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Old 02-29-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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I pulled my journey out today and gave her a bath, roof and everything. While backing in to my narrow covered enclosure I hit the door, which I should have opened wider. It messed up the rear back facia that it just under the opening grill. Put a gauge and it all popped loose. I can straighten the bracket and rescrew it back, the portion that wraps up to the drivers side compartment, but it has popped all the glued in brackets that suppoert it along the rear.
Very little visible damage, but the whole back facia under the opening grill is now not attatched. I can see where all these glued in supports have popped the glue joint.
I want to whack myself with a stick. Why didnt I just stop 1 more time and walk back for another look. dumb, dumb, dumb.
I sure do feel bad right now.
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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I pulled my journey out today and gave her a bath, roof and everything. While backing in to my narrow covered enclosure I hit the door, which I should have opened wider. It messed up the rear back facia that it just under the opening grill. Put a gauge and it all popped loose. I can straighten the bracket and rescrew it back, the portion that wraps up to the drivers side compartment, but it has popped all the glued in brackets that suppoert it along the rear.
Very little visible damage, but the whole back facia under the opening grill is now not attatched. I can see where all these glued in supports have popped the glue joint.
I want to whack myself with a stick. Why didnt I just stop 1 more time and walk back for another look. dumb, dumb, dumb.
I sure do feel bad right now.
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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Bummer.

Ron, if it's any consolation, there are only two types of RVers.

Those of us that have done dumb things..............and those who won't admit it.
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:00 PM   #4
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Ditto to Route 66. I think I have done most stupid things. The only consolation is as the unit gets older many of those marks have good memories attached.

So what if I backed into a pole. Wasn't it incredible to see 200+ buffalo amble through the campground at Teddy Roosevelt NP.

Smile and have a great time.
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:17 PM   #5
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If it makes you feel any better, my insurance company just spent $7,500 because I was in a hurry and backed into an crepe myrtle "bush" before Christmas. My lesson learned is to watch both mirrors and the rear end camera, and still get out and check as I back up!
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:51 PM   #6
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Ron, maybe it's not so bad as it seems....

If it's not very visible form the outside, then that's real good. You should be able to repair the inside yourself with 2 part epoxy, or maybe get somebody that can apply figerglass over those broken glue joints.

Speaking from 1st hand experience, usually it's not so bad once you get past the emotional stage and can start thinking rationally.

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:55 PM   #7
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Ron I feel your pain.

So what if I was making a tight turn between 2 buildings and the MH wouldn't move when I gave it gas. The edge of one building was punched into the awning cover. AARRRGGHHH Now I get out and luck around and UP.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:29 PM   #8
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I have not damaged this coach yet but I had a two for one a few years ago.

I was backing into the front yard (drive too small) to load my coach for a trip. I was concerned with a fence post on the nose and FORGOT THE HOUSE. Yep, backed the coach right into the windows in the living room. So, not only did I damage the rear, lights, ladder, etc but I also smashed two large windows and trim.

Oh yeah, now I cannot leave the house so it ruined the trip!
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:12 PM   #9
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If there are any mistakes left, by all means, please point me to them. I've already made nearly all of them and don't want to miss any.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #10
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Lets see, if I had been paying attention when we started on our last trip, I would have sprung for the two pairs of awning security straps...for a measly $20 and checked the aluminum covers.

Now I have to spend around $600 and put new acrylic fabric on my awning and slide topper myself or it will mushroom up to $1000.
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:05 PM   #11
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On my journey 36 I was backing sharp and caught the front facia and pulled it out about 2". It has lifted out from the left side all the way to the centre.
After I almost shot myself and was just about sick. The supports had broken loose where the green expoxy was. I pulled everything apart (there is some screws that are underneath some stick on trim)and set it all back in place and glued it with "pro form PF7779 pliogrip" made by Ashland Chemical. It went all went back together and although I know where it is I don't think anyone else can tell. I have just driven 5000 miles with very rough roads thru Boise ID and Seattle and the glue is all still holding up. I was told it was the same as many OEM's use. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:25 PM   #12
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Alright; as long at we're admitting a few mistakes, where's the photo's? Come on everybody, let's see the good stuff! We should be able to make this a really long thread...
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I've owned 5 Class A's, and I've bashed 4 of 'em against something! I've found that the faster you repair the damage, the sooner you will forget you are a doofus.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:18 AM   #14
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Those who have not dented, do not back up.

Learned the hard way, it pays to have a spotter when backing..
Often times you can find a Auto Body Repair Shop, that works on motor homes.
My RV dealer wanted 2500. for repairs after I told him I needed his help, cause I was not going to report it to my Insurance Company.
The Auto place charged 1500. They did a great job.

Ask a reputable shope who does Rv work in your area...Good Luck
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