In 2009, we were on our "big trip" to the east coast. We were stopped at a KOA in Embreeville, PA. That night there was a huge thunder/lightning storm. Being originally from the mid-west, we both love big thunder storms. We were sitting at the front window of our 17B with the 2009 Tacoma parked in front watching the show. All of a sudden there was a huge flash right in front of the Tacoma accompanied simultaneously by the loudest bang I've ever heard. It made our ears ring it was so loud.
When we recovered, Kathy said she thought she had left the sliding window in the Tacoma open and it was raining very hard. So, I left the 17, in my underwear, to go close the window. the plan was that when I got to the truck, Kathy would hit the keyless entry thingy to open the door. Here I am, standing in the pouring rain in my shorts, and the damn door won't open. I ran back to the 17, got the key and used it to open the door. When I got in, I could hear a buzzing sound, like a motor running. (By the way, the sliding window was indeed open and the interior was soaked). I tried the horn, it worked, the headlights, they worked, tried to start the truck, no joy. I traced the noise down to coming from under the hood. It turned out to be the windshield wiper motor. Since I couldn't shut it off, I got a wrench and disconnected the battery. Just as I was closing the hood, a fellow came running over from the other side of the campground as asked if we were alright. He thought we had been hit by the lightning bolt. Apparently, the lightning had hit about twenty feet in front of our truck.
Next morning, we re-evaluated our situation and wound up calling the local Toyota dealer to come get the truck. Following their analysis, it was determined that the lightning had taken out all eight computers. The Tacoma was DOA. We also found out that the lightning had fried all of the LED lights in the front half of the 17 and taken out the circuit boards in the furnace and the electrical monitor panel.
The Toyota dealer said they needed to have confirmation from ICBC, the provincial insurance company, that they would cover the cost of the repairs, which were substantial. We wound up dealing with ICBC for just about three weeks and in the end, they said they were writing off the truck. So, there we were, in Pennsylvania with no way to get home. Kinda scary.
End the end, we had to leave our truck in Pennsylvania. We rented a U-Haul truck that would pull the 17, loaded all of the stuff from our Tacoma into it and drove to my brother's place in Michigan. We were able to obtain a replacement vehicle, thanks to some very rigorous leg-work on the part of our local Toyota dealer. I had to go to Ontario to pick it up, drive back to Michigan to get the 17 and we then headed home to BC. Our three week trip to the east coast took us almost two months.
You know, you always want to go on a trip that you will remember. Well, this is one we will NEVER FORGET