Low Bridge Claims Camper’s A/C Unit, Driver Doesn’t Seem To Care

We’re used to seeing trucks get “scalped” by bridges, but one thing we don’t see that often is the same thing happening to camper trailers.

The truth is some campers and RVs are ridiculously big but their drivers already know that. Consequently, they should pay more attention to road signs — if common sense is not among their strong points.

Still, when we’re talking about a bridge with a clearance of only 11 feet 8 inches (3.55 meters), things get more complicated. Such a bridge exists in Durham, North Carolina, and it has claimed hundreds of trucks and other high vehicles since its inauguration about a century ago.

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Even though the city installed “low clearance” signs several blocks before the bridge, as well as lights that flash when detecting vehicles that are too tall, accidents keep happening. According to reports, at least one vehicle a month falls victim to the bridge.

One of the most recent incidents was caught by security cameras on October 13, when an overheight camper trailer tried to cross under the bridge. In his defense, the driver slowed down as he saw the flashing warning just before the underpass. He somehow believed he could pull it off so he continued to slowly drive forward.

For a while, the “strategy” seemed to work – but that was only until the camper’s protruding A/C unit got smashed into pieces by the crash beam. The driver backed up, then carried on, destroyed A/C unit in place, as if nothing happened.

  • kachuks

    That guy is too concerned about other people’s s**t.

  • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger
  • Mr. EP9

    Ah, the good ol, 11 foot 8. Not really anything damaging compared to the others crashes I’ve seen but next time will be better.

  • f1300

    Let’s face it – this is one good reason to skip the next a/c-service(s)!

  • Dennis James

    He should at least have stopped and collected it from the road…he may need it to stop rain entering the caravan 🙂

  • Romanovich

    Hi is a real man.

  • Bob

    It’s not just camper’s ac unit. This bridge collects damage from vehicles all the time. Long story short, they should have built the bridge a little higher.

  • cccbbb

    Railroad bridges are tough to raise. How about lowering the road?

  • emjayay

    Isn’t there some term for these pickup truck units with a mini version of what a semi truck has (that angled turning plate thing) to connect to the trailer mounted on the bed?

    • Henry Johnson

      It’s a fifth wheel.

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  • emjayay

    Who was yelling? Also, $1000 AC unit, $2000+ trailer repair, I’m guessing.

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