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Old 12-08-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Loses AC Under Bridge

YouTube - Camper looses A/C unit under bridge
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:26 AM   #2
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Reminds me of that line from one of the Dirty Harry movies - "A man has to know his limitations."

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Old 12-08-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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He must be deaf like I never stopped.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:57 PM   #4
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I witnessed that one time in Thermopolis, WY. The route from town to the State Park goes under a RR bridge which is about 11-12' high. This guy attempted to drive under the RR bridge with his 5er. The air conditioner hit and he stopped. Then_ he backed up some, got out and looked things over and hit it again! The second attempt to get under the bridge dislodged the A/C unit and pushed it back about 2' on the roof. He continued on, I suppose to the park. This world consists of all sorts of folks.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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I have a label on my dash in 1 inch numbers that says "11' 11"". I try to avoid anything under 12' 6".
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There's more on that website. Obviously more than RV'rs can't read the signs. Here's another 5-r that lost more than it's A/C units (vent covers, maybe even the skylight)....Notice the pedestrian on the left didn't even flinch or look over!

YouTube - 11foot8 bridge removes A/C from camper

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We watched someone drive their class A under the south approach to the Mackinac bridge. He hit the bridge and came to a stop, got out and looked then got in and drove the rest of the way through ripping the AC of the roof (the bridge is marked 10'4"). We saw these people a little later taping a sheet of plastic over the open hole in their roof......
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I saw a story about a truck driver who got stuck under a low bridge. When the police arrived they asked "are you stuck?" The driver's response was "No, I'm just delivering this bridge".

Until a few years ago, there was a bridge over I-5 in Mount Vernon, WA, with a 14'4" clearance. Vehicles struck it about once a week. After a particularly bad strike by a truck loaded with Jersey Barriers, which were knocked off the trailer all over the Interstate and cause collisions with several other vehicles, it was demolished and a new bridge with 16' clearance was built.

The off-ramp for Kincaid Street, just south of there, goes under a bridge with less than 14' clearance if you go west. Double-decker buses beware!
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Eighteen wheeler

Some years ago a guy driving an eighteen wheeler in downtown Spokane, Wa got his trailer stuck under a bridge. He couldn't move so he deflated all of his tires(18) so he could move out from the bridge. The tires were ruined and he couldn't figure out why he lost his job.
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We have three bridges in our town that are clearly marked. At least once every 3-4 months, a truck will ignore (or miss) the sign and get wedged under one of them. $138 fine + court costs along with their picture on the front page of the paper.
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Man, I need to make the wife watch this video. Maybe she'll help me navigate more carefully in the future. If only those people would have had another set of eyes helping out.
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Will an insurance company cover peeling things off of the roof, or will they say it is your own fault for not being aware.
Or do they just consider it like any other error in judgement that causes an accident.
Just wondering.
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We know a nice young couple that cleared everything off the top of their brand-new fiver, AC, vents, antennas, skylight, etc on a low bridge.

Their insurance company covered it after they paid the $500 deductible. I don't think they'll do that again.
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Will an insurance company cover peeling things off of the roof, or will they say it is your own fault for not being aware.
Or do they just consider it like any other error in judgement that causes an accident.
Just wondering.
I suspect liability insurance will cover the repairs, minus deductible of course, at least for the first incident.
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