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Old 03-11-2015, 01:34 PM   #29
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Thank you for posting about this very scary incident. I didn't realize how common it was to be run into! I don't yet have a rig and wonder what I can do to it when I get it to avoid such accidents. Install lights on the rig to flash when approaching on ramps? An unusual-sounding horn? Diagonal stripes in neon colors? I'm serious. What should I do to be seen? Again, thanks!
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:42 PM   #30
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If an 18-year-old own a cellphone, they are texting -- 24/7.

One of our granddaughters is 16 and just started driving. Two of her girlfriends have already totalled new cars -- The reason: texting.

Fortunately, both incidents were in residential areas where the speed limit is 25 mph; and neither involved injuries. One had a head-on collision with an on-coming car. The other, clipped a parked car, stomped on the gas instead of the brake, and drove through someone's block wall and backyard, stopping against the back of their house.

I have driven accident-free for a little over 50 years, but was involved in a six-car collision on city streets a couple of years ago. The person who caused the accident was texting and rammed five cars stopped in her lane at a red light, at 45 mph. Besides texting, she was also applying makeup, eating a breakfast burrito, drinking coffee; and she exited her car wearing big, fuzzy, house slippers and immediately began looking for her high-heels on the floor of her car.

Many new drivers drive like they learned on a video game, and they seem oblivious to what's going on outside of their cars. If texting with their friends is so important, perhaps they should let someone else drive.

Note: I acknowledge that there are responsible drivers who don't text while driving, and the above comments are in reference to those who drive erratically and are involved in accidents collisions (these are not accidents).
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:44 PM   #31
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Glad you were able to maintain control. What kind of hitch/sway control were you using?

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Old 03-11-2015, 02:13 PM   #32
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I don't yet have a rig and wonder what I can do to it when I get it to avoid such accidents. Install lights on the rig to flash when approaching on ramps? An unusual-sounding horn? Diagonal stripes in neon colors? I'm serious. What should I do to be seen? Again, thanks!
Trying to be a voice of reason here…

Being more visible isn't always an answer. You might even say that since critters with short attention spans are distracted by shiny objects, being more visible might make things worse.

Drive with your headlights on (which also means driving with your taillights on) any time, day or night. Many newer tow vehicles have headlights that come on automatically as soon as the engine starts, but the taillights and trailer lights do not come on with them! Turn on your light manually.

Your trailer or motorhome will already comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that were in effect at the time it was built, including visibility standards. You are under no legal obligation to add other conspicuity (visibility) devices to your RV beyond those it was built with. And since conspicuity devices have specific meanings based on type and placement, you might confuse other drivers by adding more or different ones. Don't fix what ain't broke.

Take a towing course if you can, or at the very least a defensive driving course. This won't help the idiots see you, but it will not only help you avoid them, it will help you avoid being one of them! Towing courses require hand-on training and a significant time commitment, but approved defensive driving courses are available online. And best of all, your insurance company might give you a discount for passing a defensive driving course! Some do, some don't, so be sure to ask your agent.

And make sure you're fully insured in case the other guy isn't.

All accidents are avoidable in theory, but only if all drivers involved make the effort. There will always be a driver somewhere, sometime, who doesn't make the effort. And common sense says, the bigger you are, the bigger a target you are when an idiot driver turns his car into an unguided missile.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:21 PM   #33
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I have noticed a distinct difference in everyday driving in traffic especially in the last year. I'm always seeing people who don't notice the traffic light has turned green, wander out of their lane, or way too slow. Just not paying attention.
Invariably it is the texting--you can see their classic texting posture.

Yes, texting and the use of portable devices is illegal here. Doesn't seem to matter. Have you noticed this too--and is it illegal in your states as well?

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Yes, texting and the use of portable devices is illegal here. Doesn't seem to matter. Have you noticed this too--and is it illegal in your states as well?
I don't see so much texting, but I see plenty of folks driving badly with a cell phone held to their ear rather than using hands-free devices. Could it be because the educational system in New Orleans is so bad and our drivers are too illiterate to text?
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:44 PM   #35
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I sometimes think about the possibility of cars pulling into my lane right after I pass, not realizing that there's something else back there. I know a time or two I've been surprised to see a utility trailer behind a car as it passes, but never saw it prior to it going by. An Airstream is big enough that you'd think it would be obvious in the rearview mirror, but there are a lot of drivers out the who just aren't paying close attention, for one reason or another.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:07 PM   #36
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I'm doing my part here in Florida to wake people up who are on the phone:



Oh I'm sorry, was that in your ear? GET OF YOUR PHONE!
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:13 PM   #37
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:20 PM   #38
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I drive a semi and if I am in the right lane and there is traffic in the left, and somebody is coming on the "get on", I always look to see if they are looking for traffic or just looking straight ahead. If looking straight ahead, they get a little air horn music, which means, "wake up idiot". It's amazing that so many people don't know the meaning of "YIELD".
Driving in the right lane approaching an entrance ramp with entering traffic I will move to the left if I can. But if I can't move to the left lane there is a lot of entering traffic that just assume you will let them in
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:50 PM   #39
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Makes no difference how cautious you are, there are a-holes out to get you. We have been on the road for two days now and I have lost count how many times oncoming traffic has started to drift across the yellow line towards us. You just wonder when they are going to wake up. And this morning at a stop light the guy in front of me puts it in reverse and starts backing up! WTF!

Anyway my sympathy to you for the assault on your AS. Thankful it wasn't worse.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:44 PM   #40
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Having had my '12 28' Intl CCD rear-ended a couple of years ago by an inattentive driver (road construction narrowed two lanes to one, and the guy who was following me wasn't paying attention), I know the feeling of angst when your beautiful aluminum trailer gets bent. BUT, "things" can be repaired and made whole. My dealer and insurance company took care of it, and while he claimed to be insured in the long run it turned out that he had no insurance at all. I suppose if you kept your trailer safe by keeping it parked you could avoid accidents...but that's not why we buy an Airstream. We buy them to travel and enjoy places far and near. Don't let this daunt you from continuing to get out there. A bunch of new panels, access doors, etc. will take away the visual discomfort. I've been there and it'll be fine.
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You may not need to go all the way up to Sutton. I hear that they are excellent but Toscanos in Los Banos are very good also. They repaired the entire street side of our Trade Wind. Excellent work and excellent to work with.

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On Sunday while driving through Fort Worth, Texas headed home after almost 5 months on the road we were hit by a 18 year old driver. He was attempting to merge into our lane and either saw the truck and not the trailer or just blew it. The kid slammed into the left side of our trailer, bounced off and hit it again. He then flew across six lanes of I-20 and bounced off a couple other cars.
The kid was taken by ambulance, his car on a wrecker. Our Airstream is drivable and we're now in Amarillo headed home. It's very ugly, the entire left side is torn up, door for external shower gone, the panel by the furnace exhaust bent, most of the forward facia (dark gray or brown under the aluminum) is badly bent. The floor and wall inside the front bedroom is bulging upward and inward.
All the drawers flew out, one drawer front came off (I glued it back on), the sliding plexiglass panels over the dinette came out and the tracks are loose (painters tape).
We'll get home in a week or so then empty the trailer and tow it to George Sutton for what I'm sure will be a long stay. I'm hopeful the kid had more than bare minimum insurance but mine should make me whole.
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would personally tow it to the factory for repairs! been there did that! have it back in no time anddone right!!! off factory takes forever!!!
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