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Old 02-12-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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DH went to pull in yesterday, trying to come around a tight corner and into the spot. Was avoiding a pure white coach and took out the white power pedestal that he didn't see. Before one of you say, "where was the spotter", she was on her way over when he swung the coach, and heard the loud crunch. The park owner was a bit upset, more about the pedestal not breaking off the way it should have.
After some very careful backing, DH made a circle outside the park and came in a exit only gate that allowed a better angle to the spot. Slipped right in. After feeling terrible, he is doing better about putting the first ouch on the coach. A bit of buffing will help the storage door and the deep gouge is only about 1/2 inch wide, barely noticed.
Did enjoy the comment by the owner of a 5th wheel "Dang, that coach has a better turn ratio, than my truck."
Luckily the pedestal didn't short out and the white coach still had power, water and cable for the night. Lesson learned : wait for spotter and possibly walk it first. Look for different approach.
All is well otherwise
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DH went to pull in yesterday, trying to come around a tight corner and into the spot. Was avoiding a pure white coach and took out the white power pedestal that he didn't see. Before one of you say, "where was the spotter", she was on her way over when he swung the coach, and heard the loud crunch. The park owner was a bit upset, more about the pedestal not breaking off the way it should have.
After some very careful backing, DH made a circle outside the park and came in a exit only gate that allowed a better angle to the spot. Slipped right in. After feeling terrible, he is doing better about putting the first ouch on the coach. A bit of buffing will help the storage door and the deep gouge is only about 1/2 inch wide, barely noticed.
Did enjoy the comment by the owner of a 5th wheel "Dang, that coach has a better turn ratio, than my truck."
Luckily the pedestal didn't short out and the white coach still had power, water and cable for the night. Lesson learned : wait for spotter and possibly walk it first. Look for different approach.
All is well otherwise

Well now the first one is out of the way. I have developed a few "truisms" about driving a coach:
1. Nothing good happens after dark.
2. Truisms #1 is compounded in the rain.
3. Nothing good happens in reverse.
4. After dark, in the rain and in reverse; have the insurance company on speed dial.

After ten years of full timing, I still, sometimes, will start backing before my wife gets in position.

Safe travels,

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Better he backed over a pedestal than a person , I know it does not make him feel better.
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[Moderator Edit] happens , that's why they call them accidents. These are big (some huge) vehicles that we are wheeling around in.
Nobody was hurt that's the important thing .
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So true, just a bit of pride. Much better than a person. As you say, it is out of the way. Thanks for the support.
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I was watching what was obviously a newbie couple trying to get a fifth wheel in to a spot with no luck. I walked over, offered to help, and finally got them in their spot. I walked back over to my spot and went inside to watch tv, a short time later I heard a horrendous crash. I went out and saw the couple had pulled their new Chevy 3/4 ton dualie out without lowering the jacks, tailgate and bed sides were badly crushed! As I walked around the passenger side I noticed a HUGE gouge about half the length of the trailer, result of turning a corner to sharp and taking out a stop sign!

After a discussion with the couple I learned they had borrowed the rig from her parents. I would NOT have wanted to return that rig!!! Think Mexico would have looked pretty good about that time!!
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It happens to all of us. Put a crease(& ironically our only) in a rear bay door in the 1st 6 months of ownership. We all hate that first scratch/dent, but after that' it's not such a heart breaker.

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Well now the first one is out of the way. I have developed a few "truisms" about driving a coach:
1. Nothing good happens after dark.
2. Truisms #1 is compounded in the rain.
3. Nothing good happens in reverse.
4. After dark, in the rain and in reverse; have the insurance company on speed dial.

After ten years of full timing, I still, sometimes, will start backing before my wife gets in position.

Safe travels,

Steve


Sorry to hear of the mishap

I think at some point, most of us have scraped up against something.
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Like the man says... Poo will happen.....
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