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(YouTube)   Fark's favorite low clearance (now +8 inches) bridge wakes from its winter slumber, decides it's time to NOM NOM NOM on some fresh RV parts   (youtube.com) divider line
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2021-04-10 8:21:19 PM  
Ha, ha, ha, they lost their A/C units.

What a bunch of dumbasses.
 
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2021-04-10 8:40:17 PM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Ha, ha, ha, they lost their A/C units.

What a bunch of dumbasses.


An RV like that uses units that connect into ducts within soffits between the interior ceiling and structural roof, and the interior control panel and intake probably hangs down below the interior ceiling.

Very likely they not only destroyed the HVAC units but ripped them bodily out of that roof, soffit, duct and ceiling, significantly damaging that RV inside and out.  That kind of damage is easily five figures to repair, possibly worse depending on how much interior has to be stripped out to do it "right" and if the interior wall finish (to call it wallpaper would be being too generous) is stil available or if it would all have to be replaced to make the unit match again.

And that's before considering the damage that the wiring did.  When I was working on my two year old, new-to-me 3500lb ultralight travel trailer I pulled out the microwave and found this:

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I suspect that during construction, the vent hood located below that horizontal drilled hole slipped and the wiring ripped out through the the lower vertical hole up to where it finally stopped, held back only by the microwave that installs into this space.  Very easily wiring in that travel trailer could have been pulled like this and sawn through the paneling and even possibly the structure.
 
2021-04-10 8:54:11 PM  
That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?
 
2021-04-10 8:55:06 PM  
My camper trailer helpfully lists it's height on a placard but doesn't include the stuff on top. I add two feet.
 
2021-04-10 8:55:17 PM  
Having owned both a travel trailer and an RV, low bridges terrified me and I always watched for the heights before going under one.
 
2021-04-10 9:11:29 PM  
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2021-04-10 9:36:34 PM  
He could have saved the second unit if he had stopped and backed it out. But hey, in for a penny, in for a pound.
 
2021-04-10 9:57:42 PM  

Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?


The bridge has become sentient. It has told the sign to STOP working. NOM NOM NOM!~
 
2021-04-10 10:34:51 PM  
Honey, did that sales guy say the trailer was 11'6" or 12'6"?
 
2021-04-10 11:08:30 PM  
Fortunately, a Johnson Controls HVAC truck was right behind.

/I perused a Johnson Controls catalog
//Not what I was looking for
 
2021-04-10 11:25:48 PM  

Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?


Whatever sensor they used probably focused on the front of the rig (which 'did' fit under) & didn't 'see' the A/C units.

/I noticed that too
 
2021-04-11 12:03:38 AM  
That does not appear to be his camper, the way he drove away.

/what ac?
 
2021-04-11 12:29:21 AM  
That'll buff right out
 
2021-04-11 12:31:27 AM  
So do they also get fined for hitting public property and leaving trash?

I say kick em when they're down if you're dumb enough to risk it.
 
2021-04-11 1:09:54 AM  
I thought you're not supposed to call out liars farkers in headlines?
 
2021-04-11 1:10:27 AM  
Someone needs to paint the bridge and the abutments like a giant toothed maw...  NOMNOMNOM
 
2021-04-11 1:18:14 AM  

scottydoesntknow: So do they also get fined for hitting public property and leaving trash?

I say kick em when they're down if you're dumb enough to risk it.


It's not public property, the bridge very much belongs to the railroad. As far as littering, yup and having an unsecured load I'd imagine (very big deal if that's a commercial driver).
 
amb
2021-04-11 1:27:10 AM  
Have they improved the camera? I don't remember seeing two angles before, and the picture quality seems better.
 
2021-04-11 1:31:29 AM  

Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?


The sensor likely needs to be tripped for a second or two before it activates the alert, so it isn't triggered every time a bird (or leaf, trash, etc.) goes through it's field of view.

I don't understand why they don't put up hanging chains / PVC pipes / something loud but non-destructive near the sensor that trucks can run into and not be damaged, but leave no doubt they are over height.  They seem to work in parking garages...

