Lawsuit filed over RV stink

A Grand Haven restaurant owner says his recreational vehicle neighbor caused him more than $25,000 in damages when he disconnected a septic/sewer line from his motor home this past summer.
Becky Vargo
Feb 5, 2013

Michael Ammon, owner of Downtown Dogs, wants that former neighbor to pay for the damages.

Ammon filed a lawsuit late last year in Ottawa County Circuit Court against Ronald Windemuller, a Spring Lake resident who kept his recreational vehicle next to Ammon's in the Tanglefoot RV Park, 312 W. Exchange St. in Spring Lake. The lawsuit claims Windemuller disconnected the line that hooked up Ammon's motor home with the park’s septic and waste system on July 29, 2012, while Ammon was away.

The Ammons, not knowing what had been done, ran a washing machine and flushed a toilet in their RV, said their attorney, Rob German. They left again and came back to find that sewage had backed up all over their motor home.

“They had to remove carpeting, wood — anything that it came in contact with,” German said. “It was not a pleasant thing.”

German said the motor home had to be towed and that damages were “upwards of $25,000.”

“The majority of expenses were having to redo the floors and woodwork,” the attorney said.

Ammon said it was the first weekend of the 2012 Coast Guard Festival when his park neighbor told him there was a problem with his sewer connection. Ammon said it was late at night on a Friday or Saturday, after he had worked a long day at his restaurant, so he suggested they meet with the park manager on Monday.

By Sunday, Ammon said he had a mess inside his motor home.

“I ran outside, saw all the valves shut off,” he said. “(Windemuller) was sitting outside. I asked him if he did this. He said, ‘Yes.’”

In an answer filed in court along with the lawsuit, Windemuller admitted that he did disconnect the sewer line.

“Defendant’s acts were justified efforts to protect the health and safety of his family and other occupants of the Tanglefoot recreational vehicle park," he stated.

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Comments

Tchambers

Boo freaking hoo.

Ammon is a Detroiter who has a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits. They are well known for this stuff on the east side of the state. Almost as bad as Matty Moroun.

Tchambers

I should also add that the neighbor did in fact come to Ammon right when the issue arose, and Ammon didn't want to even see what was going on and told the neighbor to wait until Monday because he was sooooo tired from work. It is his own fault for what happened, the neighbor did everything right to prevent further damage and health issues. Ammon is just being a big baby in this case. Again, he is quite popular in circuit courts on the east side of the state.

Additionally having never heard of Downtown Dogs before, I decided to look them up on Yelp since it is lunch time, and I am always looking to try something new; seems his behavior carries over to the restaurant: http://www.yelp.com/biz/downtown...

happiestplaceonearth

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Libel and defamation.

Tchambers

He has also been busted for Larceny by Conversion: http://law.justia.com/cases/mich...

Also a few other times...
Go here, and type Ammon Michael F into the search box: http://courts.mi.gov/opinions_or...

Like I said, this guy is a crook and is trying to get a quick buck by suing a random RV owner that he knows has money.

Riverman

I would have fixed his floors and stuff for just $24,000

esfritzi

Last time I checked, motorhomes have black and grey water tanks, so using the plumbing fixtures would have resulted in waste water going into these tanks. If the sewer hoses were removed, so what? This would not have caused a backup. The think the backup happened somewhere else and it wasn't in the motorhome.

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