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Old 09-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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An expensive lesson

Brand new 2013 coachmen freedom express, torn holes in roof due to limbs. $4,000 to replace roof. Luckily my insurance is gonna cover most of it but I still have to pay $1,000 deductible. The limbs on my road are the culprits. It's 1.5 miles and I can't do it. Called city, well see what they do. Ugggggg so frustrating. Here's a couple pics. They can patch it but it voids warranty on entire roof.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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That is really unfortunate. I had the same problem with my municipality but as shocking as it sounds they did trim about a mile worth of tree's. It took persistence but after about two months they had the work done. I only lost two antenna's and a few minor scrapes. I consider myself somewhat lucky in that many municipalities are tapped out from lower real estate tax revenue. This was an area they cut back on. Good luck moving forward.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Check your state rules (not laws in this case but rules) regarding trimming of trees.

Many places have a 16' rule, if the limb hangs down below 16' it has to be trimmed.

If it's not trimmed, then, depending on other rules, ordiances and laws either the government (Road comission or parks) or the home owner, may suffer liability.

Pass this on to your insurnance agent if you have to.. They have the high priced lawyers who love to sue folks for damaging their insured and who knows. they may let you in on it if they do.
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Those small holes can't be repaired with Eternabond?
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Wow that's a bummer. I know when I enter our neighborhood I have to weave back and forth to miss low hanging limbs. I think I'll take a look and see on our cities website if there is any information on the height these limbs should be at. Hope all works out and Good Luck on the repair.
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Those small holes can't be repaired with Eternabond?
They can repair it but it will void 15 year warranty on roof.
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I paid to have my neighbor's trees (with their permission) brought back to City Code, which is 13' from the surface of the street. Their trees were more like 8 and 9 feet.

I didn't like shelling out the money, but in the interests of keeping my neighbors and me on good terms, I offered to help out.

No, I'm not that nice a guy, just didn't want to have happen what happened to you.....Good luck and I wouldn't even think about patches either, get a new roof for your warranty.
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I'm happy to say the city actually did some trimming today. Funny how the word lawsuit gets people moving.
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They trim around my area every 2 years or so.. At least 13' from the road surface. They use a 'bush hog-on-a-stick' Last time they came through, it looked like a tornado hit..
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... The limbs on my road are the culprits. It's 1.5 miles and I can't do it. Called city, well see what they do. Ugggggg so frustrating...

I think you may bear some of the responsibility in this mishap.
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It's the property owner's responsibility to see their trees are in code compliance, which is usually above the coach height (12'-16') in many instances. The property owners are accountable for their trees.

Okietrucker is accountable for his driving under them and damaging his coach, but I think the 1,000 deductible he's gonna pay is forcing some of the accountability on him too.

I feel for ya Okietrucker, but bet you will not do that again! Glad to hear the property owners are getting their trees in compliance with the Law.....

They are responsible for the trees to a point. The city/county has ultimate responsibility and will trim if needed. Some bill the property owners for it.. While mine doesnt, I was told if I didnt like the 'chop and hack' the county does, to trim them myself

That said, it is ALWAYS the RV owner/driver that is responsible for making sure where they wish to drive is free and clear of obstacles and/or dangers..
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The real culprit in my opinion is that rubber roof. Whoever thought that was a good idea on a "recreational" vehicle must have a loose screw somewhere- unless they thought RV's never go into the woods.

I'm sure glad I've got a solid molded fiberglass trailer- it'd take a lot more than a few branches to tear a hole in that puppy...

And I've got the "Sierra pinstripes" on both the roof and the the sides of the trailer (and the tow vehicle) to prove it!
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The real culprit in my opinion is that rubber roof. Whoever thought that was a good idea on a "recreational" vehicle must have a loose screw somewhere- unless they thought RV's never go into the woods.


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They are responsible for the trees to a point. The city/county has ultimate responsibility and will trim if needed. Some bill the property owners for it.. While mine doesnt, I was told if I didnt like the 'chop and hack' the county does, to trim them myself

That said, it is ALWAYS the RV owner/driver that is responsible for making sure where they wish to drive is free and clear of obstacles and/or dangers..
I would love that if it were true for me. The City and County are responsible for Code Enforcement here where I live, and I suppose if the owner wasn't responding to the Code violations or citations, the City would do it and then bill the property owner. But here in this City, the City and County only take care of City and County property.
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