/Not so CSB:  My Father took off an open roof vent on his camper when he drove under a gas station canopy.
 
2021-04-11 1:33:12 AM  
The timing of the ac unit hitting the pavement was comedy genius
 
2021-04-11 1:37:10 AM  
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"I feel fine"
 
2021-04-11 1:39:08 AM  

Thats My Name too!: Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?

The sensor likely needs to be tripped for a second or two before it activates the alert, so it isn't triggered every time a bird (or leaf, trash, etc.) goes through it's field of view.

I don't understand why they don't put up hanging chains / PVC pipes / something loud but non-destructive near the sensor that trucks can run into and not be damaged, but leave no doubt they are over height.  They seem to work in parking garages...

/Not so CSB:  My Father took off an open roof vent on his camper when he drove under a gas station canopy.


The last one was a crane which had one end just barely above the limit and I can understand a sensor missing that one. These AC units looked bulky enough that they should have triggered it.
 
2021-04-11 1:41:06 AM  
Well. If the truck and camper belong to the owner s/he can afford a fourth mortgage on the mini-mansion to repair the stupidity.

Or just plastic wrap the damage and sweat to death. Whatever.

This country has bigger problems than nom nom bridges.

Maybe Biden can fix this with the 10 trillion dollar save America act.
 
2021-04-11 1:50:42 AM  
When are we going to start getting collision sensors on the tops of trucks that can hit the brakes for you?
 
2021-04-11 1:51:22 AM  
Or sensors on the bridge that can blast the driver with water cannons to get them to panic stop?
 
2021-04-11 1:57:57 AM  
Having only ever seen the occasional clip of this bridge I figured, "what the heck, it's 2AM on a Sunday morning, might as well watch a compilation".

And that's how I spent the last ten minutes laughing until I cried.

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So operating under American Gods logic, what kind of crazy good luck must that city have?
 
2021-04-11 1:58:08 AM  
That second unit hitting the ground sounded like a cash register.
 
2021-04-11 2:06:28 AM  
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Maybe if they have a radio hotline you can call if you see that FAIL sign flashing, meaning someone new got their top popped.
 
2021-04-11 2:15:37 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Thats My Name too!: Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?

The sensor likely needs to be tripped for a second or two before it activates the alert, so it isn't triggered every time a bird (or leaf, trash, etc.) goes through it's field of view.

I don't understand why they don't put up hanging chains / PVC pipes / something loud but non-destructive near the sensor that trucks can run into and not be damaged, but leave no doubt they are over height.  They seem to work in parking garages...

/Not so CSB:  My Father took off an open roof vent on his camper when he drove under a gas station canopy.

The last one was a crane which had one end just barely above the limit and I can understand a sensor missing that one. These AC units looked bulky enough that they should have triggered it.


Yeah, it completely depends on how long the sensor needs to be tripped.  Design decision presumably made for a time period ranging from 0.25 second trigger (good for smaller things like AC units, but get some or many false alerts) or more like 3 seconds (which will only detect box trucks or longer, but no false alerts).  Depends on what they saw as the primary threat/most frequent problem.
 
2021-04-11 2:26:34 AM  

TWX: GreatGlavinsGhost: Ha, ha, ha, they lost their A/C units.

What a bunch of dumbasses.

An RV like that uses units that connect into ducts within soffits between the interior ceiling and structural roof, and the interior control panel and intake probably hangs down below the interior ceiling.

Very likely they not only destroyed the HVAC units but ripped them bodily out of that roof, soffit, duct and ceiling, significantly damaging that RV inside and out.  That kind of damage is easily five figures to repair, possibly worse depending on how much interior has to be stripped out to do it "right" and if the interior wall finish (to call it wallpaper would be being too generous) is stil available or if it would all have to be replaced to make the unit match again.

