"they don't roll over too well"... - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-12-2016, 03:27 PM   #1
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"they don't roll over too well"...

that was the comment from the tow truck operator who brought this in....

happened on the Inland Island Highway
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:25 PM   #2
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That's sad. What happened?
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:33 PM   #3
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Hey, the door is still good. What's the problem?
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Dang, some brands just do better at rolling over than others :- 0

..... this one did a ooopppps on the week-end in Idaho.

Thats a Lexus SUV and a 19' Bambi.....
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In the end, totaled is totaled. The insurance company will get more in salvage from the Airstream, but they will be paying out more, too.

One mainly hopes the people were able to walk away.
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Dang, some brands just do better at rolling over than others :- 0

..... this one did a ooopppps on the week-end in Idaho.

Thats a Lexus SUV and a 19' Bambi.....
Hi: Carol H...At least the trailer will "Buff out". I've got some great aluminium cleaner too.
I thought you were supposed to keep the rubber side down?
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Dang, some brands just do better at rolling over than others :- 0

..... this one did a ooopppps on the week-end in Idaho.

Thats a Lexus SUV and a 19' Bambi.....
I'm amazed that they're still connected.
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Hi: Carol H...At least the trailer will "Buff out". I've got some great aluminium cleaner too.

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Yup it just needs a good rivet gun, a big box of rivets & few new panels and its all fixed!

Not so sure about the Lexus though

BTW the good news is that apparently the party driving was not seriously hurt.
Details/cause of the accident not known other than conditions where said to be fairly windy at the time & an unapproved (not made/designed for Airstream) bike rack and bikes on the rear.
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I have seen a few stick builts that crashed, and all were just a trailer of debris. This is one good thing about a moulded fibreglass, in that it most likely will stay mostly intact, though with the contents scrambled.
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I'm amazed that they're still connected.
Yup lots of speculation as to what WDH they where using - for sure not a ProPride or Hensley due to the shape/style - some suggest possible an Anderson.
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Yup lots of speculation as to what WDH they where using - for sure not a ProPride or Hensley due to the shape/style - some suggest possible an Anderson.
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.
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"scrambled" eggs? LOL!
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I doubt molded fiberglass would fare much better. I recall this one from a while back (resulting from a tire blowout, according to the post):
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Scambled egg, indeed!

Of course, being fiberglass, you could put Humpty Dumpty together again. But I'm having a hard time imagining any molded fiberglass trailer rolling at highway speeds and not being a total loss for insurance purposes. Or any other build type, for that matter. The thread title says it all.
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That Scamp is NOT a project I would want to take on.
Hope they were ok.
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Drove by that accident seconds after it happened, ugly scene!
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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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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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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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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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