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Old 07-26-2018, 08:46 PM   #1
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Okay, so this story is a little late, I was too embarrassed to post it before. So I pick up my bus in Butte,Mt. and head south to Twin Falls. Wait, how did I end up in Isaaquah, Wa. ****, missed my turn 3 hours back. I pollinate a gas station for my second fill up, filled it on departure from the seller. So I pull into this gas station to fill up an d clip a light pole on the edge of the property and bend it over at about a 40 angle. I pull up to the pump and go in and tell the Hispanic cashier I hit his pole. He doesn't really understand so I'm going to leave it at that, I reported it. Well this other lady who worked there understood me perfectly and ran in the back and grabbed the store owner. He comes flying out the front door. Hate to be racist or stereotypical, but his little oriental guy comes flying out , arms flailing all around as thought I just blew up his station. Ranting and raving about how I'm going to pay. I have half a mind to just get in my bus and go. I have no tag or identifying marks and would have been long gone by the time the cops showed up. But I do the right thing and wait around for the cop. He shows up and immediately informs me there is nothing he can do but write a report. I was already on the phone with my insurance agent. The cop looked at my phone screen to read State Farm and asked to talk to my agent who informed them that I was indeed covered. Cop gave me his card with a case number and sent me on my way. I am extremely glad that just before I left I got detailed pics of the pole. This pole has obviously been hit and knocked over many multiple time and never repaired. It is just pushed back up straight and waits for the next sucker to it and knock it over. The base is rotted and corroded and ripped open on 2 sides and never been repaired. The gas station owner filed a claim that day. When I got home and viewed the pics more I said there's no way I'm paying for this pole. I'm trying hard not to have a claim as I am claim free and get huge discounts for never having filed a claim. I call my agent to check the status and he says claims has it and will probably pay the claim. I asked if he'd seen the pics and he said no, so I forwarded them to him again. When I called back he answered the phone "Hold on I'm still ROTFLMAO. No way we're paying this claim.
A few days later I call claims to check the status and they inform me that I was covered at the time and we are going to pay the claim. I made it clear there was NFW I was taking responsibility for the damage to the pole and that I would glady pay the man $25 to redo the paint I scraped off the pole. Have you seen the pics? No what pics? I'll send them right over. I call back and claims tells me after seeing the pics they are kicking it upstairs to decline dept. I get a call from them the next day saying they are declining the claim and he can pound sand.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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Let me guess. first time driving something that size?
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:15 PM   #3
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I had my first accident a couple of weeks ago. I clipped my own mailbox in front of my house. Made me feel kinda silly! Only took about 45 minutes to fix. Barely even put a scratch in the paint on the bus. If I never have anything more serious than that I will consider myself a very lucky man.


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Old 07-26-2018, 09:21 PM   #4
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Yes sir, and it wasn't my last before that weekend. I took out a wooden box at the end of my brothers driveway and rolled over a small copper driveway light. I never knew it and didn't hear or feel anything. I was going to park the bus in spot on the island so his wife could get her car in the drive after work. He pulls into the lot I parked it and immediately said "If you're going to be driving this much , you better keep your checkbook handy." I asked why and he said " you're going to be writing a lot of check for damages if you don't learn how to drive that thing" I immediately thought of the hell his wife was going to raise and when I got back to the house found the wooden box could be straightened and wasn't important, it was built to temporarily hide a small concrete slab under it with electrical run and sticking up, Box was for aesthetics, must run in the family. I try tried to stomp the driveway light lid flat again and set it on top of the stalk that it was broken off of. Just enough for him to not be right when he told me his wife would notice it as soon as she pulled in. We were on the dock and talking about something else and out of the blue I said "I want you to do me a big favor" He replied "I won't tell her till you're gone" Took the words out of my mouth with which I followed with "Don't ever tell her unless she sees it and asks" The box covers unfinished electric that will light the Lighthouse he is building there.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:31 PM   #5
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I got really close on my first trip home. I pulled off the highway into one of the bigger gas stations that had a lot of space in the back for truckers to park, and the border of the lot lined with giant rocks, about 3 foot by 4 foot by 3 foot...ish. Well there was no other trucks in this one area and I wanted to try reversing the bus for the first time to the back to park. Went slow, kept my eyes glued on the mirrors, and went back and parked it great! I got out of the bus, did a walk around, and realized that I went past the rocks. Thankfully, it was about 6-10 inches under the bus, so I cleared it just fine, but if I would have went back 6 more inches I would have smacked the rear dif right into the boulder.

Good to hear your first accident at least turned out well for ya!
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:37 PM   #6
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It was weird pulling out of his driveway. If you look at the second picture I am standing on the edge of the road with a 4' drop off into the Puget Sound behind me. When pulling out of his drive my seat literally had to go over the water before my rear wheels would clear the light house box, was a bit scary. Have 3k miles on it since then and have become pretty proficient, but it was definitely a sharp learning curve. I have a tight driveway that curves and goes down to the basement, have no problem backing it up to the garage door now.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:38 PM   #7
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I think you might do ok if I entered you in the dirt skoolie races here.
Drive that scrap one up and we can train you,


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Old 07-26-2018, 09:48 PM   #8
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I think you might do ok if I entered you in the dirt skoolie races here.
Drive that scrap one up and we can train you,


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Were you aware I drove Nascar stock cars here for 20 years, I'm all for some bus racing. We had bus train races at our track, 3 buses chained bumper to bumper. The front bus steers and has the throttle, but no brakes. The rear bus has a driver and brakes only. Wild stuff.
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Were you aware I drove Nascar stock cars here for 20 years, I'm all for some bus racing. We had bus train races at our track, 3 buses chained bumper to bumper. The front bus steers and has the throttle, but no brakes. The rear bus has a driver and brakes only. Wild stuff.

No didn't know you evr drove anything after all that damage at your brother's place.
Brighton Speedway here has bus racing once or twice a season. Good fun, chain bus racing sounds like fun. How do they do reversing? lol




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No didn't know you evr drove anything after all that damage at your brother's place.
Brighton Speedway here has bus racing once or twice a season. Good fun, chain bus racing sounds like fun. How do they do reversing? lol




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Racecars, we don't need no stinking reverse. Front bus had to push the train back or you couldn't get back in the race. We had backwards bus races. That idiot promoter spent more time on novelty **** instead of taking care of the racers until he went out of business and closed one of the nicest Nascar short tracks in the country.
I drove 2600 miles the days after those pics were taken. Mostly freeway, but lots of fuels stops.
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