And that's before considering the damage that the wiring did.  When I was working on my two year old, new-to-me 3500lb ultralight travel trailer I pulled out the microwave and found this:

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I suspect that during construction, the vent hood located below that horizontal drilled hole slipped and the wiring ripped out through the the lower vertical hole up to where it finally stopped, held back only by the microwave that installs into this space.  Very easily wiring in that travel trailer could have been pulled like this and sawn through the paneling and even possibly the structure.


Yeah, that is costing more than the a/c's for sure. I'd think those things are designed with a sheer in mind, but you can only take it so far for something that is going to potentially do 75 down the highway.
 
2021-04-11 2:30:33 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: Someone needs to paint the bridge and the abutments like a giant toothed maw...  NOMNOMNOM


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2021-04-11 2:30:54 AM  

HoratioGates: When are we going to start getting collision sensors on the tops of trucks that can hit the brakes for you?


You could easily do it now. Pretty cheaply too. Get it DOT approved\mandated, hash out the arguments as to if a panic stop is better than some dude jacking up his RV, deal with the cases stemming from your ruling, etc....


Just, "hey, know your limits if you are going to do more than drive a camry" SHOULD be good enough.

Someone pulling something like that was at fault for not knowing their basic clearances, and i'd assume the 20 other things they didn't consider which could have contributed to a far worse outcome.
 
2021-04-11 3:18:09 AM  

amb: Have they improved the camera? I don't remember seeing two angles before, and the picture quality seems better.


YouTube stars like this bridge become attention whores and want the best tech to show off with.
 
2021-04-11 4:19:31 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Ha, ha, ha, they lost their A/C units.

What a bunch of dumbasses.


The best part is that 🚛 screams douchebag
 
2021-04-11 5:59:06 AM  
I have a low bridge like that near my home, the other day I had a front row seat on an idiot driving a truck under it.  The passenger had his door open and was standing on the seat looking back at the roof instructing the guy if it was ok or not.  he had an inch to spare maybe.  I wanted him to get stuck just out of spite because he had traffic backed up in both directions.  why would you even chance it?  it's not like he's have to drive 50 miles out of his way to detour.  5 minutes tops to detour around it.
 
2021-04-11 7:17:39 AM  
Fine him for all the freon he just vented into the atmosphere.
 
2021-04-11 7:17:57 AM  
How did it gain the +8 inches?
 
2021-04-11 7:31:04 AM  
Thats My Name too!

I don't understand why they don't put up hanging chains / PVC pipes / something loud but non-destructive near the sensor that trucks can run into and not be damaged, but leave no doubt they are over height.

There is a considerable range between the twelve-foot-four bridge limit and the thirteen-foot-six legal height limit of trucks that may need to traverse Gregson Street up to the intersection before the bridge. Those hardware warnings to legit (i.e. non-moron) users aren't going to be appreciated, by the legit users or the neighbors. Also, chains will cause damage and PVC will shatter.

The height sensor should trigger for any object capable of contacting the bridge or its clearance beam, and that beam should be lower than the bridge itself. If the single optical sensor beam is set to the same height as the obstruction, and gated to avoid triggering by rain, leaves, birds, or what-have-you, it needs to be modified to catch edge cases.
 
2021-04-11 7:59:36 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: That does not appear to be his camper, the way he drove away.

/what ac?


You might be correct. There is some kind of logo on both of the rear doors of the pickup. I can't make them out, but it could be the guy driving the truck is (or works for) a RV dealer. Or maybe he transports RVs for spare money (the pickup is a little fancy for some of the ones I see that are in the "driveway/towaway" business full time).

If he's a legit transporter, he probably has minimal cargo insurance. If he's not a properly registered/insured carrier, he probably just lost whatever money he made on that deal, and maybe lots more.
 
