I Had an Accident

Peace the day after the accident 🙂

We are back at Reed Bingham State Park again this evening.  There is nothing in the world as peaceful as being in our little Casita in a quiet, pretty campsite.

The left rear panel of the truck.  This damage is from the Casita's belly band.

The left rear panel of the truck. This damage is from the Casita’s belly band.

The funeral itself was a sweet, graveside ceremony.  The throngs of people in and out of the house before and after the funeral were so stressful to me that I was an emotional wreck. I don’t deal well with crowds, anyway, and under the circumstances, I felt like I might fall apart at any time.

We had planned to stay overnight there, but when another brother invited us to park at his house, we gratefully accepted because it would be a lot quieter there.

The tail lights are sticking way out due to the bend side.  We duct taped the lights to the truck for the trip home.  Red Green would be proud.  :)

The tail lights are sticking way out due to the bent side panel and the tail gate won’t open. We duct taped the lights to the truck for the trip home. Red Green would be proud. 🙂

So we got to Glenda and Rex’s house.  I was parking the trailer.  When I am backing up, I always get out of the truck a couple of times to see exactly where the trailer is so I know how to maneuver.

Well, this time I thought I had the truck in Park, but it was actually in Reverse.  I opened the door and saw the ground moving, but was so stressed, it didn’t register.  So I jumped out of the truck….. and it kept going.  The trailer jacknifed, and there was this awful grinding sound.  In the state of mind I was in, I was trying to push the truck away from the trailer while it was still backing up.

Finally, the truck stopped… I guess because it was jacknifed so badly that it jammed.  So Ron jumped into the truck and put it in park.

The damage to the truck was substantial.  I won’t describe it.  Will just post pictures.

The damage to the trailer was limited to a slightly bent  area on the belly band and the bar under the propane tanks popping its weld when the tanks were jammed sideways.  The plastic cover over the propane tanks kept the metal tanks from gouging the Casita’s fiberglass.  There are a few small abrasions that I can probably buff out and recoat with Poliglow and they won’t even be noticeable.

The tail lights

The tail lights

I thought I was over the stress and nervousness today.  But we went into Adel for dinner.  It’s a terrible little town… run down, and very scary looking to me.  We ate at the world’s worst Chinese buffet after threading through a parking lot with concrete barricades everywhere that I just KNEW we were going to crash into.

I think the food had been left out since lunch and was dried out and unappetizing.  But we were not up to leaving and trying to find someplace else, so we choked it down and prayed that we wouldn’t get food poisoning.

Ron and I both feel that we wouldn’t have survived the ordeal if we had had to cope with having Sheba along.  It was so special just having our little buddy Sunny with us.  We realize what a huge mistake it was to get Sheba, and are seriously going to find her a good home as soon as possible.

Propane tank damage to bumper

Propane tank damage to bumper

So tonight we are exhausted, but so relieved to be cozied up in our little Casita.  We’ll head home tomorrow and take the truck in for the insurance estimate as soon as we can get an appointment.

The Casita belly band scratch -- the only real damage to the Casita

The Casita belly band dings — the only real damage to the Casita




  1. I’m sorry I laughed at all your little absurdities, but I think we must be related. 😉 Hope you have a safe and uneventful trip home.

    • My sense of the ridiculous is starting to kick in. I really did provide the evening’s entertainment! 😀

      Thanks for the good wishes!

  2. klbexplores

     /  February 1, 2013

    Reality happens where ever we are…. I hate when it happens. While there is never a good time I think this qualifies as the worst 😦

  3. Barbara goodman

     /  February 1, 2013

    So sorry to hear about the accident, my husband is the manager of a bodyshop at a dealership and its frightening at the condition of some of the cars & trucks.
    About Sheba, I just started volunteering at The Friends of Labradors Rescue in Ca., have you thought about contacting a rescue to place Sheba ? You can keep her till they find a forever home. Good luck to you.

    • Barbara, I think there must have been angels protecting me as I reflexively tried to stop the truck with my hands. In retrospect, I could have been easily crushed between the truck and trailer. I am just so very, very grateful that no one was hurt.

      Yes, I have had several suggestions that I look into a rescue organization to help find Sheba the best home. When we get back home, I will seriously start making inquiries.

      In my dreams, she could find a place where she could put her incredible herding instincts to work. I think she would be in doggie heaven with livestock to work with.

  4. barbara young

     /  February 1, 2013

    it sounds like you had a rough couple of weeks. I hope now that you can get some rest and enjoy your little camper. glad the damage wasn’t worse.

    • Thanks, Barbara. I’m looking forward to a long, hot bubble bath when we get home to start the unwinding in style. Maybe I’ll even do it up right with candles and music!

