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Battleground-- I need your help folks.

009Easter Sunday 2013 was nothing out of the ordinary in South Texas.  A typical Spring weather pattern was in place and I had been mildly attentive to it all day. Just before 7pm, things started to get busy.  It was the normal course of affairs. The air had been heating all day to fuel the storms and they were finally coming forward with a vengeance.   The weather radio had been squawking about a potent thunderstorm cell moving toward Pearsall for at least the last hour and I was beginning to think it might present an honest threat to our little outpost here in the pucker brush of LaSalle County, South Texas USA.

FWIW, We have used the MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio for the past, what is it now?, 5 years of near constant boondocking in the Old Girl. I have said it before….. Living in an recreational vehicle WITHOUT a good functional weather radio is utter stupidity.

So the weather radio was dinging away up in the front of the Old Girl and I was trying to follow the storm’s progress on my interminably slow internet connection via Wundermaps and the radio caught my attention.  They were talking about Dilley and Millett and the Frio River.  60mph winds and quarter sized hail and me and the Old Girl were right in the cross hairs.   I was thinking to myself ‘No biggie– you can do this.’  I knew from past experience a broadside onlsaught with the RV parked east to west and the storm bearing down hard from the north was the worst possible situation.  And, of course,  the Suburban was parked east-west as well.  I knew 60mph winds were bad but the Old Girl didn’t start to rock over on the wheels until the winds got 80-90mph.  Quarter size hail was nothing to dismiss but I knew some sheet metal damage would be about the only result from that sized hail.

Entrance door tempered glass destroyed.

Entrance door tempered glass destroyed.

It was just 2 minutes from the last warning to ‘Take shelter immediately. This is a dangerous storm.’  that I saw the dust storm that signaled the arrival of the thunder cell roll across the flat of the floodplain.  The temps dropped 20 degrees in the space of a breath. There was a loud explosion that seemed to come from above and behind me. What in the world did I have back there that could blow up???  Then the tempered glass in the entrance door shattered inward.  I looked out the dinette and watched hail as big as tennis balls, as big as baseballs, as big as softballs!!! start to pelt the ground.  I got up quickly and put my hardhat and a heavy winter coat on that was hanging on a hook.  Hail this big could come through the roof.  Hail this big could kill you if it popped your noggin!  The inside of the Old Girl swirled with wind and rain. The passengers side window was gone as well.  I looked up and could see the physical impacts as the massive hail stones tried to come through the roof.  As silly as it might sound, the only thing I could think to mitigate was the rain that was drenching the inside of the Bus.

I grabbed a bath towel and stepped to the entrance door.  The Old Girl was starting to lift on the right side and I figured we were hitting about 90mph on the wind scale.  The hail was flying more horizontally than vertically now and I was taking a beating from the wind and the hail as I stood in front of the door with the towel stretched over the opening.  I had to brace my legs and lean into the door to stand upright against the force of the wind.  Hail was hitting the heavy padding the winter coat afforded on my chest.

Suburban beat to hell

Suburban beat to hell

I leaned against that door for what seemed like an hour but in reality it was probably less than 10 minutes from the time I watched the dust storm roll across the land until the last patter of rain fell.  10 minutes and I cannot tell you how small and silly I felt standing in the teeth of that storm.   Whatever I could possibly do did nothing to affect the outcome.  With the passing of the storm, I got out to assess the damage and figure out what had to be done.  Water was running in a stream out of all the overhead 110v receptacles. water was running down the center aisle of the Old Girl toward the bedroom.  The generator was off.  The flatscreen was soaked, the laptop was soaked.  Water was running out of the cabinet where all the bowling supplies were kept. …and this was just the inside. I looked outside at the sickly yellow sky and wondered just what was in store out there.

