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cmwoody
08-10-2008, 07:51 PM
This

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2750859778_1e9d635738.jpg?v=0

was responsible for...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2750859754_fc5122909b.jpg?v=0

Dents in obviously the fender but also the door, hood, filler cover, side panel and even the rear quarter.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/2750859800_69a5f2e642.jpg?v=0

Wasted mirror

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/2750859818_f51a9eed25.jpg?v=0

Fur

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2750921658_3b7b763222.jpg?v=0

Moral of the Story, Watch out. Suicidal Deer are out in force.

sikwan
08-10-2008, 07:58 PM
What road did this happen on?

Glad you're ok.

cmwoody
08-10-2008, 08:31 PM
Eastern NC on the way home from the beach Friday. Hwy 904 just nw of Tabor City, NC to be exact. I have seen no less than 5 deer leaping across the road today in SW Virginia... riding my motorcycle. Kinda made me want to slow down:hmmm:

Your probably pretty safe out there on the west coast from this family of deathwish hillbilly deer.

We were coming the opposite direction in this picture... towards the camera. Bambi sprung out of the cornfield a second before to the white line then sprung again into me. Off duty fireman Scott coming opposite my direction saw the whole thing happening and hit his brakes.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3145/2750921670_be6c94bcf2.jpg?v=0

Here's Fireman Scott, off duty of course.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/2750921630_7d668d24c0.jpg?v=0

And yes, he did want the tenderloin!

According to my insurance agent, nearly 80% of all collision claims right now are deer strikes, at least here in piedmont NC.

BaywoodBill
08-10-2008, 10:16 PM
A rather bloodless one. Around here these things happen mostly on the hilly roads, around curves, coming out of trees.

In my former incarnation as an insurance agent I saw a few of these very year. The worst thing is when someone swerves to miss the deer and hits a tree instead. Bad. It's OK to hit the deer if you can't stop.

Schooner
08-11-2008, 01:11 AM
Be glad it wasn't a moose.

Altered Sprinter
08-11-2008, 01:43 AM
Ouch!!!! I see a business opportunity here.
Rent a Deer guard. Will make to order. Special introductory rates. for the first four customers.
Monthly hire.... 20% disco8nt:laughing:
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Seriously I am at a loss as to Why:idunno: no one in the States! has not bothered to take out a license, to re-manufacture these Roo guards, for the N/American sector.
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Richard.

bikergar
08-11-2008, 01:24 PM
That's just plain crazy!!!!!

We don't have Kangaroos in the United States....:crazy:

bikergar

tegimr
08-11-2008, 02:28 PM
Richard - while the roo guard may protect from head-on impact with deer, more than once in NC (lived there for 15 years) the deer run into the side of the vehicle, as pictured in this post. I do like the guard, though. Front end repairs on the Sprinter are spendy because there's no real bumper.

I wonder what the market would be for these - if someone did pursue the license.

Tim

Altered Sprinter
08-11-2008, 04:05 PM
That's just plain crazy!!!!!

We don't have Kangaroos in the United States....:crazy:

bikergar
Well that could be arranged at the Hop:smilewink: Local Grasshoppers9173
Richard - while the roo guard may protect from head-on impact with deer, more than once in NC (lived there for 15 years) the deer run into the side of the vehicle, as pictured in this post. I do like the guard, though. Front end repairs on the Sprinter are spendy because there's no real bumper.

I wonder what the market would be for these - if someone did pursue the license.

Tim
True: But just as many strikes are head on! what these guards do, is stop the critter from going back full on into the screen, or disabling the engine you get a 50/50 chance, and scaring the heck out of the DW after the airbag deploys.
Apart from that one, they are designed to take a winch as well=Dinner.Game needs to be hung up to air, for a few days anyways.:smilewink:
Great in the supermarket. stops another deadbeat of the human species backing on into your grille with an SUV... same as the back bars on the rear. I can't think of how many times that bar of mine has taken a hit, from Ladies and men:yell: trying to do the horizontal park with a three point turn.It seems to be a game of late, to use my bar as a brake stop.
Example of a Roo hit! Deer. Mad Cow, you have them.. God a Runaway Horse of course named Sue. strikes at an estimated 80 MPH:eek: ..Think about the collateral damage if the Deer or horse hit square on.http://sprinter-source.com/forum/images/icons/icon5.gif I can hear Mr Ed Ringing up and saying Hello, Hello.
This vehicle although damaged, drove away for repairs. I believe there is a market, especially those on an interstate overnight runs.And or, "If your strolling down a Deer lane".After all nothing runs like a Deere.
Richard.
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Ogre
08-18-2008, 05:00 PM
I really wish someone here in the state would make one like the one you posted Richard. I've logged on about 140K miles since april of '07. Luckly they have accident/ deer free miles and I'd like to keep it that way. I've had a few very close calls. One night running through the back roads of Iowa at 3 AM about a dozen of them decided to jump out when I was about 200 ft away. No problem usually but I had a 2 skid, 2300lb load on, I always load lock and strap any load that I have in the van. Let me tell you that was not fun. I am even thinking of making my own but I know it won;t turn out like those nice Aussie guards.

motobueno
08-18-2008, 06:53 PM
These are a start: http://www.aluminess.com/sprinter.htm
Made from alum.They do nice work but for real protection I would want it beefed up a bit.They are willing to build to your specs.I met the owner at Sportsmobile last fall.Nice guy. He does all there bumpers.

ctmcdaniel
08-18-2008, 10:53 PM
I almost hit a flipping OWL yesterday, It was so close I swerved, braked and ducked (like that would have helped). I don't know much about our owl Friends but this sucker was BIG, like a flying thanksgiving meal.

Is there a reliable source of owl bars?

Stupid Owls

Tom McD

sikwan
08-18-2008, 11:26 PM
I had to slow down for a squirrel recently. :idunno:

Altered Sprinter
08-18-2008, 11:56 PM
Those ol' Hoot Nanny Owls. Frequently on the look out, of my Bent Benz :laughing:
Richard
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TimJuhl
08-19-2008, 12:58 AM
In my part of Michigan the deer probably outnumber the people. Our county averages over 1000 deer hits per year. I've lived here for 37 years and managed to avoid them for the first 33 years, but have since hit three. The one that caused the most damage ran into the side of my Aztek. I avoid driving when the deer are on the move and when unable to do so I drive slower in high deer traffic areas. I would absolutely hate to hit one with my Sprinter so you have my sympathy.

Tim