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Old 06-28-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Struck by lightening!

This is a subject that I have yet to see in these forums, but it did happen to my wife and me in our (at that time) 05 Mandalay 40' pusher on I35 in the Southern part of Okla. We observed the approaching thunderstorm on a collision course with our direction of travel, but never gave it serious thought other than to anticipate driving in a pretty heavy rain. As the front got close, the sound of an extremely loud explosion inside the coach literally stood our hair up! The dash console lights lit up like a Christmas tree, with various of them flashing telling me that several systems were in trouble. The Cat 350 seemed to still be running normally at that time, so I continued on toward a rest stop ahead. I reached the rest stop in a heavy rain, and got out to do a walk around to see if there was any visible damage to the exterior. No visible damage was spotted. We began calling repair facilities in the area, but it was a Weekend day and we couldn't find one open. We were enroute South toward CW in Denton, so headed there. They told us it would be several days before they could get us in, so reluctantly, we drove on South to Fort Worth only to encounter other closed facilities. Through Waco and on toward our home in the Hill country North of Austin, we anxiously continued on with our power noticeably beginning to fade. We barely were able to climb the winding hills of hiway 1431 to our home in Lago Vista, but eventually did make it there. As I began to unhook our Buick Enclave tow car, I found that all of electronics had been fried, and nothing worked. I had moved the shift lever to park in order to be able to turn the key to attempt to start the car. Nothing worked correctly and the dash components were going crazy. Car had to be towed and MH was able to limp into a Freight Liner chassis service center. The car was repaired over the next two months by replacing virtually all of the electronics in the car. Freight Liner and Cat bounced responsibility for different systems back and forth, but eventually all was satisfactorily repaired. Driving on as I did was probably not the best thing to do in that situation, but what can I say....it somehow all worked out, and we have an experience that I wouldn't recommend for anyone!
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What which vehicle was actually hit by the lightning? Car or coach???
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Did your auto insurance cover it?
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To above responders: I couldn't actually determine that the lightning hit the vehicles, or just hit close enough to put the vehicle electronics in jeopardy from the electrical field produced by the near strike. And, yes, the insurance did pay for the repairs as they had seen similar claims. We certainly remember the scare that we experienced when the strike occurred!
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