First order of business as it was getting dark was to get the generator running.  Crank-Start-Die. Over and over.  Started up fine and ran 2 seconds and quit. Something was shutting it off and I couldn’t figure out what.   Shoot, didn’t look good for the home team if I couldn’t even get past the first little problem.  This generator has a large round emergency shut off button on the outside of the enclosure just like you see at the gas stations to shut the fuel pumps off.  I finally looked down and saw the spot where it used to be was now just some random wires.  Looks like a direct hit from big hail.  I managed to get things wired back in where the generator was happy to start singing again.  Some garbage bags and duct tape took care of the broken windows on the Old Girl and would serve to keep the bugs out for the night.  The Suburban could hang until the morning.  No more rain was forecast for the next 48 hrs.

Extensive damage to the roof of the RV. Holes punched are obvious. The white marks are 'bruises'. The hail did not penetrate the roof membrane but the plywood sheathing below is crushed.

Extensive damage to the roof of the RV. Holes punched are obvious. The white marks are ‘bruises’. The hail did not penetrate the roof membrane but the plywood sheathing below is crushed.

You know, humans are generally optimistic. How bad can it be, really? Well, reality bit hard with the dawn of a new day.  The Suburban was missing an ONSTAR antenna and a passenger door handle as well as a passenger window and a the big rear quarter window.  The front windshield was shattered in multiple locations but still in place. Some of the dents in the hood are big enough to lay your fist in.  Got the outside rear view mirror and beat one center hubcap off the wheel on that side as well.

The Old Girl?  She died with the storm folks.  Sad to say after all we have been through.  I counted it up and in almost 6 years I bet we have been hooked up in an RV park or FHU location less than 30 days total. She has sheltered me and mine and canines in the East Texas Piney Woods, on the Salt Flats at Bonneville and in the High Desert of Far West Texas.  I have screwed and gotten drunk and fought and cried all within these confines of less than 200 square feet and you know what?  I have always felt safe and protected.  Even standing in the teeth of that horrible Easter Storm I really wasn’t knee shaking scared.  Funny thing that.

Final post mortem revealed 14 actual perforations through the roof membrane AND through the plywood roof beneath.  There are easily 2X as many ‘bruises’ where the hail did not puncture the rubber membrane but DID crush the plywood beneath.  The right side fared even worse in the horizontal hail melee it seems.  21 holes through the siding.  Some of them big enough I can stick my hand in there.  All of the holes were patched with EternaBond Roof Seal Tape for which there is no equal or close substitute. Yeah, it is expensive as hell but this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for.  I have had Eternabond in place on the roof seams for over 4 years now out in this hot ass Texas sun full time and it is still going.

Every white square is a piece of Eternabond tape covering a gaping hole in the side of the RV.

Every white square is a piece of Eternabond tape covering a gaping hole in the side of the RV.

But, yeah, she was murdered by the Easter Storm.  On reflection of almost a week now I can see no hope for continuing to full time in the Gal. The Eternabond will deter the leaks for a while but water leaks are not a question of IF but WHEN.  Way too many holes to even imagine I can keep the water out.  Then we have to think about structural integrity.  Both the plywood sheeting that makes up roof and the siding on the RV provide structural integrity and rigidity to the overall unit.  With that many holes, that structural integrity is highly suspect.

I talk alot about karma and such as that. You know I don’t particularly warm up to organized religion.  Nothing against those folks that embrace it but I figured out long ago that it pissed me off more than it soothed me so I just moved on.  Now karma, that is another deal entirely.   I studied on why the Easter Storm had visited me in such harsh fashion.  Places a mile or less to the east and west suffered little to no damage.  So I did my studying on why that Easter Storm was so hard on me and I came up with the notion that I was treating Miss Kathy in mean spirited fashion during the course of our recent dust up.  Yeah, I was being a nasty, mean, hard vacuous bastard and there was no call for it.  I rectified all of that (hopefully) and I do feel righter about things now personally.  The Old Girl and the Suburban are still hosed but my mind is clear and I feel good about myself and my life and my world. Best to move right along I reckon.

Hole in the outer skin of the Old Girl

Hole in the outer skin of the Old Girl

I Need Your Help Folks.

