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Old 03-03-2016, 09:16 PM   #43
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After 40 days and nights in the shop, my tow vehicle is back from the dead!

The good… It looks great. All parts except the taillights are OEM. The hitch and electrical connector are brand new. I also got a brand-new full-sized spare wheel and tire in place of the donut. The hatch's occasional tendency to unlatch when I hit a bump is now gone. Most important, the other party's insurance took care of everything without drama (thank you, Farmer's!).

The bad… There was slight damage to the left frame rail, and it had to be pulled. The back edge of the cargo compartment was caved in a couple of inches, so the sill had to be cut out and a new piece welded in. The cost ballooned from the initial estimate of $5400 to $9900!

My license plate was crumpled and straightened. Thought about getting a new one, but decided to keep it as a battle scar.

We are finally ready to take advantage of the early spring weather here in the Southwest. Let's go camping!
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All's well that ends well. Happy camping. Two months from now I'll be doing the same Raz
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Just made reservations at Lake Pleasant March 23-25th. Anyone else going to be there at that time?
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Just got back from our first trip following the collision repair. No molded fiberglass sightings, but we enjoyed an incredible full moonrise over Lake Pleasant.

The trailer towed beautifully. Before the accident, there was a persistent rattle that seemed to come from the hitch area at highway speeds. Installation of an anti-rattle device didn't help, and it only occurred when towing. Whatever the cause, it's completely gone now.

That's the good. The bad… my wife sprained her ankle the second day, so we had to cut the trip a bit short.
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We were at Lake Pleasant two weeks ago. LOVED it! (Sorry to high jack this thread. Please ignore!)
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Don't think there's anything left in this story to hijack... I am so sorry to have missed you, Mary! I would have loved to meet a real live person behind the posts. I would have loved to see a real live Escape, too.
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We'll be back. It was a blast!!
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