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Old 10-17-2011, 09:36 AM   #43
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I had to back up about 1/4 mile on Mohrs Rd. and when I got back to the Galetta Side road, I spotted the sign indicating the low overhead. Somehow, I missed it when I made the right turn south, as instructed by my GPS.
45.423516,-76.253357 - Google Maps

Now if it had been dark???????????????

I do have the dash display/roof camera which allows good overhead clearance visibility when approaching canopy's etc., but it is not great after dark.
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Dave,

You wouldn't have made it. 3m = 300cm = 118.11 inches (300 / 2.54) = 9.84 feet and change. I'm glad that you didn't try.

That road looks pretty narrow. How far did you have to back up?

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Old 10-17-2011, 01:27 PM   #44
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Gotta watch those GPS's. You can only trust them so far. I've seen a lot of trucks hit low bridges while following their GPS.
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:12 PM   #45
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Guess we've been pretty fortunate - but I do work at keeping in the front of my mind an old driving lessen - that "being a defensive driver goes a long way to diminishing the opportunity for others to get us into trouble" - the most common "spots" where those others seem to like to push the limits? - passing on hills/curves and pulling out in front - guess they just gotta get in front of that trailer - no matter what the cost .....


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Old 10-24-2011, 10:51 AM   #46
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:51 AM   #47
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Came across this on the web!
Camper loses A/C unit under bridge - YouTube

It's a SOB fiver that now needs a little touch up.

YOU HAVE TO READ THOSE SIGNS.

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:07 PM   #48
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So true, Dave. Here's what happened to us when we drove right on by a sign reading: "Tight turns, 6 - 11% grade next 11 miles"

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post886555
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:00 PM   #49
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Sounds like a trip to remember John. Your lucky they put good material in that brake pedal eh?

We had an interesting detour here.
US Highway-2 in Washington State - part of the North Cascades Scenic Byway Loop

In Aug 18, 2011 we traveled east thru Stevens Pass, (4061'), HWY 2, WA, and because of a fire between mile 84 and 99, we had to take a detour to the north thru BEAVER VALLEY on Rt 209, the Chumstick HWY.
I was happy we had the Clipper, and not a long trailer, or a big 5ver, with an underpowered TV. The grade was unexpected, and not much shoulder on the road in places.
http://g.co/maps/xg97w

Beautiful drive if you were expecting it, but not something you like when its forced upon you. MGW always thinks I drive to close to the drop off on her side.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:01 PM   #50
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So true, Dave. Here's what happened to us when we drove right on by a sign reading: "Tight turns, 6 - 11% grade next 11 miles"

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post886555

JS,
I just read your post in the other thread... I would lot enjoy that stretch of road at all! We also have a Chevrolet Express as a TV (a 1999). I am glad you made it through alright.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:48 PM   #51
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So true, Dave. Here's what happened to us when we drove right on by a sign reading: "Tight turns, 6 - 11% grade next 11 miles"

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post886555
Hi, I read your story and I have been on that road several times, but never with my trailer.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:19 AM   #52
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So true, Dave. Here's what happened to us when we drove right on by a sign reading: "Tight turns, 6 - 11% grade next 11 miles"

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post886555
Read that post. Reminded me of back in the 70s driving a cab-over Mack with a 45 foot trailer and no power steering. Had to pick up a load at Mt. Pisgah N.C. Took what looked to be the shortest rt on the map and it took me up and over Mt. Pisgah. Like someone just said, thank God no one else was stupid enough to be on tat road. Sal.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #53
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Mike's "Another near miss" story on I-5 reminded me of one of our trips heading north thru Seattle.

This was a few years ago and before ARC (Airstream Road Camera, see previous posts) so with no picture of the incident one tends to forget it until something twigs the memory.

My GW was following me north on I-5 with her VW Beetle and we were keeping in touch with the hand held FM radios. She was determined she was not going to get split from me, so was on the tail of the Clipper as we progressed north about lunch time in heavy, fast moving traffic.

As I came out from the dark overhead seattle - Google Maps in the #2 lane, a delivery truck in #3 lane lost a piece of dunnage that would be a 8' 4x4. I can tell you it looked a lot bigger as it slide into my lane.
I could not move much either way because I was blocked in, but I edged to the right just enough to catch the end of it with my drive wheel, change its direction, and flip the whole thing on end into the air.
No time to warn the GW, only the anxiety of trying to call her to see if she made it.

I could see she was slowing down so I feared the worst.

Finally, she answered the radio. She was OK but had hit the timber with her LF wheel and was not sure of the damage.

I pulled off I-5 at the first opportunity and she followed me to a small mall where we were able to park and survey the damage and collect our thoughts.

With the Beetle, she had a bit more room to maneuver and had been able to move to the right and just catch the timber with the spoke of the rim, leaving a large scar on the rim. No other damage. She had lost the radio off her lap when it happened, and could not retrieve it off the floor.

We thanked our lucky stars and proceeded north to do some shopping at CW, Burlington.

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Old 07-09-2012, 05:07 PM   #54
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:38 AM   #55
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Wild Life Spotting

Its hot here tonight so, while sitting in front of the fan, I will expand on an incident that happened about 3 hrs before the post quoted below.

After traveling NW on #16 thru "RED PASS" and bearing North at "Tete Jaune Cache" we were ready for a lunch break and were watching for a pulloff.

At the bottom of a long grade we spotted a "Rest Area" sign at "Small River" and braked the Clipper hard to make the right turn.
http://goo.gl/maps/wXAh

One other B Class motorhome was parked there and the couple from Australia were eating at the picnic bench.

I was still shutting down the Clipper which I parked looking at the the "Small River". MGW is about to exit the door when she spots a male "STREAKER" running towards us, down the entrance road. My GW calls me, (she figured I would never believe her if I didn't see it),and I watch as he circled the outdoor toilets and headed back out across the highway and disappeared.

As we stood and laughed about the wild life with the other couple, a car entered the highway from the other side and accelerated away up the hill to the south.

The Australian couple had to admit, that was a first for them in their 3 month North American tour which started on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA.

Just so they might have a better memory of Canada than that, we gave them a liter of Maple Syrup from the syrup capital, Lanark County, On. They said they had never had it and would like to try it.

So, as we continue on, we conclude that the streaker had gone for a dip in the "Small River" and was just air drying himself before continuing on south.

The joys of RVing.

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We were just west of McBride, BC on Yellowhead Rt. 16, 105 kph, and had to make an emergency stop to avoid the second of this pair. The Air Horns startled him enough that he fell trying to stop.

It does not look that close in the picture, but at that speed, the distance diminishes quickly.
This shot from the ARC, was the only close call so far on this current tour of the belt line between the 40th and 55 Parallel.
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The Clipper did leave some rubber on the road!
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #56
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Last leg home from a great trip to Southern Utah. Merging on to I84 in Baker City. Semi moves to fast lane to let me on. Just getting up to speed and semi moves to slow lane. Just as he gets into the slow lane I hear a loud bang and see a piece of what I think was sheet metal about 2X3 come sailing out from under the semi spinning like a frisbee right at our truck cab. All I could do was swerve to the right and I saw the sheet metal pass off the left side of the cab and I was sure it had hit the trailer. Fortunately it missed! Had the shakes pretty good for the next 15 to 20 miles as I contemplated how bad that could have been. My biggest thought was what would have happened if I were towing SOB. It was a pretty radical maneuver that I am sure only an Airstream could have pulled off.
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