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Old 10-07-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Wal-mart parking entrance hazard

So, I'm pulling my Windjammer into the Shreveport LA Wal-mart on W Port Ave to do some shopping for supplies, my cousin is behind me in a Forest River 5th Wheel... I'm worming my way thru typical mid-day traffic at a long entrance driveway with left/right side traffic coming from several directions as the lane also goes past the fuel pumps area, some people are courteous and give us room to make turns in to clear curbs and them.

I go in first, busy using rear view mirrors and watching all around to clear moving cars and curb. Hurry Ray, hurry, watch that car there, and that one too, miss the one trying to go around you, go, go, turn, made it!!! In a bit, my cousin is coming in... wham, bam, crunch, grind... their A/C's are smacked and roof vents cracked across their tops!!!

As we look back, we see it, an overhead barrier with iron I-beams hanging from chains. I never saw it as I came in because I was too busy paying attention to all the left/right/front/behind traffic, and obviously my cousin didn't either. We notice that a tree partly obscures the contraption too as you're driving in past the fuel pump area to the right at the entrance.

We learn they have them at all three entrances. My bumper pull just cleared it, a fifth wheel is in trouble. No big warning signs, no big flashing hazzard lights, just better be looking up and see the 12' warning on it. Well, I never noticed the contraption itself much less the text printed on it.

Now aware, we go back and take a picture when there is a short break in the traffic so we can stand in the driveway...
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Man that bites!
Sorry about that!

But that sucker is bright yellow!

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Old 10-07-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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That's rough. I never saw barriers at any of the few WM's I go to.

One thing - anytime I see a yellow or any color frame like that one, I look up while applying the brakes to slow down to get the big picture.

Mr.WM will probably say that the warning signs were all there - Sorry.
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Man that bites!
Sorry about that!

But that sucker is bright yellow!

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Yep - and Yellow means Caution.
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Must be to keep the mud trucks out of the lot! Those suckers are higher than my fiver!
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:06 PM   #6
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In the calm after all the traffic is not there, and walking around the tree down the driveway, and expecting there to be some kind of barrier at a huge WM parking lot, it's true, the big yellow contraption is now obvious.

More than anything, I just didn't expect it.

As a side, there is nothing else in the lot that his fifth wheel would have hit.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:15 PM   #7
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They had them at the local Wal-Mart here in Mechanicsburg, PA several years ago. The overhead steel part is now removed with the exception of the post into the ground.

I would think there is another way around them since they need to get the tractor trailers in with deliveries.
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I would think there is another way around them since they need to get the tractor trailers in with deliveries.
There are none to the separate area behind the store for deliveries, but I noticed that you can't get to the delivery area from the regular parking lot.
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Iíve seen those on other WalMart parking lots and they are usually installed to keep trucks from overnighting on their lot. Usually the only entrance on those lots without the barrier is the one leading to the loading dock.

Your cousin has my sympathy, but as a fifth wheel owner you have to always be aware of your height. I know this is going to sound calloused but I have to say it, if your cousin didnít see that bright yellow barrier, how is he going to identify a low hanging tree branch?
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They have these barriers at many of the Wally
world stores now days in the front of the stores
to keep semi's from parking in their lots. The
delivery entance for trucks has none in the back
of the stores, these do to the fact some drivers
don't care what they leave behind in lots were
they park....
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