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Old 11-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #1
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In the hills of NE Oklahoma on a country road missed my turn to my DW uncles house. No problem just turn around and go back. Now this is at midnight. Well road came to a end with no turn around area. Oh yea forgot to mention that this is a Very hilly area. So had to back up 1/2 mile backwards using camera and DW head sticking out the window yelling stop the go. More stops them go. At the top of the big hill was a turn around so I took it well DW still looking out window was watching a ditch net to the RV and bang we found the fence. Fence is ok but had to order new piece and they like them a lot 285$ with shipping. Checked on used one and they wanted $350. Paint shop couldn't match the paint at all so they told me bring the whole bumper in and they would paint the others at no charge. Long story short listen to DW and don't listen to her. 😁


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Sorry to hear about the damage. BTW, your link doesn't work for me.
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Sorry to hear about the damage. BTW, your link doesn't work for me.

X2. Link doesn't work on my iPhone as well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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Link does not work for me either but I can imagine the damage and the frustration. Thank goodness it was only a small amount of damage. In situations like that there are all kinds of scenarios that could have happened.

Cheap but expensive lesson. Unfortunately once we learn not to repeat that error we will discover or invent another way to get a different lesson.
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That worked. Ouch !
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Humm, Backing up in the NO SUN
(I fought the fence and the fence won)
Hit the fence with the Motor home
(I fought the fence and the fence won)
I missed the turn so I had to back up
And that was very hard
Next Time I'll try not to miss the turn cause
I fought the fence and the fence won
I fought the fence and the fence won.

Could be worse, Could have been a tree.
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Ok it is all back together and found out I had to trim the bottom of the new panel. But the whole bumper was painted to match for $110.


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WOW! That was some mean barbed wire!
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I have never had a good time driving after dark in unfamiliar territory and have learned to try and avoid it like the plague. The worst was caught on a logging road in Oregon pulling a Toad with no turnouts for miles. Finally had to unhook the Toad and work the 40ft RV around backing into the roadside brush in pitch darkness with very upset DW directing as well as possible. Very lucky to escape with minimal cosmetic damage. Hopefully never again.
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Driving on a unfamiliar rural road after dark is something to avoid. Backing up in the dark without high twin beam docking lights is extremely risky. Not getting out of the RV with a high beam flash light and walking the unknown area to look for obstructions and soft soil prior to making tight turns in dim and unlit areas is foolish. Relying on a spouse to prevent accidents....a learning experience.

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Our coach rules while traveling:
Know the weather forecast
Will not drive at night
By 3pm know exactly where we are stopping for the evening; ( enough technical support available to make that decision / we will call ahead confirm availability),
Use dumping station that evening if necessary, not the next morning ( I want it over with, clean up, weather, getting on the road next morning),
If in campground, plugged in, slides out 1 hr before dark
If boon docking for the evening same, maybe more important, i.e. safety, visibility, lighting, lack of facilities, positioning coach
Dinner is much more enjoyable and don't forget to get the coffee ready to go for next morning

Why? Observation of my coach peers, the campground circus that starts occur in at dusk, flashlights, umbrellas and flashlights,
Umbrellas, flashlights, and the DW with the flashlights,

All of the above creates less tension,makes the next day start a breeze, we are always pulling out first. A relaxed AM with a good cup of Joe. (For you folks that do not have a Medicare Card that's coffee)
Driving a coach isn't like it used to be. I have 22,000 lbs, moving at 65 mph,everybody is on the phone, merging traffic, (particularly merging onto the Interstate) acts as if I'm in a Smart Car. The more relaxed I am, the more alert I am I've traveled and pushed on until dark, it's not worth it. Get in, relax, get out early.
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TSM and others have got it right. Don't drive at night and know your route. I don't fully trust the GPS, the map or my DW but all three together work well.
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