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Old 09-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #15
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That Scamp is NOT a project I would want to take on.
Hope they were ok.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:34 PM   #16
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Drove by that accident seconds after it happened, ugly scene!
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:40 PM   #17
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The only WDH I have ever owned is an Anderson, and pretty sure that is not one.

On zooming in, damage is WAY worse than I first though looking at it.
Yup I am kind of leaning towards it being an Equalizer WDH but to hard to tell from the one picture that shows it. What ever it was it was on there good!

There were a couple of other pics of it posted including one is of it after being put right side up looking at what I suspect is its good side
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:27 AM   #18
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Yup I am kind of leaning towards it being an Equalizer WDH but to hard to tell from the one picture that shows it. What ever it was it was on there good!

There were a couple of other pics of it posted including one is of it after being put right side up looking at what I suspect is its good side
While, just as a previous poster said, "totaled it totaled," but this - and other similar crash photos - give good indication that Airstreams are pretty robust, indeed.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:32 AM   #19
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One thing that nobody seems to want to talk about is what speed has to do with this type of accident. There's a reason why U-Haul has a max speed of 55 in their rental contract. Same thing with motorhomes, obviously. Pay attention to the manufacturing date on your tires! I've had 2 blowouts on my motorhome, and all the tires appeared to be in perfect condition. In both cases the tires were >8 years old, and in both cases the tread separated from the carcass with amazing explosive force. If I hadn't had duals it would have been hard to keep it from rolling.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:34 AM   #20
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While, just as a previous poster said, "totaled it totaled," but this - and other similar crash photos - give good indication that Airstreams are pretty robust, indeed.
Robust, indeed! Impressive, although it would surprise me if the aluminum frame weren't tweaked enough to require replacement of portions (along with much of the skin and windows, not to mention extensive interior damage). In spite of emerging intact, about the only advantage I can see here is easier clean-up of the accident site! In my mind, such robustness only makes economic sense when you are protecting people inside.

In any case, the ability to survive a roll-over accident is hardly a reason to favor one travel trailer type over another. The real question is how the different types of builds handle the little stuff that typically can be repaired: a hail storm, backing into a post, a fallen tree limb,...

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...In both cases the tires were >8 years old,...
Hope you meant <[less than] 8 years old…

Agree about speed being a frequent contributing factor in RV accidents.
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Robust, indeed! Impressive, although it would surprise me if the aluminum frame weren't tweaked enough to require replacement of portions <<< snip >>>
The frames are steel, not aluminum. But, the sucker is totaled... that's not the point.

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<<< snip >>> In spite of emerging intact, about the only advantage I can see here is easier clean-up of the accident site!
I would always prefer a product with more structural integrity over one with less.

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In any case, the ability to survive a roll-over accident is hardly a reason to favor one travel trailer type over another. The real question is how the different types of builds handle the little stuff that typically can be repaired: a hail storm, backing into a post, a fallen tree limb...
Oh, no, it is A reason (as it relates to structural integrity), but certainly not the ONLY reason. I would add to that: quality, floor plans, aesthetics, resale value, and a million-and-one other things that effect buying decisions. As for those things that CAN be repaired: that's why we have insurance.
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:43 PM   #22
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One thing that nobody seems to want to talk about is what speed has to do with this type of accident. There's a reason why U-Haul has a max speed of 55 in their rental contract. .
Hummm I am willing to talk about it!

If fact I would be willing to bet that SPEED of towing is the number one reasons that many vehicles sold in Europe have a far higher tow capacity rating than the same vehicle found in North America. Europe has low across the country towing speed limits.

You could pull just about anything with a poor trailer/vehicle match or the trailer poorly set up without a problem if you never take it over 55 mph! ;-)
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You could pull just about anything with a poor trailer/vehicle match or the trailer poorly set up without a problem if you never take it over 55 mph! ;-)
True, but you risk getting old and dying before you get there.

*please note the smilie face*

Have I mentioned (more that 50 times) that I would love to be retired and not in a hurry anymore?
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Robust, indeed! In my mind, such robustness only makes economic sense when you are protecting people inside.

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OR when you are planning on using the trailer for years and years to come. The more robust the trailer is built the longer it is going to stay intact through the wear and tear of travel.

Which trailer would you put your money on standing up to 20 -30 years of miles and miles of travel without any major structural issues. The sticky in the first photo or the Airstream or Fiberglass trailer?
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True, but you risk getting old and dying before you get there.

*please note the smilie face*

Have I mentioned (more that 50 times) that I would love to be retired and not in a hurry anymore?
Have seen your set up photos Jim and do not think I would class it in the poorly match category so suspect you will live long enough to retire!

Which btw I highly recommend
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:13 PM   #26
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Stick-n-staple RVs rarely fare well in any accident.


I see dozens of travel trailers that are improperly hitched.I've also seen many wrecks due to it.I live very close to the interstate with a couple of popular stopping points.
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Right. I live not too far from 101 in San Luis Obispo county, ca, which just happens to be on the way to and from Pismo Beach. Pismo is a magnet for RV's because of a couple of good RV parks and the Pismo Dunes so there are LOTS of RV's of all sorts passing through all the time. Most of the people pulling trailers and/or driving monster RV's, seem to be totally against travelling at a safe speed - especially going down the Cuesta Grade (a redundant name if you speak Spanish!). Because of this there are generally several horrific mishaps a year involving them, but it never seems to cause anyone to to slow down. 75 MPH going down a grade while pulling a trailer is not a brilliant plan! Remember when 45 was the limit?
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Which btw I highly recommend
This is what everyone tells me.
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