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Old 11-29-2019, 10:28 AM   #43
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Several good comments.

Linda started this thread stating that she was on I-40. This interstate runs thru Arkansas on its way to California (as most of you already know). My point is that it runs thru many states with different social demeanors. Most folks in Arkansas would be more receptive to ‘RI Expat’s’ good suggestion than people from some other states. This is a rural state and people are less suspicious.
Being a cop in Little Rock AR for many years I know human behavior fairly well. I would first note the Rv’s state of origin, if it’s from a more urban state (such as NJ) I’d think they’d be more suspicious of someone trying to help them. In which case I’d do my best while moving along with them and then go my way. We all should be very careful in approaching any vehicle, even with nothing but good intentions, because some people are not as receptive to help.
I realize this may not be a cut and dried rule but it’s been my experience in approaching out of state vehicles in the past.
I’m simply saying to take caution while trying to do good, being careful not to be hurt yourself.

Happy journeys and be careful on I-40 in Arkansas between Memphis and Little Rock due to construction and the nations highest big rig congestion.
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Old 11-29-2019, 11:45 AM   #44
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I don't have time to read them all, but some great stories. We live in the land of RV parks and campgrounds and I often see RVs with antennae up, slides not in correctly, loose stuff on top, etc. Unfortunately, so many are focused on their destination it is hard to get their attention.

I just love FB stories. Someone should write a book compiling them.

Facebook - for entertainment purposes only. IMHO.
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Old 11-29-2019, 04:07 PM   #45
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Many years ago we were on our way home with our "new to us" Newmar 5th wheel. Somebody pulled up beside us and honked and waved. We both rolled down our windows but I was unable to understand them. We pulled off and our 7 pin connector had come unplugged from the truck and was dragging on the highway. Luckily we were alerted in time before any major problem happened (no trailer brakes or lights). I'm glad they let me know.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:41 AM   #46
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We had an issue not long ago. The driver of a pick up had his passenger window down and kept pointing to pull over as he drove along side us. Then he pulled in front of us and put his hands out his window with a sign of breaking something. We got the idea.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:47 PM   #47
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I have been alerted a couple times in the past when a bin door had opened. I was very thankful as one time we were about to cross a narrow bridge. I have also done the same for others a couple of times. Once on foot chasing a guy in the campground driving out with his antenna up.

Best bet is to drive along side and so a series of three short blasts (S in morse code), while pointing to their coach or down. Multiple short lasts indicates a problem more than one long one... which may be misunderstood that you are angry at being cut off.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:53 PM   #48
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I had a very kind trucker pull up to my driver’s window, then backed off, then pulled up again—he did this 3 times before I finally looked at him pointing at my wheel with a hubcap hanging!! He was great!!
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:26 PM   #49
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The first I was ever driving my rig at night I had several people flashing lights at me. I thought my lights were out, but from the drivers seat they all looked on. The next rest area I checked and everything was in order. Still have no idea why everyone was blinking at me.

I also have a check list in a binder that I always check before leaving the campground.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:26 PM   #50
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Saw this today and thought of this thread.
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Reminds me of the comic Gallagher from many years ago (the watermelon guy). He had a bit about stupid drivers. When you see someone doing something stupid while driving, you throw a stupid sticky dart on their vehicle. If a cop sees a vehicle with three or more darts, he pulls him over and gives him a ticket for stupid driving.
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