What a day. It was my last day at work and it was a half day at that. I went to lunch with some of my coworkers and really enjoyed the company and the food. We finished loading up the RV and left for Eugene at about 3:30. We have a couple of warranty issues that need to be addressed.
About 30 miles from the Washington / Oregon border we spotted a giant truck tire gater in the middle of our lane. Rob was driving and we were going about 65 mph. There were cars on both sides of us so he had no choice but to run over the gater. We pulled into the first rest area we came to and got out to survey the damage.
There is no damage to the truck but there is plenty of damage on the 5th wheel. The gater hit the front of the 5th wheel on the lower passenger side corner. It's pretty bent up and I was worried that the landing gear wouldn't come down but it worked fine. There are several small dents and a lot of black skid marks that run about half way down the side. It could have been much worse. I took some photos but they didn't turn out very good. I'll get some better ones and post them soon. Needless to say, we're both pretty disgusted that on our first trip out we already need some repairs but we're both safe and all is well.
We made it the rest of the way without incident and are set up at the little RV lot at the dealer. We'll have them take a look and make sure everything is safe when they are working on the other things tomorrow. Hopefully, after a few days at the beach we can bring it back, leave it here and have it repaired. We'll just take the truck home and come back down when it's done.