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How to get repair work done following an accident?

Involved in an accident yesterday 1,000 miles from home, resulting in significant damage.
Police had our new-to-us (48 hours!) '98 U295 towed to an impound lot. We're in a hotel room now in Little Rock, trying to figure out what to do next. Towing insurance (Allstate Motor Club) will want to tow it from the impound lot to the nearest repair facility. Any suggestions on convincing them it needs to go back to Nacogdoches (300 miles)? Pictures are here: Keyes Foretravel Accident - Google Photos
Thanks.
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #1
I'd pay the difference in towing and have it back to FT since your only 300 miles away. My insurance is good for a 100 miles. Let me guess the pig pen car was at fault!
1996 U295-36, Cummins 300hp, 8.3. Build number 4864. Vin number 1F97D536XTNO54271. Purchased October 31, 2019.

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #2
Might be an opertunity for headlight conversion paid by insurance. Someone on the forum had that done.
1999 40 ft. U-320 wtfe build 5563 Chuck & Lynda's "Rollin' Inn"  2030 watts solar
prev. mh's 71 GMC 5 yrs. 73 Pace Setter 1 yr. 78 Vogue 5 yrs 81 FTX 40ft all electric 18 yrs. 1996 Monaco Signature 3 yrs.
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland
Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.  James Dean

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #3
Call XTreme and get their input. Send them pictures
Tim Fiedler    2000   Foretravel U-320 4010
2000 Chevy Tracker 2 Door Convertible 4WD
1955 7DC Champ & 1956 7EC Champ on PK1500's
1980 50' Westport MY & 2016 19' Arima SeaChaser
1980 Honda 900 Custom w/ fairings


Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #5
I agree with Tim & R&S, Call Xtreme and send them the link to pictures.

Is there a reason it could not be taped up and driven back to Naco slow?

How was it towed to lot?
2014 ih45  (4th Foretravel owned)
 1997 36' U295 Sold in 2020, owned for 19 years
   U240 36' Sold to insurance company after melting in garage fire
    33' Foretravel on Dodge Chassis  Sold very long time ago

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #6
I would NOT move it any further than needed until you determine that it will not be totaled.

Indeed, send detailed pictures to both Xtreme and Foretravel to get an idea of that your options are.  Hopefully, you will get answers before the insurance company gets too involved.  If possible, you want for you to have the options, not the insurance company.
Brett Wolfe
EX: 1993 U240
Moderator, ForeForum 2001-
Moderator Diesel RV Club 2002-
Moderator, FMCA Forum 2009-2020
Chairman FMCA Technical Advisory Committee 2011-2020

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #7
Agree with turbojack. (also with Brett) That looks drivable to me unless any of the drivetrain was damaged. If you have access to it start it and see if you can turn the steering wheel lock to lock. Slowly while watching for rub.

If unable to drive find a shop that can repair enough to make it drivable then head to Nac.

Good luck! Sorry this happened to you. I have a long story about being broke down in Little Rock. If we meet up somewhere down the road I'll tell you. :)

see ya
ken
ken & dori hathaway & Big Agnes
🍺1992 U300 GrandVilla WTBI #4150 FOT FBP 2011
✨6V-92TA DDEC Parlor Coach 350HP Series 92
🏁2011 Nissan XTerra Pro-4X


Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #8
Call XTreme and get their input. Send them pictures
Have contacted Xtreme, sent them link to photos as well as our towing insurance plan. They were very helpful.
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #9
I would NOT move it any further than needed until you determine that it will not be totaled.

Indeed, send detailed pictures to both Xtreme and Foretravel to get an idea of that your options are.  Hopefully, you will get answers before the insurance company gets too involved.  If possible, you want for you to have the options, not the insurance company.
Yes, I don't want to move it until the insurance adjuster gets here, and when he does I want to be able to provide him with estimates from Xtreme.
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #10
As far as driving it down to Nac, here are our concerns. Driver-side headlights are completely gone. Drive-side mirror gone. Generator side compartment door gone. Genny inoperable so no A/C during these 90+ degree days. Front-end fiberglass cap separated from side wall, and pulled away from windshield. I don't think the tires rub anywhere but, how do I know if there was damage to the steering or suspension that I can't see? If I start driving and then discover a problem, then things have gone from bad to worse (and it's not going to happen in a good place either).
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #11
Important.  Assemble all the facts you can.

Foretravel is not constructed like most other coaches therefore needs specialist knowledge and parts to repair.

Cost of flatbed to Nacogdoches.  I would not tow it wheels down that far.

Cost of repair at Nacogdoches vs local.  If local is less don't show to insurance company

Make it clear that you want the coach to go to Nacogdoches.  Let them know it will end up costing them more in time and aggravation (money) if they argue with you.

Call State Insurance Dept where you are and where the coach is insured (your full time domicile) to see what your rights are in law.  Remember an informed consumer is not what insurance companys like.

Be nice to adjuster.  Find out how much he knows about Foretravels.  Have him call the factory in your presence if he has questions you can't answer.  I would call them first to give them a heads up. He may use your opinion and knowledge in his determination.

Save the PIA attitude for the insurance company.  Let them know subtly that you post on the internet.

Good luck.

Keith

Keith, Joyce & Smokey the Australian Cattle Dog
1995 U320 SE Extreme 40' WTBI Build # 4780, with a Honda CR-V hopefully still following behind.
Motorcade # 17030
FMCA # F422159

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #12
Just a heads up. I understand RV fog doctor in Searcy also does fiberglass and body work. With that being said the only work we have ever had done was at Xtreme.
Lynn & Marilyn Sickel
Tollville, AR
1997  U320  40'
2021 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
Motorcader  17257


Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #13
My 1996 U295 36foot insurance books for $41,700 according to Nationwide
1996 U295-36, Cummins 300hp, 8.3. Build number 4864. Vin number 1F97D536XTNO54271. Purchased October 31, 2019.

