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Old 08-26-2019, 09:08 AM   #1
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Aluminum wheel in pieces from accident

Last Saturday, I was slowing for an intersection, and a semi pulled out of a parking lot and plowed into my Allegro Bus. No injuries, except to my MH. He hit me broadside, centered on my rear driver-side duals. Quite a bit of body damage and end cap slightly dislodged, but the aluminum wheel was broken to pieces.
My question is, with that amount of lateral force, what other damage to the drivetrain might I expect? I'm guessing that the axle mounting may have been dislodged, possible internal seal damage, too. How about the transmission?
I noticed, too, that the bathroom door is sticking, but I don't see any damage to slideouts (bath is not in a slideout). Fortunately, the radiator seems to have avoided damage, but the grill covering it wasn't so lucky.
I'm waiting to hear from the insurance adjuster and was hoping to have a little more information to ask informed questions of him/her. Anybody with similar experience or some good advice and counsel for me?
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Without seeing pictures, I am assuming the rig is totaled. The transmission is likely fine. The axle shaft might be bent. Possibly the housing as well, but that's less likely. Where's the pic?

The wheel is the least of the problems.
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Be sure the insurance company is aware of possible drive train issues you my have in the future. Push to make them have it checked out when it is finished.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:17 AM   #4
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Hmmmm? Bent frame, warped body/box, caulked joints loosened, cracked differential housing, engine and transmission as well as mounts damaged and/or bent.
Chances are leaks all over the roof and sides if the body is or is not warped. Slides may not work.
Likely nothing will buff out
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I would ask questions of the insurance and repair folks about what they are doing to ensure any damage caused by the accident are identified and how they will be repaired.

It is possible there is damage to the axle and by extension possibly to the frame if the hit was hard enough. Since there is not damage to the radiator it sounds like the wheel took the majority of the impact.

A photograph would help a lot.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:24 AM   #6
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Trying to upload a pic or two.
No, I don't believe it's totaled, but by the time everything gets fixed, I can see $20-30,000 damage, maybe more.
What about the tire? It's certainly scuffed up, but would anyone say they'd want to keep it, or should I push for replacement?
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No, I don't believe it's totaled, but by the time everything gets fixed, I can see $20-30,000 damage, maybe more.
What about the tire? It's certainly scuffed up, but would anyone say they'd want to keep it, or should I push for replacement?

Doesn't look too bad.

I'd request a replacement tire. It took a serious womp and there is no telling what damage is done to the sidewall, bead, and etc.
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Takes a pretty big hit to do that to an aluminum wheel. I would be surprised if the axle attachment points and/or the frame are not damaged.
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After repair's are done I would demand a 4 wheel alignment! That rear axle took a hard hit!!
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IMO unless the Insurance guy is VERY experienced with RVs he will probably miss a number of items. You need something in writing that will cover un-discovered damage for at least 6 months after the work is "completed"



Yes, the tire needs to be included but I bet that is the least of your worries. Rebuild at the RV company may be needed, with transport to the RV Co.

Also what is the compensation for not being able to use the RV for the 3 months it is being repaired?


Since the RV was seriously damaged when you go to sell it anything like "car fax" will show the accident which means re-sale value is down 10% or more no matter what repairs are done.
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This isn't unusual, guys. "Hidden damage" is the norm in insurance settlements and allowing for a "supplemental" claim if further damage is uncovered is standard procedure. Just talk with the shop owner to make sure he has factored in checks for frame and drive train issues so that any further problems get discovered before you get it back from the shop. I hope the Bus is on a Freightliner chassis rather than Tiffin PowerGlide, simply because it will be easier to get a professional frame & drive damage analysis from FCCC.
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Last Saturday, I was slowing for an intersection, and a semi pulled out of a parking lot and plowed into my Allegro Bus. No injuries, except to my MH. He hit me broadside, centered on my rear driver-side duals. Quite a bit of body damage and end cap slightly dislodged, but the aluminum wheel was broken to pieces.

My question is, with that amount of lateral force, what other damage to the drivetrain might I expect? I'm guessing that the axle mounting may have been dislodged, possible internal seal damage, too. How about the transmission?

I noticed, too, that the bathroom door is sticking, but I don't see any damage to slideouts (bath is not in a slideout). Fortunately, the radiator seems to have avoided damage, but the grill covering it wasn't so lucky.

I'm waiting to hear from the insurance adjuster and was hoping to have a little more information to ask informed questions of him/her. Anybody with similar experience or some good advice and counsel for me?
I would insist on a compete drive tran inspection before accepting any repairs as final.
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This isn't unusual, guys. "Hidden damage" is the norm in insurance settlements and allowing for a "supplemental" claim if further damage is uncovered is standard procedure. Just talk with the shop owner to make sure he has factored in checks for frame and drive train issues so that any further problems get discovered before you get it back from the shop. I hope the Bus is on a Freightliner chassis rather than Tiffin PowerGlide, simply because it will be easier to get a professional frame & drive damage analysis from FCCC.
It's the PowerGlide chassis, but I called Tiffin, they gave me the name of an authorized chassis shop less than 10 miles from where the coach is parked. Unfortunately, it can't be towed without a tire on the axle, and it's too tall to put on a flatbed. The tow truck folks gave me the name of a used tire shop that could put a temporary tire and wheel on the MH, and then I could drive it to the service center. I'm waiting for my insurer (Hartford/Turnbull) to call back with approval of that plan.
I appreciate the great input you all have offered to me, and whenever my adjuster comes out to look at it, I'll ask about all of these things. Ultimately, the semi driver's insurance should pay the bills, right??
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With the insurance company thinking in terms of CYA (theirs not yours) don’t be too surprised if they do total it.
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