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Old 07-12-2010, 07:36 PM   #15
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Sorry to hear about the property damage but that can be fixed. People damage is another issue and glad to here you're ok.

Wife and I drove that stretch of road today. Had we seen you, we definately would have been rubber-necking and probably created a secondary incident. Left Beacon Hill CG in Intercourse for home via Fredericksburg VA.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:44 AM   #16
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Sorry about your accident... fortunately, no one was injured.

One of the lessons from this for everyone is speed control; many of our rigs take much longer to stop than our daily drivers - we're obligated to reduce speed until we can still stop within our sight distance.

One of the more valuable experiments one can make is to get on a deserted stretch of road and explore the behavior of one's rig under emergency stopping conditions. Some of our vehicles don't have ABS systems, and practicing hard stops is the only way of learning how to quickly reduce speed. "Locking them up" causes your vehicle to slide for much longer distances, since you're traveling on a film of liquid rubber...

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Yeah, yeah. And on a clear day when you can see fine you probably would have been going at least as fast as I was. Believe me, I'm not the only one that made that mistake there and the other drivers had even more warning than I did.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:21 AM   #17
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Since I live in northern Maryland, I've driven I-83 between Towson and York many times. The Maryland section is pretty decent, but the road in Pennsylvania does have some issues. There have been some pretty ugly accidents on it over the years.

No matter how safely you drive, the poor decision(s) of another driver can wreck you. The point is to minimize the possibility of an accident and when an accident happens, to maximize your chances of walking away. Sorry about the pile-up, glad no one was hurt.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:34 AM   #18
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Yeah, yeah. And on a clear day when you can see fine you probably would have been going at least as fast as I was. Believe me, I'm not the only one that made that mistake there and the other drivers had even more warning than I did.
Sorry, I didn't mean to cause problems... but if you routinely out drive your sight lines or stopping distance, you _will_ get in accidents - it's just a matter of time, speaking from personal experience . If you want to go faster, you need to reduce the stopping distance of your vehicle by either improving it mechanically or optimizing your stopping skills.

An interesting read on stopping distances: LINK.

My sympathies with your property loss, and I share your thankfulness that no one was hurt.

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Old 07-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #19
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Sorry, I didn't mean to cause problems... but if you routinely out drive your sight lines or stopping distance, you _will_ get in accidents - it's just a matter of time, speaking from personal experience . If you want to go faster, you need to reduce the stopping distance of your vehicle by either improving it mechanically or optimizing your stopping skills.

An interesting read on stopping distances: LINK.

My sympathies with your property loss, and I share your thankfulness that no one was hurt.

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Okay. I saw him in plenty of time and saw that he was stopped. I also saw traffic in both lanes flowing past smoothly. What's the obvious conclusion here? Yes I made a mistake; there's no need to insult me about it.
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Skater,

Sorry to hear of your problem. Hopefully there is some silver lining somewhere that pops up out of this mess for you. :/
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I got a ticket today - failure to maintain lane. $106.

But I also found that they've decided to fix it! We're not going to replace the dolly, so we'll just drive a separate car or rent a car at our destination until we do replace the rig. But we're happy with this decision - we didn't want our camper to go out this way.

It should be done in time for the Outer Banks!
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:56 PM   #22
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I am glad that you are OK and we are looking forward to OBX too. We just made our reservations today.

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Old 07-27-2010, 03:23 PM   #23
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The guy claimed he was out of the lane of traffic (of course), so it's all coming out of my liability.

On the plus side, though, I should be able to pick the camper up Friday!

We had a power outage at home for 32 hours starting Sunday afternoon - I was REALLY missing the generator, gas stove, air conditioning, and fridge in the camper. Power is back on now though.
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Okay, so the Friday thing didn't work out (delay getting the side window), but the camper is now done, and we're picking it up tomorrow!

Tuesday: Outer Banks! We can't wait. We both need a vacation.
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Pictures of the camper and dolly here.

It's now an "Aviator Edition B190".
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