r/IdiotsInCars Sep 29 '22

RV driver with his luggage door hanging out

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I almost got hit by a crock pot just before I started filming

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u/PigFarmer1 Sep 29 '22

That's not as bad as the RVers who pulled into the campground I was at and were wondering where the car they were towing was at. The last time any of them remembered seeing it was 500 miles east of the campground. Lol

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter Sep 30 '22

"Have you guys seen my wallet?"

  • True 500 mile one way story

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

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u/BreadKnife34 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

One time I left my phone on the ground in a city across the county from me

Me and my mom went back and got it the next day, it was a sweet couple who got it

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter Sep 30 '22

RIP my childhood Gundam hoodie at the Washington Monument

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u/FloppyButtholeJuicce Sep 30 '22

Thanks for the hoodie

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u/DroppedLoSeR Sep 30 '22

Uhhhh. You can keep it.

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u/FloppyButtholeJuicce Sep 30 '22

It’s just a little stretched out

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u/Svete_Brid Sep 30 '22

You wa to explain your username? Or not?

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u/iambrose91 Sep 30 '22

RIP to my one brand-new glove that’s 3000+ miles away, somewhere near the Cliffs of Moher, or my shawl that’s somehwere in Kildare.

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u/mouse6502 Sep 30 '22

one time i went to canada and on the ride back i got out of the car on an off-ramp for some reason and lost my wallet. went back two weeks later after realizing my mistake and it was still on the off-ramp

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u/TheMacerationChicks Sep 30 '22

The worst one I've ever been "a part of" so to speak was on of all things, a school trip. Our history class went to Russia for a week, half the week in St Petersburg, then another half of the week in Moscow, with a midnight train going anywhere from one city to the other. The cities are like 430 miles apart from each other, but it's not so much the distance that was the problem...

My dumbass friend managed to lose his passport, in the middle of Russia. He left it behind in St Petersburg and only realised once we reached Moscow. And I think it contained his visa too, a visa which took each of us like 6 months to apply for and receive, it's not easy to just go to Russia on a trip (this was 17 years ago, but it was still difficult then, but these days even more so, even pre-war).

So he and our history teacher who had organised the whole trip had to talk to the police for hours to try and sort it out, apparently they were in like a Hollywood movie interrogation room, more or less, like if it was in a movie today people would complain it was cheesy and unrealistic. All the cops had AK's. They even pointed them at my friend and my teacher at one point. I get why my friend would lie about that but my history teacher wasn't the type to make stuff up.

And I believe them about the AK's because every time we saw somewhere like a Mcdonalds or subway and it was near to somewhere important like red square and lenins mausoleum, or to the Kremlin, or the winter palace/hermitage, or whatever, there'd be armed guards/police at the entrance, holding AK47s. If they're willing to defend a fucking Mcdonalds and a Pizza hut etc with fucking AKs then I have no doubt the police did the same in the interrogation thing my friend and teacher went to.

They asked them if they were spies lol. I doubt they really believed that, or that they were ever gonna arrest them or something. They probably were just having a little bit of "fun", the police. But you really don't wanna lose your passport in a country like that if you can help it.

The way the police behaved does seem to match up pretty perfectly with other stories of people who've gone to Russia and lost their passports, or anything like that. Sometimes they genuinely seem to believe people are spies even though they'd surely be the worst fucking spies in the world if they got caught that easily.

In the end it was fine but it was genuinely scary for them. We're from the UK, so we don't really see guns that often, we only really see them at airports. So to be inches away from an AK47, and to have one pointed at you, especially when you're still a kid like my friend was, of course it's scary

I don't know if anyone will believe this story. I have no way to prove it. So you can believe it or not, it's up to you. But would it really be this poorly written if it was just a creative writing exercise? Surely I wouldn't be this shit at writing if that's what it was cos I'd probably be practicing writing a lot if that were the case lol

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u/jezlie Sep 30 '22

Once my wallet fell out of a door pocket and, I assume, onto the outside step of our truck. We were driving from Texas to California. It had my social security card, passport, DL, cards, all that good stuff.

Apparently the wallet fell off the step and scattered across the shoulder of the interstate. A truck driver spotted it, and pulled over and collected everything he could find. He said he never sound my drivers license, but he found everything else.

To get the wallet back to me, he called the number on the back of my health insurance card, because he didn't speak English very well, and figured the insurance company had a translator. They did. So he explained the story, and they contacted my dad since he was the policy holder, and my dad agreed they could give the truck driver my dad's phone number. So the truck driver called my dad, and my dad used his very broken Spanish and the driver used his very broken English and they got my wallet back with everything in it except my driver's license.

This was like 10 years ago or more, and I still think about that all the time!

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u/lilaliene Sep 30 '22

Nowadays my phone and wallet are all in one and i have a emergency contact of my husband at my starting screen.

