Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-17-2021, 08:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Bourg, Louisiana
Posts: 29
Heavy Damage on our "Cajun Lady" due to Hurricane Ida

Our "Cajun Lady" (2020 Berkshire 39A) suffered major damages due to Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29, 2021. We live in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana which was ground zero for this cat 4 hurricane. I could not evacuate because i am the Executive Director of the local levee district. I am the CEO of our hurricane protection system. The 140+ winds collapsed our aluminum cover on top of our RV causing serious body damage. It appears she will need a complete paint job, a new windshield, a new roof, replacement of some windows, and a new satellite dish. I don't think she is totaled, because the retail value of this RV still should be about $200K. I plan of taking her to our dealership in Hammond, LA (Berryland) early next week. I think this insurance claim may exceed $80K. Any advice? Should we trade in after we make repairs? Will Forrest River, or my dealer, take the insurance check and the RV as is as a trade? We love our Berkshire and would welcome getting a like model. Thanks for listening to me. Reggie Dupre
RDupre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2021, 09:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
Old Forester's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 115
Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Ida missed us this year, up here in Alex, but Delta and Laura both got us last year, within a month. We actually took our Berryland bought Windjammer to the Mississippi Nat'l Forest just east of Natchez for one of them. On the plus side, Berryland folks seem really fair. Good Luck to you.
Old Forester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2021, 04:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 648
1st glad you and your family are ok.

I would call your insurance company and ask them for the name of an rv repair center.

It sounds like a lot of damage, with luck they may total it.

If repaired correct- It should be fine-

But I would ask about the repair time, and the loss of value due to a major repair .

I live in NJ, and my brother in law had a boat damaged from Hurricane Sandy- took 18 month to repair.
2012 390BH
dave-g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2021, 08:36 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,393
I believe you need to do what your insurance co. directs, after you tell them if it's even driveable. If not, the ins. needs to cover towing or whatever to get it to an agreed upon repair shop. I would probably ask for an adjuster to evaluate it first, as it may be totaled.
--2005 F350 Superduty Crewcab, 6.0, 4wd, short bed, 3.73 gears;
--2016 Montana 3711FL, 40'
--2014 Wildcat 327CK, 38' SOLD
phillyg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2021, 02:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 324

I would totally be pushing insurance to total it! The way repairs are made these days I know Id never be at peace after repairs. Plus, I wouldnt want to be an unknowing purchasing family if you repair and sell. JMHO.
CYAH OUT THERE! is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13 AM.