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Old 07-04-2015, 10:58 PM   #29
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Thanks for the stories everyone! We took our first trip this past week without the Tahoe for a week of camping in Crested Butte. The Traverse with towing package did fine, even over Monarch pass, which is a long climb. I decided the next Tahoe will have additional lights and a small lift. I wanted to do that to the last one anyways. Safe travels this summer everyone.


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Old 07-06-2015, 04:20 PM   #30
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I would use the Traverse. On other RV forums many folks are trading in their Burbs and Tahoe's on Traverse/Enclaves and reporting they are overall, a better TV. Note they are towing much larger trailers than yours.

I've lower'd a number of vehicles but never lifted one. There is a trade off.

My school of thought is to tow with a vehicle that handles well and has precise steering which gives one the best chance of avoiding an accident rather than building up a vehicle that will be somewhat better in a crash. Just a different way of looking at it I guess.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:10 PM   #31
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In some ways NOT seeing the animal may have been for the best. It is almost instinctive to swerve and avoid the collision, worst thing you can do in many if not most cases. Those critters are big but those large trees on the side of the road don't give much at all.

People that swerve tend to hit stationary object on side of the road or oncoming traffic. Brakes to reduce impact speed are the only recommended response to a dear. Going slower in the first place can help.

I once did a slalom course through three dear on the drive home from work. Knew that deer were common in the area so was going slower. Between braking and slight moves to the left right and back left I was in my lane (mostly) and slipped between the deer herd crossing the road. I felt a mild thump, on examination I had a nose smear on the rear fender and a few hairs (no blood) on the back bumper. No damage to the car and a little bleach took car of fixing the damage to my shorts.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:04 PM   #32
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In some ways NOT seeing the animal may have been for the best. It is almost instinctive to swerve and avoid the collision, worst thing you can do in many if not most cases. Those critters are big but those large trees on the side of the road don't give much at all.
No kidding.. out where I live (rural area) we are all the time seeing vehicles end up in the ditch or into a tree all because they swerved to avoid hitting a 2lb cottontail rabbit. The rabbit is going to do NOTHING to your vehicle if you hit it (you will quickly dispatch the rabbit, but there are lots of them to make up for that) but running your car into a ditch (and by ditch I should clarify that I mean 6-8 foot drop off the side of the road, not just a little dip) or a tree is probably going to do substantial damage.. the amount of people that fail to realize that until it's way too late just astonishes me. On the other hand, I hit a bunny about once a month - I don't even slow down for them
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Sarah.... a good point. I would hit the bunny too. Not worth the risk of an emergency maneuver.
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Look in your side mirrors, most of the time the bunny makes it.I hit a few deer in my time, none were at high speeds. 25 mph on a secondary road. when the dear jumped off a bank right in front of me. Several $$$$$$ to fix front end and radiator. One time in my 2002 F 150 crew cab in a industrial complex at about 15 mph the deer ran smack into my left front fender and door. Had to replace door and fender big $$$$$ for that one. So it does not have to be fast, if the deer wants to hit you, it will hit you. Carl
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:18 AM   #35
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I'm going to lift the next Tahoe a bit and put some sort of cattle guard on the front with extra lights.
We have tons of deer here in the Southeast, and they seem to be on the move year-round, so you always have to be watching for them, even during the day because "free range" dogs can run them out of the woods at any time. They are on the smaller size down here, but they can still do a lot of grill damage. A popular option here is what's called a "replacement front bumper" by RanchHand (Ranch Hand | Be on the safe side) out of Texas. It totally replaces the front bumper of the vehicle with as much or as little front end protection as you want, depending on model you choose. They don't make replacement bumpers to fit every truck/SUV on the market, but they do cover the most popular ones (at least the ones popular in Texas) including several models for the Tahoe (and they make traditional grill guards for the Tahoe, too). Because they are actually replacing the factory front bumper, they're a bit pricey, but people around here love them, and I've seen a lot of them in Colorado's ranching country, too. Worth checking out for your next Tahoe...
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:31 AM   #36
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...most of the time the bunny makes it...
LOL… I hit a "bunny" a few years ago and it destroyed the lower bumper fascia on the Camry I was driving. Well… okay… it was a large jack rabbit. That one didn't make it.

But the horse did. I was driving a Sienna pulling a utility trailer loaded with lumber at 55 mph, and here's the horse, running from the left. Night, and it's black, of course. Fortunately it's a wide, empty 5-lane highway. I brake and swerve into the idiot lane. The horse's back leg smacks hard. I didn't think the policeman was going to believe me until his flashlight revealed the dent in the bumper and hair embedded in the plastic. He looked for the horse, but never found it.