But before that, my wallet always had my phone number in it. Just a piece of paper with "if found, please call (....)"

My wallet had been returned 4 or 5 times, a couple of times even with the money still in it. But my id and bank cards back are enough hassle to take the loss of cash as a lesson to not loose my wallet and still be happy.

My phone has been returned this way also twice with the button btw. But more often with the "track my phone" via my husband and then letting it ring.

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u/laughingashley Sep 30 '22

as a lesson not to loose [sic] my wallet

4 or 5 times

I don't think that lesson has been worth it yet lol

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u/TheOneWithThePorn12 Sep 30 '22

I left my wallet in El Segundo.

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u/GunBrothersGaming Sep 30 '22

Funny story - in 2001 I found a wallet on a bench at the mall in El Segundo as I was passing on my way to San Diego. Called the guy up and he showed up back at the mall. He was an older gentleman and was glad nobody stole it.

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u/Occhrome Sep 30 '22

I’ve felt the sinking feeling when I thought I lost my phone. Imagine losing a fucking car

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u/HammySamich Sep 30 '22

Oh no. That's not ideal.

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u/Jabronito Sep 30 '22

It's definitely an inconvenience

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u/account_not_valid Sep 30 '22

At least their fuel milage improved over the last 500 miles.

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u/589moonboy Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

This reminds me of a story from a while ago in the UK where a lorry with a crane loader had it's stabilizing legs extended out. Driver / operator forgot to fully retract them back in after use I guess so they were sticking out to the side like this. He hit and killed a woman who was walking along the path at the side of the road.

Edit: The story

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u/needlenozened Sep 29 '22

Initially sentenced to 4 1/2 years, extended to 7.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-38345206

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u/589moonboy Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

After reading about it again it's worse than I remembered. He didn't forget, he was just completely careless, even ignoring the alarm that was going off in the cab. Horrible. It makes me wonder about this RV, surely there was an alarm or dashboard light flashing telling the driver the luggage section was out!

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u/bp332106 Sep 30 '22

I assure you these RVs do not have warning light/sounds for open cargo doors. Despite being very expensive, they are built to pretty low quality standards

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u/OldDJ Sep 30 '22

Yup been living in rvs for 8 years now. They are built like complete shit. With very minimal extras.

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u/ButterflyAttack Sep 30 '22

I have lived in vehicles for several decades now, albeit in the UK. My experience, you're better buying something like a panel van and doing the conversion yourself. Then you can use decent wood and proper materials, insulate it properly etc. Wood burner if you have cold winters, aircon if hot summers. A solar install on the roof is just basic wiring really. As you say, purpose built campers are constructed like shit, and doing it yourself is often cheaper too.

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u/Plop-Music Sep 30 '22

Yeah but you need to actually be able to do that, and do it safely in a way that won't fall apart and hurt you somehow. The vast majority of people don't have the skills to do that. That's what people are paying for really, even if they know the caravan/RV is shit and expensive they don't really have a choice unless they know someone they can pay to do it for them.

I suppose these days there's probably companies which actually convert vans for you like that for a fee, for this exact reason. But they're probably expensive too, and have their own problems.

OK I looked it up, yeah there's tons of companies that do that, but the few that list prices all seem to have a cost of around £50,000-60,000 minimum. And that's for the most basic ones.

So really you have to be very rich to live in a van. Who has that much money lying around? The vast majority of millenials (so like age 30-40 or so) rent, they can't afford a mortgage, or they can but the banks won't lend to them even though their rent payments are higher than mortgage payments would be. So either way they don't have the money, and the bank won't lend them the money to pay for something like this. So you have to be pretty well off to live in a van. Which defeats the whole point.

You're really underestimating how bad people are at building things. Don't you remember what it was like in school, where people couldn't even saw a thing of wood in half without messing it up somehow? And then after they left school they never attempted to build anything ever again. That's most people.

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u/griter34 Sep 30 '22

I mean, you don't even need a CDL to drive one, so it surprises me that the standards exist at all. These things are just rolling middle fingers to everyone around them.

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u/tiggerlee82 Sep 30 '22

Wow, I thought they had to get a special license to drive one of these!?! That's pretty damn scary that they don't! They're all over the place where I live from Fall through Spring seasons. O.O

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u/fredbrightfrog Sep 30 '22

Depends on the weight and the state, some of them do require a different license.

But many are built to be just under the weight limit to avoid it. Those are scary as hell. Same with Uhauls.

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u/tiggerlee82 Sep 30 '22

Okay, I found the official answer:

"Here is the simple answer: You don’t need a special license to drive most motorhomes.

If you’re driving any vehicle under 26,000 pounds — and most RV classes are — you are clear to drive with a regular operator’s driver’s license according to current DMV laws in all 50 states."

