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Old 06-24-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Rushmore will have to wait :(

Not expecting any advice, just wanted to air it out a little... We had planned a Chicago-to-Rushmore trip this weekend into 4th of July, staying at Custer State Park SD for the week in our X23B. A week and a half ago, DW got into a fender bender in our TV which rendered it undriveable (rear-end accident where the other car's tow hitch took out our trans cooler). It's been in the shop ever since, because they've been "waiting for a part" to come in. Apparently it won't be ready by the time our trip comes up. Our options I guess are we either rent a mini-van/SUV (family of 6) and then stay in a hotel instead of camp to the tune of an extra $1500 for this vacation, or postpone it until we get the TV back. We opted to make plans for postponing the trip for a few weeks. Wife and kids are bummed because we were all looking forward to the trip to start this weekend. The shop said they'd do whatever they can to try to get us ready for Friday, but said it's unlikely and didn't want to make any promises. I can respect that... Anyway, end of rant. Lesson in patience I guess. Thanks for reading, FWIW.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that but thankfully your wife is OK!
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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That is true. We are thankful there were no injuries. It was a slow rear-end accident where she looked down for a second at a red light and hit the car in front of her at less than 10mph; no airbags deployed. She had all of our kids with her. She would've been able to drive away had it not been for the tow hitch taking out the trans cooler. It is what it is.
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I think we are gonna try to go this weekend if I can get reservations somewhere. Not
far from where we are now and have a 4 day weekend.
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I think we are gonna try to go this weekend if I can get reservations somewhere. Not
far from where we are now and have a 4 day weekend.
I might try to do that too once I know for sure (by Friday) that the truck will be out of commission and Rushmore is officially postponed. Hopefully it's not so late that all the good local places are filled up.
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I might try to do that too once I know for sure (by Friday) that the truck will be out of commission and Rushmore is officially postponed. Hopefully it's not so late that all the good local places are filled up.
We got the reservations for Sunday night and Monday night, they said we may get lucky for Saturday night and get a same day reservation but if not we can find a parking lot somewhere haha.
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Hopefully it's not so late that all the good local places are filled up.
Sorry about your situation. What do you consider to be "good" and "local"? I'm in the Chgo SW suburbs too. Nearest decent places I go are in Michigan.
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Sorry to hear about the accident. Hope you can make it to Custer SP, it is beautiful there.Make sure you go to Crasy Horse and Boor Hill!
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Sorry about your situation. What do you consider to be "good" and "local"? I'm in the Chgo SW suburbs too. Nearest decent places I go are in Michigan.
If we get the car back before the 4th, I wouldn't mind just taking the kids to a closer state park like Rock Cut or Rockwood-Morrison. We'll see. I spoke with the shop today and they said they are trying their hardest to get it ready by Friday and are a little more optimistic today than they were yesterday. If that happens, we'll still head to Custer this weekend. If not, then we'll just head there later next month...
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Sorry to hear about the accident. Hope you can make it to Custer SP, it is beautiful there.Make sure you go to Crasy Horse and Boor Hill!
Thanks. We're still going to make it there and are really looking forward to it. It's just a matter of whether it's this weekend like we planned, or will be the week of 7/20. I ended up double-booking us for Custer, just in case. There was only one camp site left when I booked 7/20! If we can go this week, I'll cancel that reservation.
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