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Dieselbird01 10-11-2019 12:37 PM

Broken but Here
 
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It looks like we might be in the running for a “Broken but Here” award at WOG. :(

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...0&d=1570809985


Yesterday, on our way to Pine Mountain, a driver came down an entrance ramp and did a self inflicted pit maneuver using our coach.

He clipped the right front corner of our coach near the entrance door, pivoted crossways against our front bumper, slid across the bumper and ended up sliding down the driver’s side all the way to the drive tires. From there, he spun across two lanes of traffic and into the guard rail cables in the center median.

The good news is that he didn’t appear to be hurt and that somehow the cars that were running along beside me on my left, managed to miss him and each other.

The other good news was that he admitted to the police that it was his fault - said he didn’t see us.

Bill Pape 10-11-2019 12:52 PM

We are happy everyone is safe, relieved but it still hurts an owner with a perfect Wanderlodge. See YA Soon

Harold,Cat&Sam 10-11-2019 01:05 PM

Happy everyone is ok .

giderich 10-11-2019 01:17 PM

John, sorry to hear about the 'ruffled feathers'. No injuries is a good thing.

atckip 10-11-2019 01:38 PM

Aren't you glad you called me for directions!
Anything else I can do to help..just ask!:D:D:D

chiplamb 10-11-2019 01:42 PM

Glad all are OK. We may come in tomorrow, who else will already be there?

Crit Bliss 10-11-2019 01:48 PM

I'm so sorry John

tsdevane 10-11-2019 02:36 PM

Glad you all are alright. :)



Timothy

Big Al 10-11-2019 02:37 PM

Glad to hear you are okay :)

How can they not see you. These coaches are big. :eek:

Fujimo 10-11-2019 02:41 PM

Glad no one hurt ,but I didn't see him so how big do you have to be before he might see you, when we ride motorcycle you have to drive like no body sees you.

ChrisRasman 10-11-2019 02:53 PM

Wow John! You may be the biggest draw at the WOG. God forbid you have to take this guy to court. I park the coach on the street somehow so the judge could see it. Case closed.

I hope you can get the coach fixed. These are some tough birds. I just saw a video of a brand new plastic coach ripping its side out when it pulled off from a gas pump. Ripped the rear axle out. Had to have bent the frame, they could not close the door anymore. https://youtu.be/kLNzhB6hPz4

I saw another video (retired. lazy) of a BB (I think) rolling off a wrecker wheel lift on a hill. I don't think it was on the WOG, another online forum. Owners dropped the camera. Sprinted after the coach. The tow driver almost went under the wheels when he went for the door. Owner gets in, tries to get in the seat at the very same time it hit a big curb. He went flying. He said he thought they hit a car. Wound up in a big field. They towed it off and it was fine but for a bent wheel. Another video out there, was for sure a BB. On its side. They righted it and it drove off.

We will be in late Monday.

Nancy Brookshire 10-11-2019 03:20 PM

Didn’t SEE you?????? Had to be on the phone, drunk, high,stupid! Thankful you kids are safe!!!!!

Rick 10-11-2019 03:28 PM

This is rough John. It can be fixed. There are a few parts around.

I think this was a case of being too big.

ChrisRasman 10-11-2019 04:02 PM

Maybe we can help you at the WOG?

ejallison1 10-11-2019 04:16 PM

Sorry to hear this! Must be a younger distracted driver. Seems like other vehicles tend to give a wide berth. Hope your repair process goes easily and the other driver well insured. I remember there was an outfit on the west coast of Florida north of Tampa that did body work and were well regarded.

Gatorgrl 10-11-2019 04:17 PM

:eek: Didn't see you? Guess you were running in Bluebird's legendary stealth mode. :cool:
You really gotta watch that, especially on the freeways. Maybe your cloaking switch broke? I know these darned ole bird are very hard to see. lol

Another reason I was so adamant about changing all our lights to brighter LEDs.

Glad no one was hurt. He, obviously doesn't need to be driving.

brhodes 10-11-2019 04:50 PM

Glad no one was hurt John. Hard not to see a big coach like our Birds.


Leaving Saturday morning I95 to I10 to I75 as the FL turnpike is horrible.

CaptPegLeg 10-11-2019 06:43 PM

Have to say John “It didn’t happen!” but I’m sure you must have pictures. Sorry about your luck if it really did happen.

ddoster 10-11-2019 08:59 PM

I am here in 119

isp2952 10-11-2019 09:02 PM

Wow, so sorry to hear you got tangled up with some lame brain that couldn't see you! :eek::eek: Glad you guys are ok and that is all that is important, but I know how tough it will be to get it back the way you expect it to be. This clown's insurance company is not going to be happy when they find out how much it will cost:rolleyes:

Bob Johannesen 10-11-2019 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Dieselbird01 (Post 466943)
It looks like we might be in the running for a “Broken but Here” award at WOG. :(

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...0&d=1570809985

John - I am glad to see you still have that Golden Horseshoe hidden in your bird!!
Also very relieved it wasn't more serious.
That is why I have dash cameras on my vehicles.