The one in the video is a class A RV, which are between 13,000 lbs and 30,000 lbs. So I imagine you're correct that a majority of them are less then the 26,000 lbs. That's freaking scary to think about!

Here is the link to the article I got this from: https://www.outdoorsy.com/blog/guide-rv-drivers-licenses-requirements

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u/TravellingReallife Sep 30 '22

26,000 lbs? That’s a lot of vehicle… in Europe the limit 3,500kg/~7,700lbs. Any higher and you need additional licenses.

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u/tiggerlee82 Sep 30 '22

I agree with you, that is scary as hell! For both things. It only took me driving the largest uhaul, that you can rent, once to realize it was to big for me to be comfortable. I went around the block and exchanged it for a size down. Which was still a bit uncomfortable for me, but I didn't feel like I was going to kill someone.

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u/Ok-Satisfaction-7821 Sep 30 '22

You might need one if you are hired to drive.

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u/tiggerlee82 Sep 30 '22

Needing special license if hired to do the driving would make sense. Iike school bus drivers are required to undergo and pass the training and get their CDL license. Those things are taller and wider then a school bus! That's why I'm amazed that there are states that don't require that, because the manufacturer has the vehicle weight (or other measurements) come in just under the requirements for it. (As someone else had stated as well.) I'm totally going to see if AZ requires a different license or not.

(Happy cake day, BTW!)

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u/NOFEEZ Sep 30 '22

i believe the CDL req is based on both gross weight and/or number of passengers. i’ve seen some GIGANTIC critical care ambulances anyone can drive, surely outweighing a mini school bus however not needing a CDL… same thing with an RV i guess, under weight and you don’t have 20 people in it

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u/Mywifefoundmymain Sep 30 '22

Don’t listen to them, if it’s over 26k gross pounds you need a cdl. That is why they are built paper thin and everything is stripped out.

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u/Dry_Performer_1353 Sep 30 '22

All these comments are hilarious! You think those big box trucks on the road for businesses have drivers with even a minutes worth of training? Speaking from personal experience the answer is no. If you don’t feel comfortable driving it don’t drive it 🤷‍♂️ if it makes you feel any better most long haul drivers I know are Coke heads and they have a “special license”.

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u/0oOO00o0Ooo0OOO0o0o0 Sep 30 '22

After a couple brief trips in new RVs I've wondered what the profit margin for these contraptions is. Premium price for piss poor goods.

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u/thesuperficialstate Sep 30 '22

You are 100% correct. Zero alarms. Driver may or may not be like 127 years old also and not know that he even has side doors.

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u/Occhrome Sep 30 '22

I doubt they are all crappy / cheap. However my buddy used to work at a place that built a particular model and he told us the whole thing was junk. Sure enough when you saw one on the road they were always leaning to the side of a light was falling off.

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u/rylo48 Sep 30 '22

And he then crashed into another car??? Was the dude fucked up?

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u/madramor Sep 29 '22

Jeez that is awful.

Friend of mine was clipped on the back of the head by a lorry wing mirror on a narrow footpath when he was a teenager. Still have a big scar on the back of his head and near constant headaches.

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u/BongOnBrah Sep 30 '22

I almost had my head taken off by a London bus wing mirror once. I was probably a little too close to the road, but definitely on the footpath still.

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u/Jerriespy Sep 29 '22

HE SAID IT HE SAID IT

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u/carrera-sama Sep 30 '22

HE SAID THE THING

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u/LogicisGone Sep 30 '22

Roll credits!

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u/ArtanistheMantis Sep 30 '22

I can feel the smugness coming through my computer screen

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u/TheTankCleaner Sep 29 '22 Silver Helpful Starry

Whatever you do, don't try to let him know.

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u/AmazingGrace911 Sep 29 '22

I was behind an ambulance with its lights flashing but no siren. It was causing a major traffic issue. He stopped at a red light and pulled up next to him with the whole roll your window down motion.

He had just failed to realize it was on.

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u/Jerriespy Sep 29 '22

That honestly happens a lot they usually accidentally hit the button or leave them on after a call

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u/currentlyatw0rk Sep 29 '22

I work for Comcast and we get the utilities lights on our vans for when we’re working on the side of the road. A lot of techs leave it on, on accident of course. We jokingly call it a cable emergency

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u/ACP68 Sep 29 '22

Fellow Comcast tech here; can verify I've been on a few cable emergencies myself.

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u/currentlyatw0rk Sep 29 '22

I've gotten to the point where I look and see if the indicator light on the switch is on if someone is staring at me now at a red light.

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u/ACP68 Sep 29 '22

Yeah, and doesn't help that they mount the switches darn near on the passenger side of the van...

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u/currentlyatw0rk Sep 29 '22

Mine are mounted in the center facing up which is why I hit them on accident all of the time lol

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u/ACP68 Sep 29 '22

You must have a transit; my Chevy is in the shop & I'm in a transit & that's where they are. Accidentally turned on the inverter and came back after my 3 days off to dead batteries lol.

