July 15, 2015 – Shocking intrusion into my motorhome! (Offending lug nut seen on dash.)
In my last post, I told about my one night stay at Rainbow Point Forest Service Campground, having been referred there by an uninformed camp host at Baker’s Hole. I decided I would stop by Baker’s Hole on my way out the next day to make sure they didn’t give out the wrong impression again about what it’s like getting there and what the deal is once you arrive.
I was just slowing down to make the turn from the highway into Baker’s Hole when I heard this loud explosion-like sound, saw a hole appear in my windshield, felt an impact to my chest, then looked down and saw this piece of metal in my lap which, along with my arms, was also covered in glass.
My first thought was that I had been shot and since I was wearing a red shirt, I wondered if I could see if I was bloody or not. I later confirmed no blood and I think besides the lessening of impact after going through the windshield, the lug nut kinda bounced off where it hit the large elastic part of my bra before falling to my lap.
I do know there was nobody ahead of me on the road as I was slowing down, and it’s a two lane highway, so there was nobody to the right of me, so the only thing I can figure is that someone coming toward me lost his lug nut at just the worst possible time for me.
When I posted to my Facebook friends about what happened, besides the wonderful expressions of concern and affirming how blessed I was to escape any injury, I got welcome chuckles from comments about my “Wonder Bra.”
Even while focusing on the positive, I couldn’t help but run through the “what-ifs” in my mind – what if it had hit me in the head? What if it had penetrated my chest? What if the whole window had exploded? I couldn’t believe how far back into the motorhome the glass scattered. My arms and lap had been covered in little glass pieces, but I didn’t even have a scratch!
But it wasn’t until a friend on Facebook commented that she was happy I hadn’t lost control and wrecked my motorhome that I realized I had no conscious memory of making the turn into the campground. I kept thinking of the song, “Jesus Take The Wheel” and that’s as good an explanation as I can think of for how I was still able to drive the motorhome.
My first intent was to just make it all the way around to the campground host to let him know about Rainbow Point. Since Baker’s Hole is a first come, first served campground and they had no spots available the day before, I wasn’t particularly hopeful I’d be able to find a spot that day. But when I was almost to the host, I saw a Tennessee couple who looked like they were getting ready to vacate a huge pull-through site.
When I got out to confirm they were really leaving, they saw my windshield wound and asked me about it. At that point, I pretty much collapsed and told the woman through tears what had just happened. Gotta love Tennessee folk – she took me in her arms, totally comforted me, and told me to pull in behind them while they finished prepping to leave. I must have been in shock because I just couldn’t quit crying and shaking, and throughout the rest of the day I would think I had calmed down, but the slightest thing would set me off crying again. It’s funny how you can be grateful, relieved and yet totally freaked out all at the same time.
Site 63 – Baker’s Hole Forest Service Campground
It was such a welcome relief to have a spot for as long as 16 days, even with no hookups. Just finding a spot anywhere near Yellowstone at all was a big bonus, but at $8.00/night (senior rate), I felt particularly blessed. I also knew already being here would allow me to scope out the campground early every day for electric sites. Although I loved the view from this site and I saw deer running by the water at sunset here, I still wanted electricity. I’ve definitely found as I get older and after 14 years of fulltime RVing, I’d rather not have to depend on the noisy generator on a regular basis.
My luck held out and the next day I was able to move into a site with electricity ($14/night), thanks in part to some new Texas friends who marked the site for me before I was able to pay and get moved.
More Texas-sized hugs were particularly welcome, too. I firmly believe in the healing power of hugs!
Here I am in Site 33. Not only do I have quiet electricity (50 amps), there’s enough of a break in the trees for me to get satellite TV, too, so I really am a happy camper. However, even with my Wilson signal booster, internet access is sketchy at best, but at least my phone seems to work better, both for calls and internet.
But here’s my concern about the windshield replacement: When I had to have a windshield replaced on my former motorhome in Austin, it turned out to be a nightmare. I wrote about that experience with Longhorn Glass in 2011.
Now the glass will come again from RV Glass Solutions, and while I didn’t have a direct problem with them since the biggest issue was with the installation, not the product itself, I wasn’t impressed with the people they said were qualified to do the work.
When I spoke to Sally at RV Glass Solutions about my present problem, I told her of my issues last time and when she researched, she found out the guy back then gave me incorrect info and she is compensating me for what it took to fix the leak at that time. I couldn’t ask for more than that in customer service, so I feel better about that aspect now.
I thought for sure I’d have to drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman because that is the closest big enough town that offers RV windshield replacement. But Sally was concerned about me driving the 90 miles there with the big cracks in the windshield, so she found a service there who will come here to me to replace it.
The other thing that concerns me is that after having the windshield replaced back then, I was convinced that is what caused my side windows to start fogging up. Since the timing just seemed too coincidental, I thought that the suction used to get the big windshield out could have broken the seal on the side windows, causing condensation to form inside the double pane windows.
I posted on a Facebook fulltime RVing group about this issue and nobody seemed to think that was possible, so I really do hope that doesn’t happen this time.
Most of all, I’m glad that I’ll be able to continue my exploration of glorious Yellowstone!
Grand Prismatic Spring –
amazing colors at Midway Geyser Basin
I think I’ll be able to see all the main attractions anyway before I head for Glacier in August. Yet another thing to be excited about and grateful for!