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Old 09-12-2016, 10:14 PM   #1
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Expensive weekend

First trip out in our 3895, outside of Durango colorado and a drunk driver crosses the centerline (twice) and sends us off into the shoulder. I recovered the truck but not the trailer. Had a rzr and two carbon mountain bikes in the back coming from MOAB. heart breaking to say the least when you see your underwear all over the road and everything thats important to you destroyed. Family OK though (8yr old )
The truck stayed upright though and the Reese totally ripped out of the bed. If it hadnt we would have also gone over. Dog got banged up a little. Considering the steep embankment, the Fire Dept was amazed the truck made it back on the blacktop. One of those moments where you make a decision while inhaling.. Driver fled.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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WOW!! So glad you folks are OK, just looking at those photos kind of shakes me up. It can happen so easily and quickly. I don't know what to say, please let us know how insurance, replacement, investigation goes.

I will be traveling just a little bit slower when we head out next week for another camping trip. Take care.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:36 PM   #3
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Ouch! Glad you all are okay, trailer and stuff can be replaced.

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Old 09-12-2016, 10:44 PM   #4
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Glad nothing but physical damage. The important thing all made it through OK!

With all the texting and driving I'd say just as likely if not more it was a cell phone rather than drinks at the cause.

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The way the driver came across then corrected and went onto his shoulder, then came all the way back to my shoulder seemed like he was trying to drive, not distracted. I'll never know though. He almost did the same thing to the car behind me that stopped to help. Frustrating when someone else has your life in their hands..
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:59 AM   #6
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Glad everyone is ok. Amazing how the rvs fall apart in a wreck.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:12 AM   #7
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Luckily no one was seriously injured, seems like your guardian angel was with ya'll . It could have been much worse if someone or the dog was in the RV. Just goes to prove that you never know what can / will happen at any given time to any of us, and that you have to remain alert and drive for the other man as well as yourself.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:31 AM   #8
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Amazing pics. Stunning.

That sweet tow rig looks like it fought a tough fight.

Everybody's safe. That is more wonderful than you know.
I assure you that is not always the outcome.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:24 AM   #9
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Glad you and yours are OK, everything,else is replaceable.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:31 AM   #10
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Dang, sorry about what happened to ya but I gotta ask about your RZR. Did the tie-down straps break or did the D-rings in the floor fail? I'm just curious about it not staying put during the crash. Sorry if my question sounds cold hearted, I don't mean it to be.
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If your family is OK... Then it was a good day to have a wreck!!!


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Dang, sorry about what happened to ya but I gotta ask about your RZR. Did the tie-down straps break or did the D-rings in the floor fail? I'm just curious about it not staying put during the crash. Sorry if my question sounds cold hearted, I don't mean it to be.
Both straps were still attached after it laid over. The bottom of the rzr is now the side when its on its side. it had to be cut out by the firemen
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:38 AM   #13
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Thank god you got out of it as well as you did.

I know exactly what you and your family will be feeling after the adrenaline high wears off. Been there when we had the kids in the car and got rearend as I was about to turn into our driveway. It took awhile for it to catch up to the kids. It took a week or more for them to get back into their routine and probably another six months for them to fear ok in the car. Take it slow with the young ones and give them lots of support.

Hope the dogs not banged up too bad. Our three ride in harnesses tethered to the seat belt, anchors. The youngest pup was 8 weeks old when we brought her home from the SPCA, in a harness. It's saved more than one face plant into the front seat-back.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:37 PM   #14
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Wow, glad you and your family made it through that safe. How far from home were you? It doesn't appear as though the truck was in any condition to be driven.

I cant imagine the feeling once you know the family is safe and you recover from the shock of what happened, then dealing with the logistics of having your second home strewn across the road. We carry a a lot of stuff and toys in our haulers. Where do you put things so you can get home with items that have not been destroyed.

As noted by others, I don't want to come off as being cold but this is something that anyone in your situation would have to deal with.
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we were three hours from home. The truck drove, so we loaded up all we could and drove back at night. Came back three days later with a trailer, saw, totes and a game plan. My kiddo is still pretty shook up about it. Bikes are gone, RZR has about $3500 in damage to cage, lights and plastics, but its structure is fine. The hardest part is all the custom work I did setting it up, and months of research and finding this trailer (which was 700 miles away). The window on a great deal for a 2016 is all but closed as the 2017s are on every lot.
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Wow!!!!!
Glad you and your family came out ok.
As stated previously, stuff is replaceable.

I drove a tow truck for several years while putting myself through college and have witnessed a lot of serious carnage.

It really frustrates me to see something like this happen to someone and the piece of crap that caused it can't even stop and take responsibility.

I have personally had several close calls with drivers hogging the centerline on a narrow road. Darn trailer is 102" wide and it seems like it usually happens on a curve or a narrow bridge.

Again, glad your people came out whole and intact.....
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Wow.. Not sure what to say, but glad everyone made it thru safely.

Did you happen to take a picture of the truck bed / hitch? Curious as to what part failed/broke.
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:11 PM   #18
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This makes a good case for those Go Pro's. Without the guy behind you, no witnesses. Insurance will say your fault. Plus the @#$%&* could have been identified. Thinking about getting one just for this reason.
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We have a dash cam, but as luck would have it, it didn't record. I wasn't cited, the police report noted the driver fled. Looks like state farm is going to step up
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We have a dash cam, but as luck would have it, it didn't record. I wasn't cited, the police report noted the driver fled. Looks like state farm is going to step up
I would hope the guy behind you stayed and made a report. We recently were the only direct witnesses to a bad crash where some fool turned left in front of the car directly in front of us, it sent the lady 20 ft down a ditch and upside down at the bottom. We stayed close to an hour and were able to write our own report.
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