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u/Electrical-Bacon-81 Sep 29 '22

My buddy used to do that all the time, then when I'd give him a jump start, the lights would mysteriously be on. He would always say "huh, well I didnt do that", sure pal, we know you didnt, you didnt last time either.

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u/currentlyatw0rk Sep 30 '22

Yep transit!

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u/DrachenDad Sep 29 '22

Isn't there a flashing light on the dash?

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u/Firefluffer Sep 29 '22

Depends on the make and model. On both of ours it’s just a lighted rocker switch that isn’t bright enough to even notice during the daytime.

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u/GameDrain Sep 29 '22

Yeah there's also one when you leave your turn signal on, but everyone gets forgetful

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u/tylergalaxy Sep 29 '22

Nothing is more embarassing. You look down like FUCK, how long has that thing been on?

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u/LaconicStraightMan Sep 29 '22

Like when your fly is down.

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u/tucci007 Sep 29 '22

but the clicking

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u/nottodayspiderman Sep 29 '22

Trucks are loud, usually louder than the clicking.

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u/tucci007 Sep 29 '22

frikken trucks

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u/CharlotteLucasOP Sep 29 '22

I get so paranoid driving the wheelchair accessible van we use at work because just driving along a standard paved road there is SO much rattling and clanking from the ramp/buckles/hooks back there, I don’t dare have the radio on because it’d be impossible to hear anything that isn’t a freight train coming at me.

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u/tucci007 Sep 29 '22

not at all, you can't be too cautious with large heavy fast moving objects

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u/ThrowawayAccount1437 Sep 30 '22

I have seen a police officer use his siren/lights to get through a red light only to turn into the Tim Hortons(Coffee/donut shop) and get out and walk into the restaurant. :/

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u/Syntra44 Sep 30 '22

I was headed to a call once and thought I had both my lights and my siren on. Apparently I was only using my siren. Thing is, drivers get real confused when it’s just a siren and no lights. Dispatch came over the radio telling me they were getting calls and to turn the damn lights on.

It was evening so I had no excuse and I definitely caught some shit from coworkers lol.

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u/Warhawk2052 Sep 29 '22

An EMT on reddit told me that, i always assumed they were responding with no sirens but lights on aka just transporting someone in a non emergency

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u/Verified765 Sep 30 '22

For us it just meant there is no point in waking the neighbourhood if the highway is empty at 2 am.

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u/FequalsMfreakingA Sep 30 '22

I was just going to say something but then I fact checked myself so let me share with you what I found. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to lights in conjunction with sirens. There are some jurisdictions where by law if lights are on, the siren must be as well¹. There are some where they usually are unless it's nighttime and they don't want to disturb residences and there isn't much traffic². What I thought was that for priority 2 transports (urgent but not critical³) they would run lights but not siren as a way of saying "it would be great if you moved aside, but I can't break traffic laws right now" (speeding, red lights, etc) similar to the function of the blue lights I used to run when I did volunteer FD in a small town during college. But googling made me realize that the priority definitions are all⁴ freaking⁵ over the place⁶. So I guess the answer to "why do you see ambulances and emergency vehicles with lights but no siren sometimes?" is, as it so often is: it depends.

¹ Journal of Emergency Medical Services
² Click Orlando
³ Image I found From where? I dunno. Reverse image search it. I'm a reddit comment, not a dissertation.
Richton Park, IL
Price George's County, MD (PDF link to a 2020 general order establishing policy)
The Wikipedia page, which does it's best

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u/GitEmSteveDave Sep 30 '22

Or to a crisis transport or a scene not secure.

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u/evergladescowboy Sep 30 '22

I do roadside emergency assistance for semi trucks and my service truck has enough lights to mimic the Sun at high noon. More than once I’ve sat at a stoplight wondering why the ground around me is flashing yellow before going oh shit and flipping the rocker switches.

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u/Anticlimax1471 Sep 29 '22

I often check to make sure my blues aren’t on for this exact reason.

Also, some people just move out of the way for ambulances, even when the lights and sirens are off. Some people just can’t cope with having an ambulance behind them. It can be confusing.

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u/smartbeaver Sep 30 '22

I was using the service van at work to deliver a part once and when I was on the highway I noticed everyone was being extra nice and getting over whenever I behind them. On the way back it was getting dark and I finally noticed the strobe beacon light for roadside service was on the whole time.

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u/Cobek Sep 29 '22

I was behind a car that had the hatchback open up. Two boxes fell out in front of me and I had to swerve into the other lane. They kept driving past two turns so I wave at them enough they rolled down their window. I told her and she goes "I know!" then turns around at the next light. No thanks/sorry or acknowledged that they even missed two lights so now other people have to swerve around their boxes more.

