I remember Roly Neslon doing a great April fools prank about his TD being totaled years ago. And then the "Incidental damage after the fact" topic a few weeks ago which I thought that this is probably a just little more than that.
It's been a while since I have posted on the board. We have been busy using our teardrop that we built in 1999. We have made some great roadtrips over the years. We did a roadtrip to Arizona last September There were 4 teardrop trailers, 3 being towed by vintage cars on the trip. What great fun we had, visiting the National Parks in Utah on the way down. Two of the vintage cars and teardrop were going to be staying in AZ and ours and another couple were going to be driving back to Washington.
Outside of Kingman, I had trouble with the tranny not shifting so we were towed to a tranny shop in Kingman. The trailer was parked in the parking lane while the simple fix was being done on the transmission. I heard a strange "thump", turned around and saw this.
Hit and run driver, don't understand how he was able to drive away, and never did hear if he was caught. I figure Karma will catch up to him. We were fortunate that we were not injured although a few tears needed to be dried. The Chev was lonely without towing the TD for the drive home. But good things can happen when your having a bad day.
I was fortunate enough to have a friend in Az who was going to be coming up to Washington, bring the teardrop home for us and then an assessment to see if or what could be salvaged.
After dealing with the insurance company, which was a good settlement, a dissection of the carcass, we found that the Phoenix (TD) will rise again. The frame was ok although one spindle was bent on the axle. The interior cabinet was good but the galley cabinet was as bad as the body. the fender has been repaired, and a few other items can be reused. One pleasant surprise was that the walls and floor did not show any major signs of water leakage. Not bad for a 17 year old, 50k+ mileage trailer.
It should be on its first trip later on this spring. Waiting for the finish to dry in the cold temps really slowed the progress. But things are starting to come together now. Sue will get her own door on the new one. Remember happy wife makes a happy life.
Back to work spending the insurance money for the new build,