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Old 10-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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Yea and Boo

I had a yea/boo kind of day yesterday. I got my trailer winterized and parked in a great (inexpensive) location that is very close to home so I can visit frequently. YAY!

Then on the way home, I was rear ended at a traffic light by a young woman not paying attention (perhaps texting or talking on a cell phone?). She managed to peg me twice - she ran into me once then panicked and hit the gas again instead of the brake and hit me again.

No one was hurt - but my bumper, and possibly my tailgate, is trashed. I had no idea that my Ford F150 PU would be so fragile. NOW I have to worry about the repair shop fixing everything right so I can tow the trailer safely. What a PITA. (At least I wasn't towing the trailer - then I would have been heartbroken instead of annoyed).

Has anyone else has a similar problem? How did it work out?
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Bummer!

In the grand scheme of towing, the bumper and the tailgate are cosmetic. You don't need either to tow. You want them to look nice however. You just want to make certain the frame is straight and all the electrical connections work properly.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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Thanks Donna! It really could have been much worse. I could have been shoved into the guy in front of me and crunched the front end as well. Good thing I was standing on my brakes and that the car that hit me was smaller.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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When I was rear ended a while back, the insurance replaced the hitch on my car. I would push for that if it took any kind of hit.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
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I would be more concerned about the mounting bolts for the hitch than the hitch itself. Probably if the hitch was compromised there would a visual cue. The bolts in all likely hood took a pretty good lateral load and they could be partially sheared or at least compromised. I would just change them regardless of appearance.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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OH BUMMER LISA! Thank God it was not your new camper!

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Old 10-20-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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Thanks Todd!

Yeah, I keep thanking god that it wasn't the trailer. I had a few nightmares about that.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:08 PM   #8
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Great news!

I picked up my truck this Saturday after repairs were completed (took only 3 days). The truck looks fantastic! New bumper, new hitch, etc. Looks brand new! I even hitched and towed the trailer a short distance on Saturday. Everything seems to be working correctly.

Total cost was about $2500 ... I paid zero $!

Thank you USAA!!
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #9
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This last time I was rear-ended, at fairly slow speed, I happened to have the ball and mount still attached to the truck. My truck was undamaged, but it sure did a number on the front end on the late model Volvo who hit me!!
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #10
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Toyota says to remove the hitch and ball to prevent damage to your vehicle.
I choose, however, to keep it in place as an extra bumper. I can't imagine the cost of repairing the rear of a RAV4, what with the spare tire, attached to the rear door, hanging out over the "bumper".
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