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Old 05-24-2016, 08:45 AM   #29
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Another EVIL garage....

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Old 05-24-2016, 10:35 AM   #30
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You know, these pictures are making me feel better and better about the whole incident.

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Old 05-24-2016, 10:36 AM   #31
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The one I get is "And you call yourself a Marine," like Marines never make mistakes.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:59 AM   #32
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Rule of thumb for overhead doors:
Either all the way open or all the way closed-
Never partially opened-
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:05 AM   #33
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Everyone makes mistakes. I've made the too low garage door mistake three times. Twice backing out, once driving in. Less than 5 minutes before each of these three incidents I mentally reminded myself to open the garage door the rest of the way _before_ starting the AS. Then I got distracted... The guard for the back-up camera is quite sturdy, no damage to the rear. The spotlight was another story. So far I've been able to straighten the door and reattach the seal, but one of these days I'll need a new lower panel too.

Think how much cheaper life would be if we just sat on the couch watching TV instead of doing things. But watching someone else experience life is kind of boring.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:16 AM   #34
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Luckily for me my 345 is NOT in pristine shape.
while backing into a campsite by myself I walked around the site made sure everything was clear, got in the RV and started backing up using the mirrors and straight back through the rear window
I wanted to back right up to the Treeline. I felt the bump I hit something what could it be? I could see through the back window there was no tree back there
There was nothing in the Sideview mirrors.
when I got out and looked there was a tree stump right in the middle of the RV, way too low to see through the window... In this case I guess I should have looked down😏
(Window trim damage in picture was from PO)
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:26 AM   #35
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Good one!

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Old 05-24-2016, 01:04 PM   #36
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Good news, You only needed to replace the two panels of the door and not the whole door. Overhead Door can do that job in 30 minutes. Not a big deal.

The difference between a disaster and an adventure is the smile on your face and 25 years when you are telling this story to your grandkids.

happy streaming.....
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #37
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So, why didn't you wait for Rita?

... uh, while you re up, grab me a beer, too...😎
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:11 PM   #38
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Got the estimate, $1900. Two new panels, repair weather strip trim, install new opener that will fully open the door. It may appear pricy but it is a 12'x 12' commercial door. A few years ago I put an opener on it because with my back problems I got tired of throwing the door up with all my might just to have it roll down again. Turns out the opener I got really wasn't made for a low headroom door. I could make it open fully but when you went to close it would trip out like it hit an obstacle. It had to do with the rate of door weight increase the opener sensed on the way down. It worked fine opening the door 3/4 of the way so that's how I used it. When the motorhome had to go in or out I would declutch the opener and push the door all the way up with a board and pull it back down with a rope. (Really smooth, huh?) And so by this method accidents happen. The new opener will fully open the door. As several people have suggested, open or closed, no in between. Should have spent the money eight years ago when I got the door installed. It would have been cheaper then, judging by the cost of replacement panels. But hey this is another lesson for all to learn from, 'Do it right the first time'.

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Old 05-24-2016, 06:24 PM   #39
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Well said!

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Old 05-24-2016, 07:50 PM   #40
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Man all that aluminum makes me glad to have a couple of fiberglass RVs. Just slather more epoxy on and sand it flat then paint it.

It would KILL me to have one of those beauties from the 90's and hit something. and I have already taking out my AC shroud with a tree branch, backed the RV into the roofline of our cabin, backed into a trailer that I was trying to hitch up, and just last weekend backed into a lamp post that was in some bushes at a parking lot I was hoping to not stick out into.

All of this damage is simple fiberglass so I have not probably collected enough and will go spend $300-500 and get it ALL fixed.

Of course I am not talking about the delimitation I am getting on both RVs. Fun

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:36 PM   #41
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I made a lovely "scar" down the side of my 25' international from door to bedroom side window while making a right turn into my neighborhood and connecting with the stop sign on the corner.... never felt a thing...
Now that can laugh about it, I've wanted to get a big aluminum key like used to be on cans to attach at the end of the crease!
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Old 12-25-2016, 09:23 PM   #42
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Last July I was driving cross country from Montana to Hershey, PA. Got into Hershey at night on the PA Turnpike, under construction, heavy traffic, lanes shifting, and finally boxed in by 3 semi trucks........needless to say I hit the guard rail on the right side, actually I think I hit it twice and bounced off. Was towing a Jeep so figured it was damaged too.

Finally got into a Walmart parking lot to inspect with good news and bad news. Good news is the Jeep was untouched, bad news is 3 compartment doors on right side had a long black streak and my docking light was busted.

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