So now I guess we need to get down to the real skinny as life has a habit of intruding whether you invite it to the party or not. The Suburban is paid for and for some reason I never dropped the full coverage insurance when I paid it off.  Good for me!  The policy is a $1k deductible and the adjuster from GEICO has already contacted me.  Looks like we got almost $900 in glass damage alone.  He has little doubt GEICO wil total the vehicle.  I like that old Suburban; I just do.  It is the last of the 500ci big blocks and it is a 4X4 2500 model.  I just spent almost $2k in front end repairs on it and $1200 in new tires so I am figuring I will buy the salvage back and keep the Suburban.  My BFF Cait says to wear the hail scars like battle ribbons.  Might just do that.

The Old Girl is a whole ‘nuther story.  Liability insurance only on her– you know a 20 yo RV is just not worth much to those bean counters at the insurance company.  And they will total her out, I am pretty sure of that as well even though there will be no remuneration to me for that.  I am basically out of a place to live.  I am sure I can get some bucks here and there if I had the time or inclination to strip the carcass for parts but I am not so inclined.  Most likely she will go for a few bucks salvage.

Soon after I posted over on the Forums about the Easter Storm and how hard I got hit, someone suggested I put a PayPal Donate button up and solicit some help from our Blog/RV/GG family and it just didn’t set good with me.  Never has.  All of y’all favor me when you click that Amazon buying link month after month and that has always been satisfactory to keep the lights on and the door open here on the blog and over at the Gate Guard Forum.

I am sorry to say I am going to reverse my earlier decision and ADMIT I do need some help.  An RV for me is not a luxury. It is my home and the way I make my living.  Without an RV, I am homeless underneath the train trestle in a refrigerator box.  Well, maybe not exactly but you get where I am going with this. So I need to get a used plain jane bumper pull trailer to hang out in…. maybe with a slideout.  I have never had an RV with a slide out.  I think that would be a good thing.

I put a Paypal DONATE  down at the bottom of this post and up at the top right of the blog.  You don’t need a PayPal account to make this work. A credit card or debit card will work just fine,    Maybe y’all can throw a $20 or so my way so I can go out and hunt up another trailer house.  I promise I won’t spend it on whiskey or racey women.   Honest.

This is a hard thing for me to ask but I sure would appreciate any help y’all can see fit to send my way.  I can’t see no way around it except to come to ya with my hat in my hand.  It is what it is. 

(DONATE BUTTON REMOVED 4/20/2013. Thanks to all who donated!)

Gracias!

 

End Note: My Home Ain’t in the Hall of Fame  by Robert Earl Keene from Gravitational Forces.   Sometimes you just cannot beat the old shit.  It really seldom gets any better than this.

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41 comments to Battleground– I need your help folks.

  • David

    Wow Andy,

    I’m very sorry for the damage but I’m glad you’re ok.

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    • Andrew

      Thanks David
      Not much you can do about the weather!

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  • Andy,

    When it rains it pours and I’m sorry that it did more than that. I will donate but the PayPal donate button is not working correctly. Please look into and I’ll check back later today.

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    • Andrew

      Thanks John

      I don’t know what to tell you about that DONATE button. It appears to take you to the right page when you click it and I have received a few donations already. Other than that I can’t test it out. If it is not working correctly and you have a Paypal account– money can be sent directly to my account ANDY@MYOLDRV.COM bypassing the donate deal completely.

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      • Still didn’t work, might be on my end but no matter. I sent a donation to your provided email address. Please keep you head up! Otherwise the rain will run off the front of your hat and land on your crotch.

        John

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  • joel

    Hi Andy,

    I donated, but I can’t tell whether it went thru. Can you? If not, I’ll try the myoldrv.com route.

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    • Andrew

      It went through Joel. You are very generous old friend. Thank you very much.

