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Old 07-25-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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This guy won an eBay auction on a new 2007 Forest River Sandpiper 325RG 5th wheel trailer with a winning bid for $15,255, about half of the trailers MSRP, and the dealer is reneging on the deal. They told the bidder it had bees in it and they can't sell it. Then, after being pressed to close the deal, they are saying they don't have the trailer. Interesting situation, apparently the dealer messed up on the sale and the buyer wants to hold them to it.

Here's a link to the story.
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The dealer is going to stand by the deal, but only after the news crew showed up to do a story about it. there about 20 pages of it on the woodalls forum. here's the link so you can follow along
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Glad it all worked out for him.
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Hitchhiker,
you and I both are happy about the outcome, Thanks for posting the original story!
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Update: from good Sam This might corroborate the dealers story....

Bee on the Lookout

One crystal clear central Arizona morning in February, 2009, my wife and I were reminded again how quickly and unexpectedly calamity can strike. We were staying in one of our favorite regional RV parks in the Sonora Desert, north of Phoenix. We were enjoying the warmth and gentle air as we commented on what the weather was probably like at our north country home. We suddenly became aware of a droning buzzing sound growing louder and louder. A dry wash ran past our camp site and this disturbing noise caused our attention to be drawn to the southeast banks.

The sight of a huge swarm of bees headed in the direction of our 5th wheel trailer pushed us into action and before either of us could think about it much we were inside with the door and windows shut. We were relieved to see the swarm roll down the wash beyond our camp site.

The swarm which seemed to be about 30 feet in circumference and must have contained thousands of bees continued on about 100 yards to an adjacent camp site and engulfed a twenty-four foot travel trailer. As we watched helplessly, the swarm stayed there around the trailer for perhaps 10 minutes. Then it seemed to disburse or thin out but we could still see bees flying around there.

Not long after that, the owners of the trailer (very lucky people to have been gone) returned to their camp. We watched their shocked reactions when they attempted to enter the trailer and that is when we realized the insects had not disbursed but instead had found their way inside!

I walked over to them and offered to help in any way I could but there didn't seem to be much anyone could do except call for help. Camp hosts and county employees eventually responded and reluctantly decided all that could be done was to exterminate the bees. A spray of some sort of insecticide was used. In looking over the trailer the owners discovered the insect’s primary point of entry was at the power cord outlet area. They were everywhere inside, in the walls, cupboards and storage compartments. The following day the owners were still vacuuming dead bees from the nooks and crannies of their trailer. The couple told me they had gotten some information from the internet on bee swarms indicating this kind of incident may not be as rare as we might think.

According to them, sometimes bee populations exceed the size of the hive. When this happens some portion of the bees (about half) break away and leave in search of a place to establish a new hive. When the bees do this they apparently prepare for the re-location by gorging themselves with nectar. They are therefore somewhat lethargic and not the least aggressive. That seems to have been confirmed in the incident we witnessed as no one was stung. The swarm apparently has scouts, which alert and direct the group to their chosen place for the new hive. The couple who owned the infested trailer believed the bee scouts may have decided to home in on their camp because of some orange peels they left in the trash and bees are attracted to citrus.

My wife and I agreed that if the swarm had chosen our trailer instead of our neighbors the bees would also have found their way inside and there would have been nothing we could have done except run. It seems we can learn from this the importance of dumping our trash before leaving camp.

Bee aware, bee alert and bee careful.

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I have had an encounter with a swarm of bees... You know BEES can fly faster than a Massey-Harris 44-4 Tractor can go.. Well, I found out (OUCH!) Turns out I can run faster than a M-H 44-4 too (Thankfully)

A can of bug spray can be a very handy thing on occasion
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