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Old 03-08-2010, 12:55 PM   #61
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RIT, as a medical professional, you should be well aware of the proper course of treatment for minor scrapes and abrasions:
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So Rich, can't you just paint on a little rustoleum or something and leave the dent be for now? Seems like you will get a lot of those little suckers over the RV's life. Wouldn't it be more cost effective to spruce them all up at once before you sell?
Dunno. It can get hard to match color and decals as time passes, I'm told. Little scratches and scars I could wait on, but the cargo door might leak in a heavy rain if it doesn't fit quite right from the dent, etc.

I haven't put in a claim on a vehicle policy in 44 years of driving. Maybe I'm due.
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RIT, as a medical professional, you should be well aware of the proper course of treatment for minor scrapes and abrasions:
Great idea.

That bandaid thing isn't bad, either.
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Dunno. It can get hard to match color and decals as time passes, I'm told. Little scratches and scars I could wait on, but the cargo door might leak in a heavy rain if it doesn't fit quite right from the dent, etc.
I agree to get it done now - you could end up having some "issues" with your insurance company if you delay for too long.

As to the likelyhood of further major dings, dents and scrapes in the future, the possibility they will occur is far from certain. My rig is coming up on its ninth birthday and has only one moderate ding where the original owner had a run-in with a tree limb and indented a small section of the metal cap joining the roof and sidewall. He never had it repaired and I haven't bothered to do so either as it is 1) not very visible, 2) aluminum and not going to rust, and 3) an ongoing reminder of what can happen if you don't look both up and back when moving in reverse.
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Dunno. It can get hard to match color and decals as time passes, I'm told. Little scratches and scars I could wait on, but the cargo door might leak in a heavy rain if it doesn't fit quite right from the dent, etc.

I haven't put in a claim on a vehicle policy in 44 years of driving. Maybe I'm due.
Yeah, Rich - I'd go ahead and get it fixed if it were me. Yes - you are due!

I almost killed my DH a couple of years ago. We were at the factory for service and DH pointed out several of the RVs with their dented cargo bay doors and said "Wow, look honey, you haven't made any of those booboos!". Then he saw the murder in my eyes when I glared at him. I'm superstitious when it comes to tempting fate!!!! It's just a matter of time. We do have a few scratches, however and some very near misses in spite of extreme vigilance. It really can't be helped.

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Ouch.

Did they raise your premiums?
Nope. It had no effect. It has been my only accident claim. Our insurance is Progressive and I have been very happy with them.
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Yeah, Rich - I'd go ahead and get it fixed if it were me. Yes - you are due!
I'm superstitious when it comes to tempting fate!!!! It's just a matter of time.

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Whenever I would hear about people driving their vehicles in their pajamas, I would always say that I would never do that because I would be sure to be in an accident. Well, one time I drove with my pajamas on and guess who was in a car accident. It was the only car accident that was my fault and I think that my subconcious mind thought that I should be in one.

Sorry to hear of your accident Rich. I am glad to hear that you had such a great time in the Keys and that your retiree date is getting so close!
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It really can't be helped.
If you said that in the military, then every time you maneuvered in a parking lot or a campsite you'd find yourself standing by a corner of the RV holding marshal's batons and helping the driver to avoid collisions & safety hazards...
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Rich, I made a similar turn into a small gas station pump stand hauling my TrailManor. (I believe you owned one a while back.) Similar size piller of about 3' took out my rear side window! (It's a fold down.) Thankfully, I was able to replace the glass myself with the help of the wife and a lot of swearing. Ah, the life of leisure.
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I was able to replace the glass myself with the help of the wife and a lot of swearing.
E-dude, I'm guessing she was once in the Navy?
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E-dude, I'm guessing she was once in the Navy?
No, she just hangs around me when I do any repair work. Picks it up fast.
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If you said that in the military, then every time you maneuvered in a parking lot or a campsite you'd find yourself standing by a corner of the RV holding marshal's batons and helping the driver to avoid collisions & safety hazards...
Hey - that's exactly how it happens on our team! DH is always hops outside with walkie-talkie and circles the RV before we maneuver into a tight situation to spot issues and give directions (mostly hand signals). Especially when backing into a campsite! Yes - he is always at one of the corners, and if I can't see him, I stop until I can.

Visibility is just not that good from inside a large RV.

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P.S. Maybe I need to order him some lighted batons! It would really give the other RVers a great laugh!!!! Can't believe I haven't seen that yet.
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Rich, I made a similar turn into a small gas station pump stand hauling my TrailManor. (I believe you owned one a while back.) Similar size piller of about 3' took out my rear side window! (It's a fold down.) Thankfully, I was able to replace the glass myself with the help of the wife and a lot of swearing. Ah, the life of leisure.
Yep, the TrailManor was traded in (actually sold privately) as part of paying for the motor home. Loved it - performed exactly as advertised.

Generally I find driving the motorhome to be a little easier than the TrailManor esp when backing up. But in forward turns, the trailer has a tendency to lag out a bit toward the outside tires before moving into the turn (or at least it felt that way). With a Class A, when turning, the whole vehicle aft of the rear tires immediately caves toward the direction of the turn. No slack there. I'm gonna do some parking lot work with a pylon or two next time I'm taking the RV for a ride.
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P.S. Maybe I need to order him some lighted batons! It would really give the other RVers a great laugh!!!! Can't believe I haven't seen that yet.
Next time you are at the airport have him watch the signals/lighted batons used by the ground crew as they guide a plane to the gate.
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Motorhome in its premorbid state:
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Here's what your fee gets you:
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Damage pics next...
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Whaaaattt!!! That's barely noticeable!

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P.S. Were you parking on sand? I hope you gave your rig a good hose down - especially the chrome.

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Next time you are at the airport have him watch the signals/lighted batons used by the ground crew as they guide a plane to the gate.
Yeah - I already figured out I could get the instructions off the internet. We also need to get a headset with earmuffs/microphone.

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