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  • Ross Alexander

    Hi, Andy,

    I’m sure sorry to read this. Your blog is one I enjoy and have since it began. I recommend it to the gate guards I meet while doing deliveries or pickups of materials at rigs. I also live full-time in an RV — an aero, all-aluminum trailer similar to Airstream (but better built) — parked in Corpus Christi at present. I’d been hoping to pull up to ya’lls gate and address The Nerd Boy of the Nueces (ha!), but that anticipated pleasure — the look on your face — is now foregone what with your news.

    I’ll assume you already have some knowledge of the quality of TT’s. Some brands (NORTHWOOD: Arctic Fox and NASH) come well-recommended. Ones like mine are built with an indefinite lifespan and their shape (as weight is something of an irrelevancy) means one can use less of a TV [tow vehicle]. Short of fire, flood or a tree falling on them . . maybe even a terrible hail storm as you all experienced they’re good to go for more than a quarter-century before a complete overhaul. I don’t see too many in the oilfield, but they’re out there. And used ones can be a good bargain given what one receives.

    The alternate brands (through the 1980’s) were AVION and SILVER STREAK. Gotten hard to find in the past year or so. In lengths to 34′. GVWR around 9k at that size, with a few up to 11k. Easy for that Sub to yank around given a quality weight-distribution hitch. A good one of these brands will be from $7k to 15k, and AIrstream higher (name familiarity, mainly, as they’ll need more work is the irony). Be willing to travel is the main thing as it may not be in Texas. AZ usually has some nice ones. Fixed up and later sold one should be able to rec-coup costs (not possible with conventional TTs).

    Your basic TT’s (a decent one is JAYCO) can be researched on the PPL Motorhome site (Houston). They always have a large selection. And the facilities are first rate (given the usual quality of RV dealerships).

    I favor TT’s due to being able to change tow vehicles with ease. And a TT of the right design/construction means longest life with highest reliability at lowest cost (given a fixed number of years, nights aboard and miles travelled). Some feel that TT’s of this type mean less space . . well, how much space do any of us take up while sitting or sleeping? If this type is of interest I can relate more of my experience, etc in an e-mail, I’m third generation on these.

    Conventional TT”s have the problems you’ve already encountered with your moho. Slide-outs and roof construction are the usual culprits in short lifespan. This works for some as “space” is a powerful psych crutch. I’d rather use a sailboat as comparison.

    For me, I value being able to travel where opportunity exists. The oil boom won’t last forever . . that, and I’m tired of South Texas. If work doesn’t pick up a little then I can go up to San Antonio. Or, Midland, Or, Denver. At 25-cpm under tow. 15-cpm otherwise (turbodiesel Dodge). I’d rather not have to trade either vehicle as the pair is economical. I expect to be in mine for some years ahead.

    Best
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    • Andrew

      Thanks for all the good advice Ross. I have long said if I ever replace the Old Girl it would be with a bumper pull TT for your obvious reasons stated.

      Keep an eye out for a good used one for me, OK?

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  • Don M

    Hell, you’ve seen what they live in in Terlingua. By those standards you still have a palace!
    🙂

    Glad you made it Andy. You need to start writing country songs.
    🙂

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    • Andrew

      You are so right Don. You never need look far to see someone less fortunate. I bet a dollar to a doughnut right now that if I put the key on the ignotion that the Old Bitch would fire and drive off. This has been one more helluva RV I tell ya.

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  • Mark W. Ingalls

    I haven’t any spare cash right now, but here is a link that might help you see the grandness of Karma: http://rcdailyjournal.blogspot.com/

    Praying for restoration…

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  • Kevin

    Now I’ve seen it all- A common beggar from Texas. And here you been bragging about your great money, so much for savings!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ain’t you got any pride?