Carl, your story of the deer in the industrial park reminded me of an incident 30 years ago at a school where I taught in a small, isolated village. One of my colleagues had just bought a brand-new Dodge pick-up. On a Monday morning as I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed the bed of the truck was caved in on the driver's side. Here's his story: returning late from a weekend with family in Albuquerque, a drunk on a horse careened into the side of the truck. The rider flipped head-over-heels into some bushes near the side of the road and disappeared into the dark. The horse was stunned for a moment, but eventually ambled off as well. It makes you wonder what goes through the minds of insurance claims agents...
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Two days before last Christmas we were taking the truck to the airport and hit a small deer. It was early morning, I89 was slick with wet snow and the speed limit was posted as 40 mph. I barely had time to touch the brakes, so the impact was probably at 40 mph. Many plastic pieces were torn up/off, right headlight damaged but still on. Luckily everything worked, I checked for leaks and made it to the airport just in time. I was amazed that it took $7,000 to fix. It is so easy to total a vehicle.

Glenn's recollection of following something much bigger in the moose country, especially at dawn or dusk, is something to remember (post #25). At night I try to look for the "cat's eye" reflections in the high beam.

This time of the year the edges of the highways may be weedy and a place where critters rest until they decide to jump, which happened to me five years ago. A big buck jumped out of the weeds, and right over the hood, while I was driving about 65 or 70. I sure was cursing the highway department for not mowing soon enough. That was close.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:03 PM   #38
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We have tons of deer here in the Southeast, and they seem to be on the move year-round, so you always have to be watching for them, even during the day because "free range" dogs can run them out of the woods at any time. They are on the smaller size down here, but they can still do a lot of grill damage. A popular option here is what's called a "replacement front bumper" by RanchHand (Ranch Hand | Be on the safe side) out of Texas. It totally replaces the front bumper of the vehicle with as much or as little front end protection as you want, depending on model you choose. They don't make replacement bumpers to fit every truck/SUV on the market, but they do cover the most popular ones (at least the ones popular in Texas) including several models for the Tahoe (and they make traditional grill guards for the Tahoe, too). Because they are actually replacing the factory front bumper, they're a bit pricey, but people around here love them, and I've seen a lot of them in Colorado's ranching country, too. Worth checking out for your next Tahoe...

I've looked into these before and they're nice! I like the push bar they make myself and the option to mount lights to it. Curious as to how these work (or don't work) with your airbag sensor.


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OK, I don't have a deer/elk/moose/horse story, but I do have an OWL story. No kidding.

As a teenager, new to driving, heading east on CA HWY 44 toward Susanville, crossing Bogard flat late at night. Just me and my mom. All dark, no traffic, no one anywhere.

We notice something dead in the road ahead and some big feathered thing feasting.

I put on the brakes, but the bird flies right into us. Impacts the hood, slides up onto the windshield, and the wings SPREAD OUT, completely covering the glass.

Had to steer by looking at the white line in the sideview mirror as we came to a stop. The bird was dead, just lying there. My mom was completely freaked. I was spooked, but went around to the other side, took hold of a wing-tip, and pulled. It came off and flopped onto the side of the road. We didn't have a flashlight, so never got a good look at the thing...

Mysteriously, no damage to the hood or the windshield. I'm not sure anyone really believed us when we told this story. It was, sheesh, about 45 years ago!

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I have an ARB aftermarket front bumper (the initials stand for Australian Roo Bar since kangaroos are the Aussie equivalent of Bambi). They make them for a wide variety of foreign light trucks and there are equivalent products available for most American trucks.



They won't stop a moose but they do help prevent a lot of damage from smaller animals. Back in the 1990's my mother just about totaled her new Mercedes whne she hit a deer about two miles from my sister's house.
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OK, I don't have a deer/elk/moose/horse story, or an OWL story. BUT I do have a fish story. No kidding.

About 3 years ago, I had a dental appointment in St. Petersburg. Just as I was exiting I-275, I caught a rather large sea bird coming in low at the car in my peripheral vision from the passenger side. I tapped the brakes while quickly checking the rear view mirror but couldn't really hit the brakes hard due to other vehicles on my tail. I heard a thump, and again glanced in the mirror expecting to see feathers flying all over the road but all I saw was a fish, still alive, flopping on the pavement. It all happened very fast, but the bird apparently panicked and dropped its fish (which I didn't notice beforehand) to gain altitude and avoid colliding with the car. I pulled over the first chance I got and found the front (plastic) bumper, driver's side cracked from the impact. Had I been able to brake hard, the bird with fish might have been able to completely pass in front of the car, but split seconds matter at 55 mph. I'm probably one of a handful of people who can say they have been in an automobile collision with a fish!



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I had a similar escape with an eagle in May. After leaving early in the morning heading east I had to brake quickly twice for deer, and saw many more, not surprising. Shortly after crossing into the U.S. at Warroad MN I was approaching what I could not initially recognize at the edge of the road. As I got closer it took off, a large bald headed eagle with something in its claws, it had trouble getting lift as well, and barely cleared the roof the car whilst dropping whatever it had on the top of windshield. I thought, well this is to be expected, lots of deer in Canada, then once in the U.S. just missed a national emblem eagle!

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