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Old 10-14-2018, 07:41 PM   #1
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You just can't make this stuff up....

So we finally picked up our RV from the dealer after exactly 3 months. The aqua-hot wasn't working but I was determined to go riding so I was taking the RV come hell or high water.

On the way there, we come across this sign pictured. I figured okay, 10' wide lane, 8.5' wide RV, we're good.

What I didn't think about was the angle of the entrance to the bridge, with a 41' RV and a 25' trailer (and 5' tongue), as I straightened out to go over the bridge, it was clear the trailer was not parallel to the bridge.

Part of the problem is at 10' wide, you have a foot and a half to split but then the exhaust for the generator and aqua-hot stick out.

Long story short, I tried to back off the bridge only to push the RV up against the cement bridge. At one point, I had the left front hubcap grinding on the cement and at the same time, the left rear side marker light on the RV was against the cement. How the hell nothing else touched is beyond me.

I opened the driver's door to evaluate the situation (it was midnight, dark as hell) and I had to walk on a 10" wide cement beam that was literally against the RV. I felt like I was walking on a ledge in a movie and didn't want to look down. (it was only 20' into a creek)

The only thing I could think of was one of our members on here said when that happens, stay cool, judge the situation and do whatever it takes to get you out.

It took 20 minutes to maneuver the RV back and forth what little room I had but other than a center cap on a wheel and a side marker lens, I virtually came out unscathed.

I'm starting to see a correlation with big rigs and going to places you've never been. Side roads my ass....

EDIT: On the bright side, my aqua-hot decided to start working... unfortunately, something must still be wrong with it. With the burners completely off, there is still air blowing out of the exhaust. It's not hot air like when it's running, it's just air. Weird.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:21 PM   #2
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:24 PM   #3
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You seem to go where no man has gone before. "Tongue and cheek " hope you dont have too much damage.
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:12 PM   #4
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Glad you made it out of it with a cool head. Sorry for the damage.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:23 PM   #5
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I don't even know what to say.... Just glad it was not too bad. I also know my time is coming sooner or later.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:48 AM   #6
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Note to self.....If camping anywhere with Orange Crush don't let him lead Glad you got out with little damage
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:32 PM   #7
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My first time towing a 5th Wheel, I didn't account for the different pivot point and need to take corners later than with ball hitch. Took out a telephone junction box in a campground. OOOPs.

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Old 10-15-2018, 01:41 PM   #8
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I'd venture to guess that at 71' overall length you were over the legal limit for 2 vehicle combined length.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:34 PM   #9
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As for the Aqua Hot pumping cold air, thatís normal for burner start up. After that the igniter start and Diesel oil start. Since your unit failed to start, and now fan only Iíd suggest check the logic box attached to the blower motor. Itís hermetically sealed so youíll need the help of a A/H dealer. Mine failed about 3 years old. It controls all timing and switching of the boiler logic.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:31 PM   #10
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Aqua Hot - and humor

I enjoyed the humorous post, though I cringed as I imagined myself in a similar situation. Having driven two different 43' diesel coaches towing a chevy suburban I can relate to the scary adventures being almost 70' going down the road. I'm a little shorter now driving this 32' forester towing a Dodge Durango, but I'm still close to 60' and it requires caution in town.

As for cringeworthy experiences, I still shudder when I recall my experience crossing the Throg's Neck bridge from CT over into Long Island. My Truck Garmin directed me to take the Cross Island Parkway when I could just as well have taken the Clearview Expwy. BIG MISTAKE. The bridges on the Pkwy are not rated for 12.5' high motorhomes. Scared the crap out of me. I managed to emerge unscathed thanks to the guidance of some good Samaritan tow truck driver, who guided me cautiously at 5 mph under two bridges to reach the next exit. Chalk that one up to one of my scariest motorhome experiences, though I had several other misjudgments that cost me a trip or two to the body shop. It was a learning experience.

As for the Aqua Hot. I know it is new, but I learned from owning several that annual maintenance is worth its weight in gold. Be SURE you use an authorized AqH service center (see their website) but even there not all AqH techs are created equal. I always tried to be in a place to catch John Carrillo ( to have mine serviced... he is the best there is. Also this forum can provide excellent advice:
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