      Warm, sunny camping weather will come again soon! 🙂

  5. Linnith

     /  February 1, 2013

    so sorry about your accident. crazy things happen sometimes but at no injury to you. I am very curious about your window valances and especially your apparently thick matress(cushion) and the side dinette area with a nice sitting coushion and flyffy back cushions. How do find out about them. would appreciate help. thank you

    • Linnith, the thick mattresses are 6″ Spa Sensations memory foam mattresses from Walmart, cut with an electric knife to size. I cut plywood a bit smaller than I wanted the mattresses to be. Then I laid down a cut-to-fit mattress pad, put the foam on top of the pad, then put the plywood on top, then stapled the mattress cover to the plywood. Next I laid out my upholstery material, placed the plywood-foam-mattress pad unit on top, and stapled the fabric to the plywood.

      It’s the easiest way to get really nice looking upholstered mattress cushions.

      For the valances, I pleated upholstery material, sewed very small elastic loops on the back, then stuck the tiniest command hooks I could find to the top of the blinds and looped the elastic loops over them. The only tricky part was making the elastic loops small enough that they wouldn’t jump off the hooks when the trailer was on the road.

      The other two seat cushions are just foam, covered with a mattress pad, with the covers sewn according to instructions I found on the net. The smaller back pillows are just pillow shams that I sewed to fit regular bed pillows.

      I found the fabric at a discount fabric warehouse. It was a serendipitous find. I had been planning to use another color upholstery, but when I saw that combination, I fell in love with it. 🙂

  6. Oh no! Just what you didn’t need – an accident and bad Chinese food. Keep looking at the first photo you posted – you’ll be that peaceful again soon.

  7. Good lord! you got out while it was still running!? oh, man? just glad YOU weren’t hurt… I mean it is comical but not really but kinda… I mean… jeeeeezus …

  8. Shelly

     /  February 1, 2013

    Im sorry to hear about your acci
    dent. I also know exactly how you feel about being stressed out and crowds. I hope things are looking better to you and that you have a very relaxing and calm few days. Take care!

  9. I did one of those last summer right after I told myself my car still looks just as new as the day I bought her in 2004. And bam I backed into a truck with huge black bumper guards. I bought red tape and put on the broke tail light. I guess I should get it fixed soon. But with a 500. deductable I didn’t bother turning it in. My friend has a come along and can pull out her dimple and the junk yard must have a tail light I could buy.
    It’s all fixable and nobody got hurt. But I understand you feel bad.

    • The funny thing is how fast things fade into the past and instead of being huge disasters, turn out to be nothing more than speed bumps along the way.

      I am JUST finally beginning to learn that lesson. 🙂

  10. kathy nik

     /  February 1, 2013

    I was holding my breath reading this, and relieved no one got hurt! But I would not have been able to recover for several days! And I’m glad someone else understands the stress of crowds. I don’t do well with those, either! Sure hope you have an uneventful trip home!

    • Kathy, I am just so glad I don’t have to do the driving on the way home. It will still be a few days before I am back to normal. But last night I slept like a rock and am enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee this morning. So we’ll amble north when we get ready. If we don’t get as far as we’d like, we’ll just stop somewhere else for a night.

  11. So sorry to hear about (and see the results!) of your accident. Stress makes folks very accident prone – whenever things start happening to me, it’s definitely a sign to slow down and be extra careful. I’m glad the egg wasn’t too damaged and trucks can be fixed – glad you are OK!

    • Anne, I think what we should have done was camp somewhere nearby instead of parking right in the thick of things.

      I knew when I get stressed, everything gets hard. But I didn’t expect to be so out of it that getting ready to jump out of a moving vehicle would not register!

      We are just thrilled that our little egg wasn’t hurt. And so glad that the truck is still driveable. It could have been a lot worse! 🙂

  12. Camilla

     /  February 1, 2013

    Oh no… Well thank goodness you didn’t get hurt!

  13. Glad you are safe and your beautiful casitas got by virtually I damaged. Trucks are easier to fix than our fiberglass babies! Have a safe trip home. 🙂

    • Thanks, Sue. I consider it a true miracle that our sweet little Casita came through unscathed! 🙂

  14. Marcia GB

     /  February 2, 2013

    Wow what a tough day! I’m very glad no one was hurt and that the Casita only had minor damage. Sorry about your truck though 😦 Last year my hubby backed our Casita into the overhang edge of the garage roof, broke the back window and gouged the fiberglass. I was very unhappy because he could’ve just waited for me to assist but got impatient. We replaced the window and he fixed the fiberglass but it still has a “scar” and I don’t know if that will ever get repaired to my satisfaction 😦
    Anyhow, safe home to you and hope the damage is quickly repaired.

  15. Oh Sharon…the only good view of this post are so those sweet toes and Sunny close by. I’m so thankful no one was hurt or suffered injury.. it’s time for good karma to head back to your circle! So hoping better days on your horizon…you so deserve a break! xxoo

    • Carla, we are so happy tonight. I can’t describe the peace. The accident is behind us now and we are enjoying another night of sweet camping and looking ahead to warm weather and more camping. 🙂

  16. kester

     /  February 2, 2013

    So sorry to hear about the accident. glad you are OK. I love following your blog, but don’t like when things like this happen! Take care.

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