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Old 03-01-2024, 09:25 PM   #1
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What Would You Do?

So parked and out of my MH while checking in at a campground, I come back to my unit and the owner of a large toy hauler is standing next to my cab. The side mirror is pushed forward and both of the internal mirrors on my Ford E450 are hanging by their wiring controls. Amazingly, I'm able to "pop" them back into place and my mirror adjustment control seems to be working ok. But what else could I be dealing with down the road from this impact? (The back of their rig is what hit my mirror as they turned...could have been a lot worse!)

The nice folks are ready to give me cash for a new mirror but I don't want to take advantage of them if I truly don't have damage. Taking it to a dealer is out of the question right now (we are hunkered down for two weeks in this spot.) Should I get a mobile RV tech to come out to put it through its paces to be sure? Taking it into a dealer, even a few weeks from now, would be quite a pain if I don't see any damage.

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Old 03-01-2024, 09:48 PM   #2
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I would have accepted a cash amount if it was sufficient. If deemed insufficient, ask for more. Otherwise get their insurance info, names, contact info, take photos, etc.

Conversely, if I had been the perpetrator, I would insist on my making the offended partly whole, but of course without being taken advantage of.

If it was truly minor and didn’t bother you, you probably would not have posted the question on the forum.
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Old 03-01-2024, 09:49 PM   #3
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Once they are gone and your mirror stops working then you are screwed. What happens two weeks from now on your way home and your mirror falls out? I donít think that you would be taking advantage of them. You didnít do anything wrong, they hit your mirror. It looks like you can get a replacement for around 150 dollars. Stash it away in case you have a problem later. Just my opinion.
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Old 03-01-2024, 09:53 PM   #4
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There had to have been some damage, even if it was cosmetic. Any damage generally has some long term negative implications that may not be readily apparent. I would try to Google or other wise assess the worst case $ value of their actions and take the money. Most likely, it will be viewed fairly by both parties. Let's say it's $500; both parties are relieved and you move forward.
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Old 03-01-2024, 10:41 PM   #5
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A new factory mirror for that vehicle is probably closer to $1200 or more, depending on the options it has. One from something like 1A Auto can be had for around $350 or so. I'm not sure where you saw one for $150, cb25Joe. Those mirrors aren't cheap, especially if you want to keep it factory.
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I would have gotten their information and told them I would have it checked out at the dealer before going any further. Lots of times there is hidden damage that's not readily apparent at first inspection.
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While working in a State Park last summer, a similar incident happened and I tried to talk the owner of the damaged vehicle to allow me to have a Ranger come and at least make a report. The owner checked his mirror and it seemed to be ok and decided to let it be. Two days later he shows up on my site wanting to know where the guest was that hit him as the mirror was starting to make a grinding noise. So IMHO you would have been best to accept the cash or at least get good contact info if needed for insurance or payment options later.
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As the OP...thanks for all of the good input on my post. Though the mirror appears to be working perfectly after my testing, we are exchanging insurance information and I'm asking them to file a claim that will give me some weeks to get back on the road and make sure there's not any future issues. Keeping my fingers crossed for them and me!
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I would have gotten their information and told them I would have it checked out at the dealer before going any further. Lots of times there is hidden damage that's not readily apparent at first inspection.
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As the OP...thanks for all of the good input on my post. Though the mirror appears to be working perfectly after my testing, we are exchanging insurance information and I'm asking them to file a claim that will give me some weeks to get back on the road and make sure there's not any future issues. Keeping my fingers crossed for them and me!
You made the best decision.
That is exactly what I would have done.
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