Totaled tow vehicle while pulling camper - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-24-2015, 11:11 PM   #1
Member
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Trillium
Colorado
Posts: 79
Totaled tow vehicle while pulling camper

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByFiberglass RV1435204485.084398.jpg
Views:	94
Size:	115.7 KB
ID:	85797Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByFiberglass RV1435204569.606539.jpg
Views:	94
Size:	122.3 KB
ID:	85799Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByFiberglass RV1435204610.107193.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	118.2 KB
ID:	85800

Here's a couple photos of the damage and the last photo of the Tahoe before the crash. Amazingly, I walked away uninjured and the camper was not damaged. I checked the hitch and frame as well. Only items that were on the bed flew forward.
I was driving home to Keystone, CO from New Mexico at night and hit two adult male elk at 65mph. I didn't have time to react and hit them before I was on the brakes. They were killed instantly, being thrown 20-25ft off the side of the road. Lesson learned to drive slower at night in remote areas. I'll be getting another Tahoe.
On a more positive note, this was the first trip with the new fridge and everything is now running off solar. Batteries never drop below 12.6v. We leave Friday after work for a week long camping trip in Crested Butte. Our Traverse will be the tow vehicle for now.


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________

__________________
ajdemo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2015, 11:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Borrego Dave's Avatar
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Casita SD17 2006
California
Posts: 2,925
Andy, you're lucky one didn't come through the window.
__________________

__________________
Borrego Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 12:09 AM   #3
Member
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Trillium
Colorado
Posts: 79
Definitely. I think the way the hood collapsed may have saved me. I'm going to lift the next Tahoe a bit and put some sort of cattle guard on the front with extra lights. I don't think any aftermarket guard is going to stop two elk but maybe it would keep one from totaling a vehicle. Extra lights would be nice on remote roads when no other cars are around. We come across wildlife too often to not take some kind of precaution. This is the wake up call for us to do it.


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
ajdemo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 04:26 AM   #4
Raz
Senior Member
 
Raz's Avatar
 
Name: Raz
Trailer: Trillium 2010
Vermont
Posts: 4,066
Glad you're OK. Not much you can do when that happens. We don't have elk here but we do have deer and moose. A few years ago I had a deer jump in front of me. I was in town, doing 25 mph. The deer was knocked down but ran away. The vehicle had $2500 damage. Plastic bumpers are expensive. Were it a moose, the car would most likely have been totaled and we might have been killed. It's common to drive under the animal having it come through the windshield. While elk are smaller than moose, a smaller tow vehicle might have the same result. It could have been a lot worse. Again, glad you're OK, Raz
__________________
Raz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 05:03 AM   #5
MC1
Senior Member
 
MC1's Avatar
 
Name: Wayne
Trailer: Nest fan, Airstream Sold
Ontario
Posts: 2,006
Thnxs for posting Andy. It is a reminder to all of us to beware of hazards and safety issues out on the roads. Our travels in Canada take us in Moose country so we refrain from traveling at night.
__________________
MC1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 05:24 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
honda03842's Avatar
 
Name: Norm and Ginny
Trailer: Scamp 16
Florida
Posts: 7,300
We don't drive at night in Moose country, Moose always win. Beyond the moose our night vision is diminished. We did hit a deer with the CRV in NM a couple of years ago in the early morning and killed the deer.

Our Honda had the brackets for the tow bar still there, built like two tow receivers coming out the front of the grill. They killed the deer with absolutely no damage to the CRV except deer hairs on the license plate.

We felt lucky that the deer did not go over or under the vehicle.
__________________
Norm and Ginny

2014 Honda Odyssey
1991 Scamp 16
honda03842 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 07:33 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
frank_a's Avatar
 
Name: Frank
Trailer: 2012 ParkLiner #006
New York
Posts: 2,204
Glad you're okay Andy! We used to live in Wyoming, and some of the roads out there were/are a real hazard for deer and moose at certain times of the year. Where we live now the biggest thing in the road is whitetail (and idiot drivers...).

Could you give me some specs on your solar set-up? Sounds very interesting!

Best of luck to you.

Frank
__________________
2012 ParkLiner #006
2013 4wd Escape 2L Ecoboost with 3500# tow package
frank_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 08:36 AM   #8
Member
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Trillium
Colorado
Posts: 79
Hey Frank,

Here's a link to our solar install and I can get you some more details after work today.

1975 Trillium 1300 solar project


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
ajdemo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 08:37 AM   #9
Member
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Trillium
Colorado
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by MC1 View Post
Thnxs for posting Andy. It is a reminder to all of us to beware of hazards and safety issues out on the roads. Our travels in Canada take us in Moose country so we refrain from traveling at night.

Yea, we'll refrain from traveling at night now whenever possible.


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
ajdemo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 08:40 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
frank_a's Avatar
 
Name: Frank
Trailer: 2012 ParkLiner #006
New York
Posts: 2,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajdemo76 View Post
Hey Frank,

Here's a link to our solar install and I can get you some more details after work today.

1975 Trillium 1300 solar project - Fiberglass RV
Thanks Andy! We very much want to do the same thing with Daisy Mae (our egg). Maybe this year too.

Take care, and best of luck!

Frank
__________________
2012 ParkLiner #006
2013 4wd Escape 2L Ecoboost with 3500# tow package
frank_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 08:42 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: Kathy
Trailer: 2017 Escape 19
Washington
Posts: 594
Registry
Wow! Glad you're OK. Fear of hitting a deer is one reason we really try to avoid driving at night in certain parts of the country where we go camping. Over in eastern WA in the Methow Valley region there are sobering road signs that list the number of deer/car collisions each year.
__________________
Evergreengirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 09:40 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,318
Registry
It is my understanding that deer are the most dangerous animal in North America, in that they are involved in more human deaths then any other animal. All as a result of high speed collisions.

I am glad to hear that you are OK. Also good that the trailer is OK too. Nice Trillium.
__________________
David Tilston is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 10:02 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
WaltP's Avatar
 
Name: Walter
Trailer: 2017 Escape 17B
SW Virginia
Posts: 1,132
I've hit two deer over the past 10 years, both in the daylight at relatively slow speeds.
I hate to even think about hitting anything as large as an elk or moose.

When I was in Newfoundland, someone said the major cause of death there was from running into moose. Hyperbole?

Walt
__________________
WaltP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
honda03842's Avatar
 
Name: Norm and Ginny
Trailer: Scamp 16
Florida
Posts: 7,300
Walt,

About 700 moose/vehicle collisions annually and only 2/3 deaths. Annually Maine averages 18,000 dear collisions and about 650 moose collisions with 2-3 deaths from Moose. Deer collisions rarely cause a death. Fewer moose related deaths than I would have guessed.
__________________

__________________
Norm and Ginny

2014 Honda Odyssey
1991 Scamp 16
honda03842 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Right camper for tow vehicle.... ralphieboy General Chat 53 02-06-2015 09:38 AM
Our Scamp is totaled Ken in Pa General Chat 60 09-14-2014 11:33 PM
Vehicle to tow hunter camper up mountain Winnie Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 16 09-07-2013 07:07 PM
Vehicle overheating while hauling Scamp. Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 06-17-2003 12:56 PM
D'ya wash tow vehicle while traveling? Legacy Posts Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 8 09-26-2002 09:14 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.