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Old 06-06-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Encounter with a Texas Roadrunner!

Well I did what Wylie Coyote has been trying to do for years..... I got a Road Runner with my trailer! On my way to the Great Castell Kayak Race on the Llano and had a Road Runner fly into my trailer. I guess I'm just lucky because you hardly ever see one fly! Any suggestions! Dent is about he size of a basketball. Guess I'll call my insurance agent!
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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I'm sure you can get a roadrunner decal or emblem painted over it to commemorate the experience. Meep Meep!
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:31 PM   #3
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wow, I have lived in Texas half my life and have never seen a road runner, did not think a 300 gram (10.5oz) bird could put such an enormous dent in a trailer!

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:37 PM   #4
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I see roadrunners in the desert, but I have never seen one fly more then a foot or two off the ground and for very short distances. Lucky you...
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:47 PM   #5
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Back when I lived near Austin, I worked with a crew installing a flagstone patio around a pool at a house in Wimberley. Early every morning a roadrunner would fly up to the peak of the roof (1-story ranch) to catch the early morning rays. It would sit up there in the sun and sing like a songbird.

Only time I've seen anything like it. We had roadrunners in western Arkansas where I grew up too, but that was the only time I've seen one more than a couple of feet off the ground myself. Certainly the only time I've heard more that a squawk from one.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:36 PM   #6
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We have some resident roadrunners around the house. They can get quite tame and I can get quite near them.

A roadrunner went running past my office window this afternoon, carrying a snake in its beak. The snake was probably 15" long and dragged on the ground on both sides of the bird.

I have often seen them perched in the high branches of the live oak trees in my back yard. They can soar pretty high, especially when they are startled.
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I used to have one of those Roadrunners. Top speed was about 160.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:30 PM   #8
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I used to have one of those Roadrunners. Top speed was about 160.
Nice, but once you get it up high enough to dent one of the curved panels on the top of an Airstream you have problems of your own. Especially at 160.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:20 AM   #9
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Check this out for a repair:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...res-64383.html

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Old 06-07-2010, 10:52 AM   #10
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Bummer my deductible is $500! Does anyone know where I can get a suction cup device like they use to handle glass?
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:16 AM   #11
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I'm sad to say I think your 500 deductible is a good deal here. I think that repair is gonna be over a thousand. As for the suction devices, I think Harbor Freight sells one. Don't think it is gonna work to your satisfaction (if at all). Sorry.
How bout your old toilet bowl plunger for a start. I'd use a scaffold (or pickup bed) instead of a laddder or we might next be exploring your hospitalization deductable.

Oh, and I am horrified to think that type of dent can come from any bird short of a condor or at least a Texas Buzzard, which by the way is something that often fly up at a last minute after staying for one last gulp of road-kill. I slow and honk as soon as I see a buzzard on or near road ahead. Not sure the honking helps.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:04 PM   #12
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I guess the only good news is that it wasn't a wild turkey. I saw a Honda Civic that hit a wild turkey and it damaged the grille the hood, shattered the windshield and pulled the roof down. I would guess the damage was probably about $5000. Amazing how much damage a bird can do. jc
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:10 AM   #13
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The estimate is in and would you believe that little feathered friend did $2100 of damage! Yes my $500 deductible does look better now!
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