"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pull Over an RV (and save his power cord)

The project:
Catch the attention of the driver of a pickup pulling a fifth wheel at 60 mph; "talk" him into pulling over; tell him about the live power cord that was dragging on the ground.

5 minutes max

Why bother?
This heavy, black cord connecting the trailer to the truck was the charging cord. It probably had some pretty decent power going through it at times, and I figured a short ('caused by dragging) could prove dangerous for them at some point. Plus, the cord's anywhere from $50 to $200 to replace. I'd sure want someone to flag ME down!

Worth it?

Though, through our closed windows and theirs, I tried to communicate that there was a problem with the trailer, the driver and passenger were baffled. I pulled ahead of them, then pulled off at the first safe place. They were slow to roll down their window as I walked back, but, boy, the look of surprise on the driver's face when I told him, and the smile and thanks that followed (plus just knowing I may have saved them a hassle and some bucks down the road) were well worth it.

Photo courtesy Jeremy Brooks under Creative Commons license.

1 comment:

  1. As another RVer I thank you for this act of kindness! There are so many little things like that to go wrong with an RV. wish someone had told us about the TV antenna being up-twice!


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