Oops Rouen Underpass

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  1. bigmillie

    bigmillie Read Only Funster

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    Rouen (Seine-Maritime). It is a well known classic trap motorists and truckers who have to cross Rouen (Normandy) through the city center. But the hoppers are always surprising. This Monday, March 5, earlier this afternoon, an RV was engulfed in the hopper, located at street level of Répblique ... And it is embedded.



    http://www.paris-normandie.fr/actu/rouen-un-camping-car-bloque-sous-une-tremie
     

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    That is the pits. The height sign is clearly visible overhead.
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    Well it is not the first or the last

    Well it is not the first or I suspect the last.. at least it was not a UK motorhome.. I cannot understand how people get caught here. If they took the trouble to check a map and say Google earth and follow the route.. it goes round this problem.. My satellite has never (any of the three I have) taken me in to the town.. It is the third exit after you come out of the long down hill tunnel and that then crosses over the top of the main road and runs down with the river on the right.. you cross over by bridge a few miles down. Done it dozens of times over the years both ways.. never an issue.

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    Deserves every thing he gets......Nowt wrong with the Mk. 1 eyeball !:Doh::Doh::Doh:

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    I did the same ( well not quite as bad) in one of the tunnels a few years ago.

    It's easier to do than madblumad thinks
     
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    We have ended up in the railway sidings a few times.
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    I didn't say it was easy. If you wanna have a go at me for something then that's fine but don't misquote me.
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    Bit daft to get stuck, I know they're not well signposted in advance but to keep going when its so obvious that you won't get under is plain daft.
    I have gone as far as going down the slope and had to back up, but only once. In a large vehicle you must know the measurements of your vehicle, perhaps he thought he was less than 2.8m.
     
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    Not having a go at you at all. You referred to it as 'the pits' cos there was a sign overhead.

    When we did it there was a road closure which meant we couldn't take the usual road. We drove round Rouen at rush hour and found ourselves in the wrong lane with a wall to prevent us getting into the right lane. First we knew was when a hanging height warning smashed into the mh. We had no choice but to go forward and just managed to fit under the tunnel.

    Right laugh it was - later:BigGrin:
     
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    Rubish

    I take it you have a satellite? you have a map? and a pair of eyes? .. I rest my case my honourable friend:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

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    That is not such an issue

    That is not such an issue as there is a road between the river (other side) and the railway tracks and if you follow it all the way down you can dog leg back on to the main road again.. I sometimes come back up that way to get a look at the rolling stock, being a train fan .. no not a train spotter.. as in the USA train fanning.. But to get to the train lines you will have crossed the river and it is your last chance to divert i.e first exit on the right after crossing the bridge and drop down below.

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    When I said it was the pits I meant that it was real bad luck. Us younger guys have a different language than you wrinkles, its all a part of the generation gap.
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    We made a height sign and laminated it, also has the width printed on the back in large numerals which we keep attached in the centre of the dash. I could never memorise the exact dimensions but it's easy to just glance down when approaching bridges etc.
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    Same here but its not laminated. Very large red font size.
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    if you are over 3.5 tons it is required

    If you are over 3.5 tons it is a legal requirement to have a sign in such a position that the driver can see it. I have my height, width, length and my wight plus the trailer details as well.

    Plus I have a satellite system that also records the same and while it does send me the long way round often.. I have not had an issue yet in the UK.. in France the roads (Nationals) may not have all the details, so it is a case of maps and checking the route as well as satellite and then eyes.. I do a lot of night runs when we go to France so we need to be sure well in advance that we have not got to back up 45' ... that is not a lot of fun.


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    Oh gosh! What a shame, there's so many things to think about, width, height etc:Sad:

    We managed to mis-judge the height of some flowering cherry trees in Morrisons car park in St Andrews last year:Doh: they weren't in flower and we didn't realise it until we heard the scraping of the branches against the luton cab:Blush::Blush: fortunately it was fairly soft stuff, nothing too solid.

    However, you learn by your mistakes I suppose:RollEyes:
     
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    Your 66 !!! :cry:How old do you have to be a "Wrinkly" ????:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    If you are over 3.5 tons it is a legal requirement to have a sign in such a position that the driver can see it.

    I didn't know that. You learn something new every day. Now if I had been on RVOC I would have known that woudnt I.
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    Just chancin it.
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    that would have been an expensive mistake to learn by

    That would have been an expensive mistake to make ..... anyone can get caught by the odd tree over hanging, but it is a bit different when there are warning signs hanging down and you ignore them. Do not have a lot of sympathy with people that do not look.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

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