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Old 10-03-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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Thank you 'Squeaky'

We had a great three months out West this summer, until... 'Squeaky' is gone.

It's been almost two months now. Sometimes when I think of all the roads we have traveled(the narrow twisties, cold high mountain passes and the blazingly hot 282' below sea level ones), trying to stay true to the 'Scenic Route' mode of travel, I can't believe that I let this journey end so abruptly. I have no one to blame but myself. Hopefully, posting this will have some sort therapeutic value.

After five years of travel, forty nine states, three provinces and 38 National Parks, the scope and beautiful features of this great nation will no longer be displayed through 'Squeaky's' picture window. Very sad indeed. She was a true and faithful friend that showed us wonders we could never have imagined. It truly is like missing a close friend. Sometimes, the feelings of guilt that I let her down is sometimes a little hard to get past. But in the end, she protected us from harm as well.

On the positive, after these almost two months, I'm starting to get some 'wanderlust' urges to find another 'Squeaky' to travel down that 'Scenic Route' to adventure.

She was our first... and thoughts of her will always bring fond memories. Thank you Squeaky and goodbye.

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Jan and Bob,

We have a similar setup as yours, with a W22 chassis towing a Jeep. If I may, what happened?
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If I may, what happened?
We were going to fill up at a gas station on the Old Lebanon Dirt Road(was dirt at one time)before a weeks stay at the CG. The road is very narrow, but paved...many, many, many times over. The edge of the pavement's dropoff was 8 to 10 inches high with no, and I mean NO shoulder. Oncoming traffic, so I moved a little from the center line and dropped the right duel off the pavement and could not get the MH back on the road. Full throttle and hard left steering didn't help. You just can't allow the tires to leave this road...had nothing to do with the MH or it's chassis...driver error, pure and simple.

It was a slow motion ride from hell but neither of us got a scratch, we were not even sore the next day. The HR held up well considering the depth of the ditch and the boulders...we did have a fence post come through the entrance door. DW was getting ice from the freezer at the time and was glued(her words) to the front doors of the fridge...not a scratch, bump or bruise. It was a miracle and a tribute to the MH's build. We exited via through the windshield.

Luckily, we were in Nashville to visit family and had some much needed help. The Jeep is still in Nashville being repaired, but the MH is toast. Insurance final disposition is still pending on both... can't wait to get this chapter behind us.
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Thank you very much for sharing that. While driving thru a lengthy construction zone in Arkansas this summer, I too suffered a bit of driver error. The front right tire barely crossed over the edge of the right side of the shoulder, pulling the coach in that direction. The only thing that saved us was the fact there was just enough shoulder to allow the tire to bite, then steer back onto the road. Glad you are all OK, good luck with finding your next "Squeaky".

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Thank you very much for sharing that. While driving thru a lengthy construction zone in Arkansas this summer, I too suffered a bit of driver error. The front right tire barely crossed over the edge of the right side of the shoulder, pulling the coach in that direction. The only thing that saved us was the fact there was just enough shoulder to allow the tire to bite, then steer back onto the road. Glad you are all OK, good luck with finding your next "Squeaky".

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Yep, it happens. With all the places we've been and the diversity of the roads we've traveled, I always thought I knew exactly there my tires were with respect to the road. I don't know, maybe some over confidence or maybe I got a little complacent, but man, it sure was a tough lesson. Thanks. Safe travels.
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That is SO sad! I'm sorry for your loss.
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VERY happy to hear you both did not get hurt!!!!!! Material things are replaceable, loved ones are not.
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VERY happy to hear you both did not get hurt!!!!!! Material things are replaceable, loved ones are not.
Thanks Falcon190

mo5er, Yes, that little fact helped us get through it all...it really was all that mattered.
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We all make mistakes, most of the time we get lucky and make them in more forgiving places. Sounds like you are staying strong, glad you both came out of it unhurt.


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We all make mistakes, most of the time we get lucky and make them in more forgiving places. Sounds like you are staying strong, glad you both came out of it unhurt.


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Where is Old Lebanon Dirt Road? I know of one in Wilson County TN, is that the one?
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That's the one...between Hermitage and Mt. Juliet.
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Those pictures broke my heart! We almost had the same scenario just this last Wednesday. We were traveling from Elko, NV to Reno, about 320 miles when we had a blowout on front driver tire. We were immediately driving on the wheel/rim at 60 miles an hour. DH almost lost control. He was able to get us to the side of the road and roadside assistance came to put the spare on. We had to drive the 290 miles on the spare. I also get attached to vehicles and would have been devastated if we had ended up in the ditch. We are fulltimers.
I'm so sorry you lost Squeaky and glad no one was injured. Hope to see you down the road.
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