2021-04-11 8:05:11 AM  

Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?


the ac units might bee too small to register, if it's a light-block based system, like a garage door obstruction sensor. A trailer driving by would block the light for long enough, but the brief blip of a couple of AC heads would go so quick that the system wouldn't register
 
2021-04-11 8:19:22 AM  

Ghost Roach: Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?

the ac units might bee too small to register, if it's a light-block based system, like a garage door obstruction sensor. A trailer driving by would block the light for long enough, but the brief blip of a couple of AC heads would go so quick that the system wouldn't register


Just some quick calculations with generous rounding: a one-second sensor would catch a forty-footer at around the speed limit. Say the AC unit is two-and-a-half feet long; that's around 60 milliseconds. If they used two sensors two inches or less apart and both had to be blocked at once to trigger the warning they might've caught that boom truck.
 
2021-04-11 8:39:16 AM  

namegoeshere: He could have saved the second unit if he had stopped and backed it out. But hey, in for a penny, in for a pound.


Looks like they didn't stop either!
Did they just drive away and leave the wreckage in the street?
 
2021-04-11 8:42:02 AM  
What's your clearance, Clarence?
 
2021-04-11 8:54:17 AM  

darth sunshine: I have a low bridge like that near my home, the other day I had a front row seat on an idiot driving a truck under it.  The passenger had his door open and was standing on the seat looking back at the roof instructing the guy if it was ok or not.  he had an inch to spare maybe.  I wanted him to get stuck just out of spite because he had traffic backed up in both directions.  why would you even chance it?  it's not like he's have to drive 50 miles out of his way to detour.  5 minutes tops to detour around it.


There's a NOM NOM bridge in Liverpool, NY that has a parallel alternate street right next to it. The safe street is the same length and starts and stops in the same place, only it has a few more traffic lights and lacks the pretty view of the lake. And people STILL  refuse to take the safe road, and bite it under the bridge.
 
2021-04-11 8:56:40 AM  

Larva Lump: Ghost Roach: Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?

the ac units might bee too small to register, if it's a light-block based system, like a garage door obstruction sensor. A trailer driving by would block the light for long enough, but the brief blip of a couple of AC heads would go so quick that the system wouldn't register

Just some quick calculations with generous rounding: a one-second sensor would catch a forty-footer at around the speed limit. Say the AC unit is two-and-a-half feet long; that's around 60 milliseconds. If they used two sensors two inches or less apart and both had to be blocked at once to trigger the warning they might've caught that boom truck.


2 inches or less still leaves the system vulnerable to avian false positives. maybe 1-2 feet, but that would only cut down the possibility.

Best results would be an array of 3 or more sensors, equally spaced over a short distance. Any one or two getting tripped doesn't trigger a response, but most/all being tripped, at "traffic" speeds, and you have yourself a winner
 
2021-04-11 8:58:44 AM  
I once watched a dump truck pull out of a commercial driveway with its dumper part up and snag the wires overhead, pulling down a city block of telephone poles. That was a slow motion trainwreck of lulz.
 
2021-04-11 8:59:32 AM  
Not only did he not stop after the first unit hit the protective bar, he kept going until both the bar and the bridge had a change to completely rip off the A/C units.

Dedication.
 
2021-04-11 9:01:08 AM  

Mad Scientist: Fine him for all the freon he just vented into the atmosphere.


We stopped using Freon (R12) for stuff like this in 1995 or so.

If you'd like a wiki rabbit hole to fall into, look into refrigerants....

You know you want to...
 
2021-04-11 9:05:29 AM  

Ghost Roach: Ivo Shandor: That's the second one I've seen where the overheight warning sign didn't go off. Did they give up on it?

the ac units might bee too small to register, if it's a light-block based system, like a garage door obstruction sensor. A trailer driving by would block the light for long enough, but the brief blip of a couple of AC heads would go so quick that the system wouldn't register


Yeah, it has to have some minimum time to go off or birds flying into the beam or bugs flying close to the emitter or detector would set it off all the time.
 
2021-04-11 9:15:36 AM  

Sasquach: Mad Scientist: Fine him for all the freon he just vented into the atmosphere.

We stopped using Freon (R12) for stuff like this in 1995 or so.

If you'd like a wiki rabbit hole to fall into, look into refrigerants....

You know you want to...


Earlier in some passenger stuff. My 93 BMW 318 was 134a from the factory.
 
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