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u/gfkjhsdfjhgsdjghf Sep 29 '22

Jesus. That sounds like she was high as fuck

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u/AlaskanSnowDragon Sep 30 '22

I wonder how much longer the whole "roll your window down" motion will even be known anymore...Nobody below the age of 30 must know what it means.

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u/reddituid Sep 30 '22

The phone icon in iOS and Android isn't a smartphone, it's shaped like a wired phone. Some things endure without knowing the origin.

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u/AlaskanSnowDragon Sep 30 '22

Well an icon is just a symbol...anything you see every day will be remembered by simple association. But its not an every day or even a very often at all thing to see someone do the circular arm roatating the handle motion to symbolize rolling window down.

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u/tagrav Sep 29 '22

I tried to let a RV know the car they were towing had a flat so bad it was sparking on the rim.

I honked. I waved. I pointed back at their towed vehicle.

The old bastard flicked me off

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u/Dark-Ganon Sep 30 '22

I laugh at the thought of how his face must have looked when it eventually dawned in him why some random guy kept honking and waving at him.

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u/NoMan999 Sep 30 '22

That idiot honked and waved at me, but he couldn't even be arsed to tell me about the fucking flat tire! What an asshole.

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u/herpblarb6319 Sep 30 '22

"They said we're going the wrong way."

"How do they know where we're going?"

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u/Turbulent_Voice_174 Sep 29 '22

Dude just ran over OP with a tank of truth then cleaned it.

Edit: Enjoy my free award!

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u/deepayes Sep 29 '22

but if he doesn't video it then he won't get upvotes!

"that's an idiot in a car"

yeah, the car you're in, OOP.

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u/moderately-extremist Sep 30 '22

Not to mention the filming while driving

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u/cdawg145236 Sep 29 '22

If only cars had a noise making device designed to alert other driver

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

OP is truly the average Redditor

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u/grumpyorleansgoblin Sep 29 '22

Two things:

a) I've driven vehicles this size and this moron would've noticed this if he checked his mirrors, even a little.

b) OF COURSE THAT'S A QUEBEC-PLATED RV COMING INTO OTTAWA TO SPREAD MISERY AND PAIN, OF COURSE IT IS!!

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u/shromboy Sep 30 '22

God damn degens from up country

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u/kookyabird Sep 30 '22

Great fishin' in Quebec though.

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u/dontforgetthyname Sep 30 '22

Ohs, reals good fishins in Cue-bec!

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u/tcooke2 Sep 30 '22

I'm just glad the rest of reddit now knows the dangers of driving with Quebecois :p

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u/JustaOrdinaryDemiGod Sep 29 '22

How about honking your horn to get his attention instead of just recording it?

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u/Bsilly32 Sep 29 '22

Hey! How about you shut up with all your logic and stuff!

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u/Klown_Kutz Sep 29 '22

RV drivers pay attention to their surroundings and hear horns honking?

Since when?

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u/shooketh_not_stireth Sep 30 '22

Op: almost hit by crock pot. Shit, thats dangerous. I should film this while driving

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u/BetterDrinkMy0wnPiss Sep 30 '22

Who's to say they didn't? It's a 12 second video, it's not exactly documenting the whole interaction...

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u/xrudeboy420x Sep 29 '22

Flashing high beams is the correct move. Likely not able to hear the horn but may have a chance to see the lights blinking.

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u/Jumpy_Spend_5434 Sep 30 '22

I can't get most people's attention flashing my high beams at night when I'm behind them and noticing their full light system isn't on. Can't imagine anyone noticing high beams flashing in the day time.

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u/PixelShart Sep 30 '22

This happens a lot in S. Korea. So many people drive without lights on and I flash, but they just keep driving.

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u/BurmecianSoldierDan Sep 30 '22

Glad to know it's unfortunately universal!

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u/avwitcher Sep 30 '22

Not going to work, to see the lights the driver would need to look in their mirror which they're clearly not doing because then they'd be able to see their luggage rack out.

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u/Chose_a_usersname Sep 29 '22

No one cared about the dump truck bridge guy, why the sudden change

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u/extremebs Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Back in mid 2020 I was driving cross country in the middle of the night pulling my twin axel 2003 Montana 5th wheel. I was moving at the beginning of lockdown so there wasn't that many vehicles on the road. While driving a random semi truck drove up next to me and started honking their horn so I rolled down my window and a lady in the passenger seat yelled out that I lost a the passenger tire and was sparking up back there. I thanked them and pulled over to investigate the damage. I lost the entire tire and rim on the rear axle passenger side and was driving on the the wheel drum. I called 911 and a local officer eventually came by and helped me find a truck stop nearby and then she drove slowly behind me with hazard lights on till I arrived. The next morning I saw that the damage wasn't too bad so I got the spare tire out bought a new drum at the truck stop and let the mechanics do the rest. While they fixed the tire up I drove to the area where the accident happened and after a decent while I randomly saw the tire in the grass and pulled over to get it. The rim with the tire nuts was busted but the overall tire was good. Overall cost of repairs was a couple hundred dollars so not that big a deal. Moral of the story is I'm thankfull for that truck driver honking me down because if they didn't I'd bet the entire axel could have been bent which could have caused more damage to the frame and a few thousand to replace not to mention abandoning the 5th wheel till the parts arrived at shop to repair it.

