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Old 04-10-2024, 07:33 PM   #1
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New York pediatrician's daughter says Airstream trailer had 'safety oversight' in fatal mishap: report

Monika Woroniecka was traveling north to see solar eclipse with her family when she was flung onto highway trying to close her trailer's door
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Old 04-10-2024, 07:43 PM   #2
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Perhaps Airstream could hire Boeing to help them make a better door design. ~CA
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Old 04-10-2024, 07:48 PM   #3
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Very tragic.
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Old 04-10-2024, 08:29 PM   #4
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Old 04-10-2024, 08:45 PM   #5
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Unfortunate, but I didn't realize it was legal to ride in your camper while being towed. I always use the deadbolt feature to make sure the door doesn't open.
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I would thank that common sense would tell you not to ride back there. How can the door swing open if the hinge is at the front of the trailer into the wind. No phone to alert the driver that “Houston we have a problem back here “ lots of questions
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Unfortunate, but I didn't realize it was legal to ride in your camper while being towed. I always use the deadbolt feature to make sure the door doesn't open.
It's not in New York only in a Fifth wheel. However there are states that do allow it, which in my opinion is total stupidity.
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Looking at the Airstream website, there are a couple of their smaller modes with doors that open opposite most others. I would guess the air caught it like a sail and pulled her out. That area is my old stomping ground, and it was a very tragic accident for everyone involved.
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I feel terrible for the family.

That being said. Terrible idea to ride in the back. Yes, all the Airstreams we looked at a few months back open to the left so the door could get pulled open if not latched. Airstream covered themselves by having it stated in the manual not to ride in the trailer.

Many mistakes were made here. Riding in the back is primary. Secondarily trying to reach for the door at highway speeds. That door wasnít going anywhere(not built by Boeing). Call the driver and pull over. Or just donít donít ride in the trailer. Tragic and avoidable.
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Any death is tragic especially those that could have easily been avoided. I wonder if the family says this was a design flaw in an attempt to hold Airstream responsible or at least partly responsible.

I suspect we all have different thoughts on this, mine is and based on my many years of RVing that the driver should hold the most responsibility and should have never allowed for anyone to be in the RV while it was in motion.

When my children were young (they are grown up now) they would ask to ride in the RV trailer and of course I would never allow it, even when asked to do so just to slowly go to the dump station in the same campground as I would tell them that even at a low speed if someone stepped out in front of me unexpectedly then I might have to slam on the brakes and if so, they could be seriously injured. ~CA
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Not a design error an error by the driver and anyone in the trailer.... Its just plain STUPID to ride back there even if it is legal, which it isnt in NY. This appears to be a "looking for a law suit" type of story..
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Aside from the stupidity of riding in the trailer, I agree it is a design (not necessarily safety) flaw. I have seen a few campers over the years traveling with the door ajar - whether it was improperly closed, or popped during travel. Having the hinge on the left (rear) side would generally result in the wind possibly ripping the door right off its hinges and/or damaging the side of the trailer. Having the hinges on the right (front) side would cause the wind to want to slam the door shut again. Which would you prefer?
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My aunt & uncle once pulled into the wrong campsite. My aunt had started to unpack so she stayed in the trailer while they pulled out and moved to the correct site. She said she was hanging on for dear life as he moved and couldn't imagine being in there at highway speeds.
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