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Old 03-04-2008, 09:39 AM   #21
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Looking at the pictures, it shows a curbside bedroom slide. Maybe I'm seeing things, but I have never seen a Montana with a bedroom slide by the entrance door.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:22 AM   #22
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a front living room model (no longer made) had 2 opposing slides in the front, over the king pin.

the bedroom was in the very back.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:41 PM   #23
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Those pictures are not fun to look at.

There but for the Grace of God go any one of us.

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Old 03-04-2008, 12:47 PM   #24
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I wonder if it had been connected to the Tow Vehicle if they would have had the same result. I think maybe the added weight might have kept it a little more stable. Just a thought...
It might have helped, who knows? That particular model has three slides on one side (the lee side in this case) and only one small one on windward side, it is a front LR model, not sure about the model number, it was not visible.
Sounds like a center of gravity imbalance contributed to the flip if all the weight was on the leeward side. Were the rear stabilizer jacks out?
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:39 PM   #25
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It is an '04 model 3685FL, and yes the rear stabilizers were down.

The owners were really pleased with how well the trailer stood up to being overturned. The actual frame box was intact, not even a broken window! Have you ever thought about what happens to the contents of the waste tanks in that situation? ...not pleasant.
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #26
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I would never have thought about the contents of the holding tanks! Not a pretty picture (or smell)! The body did look like it was fairly intact but the bottom sure looked torn up.

Glad yours stayed upright and thanks for the great pics.

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:54 PM   #27
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We have the same model, Front Living. We had some terrible winds out here in CA on Sunday; jokingly told my co-worker he might have to come "help me upright" the camper after such fierce winds. Never had any idea my joke held merit....scary!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:36 PM   #28
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Wow! How awful and how wonderful the owners we're OK, well minus the stitch or two. And to think that their friends Cougar got destroyed too, all in short order.

Never thought about the holding tanks either. Icky pooh, no pun intended. Geeze Louise...sadly sounds like a totaled result is the best possible outcome.

Good, well not good, but informative to know Good Sam's road side service does not help with this. I imagine their regular RV insurance is the one who's gonna foot the bill. I'd be checking to see if there is temporary coverage for a shelter allowance for them.

The photos were amazing, thanx for sharing OntMont.

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Old 03-05-2008, 09:11 AM   #29
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Scary. I've seen one (an Avion FW) blown over by a tornado with no serious damage. The major damage was done in uprighting the trailer afterwards.

I checked with our insurance agent. We'd be covered under Comprehensive. However, I wonder if there would be coverage for those who have their fifthwheel insurance as a rider on their tow vehicle policy?
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:03 AM   #30
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Question was asked earlier about camp grounds having tie downs -- I asked this very question way back when we first started RV'g and my wife and I both remember being told that there was no way to tie down the 5er -- mobile homes have straps running over their roofs (under the siding and roofing (and have steel/cross beams under their roofs) that provide a tie-down. Nothing like that on our 5er. Guess you could put some heavy duty eye bolts into the frame and tie down that way but nothing is really available that would secure the whole rig down.

The way that structure held up on being flipped over says something for the welded alumninum cage though.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:24 AM   #31
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:42 PM   #32
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I'm starting another thread on tie downs.
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:50 PM   #33
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I wonder if bringing the slide-outs in would have kept it from toppling over.
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