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Old 07-18-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Headed up to Maine. So, this afternoon I'm on I-81, just into NY from PA. Road construction, two lanes merging into one. LONG backup of stop and go. The guy behind me "goes" when he should have "stopped"...trashes my bike, my Fiamma bike rack, my bumper, the bumper storage AND my trunk door. I'm guessing he was going around 10MPH. WOW! We pull over (and a guy who saw the action). Go into the trailer, sit down at the dinette and exchange data. I will say he was VERY apologetic. Looks like SilverLeaf will be spending some time at Out-of-Doors Mart for parts replacement. I'll get a new bike. Nobody hurt, most important of all!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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Ouch.

I'm sorry that happened. It can just bum you out. However, as you noted no one was hurt and you can get it all fixed.

The paperwork from any accident gets really irritating - so just handle it one piece at a time. It's all you can do.

OH - and also talk to your friendly LOCAL insurance agent. Lots of time the other guy's insurance may have to pay you more than you know. First there's "diminished value" - generally only on autos because the carfax will show the repairs and you'll get a lower trade in at sale. Secondly, "trip interruption" and or "loss of use" If you can't go to a rally because the Airstream is in the shop, you might get compensated for that.

I hope you at least are able to upgrade your bike. Be glad it wasn't 40 mph... your frame would have bent.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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Hi, I cringe when I think about this type of accident on a Sport model that has NO rear bumper.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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Hopefully you get compensated for your time to deal with this, as well as the depreciated value and loss of use. You have to fight for these type of claims. Can't really advise if your a better off dealing with the other party's insurance, or try to deal with your own. There are downsides to either strategy.

One thing is certain - this will be a substantial claim, most likely surprising to their insurance co and will hit him hard on his rates. Hopefully he learns to pay attention and is thankful it was an expensive RV and not a minivan full of little kids.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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Barry, knowing how special Silver Leaf is, I know you are sick. BUT, as has been said, could have been much worse.

I use a trick I picked up from the truckers: as soon as I see the back up ahead, I put on the flashers as I approach and slow down, leave them on till we are moving again.

Brake lights on the interstate are never a good thing.

Hope you get straightened out soon.

See you at Alumalina in September.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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Ouch, I'm sorry.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #7
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That sucks! Is your trip cancelled? There is a large Airstream dealer in Lebanon Maine if you need temporary repairs

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #8
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I'd almost be apt to bet the 'crasher' was texting on his cell phone, not paying attention to the 'elephant' in front of him...!

I've used CB radios in vehicles, on and off, for many years without any problems - so the actual 'talking' on cell phones doesn't bother me...

HOWEVER, this 'texting' thing is going to cost us all much higher insurance rates - Texting is outlawed in California, but one can observe cars wandering around their lanes as the 'driver' looks down to text some other nit-wit all the time out here...!
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I use a trick I picked up from the truckers: as soon as I see the back up ahead, I put on the flashers as I approach and slow down, leave them on till we are moving again.

Brake lights on the interstate are never a good thing.


Thanks! FLASHERS! Simple and brilliant (pun sort of intended). I always worry about a rear ender, there's a lot I can't see back there.
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Hi, I also use my flashers at times like this and I changed my lower lights to amber ones. They are almost blindingly bright.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:12 AM   #11
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Bummer, Barry!

Sorry to hear of this, but so glad no one was hurt.

When you look to replace your bicycle......have you seen those folding bikes? Really pretty cool, very sturdy and nice looking. They ride inside, removing the drag outside and wear & tear on your bike from the road and weather,

We replaced our bulky rack and bikes on the rear with ones from Citizen Bike, and absolutely love them! They come in a range of prices.


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Old 07-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear of your mishap. We had one this past winter while traveling in Louisiana. Damaged 3 panels. One on the left rear and 2 on the right rear but far more costly than I had thought. Hope all goes well and you and the family are back on the road. Every time I need to stop in traffic I cringe waiting for that " BUMP" that fortunately has never came.

See ya on the road sometime.
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Sorry to hear and see your accident. The really good news is no one was injured. Now it's up to your insurance company to help you get things back together. Hopefully you won't lose too much vacation time.

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Sorry to hear about your bump! It will be repaired and it will be better. Unfortunately aluminum does bend. Been there. Time and trouble, but you will endure. Glad you are ok, see you at Alumalina.
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