Danger… Low Clearance!!!

I had a close call tonight… It was time to go to the university hospital pharmacy and get the grocery sack full of pills and insulins.  Since I needed to go to the lumber yard anyway, the van was the vehicle of choice…  I wasn’t too worried about the clearance because one of the employees told me the clearance was higher in ramp 2.  I should not have listened.

I parked without incident in Ramp 2.  After getting out, it didn’t look good.  From my estimate, I was only 8 inches below the cement ceiling of the ramp.  On the way out I noticed a small hump in the conrcrete which worried me greatly.  I crept over the hump and dragged the fan-tastic dome over the concrete overhead support.  What a horrible noise!

After getting out, I could find no damage other than a rather small scuff.  That was pure luck.  I learned when in doubt, don’t park in the ramp!  Tomorrow I plan to call the facilities people and see if any of the other three ramps have a higher clearance… If not, fu** it… I’ll walk in from an outside parking lot…  Oh well.

The final wall is up and now I am building a bulkhead.  There was so much progress today!  Update – today, 4/22/2011, I found a parking ramp near where I shop.  The lowest level has a really high ceiling. The other levels have much less clearance.  Fortunately, most ramps are marked so at least you have fair warning!

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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