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Old 09-30-2013, 08:46 AM
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Hey guys, I am officially out of the forum. At least for a little while.

George was totaled on Friday afternoon in Madrid NY.

We were on our way to camp and hike in the Adirondacks with 24 Scouts/Venturers and 9 Adults. I was third in a convoy of 7 vehicles.

Stopped at a stop sign, the first two went through, I stopped, looked both ways, even leaned forward over the dash to get a better look. Nothing! Next thing I know I am looking at the frame of a GM pickup and everyone is screaming.

NO ONE hurt! Three kids in my backseat, another shot-gun. Two 17 year-olds in the GM. Worst injury I think was some seat belt burn and my 240/120 BP.

My wife already had a stack of "for-sale" pages ready when I got home last night. I'll be back!

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Old 09-30-2013, 09:26 AM
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Ouch....so, your fault? Looks like your air bags didn't deploy?? Glad no one was seriously hurt. Shame about that RT hood....
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:41 AM
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It'll buff out...

Was it a 4way stop? Glad everyone is ok, and you don't have to leave the forum, look at Kent!

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Looks like they were going too fast...

Glad everyone was ok... poor George though!
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:17 AM
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Just cause you get rid of a Dak don't mean you have to be "officially out of the forum".....
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:53 AM
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Glad everyone's OK, George is replaceable though.

Happy hunting...
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:33 AM
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I'll answer all in one post, saves ******* paper. (ok, why won't it let me put v i r t u a l?)

I'm not really going anywhere, and I think I've already found the replacement. It just depends on what the Ins. Co. decides is the equivalent value.

It was my fault, I left a stop sign (other road was a through road) without it being clear to do so. One of the other leaders has already phoned the town hall to complain that it should be a 4-way.

They were going WAY too fast! I estimate 50 in a 30 zone, but I haven't done the physics calculations. The leaders behind thought faster, based on them coming out of nowhere. You can see where they first impacted just above the left-front wheel, and they climbed my truck and rolled on their side. In other pictures you can see where they dug into the asphalt about mid-way across the other north-bound lane - they were south-bound.

They were 17 year-old-boys doing what 17 year-old boys do. They were on their way home from school, probably to celebrate the driver's 17th birthday, and they were testing out his "new" truck. It bit them, and us, in the behind, and hopefully changed how they do things from here on in. My insurance will pay for their truck (and mine), but we all walked away without a scratch and you can't get luckier than that!

I am trying to figure out what I could have done differently, but I really think that I looked long and hard up the road and saw nothing. But I will look a little longer and harder from here on in.

State Trooper said that the ticket was the least he could give me and he had to give me something! Fine will likely be $120, which is cheap compared to 6 kids' lives.
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You can tell it was some young kids...look at the glass pack!
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You can tell it was some young kids...look at the glass pack!
Yeah, I noticed that yesterday looking at the picks. And no, that doesn't indicate that they would ever be speeding . . . . .

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I'm glad to see you and the kids are ok! If the insurance does total it out, I would hope you could take some of your parts off. I'm sure you could sell you tonneau cover, and nerf bars. Or you could always get another 3rd gen! When I totaled my car in 2006, I went to the storage lot they towed it to and removed everything, sold it online, and removed my alarm system and put it onto my next vehicle. I wish you the best of luck on your car/truck shopping and again glad to see you all are ok!!!

Also for future reference, you could invest in a dash cam. I did a lot of research on them and this was the best for the cost. Put the link here:
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I had the same thing happen to me years ago. 35 mph zone, I looked both ways and got hit. Of course it was my fault even though they were speeding. My insurance company dropped me after that also, so keep an eye out for that.
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I'm glad to see you and the kids are ok! If the insurance does total it out, I would hope you could take some of your parts off. I'm sure you could sell you tonneau cover, and nerf bars. Or you could always get another 3rd gen! When I totaled my car in 2006, I went to the storage lot they towed it to and removed everything, sold it online, and removed my alarm system and put it onto my next vehicle. I wish you the best of luck on your car/truck shopping and again glad to see you all are ok!!!
Thought of going to get the tonneau, but, if totalled, the truck is down in northern NY state. I need the hitch receiver off of it too, since out of the three I have, it is the one I use most often.

I THINK I have bought a new one. I made the deal, but I can break it if Insurance doesn't write it off.

I don't need more on my dash in the way than I have now.

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I had the same thing happen to me years ago. 35 mph zone, I looked both ways and got hit. Of course it was my fault even though they were speeding. My insurance company dropped me after that also, so keep an eye out for that.
I'm not too worried about my insurance co - I've been with them for 25 years, with no major claims. I have $0 deductible, replacement coverage, and, I think, 1st at-fault forgiveness.

Thanks for the heads-up though
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