Do you know the height of your RV? Not just the RV but the stuff on top, too, like the air conditioning unit? Well, this RVer either didn't know or was not paying attention. In this short video, watch as the RV passes under a low bridge. Keep your eyes on the roof of the RV. Yup, that's the air conditioning unit flying off after striking the bridge.
Doesn't look as if they even noticed it....but it was a bummer when they got to their next campsite and saw the hole in the roof.....or tried the A/C without success.ReplyDelete
I believe that bridge has claimed quite a few trucks and RVs in the past too......should have more signage to warn people!!!!
To paraphrase an old song, "Low bridge, A/C on the ground..."ReplyDelete
Signage? Look at the yellow/black sign with the flashing lights. Note this guy didn't even slow down. Probably texting. >ReplyDelete
Where is this bridge?ReplyDelete
Same thing happened to me in my Rialta. But not only the AC was dispatched, also the skylight. By the time it was all sorted out, the insurance tab was just a smidgeon over $17,000.ReplyDelete
Progressive is my carrier and they stepped up to the plate without hesitation. And didn't raise my rate. See? Not all insurance companies are sleeze and bottom feeders - well, maybe health insurance companies...
This videao was shot at the Gregson St railroad trestle in Durham, NC. The trestle's clearance is 11'8" and it is well marked, speed limit is 25 MPH and blinking lights warn overheight vehicles. Still, we have a crash about once a month, usually rental trucks. I have seen many RVs blow through there with a couple inches to spare! So be careful and watch out for those clearance signs.
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Thanks for the comment regarding the LOW bridge in Durham, N.C. We understand and have compassion! Once while approaching Charlottsville, Virginia we came across a surprise train trestle in our 36' Class A. Whoa! We stopped just in time but had irate traffic behind us. My wife got out of the RV to help direct traffic (mostly non-cooperative....they wanted me to drive under that bridge which was NOT gonna happen), and it was an exasperating experience to get the RV turned around on that highway. I'll never forget the experience!ReplyDelete
I think it is hilarious that the warning signs are always after the last turnoff!ReplyDelete
As a commercial driver, we are constantly on the lookout for low bridge clearances. Always read the road signs. My bus is 12 feet high. Stay off the parkways in New York State. Don't do what the Megasbus driver did. Hit a 10ft 9 inch bridge. It was not the A/C unit, he killed 4 people!!ReplyDelete
My unit is 11' 11" and I don't pass under anything listed as 13' 6" or under without careful viewing from a top the rear ladder. The guys who repave the highway surface are not the same guys who put up the Low Bridge sign, so after repaving the sign could be off by 6" or more! Even the low bridge trucker maps could be off because of this ... always be extra cautious traveling in areas you are not familiar with!ReplyDelete