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Old 09-07-2014, 05:41 PM   #11
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Glad to hear you were OK.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:14 PM   #12
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OUCH! So sorry to hear about your accident. Hope that replacement rider is what you thought it was.

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Old 09-08-2014, 11:46 AM   #13
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OMG, Denis! Thank goodness you both are OK!!

Please keep us posted about what your next steps are. I have that same coverage on our coach too. Hoping that you'll be able to continue your adventure in another new rig (that you'll have to re-mod!)

I'm so glad you are both safe!
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:08 PM   #14
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Just read your post. Wow. You are lucky to be alive. I'm convinced that these coaches will explode much like an airplane when it hits the ground. There is just no structural support strong enough to protect occupants. Like putting a long wooden frame/wallboard room on a flatbed truck.

A new replacement sounds great but when I think about how long it too me to get our coach just right... well its a lot of work both by the dealer and me and don't even mention the money and time.

On the other hand if you can get something that suits better it might not be a bad thing. Cindy and I agree, you have to use a coach for a week straight to begin to really know what works for you and what doesn't. A bigger shower for instance is a must in any new coach for us.

Best of luck Denis and let us know how the settlement goes and what you get.

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Old 09-12-2014, 10:29 PM   #15
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First and foremost, thank you everyone for your concerns and messages of encouragement. We are back home now and are starting the MH recovery repair/whatever process. We are insured by Allied Insurance a division of Nationwide insurance. Once their support kicked in the different divisions took over and contacted us to confirm details and got the MH released by the police and towed to a repair facility. The insurance adjuster gets there on Monday/Tuesday next week to make a determination. We are in the process of acquiring the Police Report and the Accident Report. So this part of the adventure is just beginning. But first some stats about that stretch of I10 in El Paso courtesy of the DWs sister in law. From the time of our accident to the Monday after the accident there were 6 more accidents with two fatalities all caused by OTR trucks in the area of our accident. During the year 2013 there were 13 thousand accidents on that stretch of road. The NTSB states that the area of I10 in El Paso has more accidents than all interstates across the country. It is referred to as the 'Spaghetti Bowl'....if you were to look at it from the overhead using google earth it would look like a bowl of spaghetti. I am in the process of pulling pictures off my cell phone and will post soon. The MH frame held up admirably, seats stayed put and the seatbelts kept us safe.

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Old 09-12-2014, 10:38 PM   #16
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Glad you are back home. I have Allied insurance also. I'll for sure be watching your progress to see how you come out.

We stayed at a campground SE of El Paso and the owner there gave us directions on how to by-pass that down town area. We went North at the East side of town. Then across the North end. Worked out well for us.

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Old 09-25-2014, 02:58 PM   #17
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Sure would like to see the pics of the coach after the accident Denis?
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Just have a couple more to convert from my phone. Then I'll have to get them down to forum size. Update on insurance claim: the adjuster got the coach released from the police investigation and had it towed to a repair facility...in this case Camping World facility at El Paso. CW does a repair/damage report sends it to the adjustor then they go over everything to determine status i.e. repairable or totaled. If totaled I shop and they pay up to the replacement value that I insured it at. So I am still in a waiting state. I mustsay that Allied has kept me informed at each step. In all I have heard from/provided info to four different divisions of Allied (a division of Nationwide Insurance) most within 2 days of the accident report by me. Definitely a complex process.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:29 AM   #19
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Well, here goes for pictures. Let me review the situation;
We are on I-10in El Paso Texas, I am next to an 18 Wheeler about 3/4 the way up on his trailer on his left. Traffic is moderately heavy, posted speed is 50, I am at 40-45 as is the 18 Wheeler. All of a sudden the 18'er turns into my lane (I see the tractor do this) My comment is OMG then nothing but pure reaction. I believe he side swiped me twice (DW provided that detail). I see a small pick up hit by 18'er it gets thrown into my path like it was a toy. I am impacted by Pick Up (he is sideways passenger side towards) pushing him about another 15 or so feet, I am already into the Jersey Barrier. All damage photos are front and passenger side as I am merged with the Jersey on drivers side. DW sustains minor injuries from Side view mirror sheering off and shattering the window showering her with safety glass. She received 26 glass punctures in fore arm which healed in a few days. Little red car you see is my toad which came through virtually unscathed. We drove home in it.

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Well its awful Denis. But I am surprised the impact didn't crack the windshield (from what I can tell from the photos).

Hard to imagine what the inside might have looked like, stuff everywhere I would guess.

I thought the side damage was repairable but didn't like the look of the front end and if you rode the divider there must be significant damage on the left too.

After 39 years in the insurance industry, much of it handing claims, I have to say you seem to be remarkably calm about this. Many people I met over the years were not.

Neither solution, new or repair, will be a perfect fix.

If they total it: They may balk at paying you for all your enhancements; you might insist (if they deny the cost of additions and enhancements) that you be permitted to remove anything they won't pay for that is still in working shape. Also, you will face the entire scope of quality control work left to buyers these days when buying a new coach. Can be aggravating. Less for some, more for others, (a year to work out problems for us). You'll undoubtedly want to make upgrades and additions again too; having just finished much of that on this coach.

If they repair it, be prepared to make additional trips back to the garage. They will miss damage, it's unavoidable in such a complicated piece of machinery. Once you accept it, then try not to blame everything that fails from that point forward, on the accident. People have a tendency to do that; it's a normal reaction when there is a lot of damage.

If I were in your shoes, (if they are going to repair it) I might tell the adjuster that when the coach is stripped down but before repairs start, I would want to do my own inspection. It's a long trip but you might feel better about the repairs if you can inspect the open coach personally. Have the adjuster and shop super conduct the inspection with you. Gives you a good opportunity to ask questions and understand just how the shop plans to go about repairs. Worth the cost in travel and lodging and may give you peace of mind down the road.
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