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BradW

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Posted: 11/24/06 08:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK, confession time.

Truck campers are tall and it’s easy to run into low hanging over head items like tree limbs if you’re not paying attention. I thought it might be helpful for some new truck camper owners for us to list some of the low overhead clearance things we have hit with our campers and they should be looking out for. Maybe they can learn from our mistakes and not repete them.

We have hit numerous low hanging tree limbs. All were small and we only have a few small dents to show for it.

We did get some pretty good dents in the condenser coil on our A/C unit when my DW let me back into a medium sized limb.

Recently, I hit a very low hanging cable TV wire driving through a neighborhood. It ripped off the yellow lenses on one of the front cab-over marker lights.

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street clearances for cable are to be at a designated height if the wire was to low it should be repaired by the cable comapny. they have to adhere to specific regulations. Campgrounds could be different but on the street there are regulations for all wires. Dekker

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BradW wrote:

OK, confession time.


...We have hit numerous low hanging tree limbs. All were small and we only have a few small dents to show for it.

We did get some pretty good dents in the condenser coil on our A/C unit when my DW let me back into a medium sized limb.

Recently, I hit a very low hanging cable TV wire driving through a neighborhood. It ripped off the yellow lenses on one of the front cab-over marker lights.

Brad


"We have hit numerous low hanging tree limbs."

We??? [emoticon] How many of you were driving, Brad???[emoticon]


"...when my DW let me back into a medium sized limb."

Some seems to be having a little trouble taking responsibility.[emoticon]

Did you used to try and convince your mother that the hand in the cookie jar wasn't really yours?[emoticon]


BTW, I've never hit anything by being careless. I was just confirming my clearance measurements.


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Did the same time to a cable t.v. wire while up to N. H. this year. I pulled into a friends driveway to a spot I thought was safe. Latter we found out the ac unit had hooked the cable. It was repaired at no cost to them or us. Prior to this we visited some friends in PA. and hit some tree limbs with our Ykama racks and had to take them off to get back out of the woods that led to their house. With this new 1191 the total height is 11'-7" and gives us just one more thing to think about. Oh we also had a problem in N.H when we came to a nice covered bridge that was 11'- 2". We were only 2 miles from our destination at the time and had to go 100 miles out of the way to go around the bridge. Stuff happens.

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Posted: 11/24/06 09:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dekker wrote:

street clearances for cable are to be at a designated height if the wire was to low it should be repaired by the cable comapny. they have to adhere to specific regulations.

Maybe, but in this case is wasn't. The cable had been damaged by the county trash pick-up when they caught their bucket on the wire and pulled it loose from the pole. The guy living there said it had been hanging like that (10') for a week and he had called the cable company several times. I was very lucky it only took out my marker light lense.

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twice with two campers I grazed the bottom of a tree branch with the top of the camper. Both times virtually no damage. However, the first time I was sure that the branch did some damage and as I sat in the drivers seat I contemplated what I would do as the camper was vintage 1978 and it would not have been economically viable to fix. After I got out and checked the damage, the branch had a huge gash and the camper had a little bend in the gutter. I fixed the gutter in ten seconds and all was well.


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We guessed at a car wash ceiling height, hit the wand swivel with the A/C unit, no damage. My wife freak out at the noises as we backed the camper out, hoping we did not pull the swivel down too.
The height marker on the car wash did not include the swivel.
The first time out with the BF.


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Snagged on of the few trees in Baja, and put a dent in my roof, it did not break the aluminum up there, it would have torn TPO.I am thinking of wiring for a camera on the roof of my new TC when I order it.

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When driving through old cities on the east coast be alert for sign that warn of low overpasses. I missed seeing signs in a city near New York City and before I could stop I was under a low overpass. Took my air conditioner right off. Be alert.

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I noticed the other day that the low overpass here is now measured at 8 feet even, not 8' 6" like it used to be. That one gets a travel trailer or box truck at least once a year. I haven't seen a camper try it yet, maybe camper drivers are more aware of the space they need.
Yep, our rigs are TALL!! It pays to be aware of that fact.


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