Even to experienced caravanners, accidents happen, but boy they damage the ego as much as the van. We had a little incident a couple of months ago but it has taken until now to be completely fixed so we can laugh about it now…I think.
Everyone has their method for getting their vans onto caravan park sites and when the sites take a bit of precision to make sure you’re looking out for immovable posts, other vans, other cars, trees, walls etc…it can sometimes feel like you need an air traffic controller to look for all the obstacles. Reversing cameras are wonderful things but there are so many other directions to keep an eye on too.
It was while reversing onto a site (and a usual one for us at that) that a little accident happened which saw our caravan come into contact with a tree branch and bump the arm of the awning from its housing and also rip the awning in the process. Sometimes that ‘I’ll have one more go to straighten up’ idea, is not a good one. A dislodged and bent awning arm and lots of swearing later, saw us headed off straight away to get some temporary repairs done so that we could continue with the holiday. (Not a good start to day one of 27!) Without the temporary repair we wouldn’t have been able to roll out the awning or set up our annexe.
A phone call to our insurers and photos taken to show the damage, and we were able to get a temporary fix of a second hand awning arm attached and awning patched by a (luckily) close by friend, and we were able to continue enjoying ourselves worry free for the rest of the holiday. Apart from the ribbing and dented ego, ouch!
On returning home we had the van in, for the damage to be assessed by the insurer, new parts and products ordered and repairs made. Now we have a brand new awning, arms etc…and a lesson learnt for what not to do in future.
A big thank you to our friends at Canvas Concepts at Kadina for the temporary repairs on the spot, RAA insurance and South Coast Caravan Centre at Port Elliot for the repairs and fitting of the new awning.
Happy (accident free) travels