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Old 09-28-2008
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Default Chicken little experience

We took a trip this weekend to my nieces wedding. The highway was a bit rough for a stretch where the inter-slab joints felt like inverted speed bumps along with the normal rough spots that shake the coach to its bones. When we arrived back home we unloaded and I headed up to the storage facility. I hit a rough spot on the road and suddenly something smashed into my shoulder and hit my head. At first I surmised that the sky was falling, but then realized that the sky would never penetrate a Bluebird, so it must be something else. It turned out to be the top panel from the upper area of the front overhead.

The panel is held in place with three latches (right, left and top) and a steel member on the bottom that fits into a slot. It also has two chain links to support it when it is opened. It appears that the chain on the right either fell off the hook, or was not re-attached after doing maintenance (that would be my fault), so the panel swung down on the left hand chain and slammed into me.

Needless to say I was quite startled, but I kept my cool and only uttered a few profanity interlaced phrases. I managed to keep control and pulled over while holding the panel from blocking my view with my aching shoulder.

So I guess the moral of the story is, be certain you connect both chains after maintenance work, and in such a way that they cannot fall off the hook under the normal shaking a coach experiences. Also check once in a while to see of the latches are tight and engaged. A football helmet and shoulder pads wouldn't hurt (no pun intended)
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Hi Gardner,
I have had the overhead come down on the chains several times depending on the roads.
My solution was to add gate bolts to the upper left and right sides. They blend in and provide security and no more worries.
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Bob,
Gate bolts?
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We use that panel to support our 30" LCD tv, thought it is reenforced from behind with a galvi panel. To ensure it stays in place, I throw a couple of zip ties around the center lug.
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Bob,
Gate bolts?
Yeah, if that is what they are called. Ya know, the sliding bolts that you would use on a gate. Actually look better than it sounds, I think.
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Bob,
OK, I know what you mean.
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