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Estimate Approved, Repairs Scheduled, Ready to Retreat

I received word today from my insurance company, Amica, that they have approved the estimate for repairs on Wild Thing submitted by Hazard Marine. The insurance company for the driver of the truck that hit Wild Thing has accepted full responsibility so all the charges will be covered. That was all very good news! I called the folks at Hazard Marine and scheduled to bring Wild Thing to them on Monday. The Escape Trailer Industries factory will be sending parts so this repair should be accomplished in time for me to keep to my schedule for winter departure.  I am glad to have this settled before I go away for my retreat so I can relax and recharge without worry.

Today I shut down the refrigerator in the camper. I did not want to keep the propane active while she is in for repairs. I removed all the food, propped the doors open with the clips provided with the fridge, and turned it off. I closed the valves on both propane tanks at the source. The battery is still connected and today when I checked it was charged to 100%.  The solar panel and the brilliant sun we have been enjoying this week are keeping the batteries well. I plan to leave the batteries connected since I will be on the road again in 3-4 more weeks. There is little draw on the batteries while the camper is parked, just a few displays and the propane detector. The gray and black water tanks are empty but I did leave some water in the fresh tank. I added bleach to that water to help keep the lines sanitized. I will flush that out when I get rolling again. I shouldn’t need to winterize if I’m able to leave for warmer climes by the end of November but I will keep an eye on the weather and watch for any drastic dips in temperature.

This weekend is forecast to be glorious with 70’s during the day and 50’s at night. Perfect! I hope to have some nice foliage pictures to share from Biddeford, ME tomorrow!

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  1. Becky #

    Good news. Hope you have a great weekend retreat. Looks like you will be in Az at the same time DAVID is there. Maybe you two can hook up. Love Becky
    PS. Prayers for Aunt Becky. Her other hand is now contracted and can’t pick up the phone. They are working to make a plan to help with that.

    October 20, 2017
  2. Marta Heggie #

    Congratulations on getting everything arranged for ‘Wild Thing’ repair! Definately good to have done before u go for your retreat.

    We r back in Missouri and already got our permanent plate on ‘High Fiber’ I see that we have a lot of bug splatter on her front, so I will get up there and clean it. I will start with soap and water as I don’t want to damage the gel coat. Also, a bug cleaner from Wal Mart will work as well.
    We r loving our solar as its so nice to have 110 v from our battery when at Wally World!’ I thought I filled the fresh water tank and gage indicated a one which we thought as enough until we r in St Louis; however, last nite at Wally World we could tell that wat r was running out! Will have to get a ‘feel’ for the gages.

    October 20, 2017
  3. Jay Jacobs #

    What parts did you need for your repair? We had a little fender bender with our 5.0 and need some fiberglass repair. Did ETI have to send paint or anything for your fiberglass repair?

    November 20, 2017
    • Sarah #

      Jay, I’m so sorry to hear about your fender bender! It is upsetting for sure. I contacted ETI, and resent me the paint to match when they did the gel coating. I also needed a rear tail light and the light over my license plate repaired, and resend those as well. It was quite convenient so I didn’t have to wait for a local shop to chase down the parts. I was also certain then that the paint would match the existing on the trailer. I would recommend that you send a note through and talk to Reese, he was very helpful for me. Good luck! And safe travels.

      November 20, 2017

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