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    • Andrew

      Good afternoon Kevin!
      At first i thought your comment was sarcastic and you were trying to be humorous. I re-read it several times and I do believe you are dead serious. (sigh) Obviously my actions do not live up to your high standards and I am deeply sorry I let you down. EPIC FAIL on my part for sure. I am trying to think back here and figure out when I gave anybody the idea we were fat and happy and rich. Shoot dude, if I was well off would I be living in a 20 year old RV and driving a 10 year old Suburban. Would Miss K and I have worked the last 8 months straight 24/7 without a day off if we had money in the bank??

      Nobody is getting rich gate guarding. There are plenty of us getting by but nobody is going to fund their retirement plan doing this gig. I will tell you what we did with our ‘savings’. We followed our own advice. We bought hard goods for the coming hard times. We repaired vehicles to make them more safe and reliable. We paid off debt so we would be beholding to no one. That is what we did with our savings. Now if I was as smart a man as you obviously are, I would have anticipated this Easter Storm and done my financial planning more prudently.

      I will end up by saying no one forces you to read my blog; just as no one is forcing these people to lend an assisting hand financially. I am BY GOD richer by many measures over than you WILL EVER BE just by the friends who have gathered behind me in this time of need. You are a rude individual and a poor sonofabitch by my standards and I feel pity for you.

      Now …….. run along and play somewhere else. You are not welcome at my table and you are not near man enough for me to share drink with. Scoot!

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    • joel

      Go f*ck yourself, Kevin.

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    • Kevin,

      It takes a special kind of ahole to write what you wrote. Karma pays everybody a visit, I think I can safely guess you are on the list for a visit soon.

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  • Tim & Katie

    Andy, we just want to let you know our heart goes out to you and the old girl. You have been such a huge help to Tim as he explored all things “gate guarding”. We have used your Amazon link to purchase all things “gate guarding”.
    We are all such a small group of people but, I believe most of us have a heart that is not made of stone like some folks.
    I too believe in Karma and by playing this forward and donating to you it may keep it at bay for us, however Karma can bite you in the ass faster then a snake can bite.
    Before you got this donate button on your site we did donate on the Gateguarding site via missy?
    Wish it could be more, maybe we can get more off in the future.
    Take care and we hope bigger hearts prevail.

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    • Andrew

      Thank you for the kind words.

      I appreciate your donation via the other site. Mark B. made a substantial contribution this morning with those funds

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  • Andrew

    I appreciate all of you who have shared this via Facebook and other social media. I also appreciate those of you with blogs of your own who have picked this up and linked back to this post.

    I didn’t realize I was so rich in friends! It is overwhelmingly humbling for me.

    Andy

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  • Got here after a shared post about the horrible misfortune the weather took on you. No one ever wants to endure that and so very thankful you were at least spared injury. I’d be more than happy to play it forward…if everyone even gave a little I know it could quickly add up. May you be blessed with enough to get a home back under your feet…

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  • Hi Andy,

    I don’t think I’d seen your blog before, until the Good Luck Ducks posted it on my Facebook. I’m sorry for your losses. I’ve had some in the past too… and many good friends and followers have donated to help me out. Some very generously. I promised to pay it forward and so I will do what I can to help you now. For the past two months I’ve been in a training class to get a CDL Lic. and become a tour bus driver, but my eyes and reflexes aren’t what they were a few decades ago… so now my summer job has fallen through and I’m back on the road again. If not for all that, I might be able to help more. But like deDucks, I’ll pass/share your link with my followers as well. Best wishes on re-grouping… I have faith you will come out just fine.

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  • Andy, I am SO damn sorry. Geezus I’m glad you survived though. I know I would be a complete mess in that situation, and I admire your ability to even get this post up there. Asking for help is nothing any of us want to do but this RVing commuinty is so supportive, we all get it.

    You’ve saved Jim and I from a lot of grief by giving us the real story on gateguarding. Thank you. Your good karma will come back around, I know it.

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  • Andy and Kathy, our wishes are better than our offering, but we’re glad to offer both. We’re not gate guards, but we’re part of the pre-retirement fulltiming community, and we know very well that [bad luck] happens. We’ll do our bit to amplify the message.