Kiwi3 10-11-2019 09:33 PM

Ouch!
I'm glad all of you are okay.

dennis hight 10-12-2019 08:32 AM

We are glad you are ok and sorry for your bird

patticake 10-12-2019 08:53 AM

John, how is your neck and back? I know a good lawyer:D:rolleyes:

Bumpersbird 10-12-2019 09:16 AM

WHAT BUS !!!
Sometimes you can’t see the forest from the trees.
Glad your okay.

Dieselbird01 10-12-2019 12:33 PM

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Thanks everyone!


We're very thankful that no one got killed or seriously injured! The coach is banged up a little but the damage doesn't seem too bad considering what it went through.

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Originally Posted by atckip (Post 466950)
Aren't you glad you called me for directions!
Anything else I can do to help..just ask!:D:D:D

Hi Kip,

We actually ended up coming a slightly different way - your way would probably have worked out much better! :)


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Originally Posted by ChrisRasman (Post 466964)
Snip.... Wow John! You may be the biggest draw at the WOG.

Hi Chris,

Yeah, I told my wife we should put a tarp around the coach and charge a dollar a look.
:D

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Originally Posted by Nancy Brookshire (Post 466965)
Didn’t SEE you?????? Had to be on the phone, drunk, high,stupid! Thankful you kids are safe!!!!!

Hi Nancy,

He didn't appear to be impaired at all, seemed like a nice guy that just made a mistake.


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Originally Posted by Rick (Post 466966)
This is rough John. It can be fixed. There are a few parts around.

I think this was a case of being too big.

Hi Rick,

That may very well have been the case.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptPegLeg (Post 466987)
Have to say John “It didn’t happen!” but I’m sure you must have pictures. Sorry about your luck if it really did happen.

Hi Bob,

I tried the "without pictures it didn't happen" approach but that didn't seem to help.
. :p

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Originally Posted by isp2952 (Post 466998)
Wow, so sorry to hear you got tangled up with some lame brain that couldn't see you! :eek::eek: Glad you guys are ok and that is all that is important, but I know how tough it will be to get it back the way you expect it to be. This clown's insurance company is not going to be happy when they find out how much it will cost:rolleyes:

Hi Jim,

Like I told Nancy Brookshire, he seemed like a good guy who just made a mistake.


Here are a few "free" pictures. :)

When viewing the pictures, keep in mind that he came down an entrance ramp on our right side, so the initial impact was to the right side near the entrance door. :eek:

From the pictures it doesn't look like it hit hard on that side but that first hit was quite a "bang"! We thought for sure that the right front corner would be all crumpled up!

ChrisRasman 10-12-2019 04:52 PM

Tough old birds. I thought for sure it be way worse. Glad its' not so bad you can't travel. I have been watching an RV influencer on YouTube. He has Newell. His water tank leaked a few month (he said he didn't know) and the whole wooden bottom of that basement came out and the tank dropped (at low speed). He sent it in for repair. The techs cut the whole floor out. I comment one word, STEEL. He sent me a question mark and answered back Wanderlodge. He liked that. They put marine grade plywood in. Love our steel coaches.

Dc2x4drvr 10-12-2019 07:44 PM

Could have been worse John, glad no body got hurt...

Randy Dupree 10-12-2019 08:24 PM

Wow.
I wish we had a pic of the car that hit you.
I would say you lucked out in a big way.

Nancy Brookshire 10-12-2019 08:37 PM

After looking at pictures.....sturdy birdy!!!!

4-Liberty 10-12-2019 08:43 PM

John and Nancy , sorry to hear of your mishap . Glad to hear no injuries. I know you will have your coach perfect in its appearence again.

Best wishes

isp2952 10-12-2019 08:44 PM

After looking at the pics I'm reminded of John Cameron Swayze:) "It takes a liking and keeps on ticking." Timex and and Bluebirds, both are pretty tough:D

Shahin 10-12-2019 08:59 PM

Hi John,

Glad you are ok. Looking forward to meet you!

Kiwi3 10-12-2019 09:04 PM

Wow!
I really figured the bumpers would have taken more, but dang they are built solid.

Chief607 10-12-2019 09:09 PM

John so glad no one was hurt. Believe it or not we were within inches of telling the same story. We were coming through Birmingham when a guy tried to merge. I had an 18 wheeler on the other side of me so no choice but to hit the brakes and lay on the air horn. He actually stepped on it half on the shoulder and continued on like nothing happened. Thank God no one was right behind us. On a lighter not I showed your pictures to my wife and explained this is why we own a Blue Bird.

chiplamb 10-13-2019 08:57 AM

John, you were in when I went by last night but you were very lucky, damage almost imperceptible. Stop through Augusta on the way home and we'll get you sorted!

georgiavette 10-13-2019 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by isp2952 (Post 467104)
After looking at the pics I'm reminded of John Cameron Swayze:) "It takes a liking and keeps on ticking." Timex and and Bluebirds, both are pretty tough:D

Exactly what Jim said! So glad you guys are okay.


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