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Old 09-03-2011, 03:13 AM   #15
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Two or three times this summer I have had cars / SUV's nearly clip my front left fender...

As far as watching vehicles entering the freeway, I will slow down or speed up a hair to accommodate someone entering the freeway, but I always worry that, yes they see me in my red SUV, but do they see my 25' tt that just happens to be following me .

I should be worried. back about 4 years ago. I was traveling down a 35 - 40 mph 4 lane road when all of a sudden a car pulled out from a parking lot about 50 feet ahead. I couldn't swerve to the left because of traffic. He missed my SUV, but clipped my tt 2" from the front corner on the side. Caused my front awning support pole to be torn off and the fender skirt to be torn off. It was an older couple who I'm going to guess never saw my trailer. After the officer arrived, he claimed he had the right of way ???? Hummmm Let me see. If I'm pulling out of a parking lot with a stop sign all traffic in the road must yeild to me....Not......Long story short, after I wrote a detailed email to his claims adjuster, an hour later they said they will cover it....

And I had just come from my RV dealer 10 minutes before. Called them up and said "I got some more work for ya" Be back in 10 minutes.....
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:03 PM   #16
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Class A vs two trucks, It's a tie

Remember the saying 'nice guys finish last'! I didn't finish last but thought I was going to finish in a heap. I'm heading south out of Jersey City NJ and I've been on the interstate for maybe 10 min. I see a tractor trailer heading down the acceleration ramp, so I moved the the center of 3 lanes to let him on the highway. Traffic was not that heavy so moving over was not any trouble. I notice how much smoother the road was so I stayed in the center lane. Not long after I catch that a tractor trailer coming up on my left. Not a problem but it does push me around quite a bit when he is beside me. I'm looking at the right lane to get over and ease the wiggles, and here comes another truck up on my right, moving faster than the one on the left. Well this is white knuckle time for me. The turbulence is pushing me all over the place and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to hold it straight much less stay in my lane. Well I'm glad they were moving so much faster than I was because in just a few seconds they are gone. I didn't hit the brakes but I was off the gas and that big old 8.1 was really slowing me down. Well that and the back-wash off the trucks. Thank goodness!!!! Rough road on not, I drove the right lane all the way back to Virginia. Oh I also put on some new shocks as soon as I go home. Need to get the sway, and track bars but the funds are not there yet. No wreck, nothing that exciting. but I had only owned the coach a week and this was my first trip. I had the practice of driving the 300 mile trip up, but, was still getting use to driving the thing. I don't know if the new shocks help or not because I will not get myself in that situation ever again. It's far right lane for me no matter what.
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About five years ago, I had jury duty. It was a dump truck that hit a car in the rear. When the judge charged the jury, he cautioned us that any vehicle that rear ends another is not automatically in the wrong. We found the truck driver innocent. She had pulled in front of him and hit the breaks.
Pity that's not true in AZ.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:34 PM   #18
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Same happened to me.... only my drivers door flew open!!!


Also happened to be in a curve and talking on the cell....
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Not all Oregonians pick on Californians. There's just rude people everywhere that don't like to be slowed down by anybody. I try to stay in the right lane, but when i'm traveling thru a city with lots of onramps, I try to stay in the center until I get thru all the merging traffic. I may get passed on the right alot but feel that staying in the center is safest for all rather than constantly moving from the right to center every time there is merging traffic and sometimes the center is not available.
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Not all Oregonians pick on Californians. There's just rude people everywhere that don't like to be slowed down by anybody. I try to stay in the right lane, but when i'm traveling thru a city with lots of onramps, I try to stay in the center until I get thru all the merging traffic. I may get passed on the right alot but feel that staying in the center is safest for all rather than constantly moving from the right to center every time there is merging traffic and sometimes the center is not available.
He didn't like me passing him. It wasn't because I was from California per se. He was doing 30 mph on the Highway, so I passed him without a problem. Nice clean pass. For some reason he got his knickers in a twist and decided to chase me down. He was flashing his lights and weaving from side to side. I could tell that if he were to get in front of me it would be a dangerous situation for me. He tried to pass me in oncoming traffic and tried to pass me on the inside. By the third time, he had oncoming cars getting into the dirt to avoid him, I had had enough and when he tried again on the inside I put him in the grass. I didn't wreck him but I wasn't going to play the old geezers game either, so I gave him a time out so he could reconsider his plan.
We rolled into beautiful Coos Bay had a wonderful lunch, repaired a faulty Shur Flo water pump and were on our way enjoying the beautiful Oregon coast. Just a wee hiccup in an otherwise beautiful trip on our way to Victoria,BC
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Dash cameras are not as expensive as you think. I have been using the one it the following topic for quite a while now. Dash Camera
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Dash cameras are not as expensive as you think. I have been using the one it the following topic for quite a while now. Dash Camera
After reading about the Dash Cameras, I have one on order. It is a great idea and coud save a big problem. Thanks !!
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I was heading down the freeway in Calif when a car merged onto the freeway in front gave him lots of room then he stopped on the freeway ..hit the brakes hard and came close to running right into him. But was able to avoid him..some drivers just should not be on the road
My guess was trying to hit a payday from me
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After reading previous posts similar to this I decided to check out pricing. With some careful shopping and bidding on Ebay I got a decent cam and 32mb of memory for under $50. So I don't really think price would be a barrier for most RV'ers. I suspect that with as much time we all spend on the road many will record events, not impacting us, but of interest to law enforcement and insurance companies. Gee maybe we could even pick up a few extra $. I'd be willing to bet lawyers and insurance companies would be willing to pay for the memory card in one of the really bad accidents.
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Sounds like a great idea. Searching for my dash cam now.
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I've always found that laying on the air horns work well too. Most people realize that the sound of air horns usually preceeds a crash. a 4500 lb car vs a 45,000 lb motorhome is a no win for the car. I don't have a solution for those without air horns. But I do like the idea of dash cams
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I've always found that laying on the air horns work well too. Most people realize that the sound of air horns usually preceeds a crash. a 4500 lb car vs a 45,000 lb motorhome is a no win for the car. I don't have a solution for those without air horns. But I do like the idea of dash cams
I have a solution for people without air horns. Go to your local antique car parts swap meet. Find a pair of nineteen thirty or forty trumpet electric horns. These are the long metal horns. They are 6 volts. When used with 12 volts they are twice as loud. You can't hold the horn button down for thirty seconds, as it would burn out the coil, but you can give it ten second blast all day long. I paid twelve dollars for the ones I have now.
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I've always found that laying on the air horns work well too. Most people realize that the sound of air horns usually preceeds a crash. a 4500 lb car vs a 45,000 lb motorhome is a no win for the car. I don't have a solution for those without air horns. But I do like the idea of dash cams
Dash camera ordered this week.

I installed a 2-1/2 gallon Viar system 150 psi and a real nasty loud air horn behind the grill of my Class A gasser. I use the air for tires and other things.

My wife ask, of course, do we need this? To which I reply "what does need have do do with it".

The first time I used it was sweet revenge and my wife has not stopped laughing about the look on the offenders face----talks about it when ever the subject comes up.

He was in a convertable, his head about ear level to the horns.
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