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Old 08-27-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Hubby said...OOPS!!!!

Well, Hubby gave my new Baby a big boo-boo.... Last Thursday as we were on our way out of town on a 10 day vacation with our two grandkids, we stopped to gas up and unfortunately, he did not give himself a wide enough turn into the pumps...

You know those concrete pilons that protect the pumps?? Well, they did the job well. He caught the side of the coach on one of the pilons and really crunched one of the compartment doors. He then had to back it off and did further crunching. I was in tears when I saw it. The coach is really my Baby and in the 5 months that we have owned it, I have pampered and enjoyed it so very much. We could not get the compartment door open because it was crushed so much. And to make matters worse...it is the water/sewer compartment.

We hated to disappoint the kids, so we drove to a friend's auto body shop and he pried it open with a crowbar and made some adjustments so with a lot of muscles, I could get it open and closed. We made the trip without further incident...(I drove the rest of the trip...) and we are now home safe and sound.

I am quite heartsick at the sight of my previously pristine coach, but everything is repairable and we are all unhurt and had a good time.

I will post a longer description of the trip later including pictures and tales of being in Washington DC during the earthquake....

Faith
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Ouch. Try not to bring up this "allision" again and again and again and again...on behalf of all my brother husbands everywhere.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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I feel for ya. I know how I'd be feeling right now. :(
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Ouch. I feel for you, but keep the faith Faith. Believe me, even though you were in tears, it was nothing like he was feeling having to back that new coach off of that pillar with everyone watching and listening to the crunching noises.

This is what insurance is for and I'll be he is more careful to watch his mirrors closely in such situations in the future.

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Old 08-27-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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Well, Hubby gave my new Baby a big boo-boo.... Last Thursday as we were on our way out of town on a 10 day vacation with our two grandkids, we stopped to gas up and unfortunately, he did not give himself a wide enough turn into the pumps...

You know those concrete pilons that protect the pumps?? Well, they did the job well. He caught the side of the coach on one of the pilons and really crunched one of the compartment doors. He then had to back it off and did further crunching. I was in tears when I saw it. The coach is really my Baby and in the 5 months that we have owned it, I have pampered and enjoyed it so very much. We could not get the compartment door open because it was crushed so much. And to make matters worse...it is the water/sewer compartment.

We hated to disappoint the kids, so we drove to a friend's auto body shop and he pried it open with a crowbar and made some adjustments so with a lot of muscles, I could get it open and closed. We made the trip without further incident...(I drove the rest of the trip...) and we are now home safe and sound.

I am quite heartsick at the sight of my previously pristine coach, but everything is repairable and we are all unhurt and had a good time.

I will post a longer description of the trip later including pictures and tales of being in Washington DC during the earthquake....

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I did EXACTLY the same thing on one of those pylons and got 2 compartment doors. Nailed it right between the two doors. Boy did I feel badly about that. The body shop fixed it and you would never know that it was crunched. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep the feather high !!
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:51 PM   #6
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I did it to ours bringing it back from Texas where we bought it to So Calif. The insurance company loved me. Third day for coverage. $22,000 damage.


The first thing I did after it was fixed was invest $350 in a professional RV driving course.

Good luck. As someone said, if you husband felt like I did, I was almost sick to my stomach. Could not believe I was so stupid.

Remember at the end of the day it is just stuff. As long as no one was hurt.

I also now am VERY particular about what kind of gas stations I fuel up in.
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Future scratches and dents will not feel as bad now.
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I did the same thing on our 1st trip out. I was lucky, & only put a 4" scratch in it. It hurts our pride, but it could be worse!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:18 PM   #9
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We bought the coach and took it to show my sister and her Hubby, I stopped for gas and lost a fender flair, didn't want to go show them now, I felt dumb.
I've done it twice so far, same flair.
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Now that we have a 32' rig, I'm very grateful that I took a post-Boeing job as a transit bus driver. After horsing a 40-foot Gillig coach through downtown Everett at rush hour, our RV isn't a problem!
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You are not the first or the last to get one of those. I swear they can run out and bite your rig. Let us know where and how the permanent fix is completed.
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I know how you feel...BTDT. Just remember, if money will fix it, it's not a problem.
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Kind of a right of passage. You are in excellent company.

I crunched our ladder against our newly installed home gutters last year just before leaving on our winter trip-------the word oops! never left my mouth-----I have a much more descriptive flair than that------very expressive---colorful actually----the neighbors enjoyed it as well.

Ladder fixed---still waiting for the guy to show up to replace the (I say again; brand new gutter).

Ain't this fun?

It's just stuff in the end and it can be fixed.
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It hurts just reading it but it's something that can happen to anyone, I towed a 26' cargo van from Dallas back to Michigan with a large tow truck when I got within 60 miles of home I pulled into get fuel where I've fueled many times before, well you guessed it I got one of those poles. Fortunately for me it was a truck I just bought and not a customers, I did not feel bad but I was really upset about it.

This is one time I do not look forward to the pictures.
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