Camper Clinic II, Buda, Texas, is helping families affected by the state’s recent rash of wildfires secure temporary housing while they rebuild their homes lost or damaged during the month of September.
According to a press release, Camper Clinic is working closely with insurance agents and Texas residents in the Buda area by providing special pricing as well as assistance with delivery, set-up, parts and service, even for RV owners who bought their trailers elsewhere.
“Our goal isn’t to make money of anyone,” says General Manager Don Goodson. “We want to help them the best way we can so these families can start rebuilding their lives.”
To ensure that only families in need are receiving special rates, Camper Clinic II is refraining from posting them on their site. Instead, they ask that affected families contact them directly to learn about special rates and assistance setting up new trailers or repairing existing ones.
“We can’t give the trailers away, but we can offer them an affordable alternative to renting and hotels, said Goodson. All Camper Clinic II employees also donated a portion of their last paycheck to the Red Cross Bastrop fund in an effort to help those families get back on their feet.
Most insurance polices include assistance for temporary housing and RV’s qualify. The special rates allow families to secure a trailer that fits their needs without cleaning out their savings. To find out more about the special offering contact the appropriate department at 512-312-1478 or toll free at 1-800-781-7848, or visit www.camperclinic2.com and fill out the “contact us” form.
Tears flowed and hugs were traded Monday (June 20) as residents at the Top of the Hill RV Resort in Comfort, Texas, counted their blessings, or calculated their losses, after a swift-moving fire forced them out Sunday.
The San Antonio Express News reported that damage estimates topped $500,000 at the 15-acre site west of Boerne where the fickle fire hopscotched among the 70 trailers and motorhomes. It destroyed seven and then gutted the clubhouse, laundry room, pavilion and bathhouses.
“It’s just very strange,” resort manager Eddie Cuello said while surveying the losses, which also included five vehicles. “Some things got hit and others didn’t.”
The blaze started beside Interstate 10, closing it at times Sunday afternoon, and threatened structures on both sides of the highway before it was subdued from the air and by firefighters on foot.
Finding her trailer untouched, Peggy Denson helped less lucky neighbors sort through the seared remnants of their rolling homes.
“The reality of it is just now setting in,” said Denson, 52, a Nederland resident who moved into the park last week. “It’s emotionally draining.”
Cuello and residents heaped praise on the roughly 85 firefighters who battled the 140-acre blaze, and on a mystery motorist who warned park residents of the approaching threat.
Odell McElroy was working the front desk when she said the stranger wheeled in and told her to call 911, saying, “There’s a fire on the highway down below you.”
McElroy made the call, and then rushed to rouse unsuspecting residents nearest the fire.
“The fire came within a foot of my home all the way around. They dumped water on it from a helicopter and saved it,” she said.
Boerne Fire Chief Doug Meckel, who said the fire’s cause is under investigation, said there are still a few hot spots. “We’ll probably remain on the location for the rest of the day.”
Resort residents whose homes were intact eagerly awaited the restoration of water and electric service.
Others, like Cullen and Sue Skelton, faced the prospect of starting over from scratch.
The former Universal City residents, who became full-time RVers last summer, lost their 50-foot travel trailer and a 2004 Impala, said their son, Andy Skelton, 40.
“Everything they own was in the RV,” he said of his parents. “We had to go to the Wal-Mart this morning for underwear and socks for them.”
Sifting through the charred debris Monday, they recovered Sue’s wedding ring and a Masonic ring belonging to Cullen.
“I told my parents, ‘Your lives just got a lot more simple,’” said Andy Skelton. They’ll stay with him in San Antonio until resuming their life on the road.
“They’re not going to stop,” said Andy. “They made reservations today for the winter months at Top the Hill RV Resort.”