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Old 05-29-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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pole moved when I turned corner....honest

Why do light poles move when you turn corner and where did that hole in my awning come from.

The other day in one of my test drives I was turning the corner on my street.
As I was turning my mind said ……yo stupid you have the trailer…..make wide turn, then I thought I heard a strange noise.

Looked in mirror and said hmmm that pole was awfully close.
Boy I’m good cleared it by inches without even trying.

Came back to house, parked the trailer set it up, and started to cook hot dogs (more testing of new grill of course)

Sun was in my eyes so I put out the awning. As I was cooking I noticed the sun was still hitting my face hmmm ..... I look up.

There she was a little bitty tear in the awning, ok about 2 inch tear.
Of course I said where’d that come from in shock and disbelief.

Must be vandals, shoddy workmanship, must have been there when I bought the thing…..or

Side of awning scraped against light pole in the turn and tore hole
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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Yup, they do that.
Ya gotta watch out for trees also. They seem to have a habit of jumping out at ya.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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Put some awning repair tape on it and you will be good as new.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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It happens. You will remember from now on. Long time ago I got a job driving an 18 wheeler and pulled out into traffic and had to cut my turn short due to a speeding car and clipped a power pole with the rear duals. Pole was rotten and fell on to trailer and there I sat with two lanes blocked and cops and power company people everywhere not to mention a bunch of upset passerby's.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:09 AM   #5
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Darn... ouch !

why I always remind myself (and the codriver) to not turn until I am almost THROUGH the intersection and on sweeping curves to keep the tow vehicle on the OUTSIDE of the turn as much as possible...

my fear is that because we have 'made it' through so many 'low' clearance bridges, etc..
that we start getting complacent and don't read the clearance signs to each other like we used to.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:34 AM   #6
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I learned a similar lesson the day I took delivery of a brand new Blue Ridge fifth wheel in 2011. Pulled right in Sam's Club's fueling station and hit the low clearance sign with the front air conditioner. Luckily, it was only a small crack in the cover that wasn't really noticeable, but could have been much worse. I was paranoid of low clearances after that, and still am.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:40 AM   #7
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Something else to watch out for is the rear end swinging wide and hitting another vehicle when you are in multi-lane traffic. Haven't done it myself, but I've heard horror stories.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #8
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thanks on my list already.........pete
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:06 AM   #9
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Also watch rear swing when refueling. My folks just had around $3K repairs done to their Jeep after a toy hauler swung into the front fender at a gas station!
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:33 PM   #10
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So did you pay for the pole ?
Or was it a hit & run
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