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #14
Well sorry to hear about it. From the pictures it doesn't look like it wouldn't be drivable. I would use a couple rolls of 200 mph tape other notwise known as duct tape and tape everything up really good and drive it to nacogdoches. But of course the insurance adjuster may have something to say about that. Never had an insurance claim on my coach but I have had one on a sailboat. They sent a really nice guy who's only experienced was with cars. He knew nothing about boats I had a cheap insurance company because I was in the middle of doing work I was going to switch to a better company after I was finished in a year or so. That was my first mistake. My second mistake was listening to the company that was at the marina that started doing work without authorization from me or the insurance company. In the end it was a total loss and I had to give it up otherwise I'd be out sailing in the golf right now heading to Panama.
Good luck and I hope it works out okay for you guys.
'99 U320 40 WTFE
Build #5462,
1500 Watts Solar 600 amp Victron lithium
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi
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Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #15
Not fond of Little Rock either.
You are not far from the Fog Doctor and I know they gave us great service.   I would give them a call and see what they can do for you!  Sorry this happened to you.
Joe & Dottie Allen
2000 U320; build # 5645
Our coach, Maxine
Motorcade #  15922;  Escapee 150950; FMCA F495795; Boondockers Welcome
'98 U320 from 2000-'06

"the difference between stupidity and genius?  Genius has it's limits!"

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #16
You need to see if they will total it first. It is going to be close I think with the damage that you showed.  I would only go to xtreme so get a quote from them and how to get it there if you can rig a mirror and attach the cap a bit.  But if there is steering issues get it flat bed trailered. You are close enough to where the best place to fix these coaches are located.
2015 Born Free Royal Splendor on Ford 550 nonslide version
Former Coaches  covering. 360,000 miles
1999 34 U270
2000 36 U320
2001 42' double slide U320
2018 Jeep Rubicon

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #17
Just found out that RV Fog Dr may be able to do this work. Has anyone had body work done by them? I'm asking because it would be far easier to get the coach to them than down to Nac.
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #18
Towing insurance (Allstate Motor Club) will want to tow it from the impound lot to the nearest repair facility. Any suggestions on convincing them it needs to go back to Nacogdoches (300 miles)? Pictures are here: Keyes Foretravel Accident - Google Photos
Thanks.

Yes.  Hire a lawyer to represent you.  You can be certain that Allstate will have a lawyer advising their claims adjuster.  Now that you need to make a claim on your insurance, and it will be a complicated claim to be sure, the insurance company and its representatives are not your friend.  Legal representation will be money well spent.
1992 Foretravel Grand Villa
U225 SBID Build No. 4134
1986 Rockwood Driftwood
1968 S.I.A.T.A. Spring
1962 Studebaker Lark
1986 Honda VF700C
1983 Honda VF750C
Duke, the Dog
N1RPN

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #19
Most likely putting it on a flatbed trailer would put you over the 13 foot 6 inch height limit.
1994 U280, Build 4490
Deming, NM.

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #20
Most likely putting it on a flatbed trailer would put you over the 13 foot 6 inch height limit.

....you mean 14' height limit
Doug W.
96 36' U270 CSGI #4946
07 Jeep Wrangler
PAC. NW

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #21
Drop hitch lowboy should be legal.
1999 40 ft. U-320 wtfe build 5563 Chuck & Lynda's "Rollin' Inn"  2030 watts solar
prev. mh's 71 GMC 5 yrs. 73 Pace Setter 1 yr. 78 Vogue 5 yrs 81 FTX 40ft all electric 18 yrs. 1996 Monaco Signature 3 yrs.
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland
Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.  James Dean

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #22
I would only use a qualified Foretravel repair facility.  You will look back and wished you had.  Most of these places unfamiliar seem to over promise and underperformed.
I was rear-ended on I 20 in Georgia about 9 months ago by 18 wheeler.
With minimal work I drove my coach to Foretravel before talking with insurance company
(Easier to get forgiveness than permission)
I had no plans for anyone else to do repair,  so when they called I told them where the coach was and they could send an adjuster to view it.
I told them I wanted it repaired by the factory.  They were more than willing to accept FTs estimate and pay my travel expenses.
First thing is to get checked out if anyone was thrown around.
I hope you the very best with these negotiations.
Jerry
Jerry & Nanci
1999 U270 34'WTFI
2011 Malibu
A smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows when to say it.

Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #23
I'd pay the difference in towing and have it back to FT since your only 300 miles away. My insurance is good for a 100 miles. Let me guess the pig pen car was at fault!
They said over on Facebook it was indeed that messy Infinity that hit them and was piloted by a gang member fleeing the police and tossing drugs and a gun out the window.
1998 36' WTFE U320  #5314 Motorcade #17711
USAF 1975-1995
2019 Subaru Crosstrek 'toad'
2003 Subaru Legacy touring car
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Re: How to get repair work done following an accident?

Reply #24
Sadly we learned the "gang member" was only 20 year old. It's very sad that this is his life and prayers that he can one day turn it around.
1998 U295 36' No slides
Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Previous rigs:
   1995 26' Fleetwood Flair
   1998 34' Fleetwood Bounder
   1997 40' Bluebird BMC
   1999 24' Winnebago Minnie Class C