Park a horrible storm hit our home and left nothing to spare. Quarter size hail and 75 mph winds left airstream dented up on the rear, curb side, front and some on door side. The attached tow vehicle, 2019 duramax Sierra suffered just as bad. Then tornado hit - lost 10 large size trees. On ended up on brand new 40x50 pole barn damaging roof, rafters, siding and two windows. A second 30 inch maple fell on our attached garage and poked two good size holes in the roof. Our home - 1867 Victorian built post civil war from funds earned by selling grain to us government had two large trees fall on it in nearly the same location - the roof overhang and part of the roof was damaged. A get away cabin across the street had a very large OAK go right thru the roof. Lots more damage to air stream and tow vehicle from branches and debris being thrown around. We owe lots of thanks to family and friends who pitched in to clean up and get things patched up. So much that with our truck still drivability and our airstream towable - we have decided to go on our glacier trip. Still have a few days to get packed and ready.
Congratulations on continuing your trip, God bless it wasn’t worse!!!

Look at the bright side.

I look at hail damage as character added to the trailer, something to say about this trip, “on our planning for Glacier trip…..”. Yes it reduces resale, but now on your trip, you can check for water leakage.

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy trip with zero negative experiences.

Good luck, Godspeed! Rick
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Hail damage

We had hail damage going to Glacier last August entire top and sides. Both sides as the storm passed over. And the truck. Truck was easy fix paintless dent guys made it perfect. We took our 2019 23 GcfB to Reliable Rv Of Springfield Mo. Horrible experience. They replaced every panel from belt line up. $55,000. WHEN WE GOT IT BACK 6 MONTHS LATER IT WAS FILLED WITH METAL SHAVINGS FROM ALL THE DRULLING AND HAD OVER 20 POURING LEAKS.
we called the dealer and they said we dont have anyone to pick it up. I stopped payment on the check called jackson center and insurance company. The dealer called back and said they would pick it up tomorrow. They had it for a week. When it came back again metal shavings everywhere. Shavings ground into the Cushions, bed mattress floor etc. Then we hosed it down because we were selling it. Since dealership guaranteed it would be perfect.
It had 6 more pouring leaks. The dealer would not respond to 6 emails and 5 voicemails. We took to to adel Iowa to Scot Jenson. Who pressurized and fixed leaks on airstreams. He got us un the next morning at 8 am it was a 3 hour drive. . In 6 hours it was good as new no leaks and still smelled new inside. We sold our airstream and with a clear conscience. We called again to Reliable Rv of springfield Mo to remburse us the $830. To seal the camper and after another 6 emails and voice mails still no response.
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Old 07-03-2022, 11:28 PM   #20
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I suppose there are some lucky ones but we got hosed with panel replacement from our Airsteam Dealership.

Never accepted it back trader for a new one. I’ll never let anyone but Jackson Center touch my Airsteam for repair again.
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