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  • Andy,

    I had to look at the pictures over and over again, unreal. I have similar feelings as you do regarding karma, she can really teach us humility. I have been reading your blog for a while now, haven’t been able to keep up the past few weeks so coming here today and reading about what happened I hope you find a new rig to call home, soon.

    I believe karma works both ways and I can’t think of many who deserve the help but I feel you are one of the good guys. A salty gritty real good guy, not perfect of course right, but a good guy. We can’t help with much right now but we do hope to be able to help more soon.

    Erik

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  • Billy Bob

    Wow what a storm glad you made it through ok. Just wish that your RV & car had also made it without damage. You don’t know me but I have got a lot of info on Gate Guards from reading through your posts.
    Iam now waiting on a gate with Timekeepers hope to be on one in a few days. Yor are in our prayers hope you can find another RV before too long. Haven;t went on the payroll yet so hape what little I could sent will help.

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  • Andrew

    I want to thank everyone for their donations and their kind words. Miss Kathy and I really are humbled by the sheer magnitude of the comments. We had no idea we had reached so many folks or that so many RVers put stock in what we had to say.

    Many of you have linked back to this article from your blogs or posted it to Social Media and I am very grateful. Our traffic to the blog has never been greater!

    I can’t help but think back on how BRUTAL the Easter Storm was! I am NO CHERRY when it comes to radical Texas weather — 5 years of near constant boondocking will educate you in all the weather extremes. But yet, with all that knowledge and all that confidence and all that preparation, 10 minutes of extreme weather changed our lives. And it is not exclusive to Texas folks….. There are people all across the Midwest tonight bracing for severe weather.

    SO maybe the purpose of all this is not the fact that we got our ass kicked by Mother Nature. Maybe the REAL purpose, if you are reading this, is to make you more aware and more cognizant of just how vulnerable all of us are that fulltime in recreational vehicles. Maybe that is what it is all about……….

    At any rate, thank you all. Bless all of you for your generosity. Paying it forward does make a difference in YOUR lives. I have done it repeatedly over the years and now it is coming back to me in spades. Miss K and I are rich beyond reson tonight simply because we know we have friends across this country that care about us. It does NOT get any better my friends. BLESS YOU ALL!

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  • Andy, My heart goes out to you. I am so glad you were not hurt. Reading what Kevin wrote made me disgusted! What goes around comes around…. I have seen it. I have had some bad years myself. I can not afford much to send you but I will try to send something to help. I live alone and live on a small social security. I have been saving up for a small vehicle to boondock in full time myself for the past couple of years, but I never get ahead. I live my adventures through everyone on the rv blogs. Best of luck to you. Hang in there! I will forward to others. Hope it helps. Sharon in fl.

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  • Hugh Morton

    Recently I was reading the archives of Tioga George and he had all new fibreglass put on the roof of Ms. Tioga in Mexico a few years ago.. Filled in holes where the AC unit had been etc.

    Just a thought.

    Hugh in Dallas

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  • I found you site from The Good Luck Duck. I will send you a little help via us mail. I’ll also try and share your story.

    Good luck to you and I’m sure glad you weren’t injured. Glad you kept coverage on the suburban. Remember, everyone, comprehensive coverage is much cheaper than Collision and can be so helpful in this type of situation.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss. I just found your blog, but it sounds like you have had a great adventure in the “Old Girl”. Best wishes!

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  • My heart goes out to you. I too am having difficulty using the donate button, but then I am having internet problems, so I will just keep trying. Ignore the likes of Kevin, he is not worthy of time or thought. I hope you don’t mind that I have written up your difficulty on my blog, in the hope to offer you more assistance, even though my readership is still quite small. (Every bit helps!) You can read it here. I will delete if it offends you, though that was never my aim. http://robbiebago.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/brother-let-me-be-your-servant.html

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  • So sorry for your troubles. Sent what I could and wish it could have been more. Best of luck to you – and as for Kevin: what goes around, comes around.

