Monday, September 25, 2023


RVer jumps from motorhome, survives flaming crash

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

An unnamed RVer saved his own bacon from getting cooked when he jumped out of his motorhome just before it careened off the edge of an embankment, landing some 300 feet below and bursting into flames.


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Arizona Department of Public Safety officers say the August 9 incident occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 17 near the Sunset Point Rest Area. On impact the motorhome caught fire, setting brush ablaze. Needless to say, there was nothing left of the motorhome to salvage, and the firefighters were able to knock down the brush blaze before it spread. As for the driver, troopers say he’s fine – physically, perhaps, but one can only imagine his state of mind.

Video courtesy AZ Department of Public Safety.

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


    • That’s true, Larry. So I just now Googled the story and the four news sources reporting on this all said that no further information was available. So, I guess we couldn’t include any more info than we could find, unfortunately. We’re just glad the guy made it out alive! 😀 —Diane at

      • HI Diane:
        It would be interesting to know HOW much this guy is gonna be billed for this accident?
        Arizona DOT and others will probably send this guy a pretty large Bill for their services and Cleanup! And the insurance company won’t pay for that either!

        • Hey, Jeff. Yep, that would be interesting to know. That poor guy! But I wonder if his insurance will cover the accident or at least part of it? Maybe depending on the company and his coverage. OY! —Diane at

          • Hi Diane:
            It all depends on, as you say his coverage, whether the accident was his fault or preventable.
            Insurance companies are Funny about paying out any money, when it comes to accidents. They will always take your money, but it’s like pulling teeth to get it back!


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