Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Some orthopedic work on Moose

About a month ago when we were in Jackson Hole, WY I broke one of our cardinal rules.  I attempted to back up the motorhome without my being able to see Sandy in the side view mirror.  And in the process I broke something else – the left rear end cap of the motorhome. A very large birch tree was in the way.   Ouch!
I won’t do that again.  If I can’t see Sandy, I am not moving. Period.
I had to craft an extension to the exhaust pipe to make sure the superheated gases from the turbo exhaust vented outside of the end cap on the long journey back to Texas.  Fortunately, we did not have to go much out of our way as we had to go through Texas on our way to Tennessee.
Thank goodness for insurance.  It was five numbers BEFORE the decimal point.  Most of the cost was due to the four different colors on the motorhome and the intricate design.  Some of the damage ran through every color.We just finished a two week stay at Xtreme Paint & Graphics in Nacogdoches where Moose was stitched back together better than new.  And then lots of paint and clear coat were added to the exterior. 
Now we are on our way to Readyville, TN where we will spend some time with good friends Gary Omel and Sandy Starlin.  While there we will do some minor maintenance and have fun.
More later.  Stay tuned.


  1. Sorry to hear about the crunch and the cost to repair. I think now that I will try and be less confident when I am backing up.

  2. And the tree that we hit (which wasn't all that big) is doing just fine. Takes very little to mess up fiberglass.

  3. George, all I can say is, I feel your pain and I'll just let it go at that.