he is in lower cental Idaho right now and has very little reception. he gave me a quick rundown so ill share what he shared with me. hopefully im not out of line.
his family was driving down a freshly graded back road with the downside to his right. he was going wide to let another vehicle pass on the inside and got his front wheel off in the soft edge. from there the soft dirt on the edge pulled him off the road. he said it slowly tipped over on passenger side, then started sliding and basically did a 1 1/2 barrel roll, swapped direction and landed on the passengers side again. I don't recall how far down the 45 degree embankment he was.
he said he had his wife and son with him but sounded like there were only minor cuts and bruises to everyone, but no serious injuries luckily. he said he had to bust out a back window to get out of the vehicle once it came to a stop.
he said passenger side is wasted and pass side windshield upright is thrashed. so entire pass side is a goner. with how old the van is hes sure it will be totaled. sucked to talk with him as it was still fresh in his head and he was missing his van. I hope I don't have to have that feeling ever. you get used to having your rig and when its not there or gone, theres an empty feeling
he sounded like he was unsure with what he wanted to do. meaning if he was going e-series again or updating to a transit or something newer. I told him if it were me and how much I love the e-series that I would get the rig home and re-evaluate the situation from there.
im sure he will chime in when he has a sec, but keep in mind he is on vacation right now, so im sure hes trying to salvage whats left of his trip with the fam.
ctb, if theres anything to learn, its be careful with these heavy rigs on the roads edge. I almost fell into this same fate the very first time I took my van out with the poptop. if there hadn't been a tree to keep me from rolling into the ravine, my rig would have been totaled too. doesn't take much for a 10k rig to blowout the soft edge of a road. be careful out there folks