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  • Kevin H

    Wow! We were at Seminole Canyon State Park when the same storm came through. I had no idea it was so bad a ways further west. Sorry to hear of your loss. We too have an older Dolphin. Hard horse to beat down.

    I’ve been following your story for a few years. As I said in a reply to an earlier post, it almost feels like a sort of family. We’re here for ya and we’ll all do what we can to help out.

    Sure hope the only thing the ‘other’ Kevin and I share is the name.

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  • Andrew

    Hi Andy

    I am attaching a link here that might be a useful reference while regaining your balance.
    There are a large amount of people living full time in vans (Van Dwellers). This link has tons of info about the vans, fitting them, solar for them and everyday information. You might not have thought of this as an option but an e350 econoline is a cheap way to get mobile and have a place to live while you hunt up a good RV. Some of these people have lived for years in these vans so it is totally doable.

    Here is the link cheaprvlivingblog.com. Not sure if this would be an option but would be cheap, quick and help you get on your feet and have a place to stay (small but livable).

    best
    Andrew

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  • I am so very sorry to read about this devastating storm & how it has destroyed your motorhome! I’m no stranger to damages. Lost my house after Hurricane Ike. Moved into my little ClassC after that.Then my little ClassC RV sustained some major damages to the overhead cab, which had to be fixed out of my pocket because the insurance co denied me. That had to be totally rebuilt. I’ve put a new fridge in my RV a couple of years ago…new tires recently, had to have the transmission rebuilt last year, etc. Yes, these old RV’s aren’t worth much to the insurance companies, but as our homes, they mean ALOT to us! The money we’ve put into them, we’ll never get back, but the comfort they give us is invaluable.

    Mine is keeping me sane right now while I’m being treated for an injury & can’t work yet. Somewhat sane? Life can be a tough journey at times.

    A new roof can be done, fiberglass damages can be fixed. We had a hail storm here in the Houston area too. I felt lucky as it kind of evaded us from the hail, further south & even the next town over suffered hail damages. Another big storm is rolling in tonight. I’m constantly worried about leaks & damages. The RV is rocking now as I type, but I just keep hoping for the best!

    This is when I wish we had a real RV fix-it camp. A place where all of us that need work done, can meet. We can help each other with our repairs. Wouldn’t that be great?

    Which ever your choices end up being in the long run, I do hope the best for ya’ll. I truly do.

    I’ll pay it forward on my blog as well.

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  • Andy,
    What a storm! And what a mess it made. So sorry to hear about your losses. Please take care and stay safe.

    Susan & Bob

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  • Kevin Two

    can you explain why your rv cant be repaired? its just holes and as old as it is who cares what she looks like? patch er up and call it a day! hard to give money away when you give up so easy!

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    • Andrew

      I don’t think I have ever been classified as one who gives up too easily. That is a first.

      14 holes through 3/4″ plywood in the roof with easily 2X as many bruises where the plywood is crushed. Looks like the ducted AC is hosed as well and mold is growing in the ductwork. The roof is structural and ties the sides together.

      I am NOT the guy out in here in the oil patch in a POS trailer that looks like it belongs in a yard full of Chevy pick up trucks up on blocks and old riding lawnmowers.

      Got it now?

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  • joel

    Good words for geezers, too:

    http://channel.louisiana.dk/video/patti-smith-advice-young/

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  • ROBBIE WOOD

    andy

    wish the best for you–will contribute if i can talk one on one!
    consider the older wanderlodges as they will not be hurt!

    i live in a 94 and have seen the damage that west tx can put out

    i truly enjoy your site and hope u can find time to contact me!

    thanks and life changes every day~ its a adventure~!

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  • Kevin H

    Andy – I was at RV Outlet Mall in Georgetown, TX the other day. Out in their backlot I found a 99 Dolphin – 5360. Don’t know where you are right now regarding your future but this may be an opportunity.

    Good Luck and keep us posted…

    Kevin H

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