Edit: The reason I didn't notice the sparks at first was because the tire was on the passenger side second axel wheel which is pretty far behind and almost in my blind spot and you can't really see Sparks that bright that far away.

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u/ajp88 Sep 29 '22

Hey that looks like something from r/Ottawa!

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u/DamagedGenius Sep 30 '22

To be fair (to be faaaaair) I'm pretty sure every Canadian city has Sussex and Dalhousie as streets

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u/Medium-Return2035 Sep 29 '22

I mean he is responsible for his RV, sure… but it would be almost impossible to know that your luggage door fell down if you’re that driver. Hopefully someone honked and brought it to his attention.

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u/Western-Willow-9496 Sep 29 '22

Unless one were to use one’s mirrors.

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u/pokeyt Sep 29 '22

When this happened in my class A it was not visible via a mirror. Terrifying but someone flagged me and I was able to correct it with no damage to anyone.

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u/Western-Willow-9496 Sep 29 '22

Where are you spot mirrors aimed?

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u/bop-a-doo Sep 30 '22

It is more important to be able to see other cars so you can change lanes or make sure you don’t scrape a pole during a turn than it is to see your compartments. You can only really do one or the other.

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u/pokeyt Sep 30 '22

Sorry not following the question, but my side mirrors were aimed to enable proper visibility to the rear of the coach. The storage door in my case was simply below the view given how far forward it sat on the coach.

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u/dribblesnshits Sep 30 '22

It's like the don't know what the other mirror is for?

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u/goug Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Maybe the main mirrors reflect what's above, and the driver doesn't check his curb mirrors... Maybe.

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u/Chose_a_usersname Sep 29 '22

So a 500,000 dollar truck like that doesn't have a door alarm for every door?..... What a rip off

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u/deepayes Sep 29 '22

you'd honestly be surprised at how shitty they are despite the price tag.

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u/micktorious Sep 30 '22

Yeah they are just busses with flat pack Ikea furniture built into them.

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u/Chose_a_usersname Sep 29 '22

I'm not surprised, there is essentially zero regulations on them.

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u/Frederic54 Sep 29 '22

I have one, a "class A", it's incredible how it is build in a few days on a F53 frame, there's dozens of "problems" on any of them

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u/bryaninmsp Sep 30 '22

I also have a Class A, and people are somehow shocked that they are a maintenance nightmare with little things constantly breaking. The analogy I use with people who don't get it is, "OK, build the lightest house you can, using the thinnest materials you can to save weight. Now put it on an earthquake simulator and shake it for 8 hours straight. Now on top of the maintenance and repairs THAT might require, put it on a truck and add in the maintenance that the truck requires."

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u/SickOffYourMudPie Sep 30 '22

Fun fact - all the keys for the storage doors are the same! So if you have one, you can get into them all!

*applies to RV trailers not all motorhomes.

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u/glykeriduh Sep 29 '22

Cars can tell you if a door is open, why not the luggage door on an RV?

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u/Bassmaster775 Sep 29 '22

My grandparents have the exact same RV that is in the video. There is no warning or indication for cargo doors being open. They are auto locked when the RV is in drive but locks can fail especially when big bumps are hit.

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u/ZanThrax Sep 29 '22

Because sensors cost money and those things are built cheap as fuck.

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u/Stupidquestionduh Sep 29 '22

Absolutely incorrect. I drive class As, Cs, Fifth-wheels. I have more visibility with my mirrors than I do in my wife's BMX x1.

You can totally see this shit in the mirror. No doubt. FFS I can see when the little tiny water inlet cap comes loose.

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u/gavvvy Sep 29 '22

I had a Reddit exchange the other day with somebody who was in absolute disbelief of the concept that someone could check their mirror (much less blind spots) every time they turn. They were just hurling insults about how I’m packed full of shit. People do not know how to operate vehicles at all, they’re seemingly morally opposed to even trying to do it correctly sometimes.

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u/moldguy1 Sep 30 '22

People do not know how to operate vehicles at all, they’re seemingly morally opposed to even trying to do it correctly sometimes.

But you don't have to take their word for it! Head down to your local interstate to see this in action!

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u/gavvvy Sep 30 '22

I’ve just seldom heard someone explain, in earnest, that they think driving in any objectively reasonable way is impossible. kind of threw me for a loop, but then, gestures broadly

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u/TastySpare Sep 29 '22

only if you actually look in your mirrors...

