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Old 09-05-2016, 12:41 PM   #1
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First big trip, first big accidents

Well, we did our first long trip -- a total of 3012 miles from Oklahoma to Riverside, California area for my mother's funeral. To make the trip more pleasant, we drove to the coast then took Route 66 back (on my bucket list).

As a friend of mine puts it, there was too much bandwidth used up by the stress of the funeral and having to deal with my stepfather. At the Santa Monica Beach, it was $32 to park for the day with no overnight, so I was going to turn around. I managed to turn too sharp and the tail swing hit the guard shack doing much more damage to our rig than the shack. Santa Monica police made a report. Apparently they have very little to do because it took 5 cops to take a report, tell me to get the right side tail lights reattached and deal with it when we got home. We submitted a claim to our insurance. We called Good Sam who sent out a repairman who reattached it for $250 + parts (receipt to be emailed). I paid with a credit card, not debit, so will challenge charge if I don't get a receipt. Having over 10 years experience driving a bus, I felt really stupid having this wreck. Determined to enjoy our homeward trip, we headed east.

I drove part of the way and DH drove part of the way. In Albuquerque, he attempted a right turn and was trying to turn into the rightmost lane to avoid an oncoming car in the center lane and hit a post clipping the coach door and killing 2 compartment doors. For some unknown reason, DH was driving the RV as if it were our van and thought he'd cleared the corners do turned too tight into right lane. We submitted a second claim. My brother who lives in Moriarty used a sledge hammer to make it safe to get in and out of the coach's main door.

Obvious damage:
Rear corner panel torn lose from RV with pieces of wood & metal missing.
Hole into inside in the duct work for AC. AC ok if slide is closed, but doesn't flow properly if it's open
Hole punctured in bedroom slide.
Rear cap fractured at top center

Door damage
Door casing damage at the bottom
2 compartment doors destroyed

At that point, I was "D.O.N.E!!" With the trip and just wanted to go home. We got on I40 (which parallels Route 66 so closely, we saw it next to us) and bogeyed home. I'm concerned that our insurance will go up. Not that it's nor merited, but that we won't be able to afford it. We have a $250 deductible for each incident. One has been paid to reinstall the tail lights. I don't know if they will pay for repairs or total the rig. Will they look at both accidents damage together?

I've thoroughly meat myself up for my wreck. The cop was nice be said that accidents happen, at least the rig was drivable, and no person or pet was injured. I'm just an emotional ,ess now that I'm home and can safely fall apart.

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Old 09-05-2016, 01:22 PM   #2
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that's why they are called accidents...I was driving back to PA on our first country coast to coast trip and clipped our mirror with an Indiana DOT truck that was parked over the white line...I couldn't go left because of tractor trailers...we lost our passenger side mirror and the LEOs determined I was not to blame...insurance (GIACO) covered our replacement mirror and our rates didn't go up...best of luck!

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Old 09-05-2016, 01:32 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear, rigs and be fixed, thank God there were no injuries.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:39 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear about this, two accidents in one trip was just a fluke. Once you get it all fixed up I hope you get back out there and enjoy your MH. I've done RT 66 from one end to the other in a car, In my opinion your not missing much, wouldn't be as fun in a MH, and you probably saw most of the noteworthy stuff right off the I-40. Good Luck.
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It happens, there is really nothing you can do about it except learn from it.
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Not to add insult to injury, but you both might want to consider taking a RV driving course. Just sayin...
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Someone else can give you all the advice in the world, but the lessons best learned are from the mistakes you make yourself. Thank goodness nobody was hurt, and bent or damaged parts can be fixed. Chalk it up to experience, and try not to make the same mistakes twice (or more)!
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I like to think of it as "Stuff Happens". Try not to be distracted and above all try not to be so paranoid that you end up doing stupid things. Relax, slow down and keep an eye on things around you.
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:34 PM   #9
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Yup Stuff Happens.
But if you feel you can't afford the insurance after the claims.
Is it making sense to own the motor home?
Or did I miss something?
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Every time I look at the unrepaired dent in my TV's rear fender from a too tight campground site in New Mexico with a tree in an inappropriate place about this time last year, I remember 'stuff happens' and it becomes a lesson learned and hopefully never to be repeated. That dent will be fixed after this lengthy trip - assuming there aren't more lessons to be learned.
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Know you are upset as most of us would be but life it to short to dwell on the small stuff. We can't change the past but we can enjoy the future.
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After a brief intermission and finding what your insurance rates are going to be,best to probably get back into the RV and do some small trips to gain some more maneuvering and watch the stress level go down. Practice and patience will bring you more relaxing qualities and less stress . If you don't go back out there, you never will.
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We don't plan to hang it up if we can swing the insurance at all. Someone mentioned an RV driving course. Where would we find such a thing? I'm more than willing to admit I don't know it all and can learn. I'm on disability and DH is retired, so we have time on our side to learn and enjoy. We do plan to do the balloon fiesta in ABQ next year. I'm just waiting for sign up to open after this year.

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Not to add insult to injury, but you both might want to consider taking a RV driving course. Just sayin...
Exactly our thoughts we are scheduled for a lesson in December. I know DW will never drive the RV otherwise and not a bad refresher for me either.

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