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Old 04-24-2015, 08:34 AM   #1
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My first major mishap

I've had my Cornerstone for about 2 months now, and yesterday I made my first really stupid and carless mistake. I was turning into a picnic area that was on the left side of the road, so I had to cross oncoming traffic. Rather than wait for a nice long break in the traffic where I could crawl across slowly to enter the picnic area, I temporarily thought I was in a regular car and I zipped quickly across trying to beat the traffic that was coming.

Needless to say, I didn't see the dip in the pavement going into the picnic area, so when I hit it I heard a huge "whack" from the front end, and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty.

When I got out to look, my heart sank as the top part of the generator slide cap was hanging out away from the coach. The impact caused all four bolts that hold the cap in place to pop out and strip the fiberglass. In addition, I scraped up the bottom of the fiberglass all along the front.

I felt sick to my stomach that I had been so stupid and careless. I made the rest of my trip with gorilla tape holding the cap shut (which looked really classy), and today I'll head to Lowe's to see if I can figure out a way to re-attach it myself. If I can't, I'll have to get professional repairs.

I'm sure most people aren't as stupid as I am, but I just wanted to post this story to remind everyone to enter parking lots and picnic areas very slowly!!!
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:40 AM   #2
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OUCH!!!
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:44 AM   #3
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things like that do put a damper on the day sorry hope its an easy fix
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:56 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your accident and hope you get your beautiful coach repaired soon. Appreciate the reminder about the EXTRA care necessary in driving these vehicles. Have to really focus every time I go from the Mini to the motor home
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:59 AM   #5
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So sorry to hear that Jeff. One more ramp to add to your list are truck stop entrance ramps. Don't ask me how I know that one.....I did the samething you did, but just bent a bolt on the Travel Supreme and scratched the cowl, thankfully it was underneath and couldn't be seen.

If you need to fiberglass the bolt holes a fiberglass kit can be purchsed at any auto parts store. Sorry for the boo-boo
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:19 AM   #6
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Congratulations Jeff, you now have another story to tell around the campfire! It happens to all of us in one way or another so good luck with the repair and be grateful it's not worse, cause some are.
Also when I'm driving, I try to keep in mind what a driving instructor told me once. "Remember you are the biggest thing out there so take your time, they'll wait! So what if they honk, you're never going to see them again!"
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If it will make you feel better, and it likely won't..

My first mishap was misjudging my spacing and side-swiping the car dolly...
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:41 AM   #8
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My first mishap. I had a advertising sign run into the drivers side of the coach, as I was pulling into a refueling station. At least that's what I told my insurance agent. They tell you to never admit fault !!!!!
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:52 AM   #9
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Well, now that you got your first out of the way, the next one will make you feel just as bad. However, it will never again be the FIRST! I know the stories i could tell....
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You can purchase a fiberglass repair kit from an auto parts store and repair the holes where the bolts were ripped out.
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You may be able to reattach the bolts using Toggler Plastic Drywall Anchors | Installing Plastic Drywall Anchors, Plastic Fasteners, Plastic Toggle Bolts. This worked for me when my fender pulled the screws out due to the tire hitting it.
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Jeff, like the previous posts indicated, most of us have been there. I backed into a post parking my 38 footer in the storage lot. I never felt it as I was really backing slow and watching the back-up camera. The insurance adjuster said I probably wouldn't feel or hear it being that far back behind me with the diesel engine running. $5500 later I learned that back-up camera's have blind spots! It took me a year or so with a few more near misses but I have now learned to be patient, take it slow, and when unsure always get out and look. There are some Lazy Days videos on the web that provide really good Class A driving tips. All the previous posts are good advice as well.

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:56 AM   #13
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I agree with all....don't be so hard on yourself.

You know, that might be the incident that you'll keep in mind, that could prevent you in the future from making a dash like that and getting T-Boned.

It hurts the wallet, but it can all be fixed.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:35 AM   #14
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I felt the same gut wrenching pain 5mo ago. Wife ran into the back of our 2mo old Aspire while trailing me. Totalled her car. Excited to say she was physically unharmed and the coach repairs are being made. Reminder to SLOW down and focus on the journey. Hope to have it by Memorial Day.
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