Have you ever had one of those days? Mine came last Monday in Crescent City, California. I had been in the area for close to a week. My travel along the ocean came at the right time. While temperatures were hovering around 100 degrees F inland, along the Pacific coast it was pleasant and almost downright cool at times. I was truly enjoying full timing in my Roadtrek SS Agile and I still am.
Monday afternoon I pulled into Home Depot to pick up a few things I needed. I was tired and it was late in the day (no excuses here). I put my rig in park, leaned over to pick up my wallet. When I sat up I was rolling over a curb and a few rocks. What? How did this happen? My rig was not in park, obviously. When I put it in reverse, I pulled my front bumper plumb off the rig. Ouch!!!
Tuesday found me and myRoadtrek limping to Medford, Oregon. We were limping through some gorgeous country, redwoods and rivers. I wish I could have focused more on the scenery. Every time I heard an odd sound coming from myRoadtrek, I stopped to investigate. I had one major pull-off where I had to twist tie a few places on the bumper back onto the chassis. I also took some two sided tape and taped a section of the under side to the chassis so it would not flap about. When I got it to the collision repair place, Jamie, my service rep told me that the two sided tape was “brilliant”. In the middle of feeling bad, his statement made me feel good.
When I shared my predicament on the Roadtrek Facebook page, I immediately had two offers for places to stay. The one thing I love about this page is the feeling that there are so many out there that have my back. No sink or swim situation for me.
I am staying with Mary Z., hostess and guide extraordinaire. Mary and I met last winter in the Anza Borrego State Park. I met up with her again about a month later, same place, different time. That time there were four of us and I was the local tour guide. Now it has reversed and I am thankful for her offer to Miss Elsie the Cat and I to stay at her place. And to add to this stay Linda P and her husband showed up in their Roadtrek last evening. Linda was one of the four in the desert. It quickly became a fun reunion and evening.
Here are a few things I have learned with this incident in my life.
- Stop before I am tired. It is not worth crazy accidents like this one.
- Coach-net, again came to the rescue and found me a local repair place. As this was considered a collision, they could have bowed out (I only have roadside assistance with them) but they did not. I love Coach-net.
- I feel like there are angels out there every day of my life. People show up when needed. RV'er's are a good community of people.
- There was nothing more welcoming than seeing Mary's post on Roadtrek the Group on Facebook. “I know someone who lives in Medford. Me!”
- I know more than I think I do. When I stopped to do some minor repairs, on-the-road, I thought about what I needed and was able to get the job done.
- Carry twist ties, double sided tape and Gorilla tape. I am telling you it could come in handy.
- Don't beat myself up over something like this. I guess it is the faithful statement to attempt to make lemonade out of lemons. I have been having a wonderful time exploring this small section of Oregon. I have been wine tasting, hiking, visited Crater Lake National Park, heard a beautiful classical outdoor concert at the Britt in Jacksonville, and so much more.
- It is always good to get in touch with the local Mercedes dealers. They quickly guided me to New Stage Collision. Jamie is taking good care of the Roadtrek and has even rushed the job so I can get on-the-road sooner. He also gave me discounts since I did not want to involve my insurance company. I just want to get it done. I am thankful for so many positive events around a disappointing incident.
My Roadtrek went into the shop on Friday. I am hoping to see it by Wednesday. I am so thankful for Mary and Jamie and all the others who have made my time here so remarkable and comfortable. I am, however, ready to get out there and back into my RV. While I wait, I have put the incident into the background, and am enjoying my time in this corner of Oregon.
Thank you Mary.