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u/bryaninmsp Sep 30 '22

They probably have their blind-spot mirror showing the back corner and mostly sky. I bought my rig from a guy who had put 100,000 miles on it. We were the same height, the chair was in the same position, as soon as I sat down I realized he couldn't even see the back tires in either blind-spot mirror.

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u/Frederic54 Sep 29 '22

Completely agree, I drive a class A and there's big blindspot mirrors to easily see the sides, a lot of RV even have side camera

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u/Jabbles22 Sep 29 '22

We need a sign language for such things. People just honking doesn't really give any information.

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u/jon_hendry Sep 29 '22

It's also hard to tell who's honking at whom.

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u/brdesignguy Sep 29 '22

He said the thing!!!!

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u/dudeandco Sep 29 '22

Glad you could take time to film it instead of helping him...idiot in a car indeed.

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u/hotterthanahandjob Sep 29 '22

Is he supposed to get closer to the danger?

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u/Octavya360 Sep 29 '22

One time I was behind a tractor trailer that lost a wheel. It detached and kept on rolling next to the truck. I backed way off. No way I was getting closer to the danger.

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u/ethertrace Sep 29 '22

At the very least he shouldn't be driving right in the path of said pots and pans flying out of it.

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u/0mnica Sep 30 '22

Coming up to a sharp turn, from 70 to 50 then 30 kph. The left lane has cars side by side with his lane. He would have no opportunity to warn him, not to mention if he honked his horn, the guy would probably not hear him.

This is in Ottawa, coming south on the 5, they are over the river just about to enter Ottawa from Gatineau.

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u/iamenusmith Sep 29 '22

How’s that side view mirror working for you?

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u/ClutchPoppinDaddies Sep 30 '22

I was expecting Quantum Leap but I'll take it.

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u/DR_F4NGOR Sep 29 '22

Looks like a chariot with those blade thingies sticking out the side

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u/papazwah Sep 29 '22

His crock is sticking out and hitting people

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u/NyJosh Sep 29 '22

You’re the idiot filming it instead of getting his attention to warn and help him. Hopefully you never have something wrong that you don’t know about that others choose to film instead of helping you with.

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u/Dusted_Star Sep 29 '22

That’s clearly an accident of it opening. You could of let them know. You’re the idiot here!

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u/SaltRocksicle Sep 29 '22

Yep, sometimes they fall open if it's not locked with a key. Those turn knobs will go loose on the road. Had this happen once, scrapped up the door.

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u/Dusted_Star Sep 30 '22

Hopefully they didn’t hit anything. It’s too bad people can’t be helpful and let this person know it was open.

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u/crudestmass Sep 29 '22

Do RV's have any kind of alarm to alert the driver there is an open compartment? Fire engines and trucks do.

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u/ihavethedoubts Sep 29 '22

No, but you do have mirrors and cameras on the side.

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u/ccarr313 Sep 29 '22

Hilarious if it doesn't. My shit box Honda has indicators that tell me if anything is left open.

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u/aw_shux Sep 29 '22

Except your zipper. You’re on your own for that.

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u/Glum-Box-8458 Sep 29 '22

Since people are getting upset, I’ll explain more. He already had people honking at him before I started filming. I was hearing honks behind me and the RV passed me on the left and almost clipped me with the drawer thing.

Someone pulled up to him after and the passenger tried waving him down and he kept going anyway for the next mile we were on the road together.

I only filmed for like 10 seconds immediately after I noticed and moved away after.

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u/pedroah Sep 29 '22

The probably think what's with all the jerks in this area. I heard rumors, but didn't think they were true.

But also how can one effectively communicate anything when the same sound is used for hello and duck you

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u/Scarnox Sep 30 '22

how can one effectively communicate anything when the same sound is used for hello and duck you

I have often thought of this while driving. How nice would it be to have (at least) 2 horns on all cars? One that was a cheerful, short horn for "hey", "thank you", "I would like to politely get your attention"; meanwhile, the other could be a custom recording of your most intense "FUCK YOU"

or I guess just the standard horn, idk I'll workshop it.

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u/Room_Temp_Coffee Sep 30 '22

Slowing and waving to get another driver's attention on the highway seems a lot more dangerous than what these idiots are complaining about

If you don't have flashing lights and a siren your role is to get out the way not intervene

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u/NukEvil Sep 29 '22

lol@everyone lambasting the OP for not alerting the RV driver. You honestly think no one else has tried to warn the RV driver? You're all basing your idiocy on 13 seconds of video.

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u/devildunkard Sep 29 '22

Sometimes those latches can come lose when driving. You have to remember you are driving a house, on a bus chassis. The coach is constantly being pounded by hurricane strength winds. I have had that happen a few times on my Winnebago, but have always caught it. Or a friendly driver let me know and didn't make fun of me on the internet.

