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Old 06-20-2018, 08:08 AM
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I will second that. When I bought my Class A motorhome I was afraid to drive under anything so I leveled it and measured the height and added a few inches for good measure and put that on a card that is over the dash right in a prominent place. It saved me more than once!
I've been driving high profile vehicles since I was 18 and am very aware of height and bridges. I was trying to find my way to a facility in south Chicago years ago and came up to an old RR bridge that I hadn't seen a warning sign for. It was posted at 13'. Generally speaking, most trailers are marked as being 13' 6", but some you can sneak under. I could see the road had been overlayed a few times and knew I wasn't going to clear it. The neighborhood was not good and as soon as I stopped, the people started coming out of the houses and surrounding the truck. I could hear someone pounding on the locks I had on the trailer doors. I put the truck in reverse, blasted the air horn and started backing up. People moved out from behind but were staring at me like they had never seen anyone able to back up a semi. I backed up 2 blocks and then drove thru their neighborhood to make a 180 and get back on a main road. I had also called 911 as soon as I saw all the people come out and a cop did meet me at the main road. He said it happened all the time because it is close to the industrial area and there is no sign to warn of the low bridge. I think the people take it down to get truckers in that situation to steal whatever is in the trailer. They were like vultures, just waiting for this to happen.

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Old 06-20-2018, 08:25 AM
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I've been driving high profile vehicles since I was 18 and am very aware of height and bridges. I was trying to find my way to a facility in south Chicago years ago and came up to an old RR bridge that I hadn't seen a warning sign for. It was posted at 13'. Generally speaking, most trailers are marked as being 13' 6", but some you can sneak under. I could see the road had been overlayed a few times and knew I wasn't going to clear it. The neighborhood was not good and as soon as I stopped, the people started coming out of the houses and surrounding the truck. I could hear someone pounding on the locks I had on the trailer doors. I put the truck in reverse, blasted the air horn and started backing up. People moved out from behind but were staring at me like they had never seen anyone able to back up a semi. I backed up 2 blocks and then drove thru their neighborhood to make a 180 and get back on a main road. I had also called 911 as soon as I saw all the people come out and a cop did meet me at the main road. He said it happened all the time because it is close to the industrial area and there is no sign to warn of the low bridge. I think the people take it down to get truckers in that situation to steal whatever is in the trailer. They were like vultures, just waiting for this to happen.
Yep, made one wrong turn in Chicago once and ended up looking at a low RR bridge. Fortunately there wasn't much traffic that time of day and the street was just big enough I was able to whip my rig right around.
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That happened a LOT just outside the Meat market in NY and Chicago it got so bad drivers would turn off the refers just before they got there so they didnt know you were loaded ,,we had swinging meat so some were to heavy but most they could bear hug and runn off with it while you were at a traffic light,,most of the time the car in front of you was blocking the road for the thiefs,,

It got so bad we refused to haul anymore for them ,
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It might have made "How Cool is This" if he would have finished the front and left that fin off the top!


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That happened a LOT just outside the Meat market in NY and Chicago it got so bad drivers would turn off the refers just before they got there so they didnt know you were loaded ,,we had swinging meat so some were to heavy but most they could bear hug and runn off with it while you were at a traffic light,,most of the time the car in front of you was blocking the road for the thiefs,,

It got so bad we refused to haul anymore for them ,
Best deterrent I found was to use a bolt and double nut it. Many a time I heard cussing and swearing from the back of my trailer!
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yes the padlocks were usless ,they would spray them with Freon then hit them with a hammer they would just pop open,,we started using the cable locks,,just a piece of 7/16 cable with a led doughnut squeezed on each end,,it took a Large pair of bolt cutters to remove them and it still was not easy,,we all had to keep a set in our trucks,
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OMG, don't let the fb chevelle pages see that, they will be screaming "SAVE IT, SAVE IT, it's worth $7,000 !!!"
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I've been driving high profile vehicles since I was 18 and am very aware of height and bridges. I was trying to find my way to a facility in south Chicago years ago and came up to an old RR bridge that I hadn't seen a warning sign for. It was posted at 13'. Generally speaking, most trailers are marked as being 13' 6", but some you can sneak under. I could see the road had been overlayed a few times and knew I wasn't going to clear it. The neighborhood was not good and as soon as I stopped, the people started coming out of the houses and surrounding the truck. I could hear someone pounding on the locks I had on the trailer doors. I put the truck in reverse, blasted the air horn and started backing up. People moved out from behind but were staring at me like they had never seen anyone able to back up a semi. I backed up 2 blocks and then drove thru their neighborhood to make a 180 and get back on a main road. I had also called 911 as soon as I saw all the people come out and a cop did meet me at the main road. He said it happened all the time because it is close to the industrial area and there is no sign to warn of the low bridge. I think the people take it down to get truckers in that situation to steal whatever is in the trailer. They were like vultures, just waiting for this to happen.
OMG that is incredible!

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Saw this on the way out to my nephew's birthday party yesterday, stupid as hell, yet very clever at the same time.

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Around here, that WILL be saved and not put out on the line for parts. And rightly so, it looks very savable. But I remember the time when the wrecking yard was full of cars like that. Hell, I have had my Gran Sport 30 years. Once when I had a few years I was at a Pick-n-Pull in a nearby city and there were FOUR 65 Skylarks, with one of them being a Gran Sport! I use to get all kinds of things and sell them on Hemmings. Once I got all the windows out of a VERY NICE 65 Chevelle convertible (the convertible glass is different) this thing was half way through a cosmetic restoration and had a pretty nice paint job on it but never assembled. What a crying shame that thing got sent to the wreckers.


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Don't see a head. Must not be quicksand.

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