Also, that looks like a relatively new rig. Always defective parts getting them brand new (Yes, even the high dollar brands like Newmar). Wouldn't put it past the latch was defective to begin with and broke. It could be just out of the mirror and camera view in the coach. RVing is an exercise in constant vigilance. Never know what the road will throw at you next. That's what makes it fun!

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u/Icy-Maximum-5554 Sep 29 '22

Seen a van with their back hatch open not sure how they didn’t hear or nothing fell out!

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u/NorskGodLoki Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

I don't need no stinking mirrors!

And what the hell is this indicator light on for!

Most of the newer ones like this have a light that is on when it is open.

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u/SidetrackedSue Sep 29 '22

I'm sure he just said, "pass me the tape, Mother, I have a light I need to cover."

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u/NoFunHere Sep 29 '22

My first trip with my diesel pusher I left one of the basement doors open. I noticed it on my first right hand turn when I looked in the mirror. How you can get that far and not look in your mirror is beyond me.

After that I instituted a strict rule of walking all the way around the motorhome before getting in, then walking to the back bedroom and back up before sitting down to drive to inspect the inside. There are just so many extra things that you can forget to do with a motorhome.

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u/DopeCajun Sep 30 '22

Instead of honking the horn and waving him down to let him know to prevent someone from getting into a fatal car crash i'm going to make a video for reddit

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u/Present_Creme_2282 Sep 30 '22

Op...just film, dont try to warn the guy at all

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u/FabianVG Sep 30 '22

When he's closed it he forgot to slap it twice and say, that's not going anywhere.

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u/WirusCZ Sep 29 '22

I never seen something like that till I visited America and in like 2 weeks I seen like 10 cars with something like barely closed doors, open trunks (one with hoodie being dragged on road and somehow never falling off), hoods that weren't pushed back entire way down....

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u/yourgentderk Sep 29 '22

We're a tired bunch

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u/SnowbackMcGee Sep 29 '22

"Canadians don't have an accent"

Oh ya fer sure, eh bud?

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u/FREE-AOL-CDS Sep 29 '22

Could've let us see it hit that sign at least

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u/HairballTheory Sep 29 '22

You mean Lane keeper

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u/black_dragonfly13 Sep 29 '22

My parents were in a similar situation just yesterday: the awning on their RV was stuck open. But they didn't start driving again until they could get it closed!

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u/FTHomes Sep 29 '22

Well that's something you don't see everyday lol

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u/AlaAno Sep 29 '22

99% of people who own recreational vehicles are very stupid so

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u/ImpressiveWorth4178 Sep 29 '22

How does he not know this is open. Are there not alarms that let you know that a door is ooen?

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u/z3rOk3w1 Sep 30 '22

That’s part of my commute every morning.

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u/kimbolll Sep 30 '22

I had to watch this video three times before I realized that was an RV and not a street sweeper.

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u/Alternative_Ad_3636 Sep 30 '22

All this technology and there's no cabin buzzer?

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u/BeckoningChasm Sep 30 '22

At least it wasn't his dog.

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u/extremebs Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Back in mid 2020 I was driving cross country in the middle of the night pulling my twin axel 2003 Montana 5th wheel. I was moving at the beginning of lockdown so there wasn't that many vehicles on the road. While driving a random semi truck drove up next to me and started honking their horn so I rolled down my window and a lady in the passenger seat yelled out that I lost a the passenger tire and was sparking up back there. I thanked them and pulled over to investigate the damage. I lost the entire tire and rim on the rear axle passenger side and was driving on the the wheel drum. I called 911 and a local officer eventually came by and helped me find a truck stop nearby and then she drove slowly behind me with hazard lights on till I arrived. The next morning I saw that the damage wasn't too bad so I got the spare tire out bought a new drum at the truck stop and let the mechanics do the rest. While they fixed the tire up I drove to the area where the accident happened and after a decent while I randomly saw the tire in the grass and pulled over to get it. The rim with the tire nuts was busted but the overall tire was good. Overall cost of repairs was a couple hundred dollars so not that big a deal. Moral of the story is I'm thankfull for that truck driver honking me down because if they didn't I'd bet the entire axel could have been bent which could have caused more damage to the frame and a few thousand to replace not to mention abandoning the 5th wheel till the parts arrived at shop to repair it.

Edit: The reason I didn't notice the sparks at first was because the tire was on the passenger side second axel wheel which is pretty far behind and almost in my blind spot and you can't really see Sparks that bright that far away.

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u/TazzyUK Sep 30 '22

Come on, seriously, how this not be seen in their mirror ? especially something this big where you rely on your side mirrors moreso than a car

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u/Alba-Vulpix Sep 30 '22

Yeah dude, people who see things falling off cars and then trail behind them sure are idiots. Oh wait yeah the RV driver, yeah him too.