Don't drive over mattresses on th road.

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 07:56
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These pictures came to me as an e-mail. They may have been around for a while.

Judging by the tyre that is visible & its size, I would assume it's a FWD on the hoist.

I've seen a similar situation occur with wire netting, after a travelling friend drove over an old fence line partially covered by drift sand. Though nowhere near as bad, we still had a fun time cutting it off with side-cutters and pliers.

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Anyway folks, enjoy, though the owner wouldn't be having much joy, eh?

Dick
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Reply By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:10

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:10
Strewth that's another worry for me. Now I'll me thinking about that at night as I toss and turn in bed.

Seriously though that would not be fun. As someone who uses a tractor to slash grass (think big lawn mower), I can vouch for the power of things that get wound around the pto and for me that's just grass and the occassional piece of fencing wire.

This mattress though is really something else. I'm wondering IF when it first happens if one reverses, would it help get it off the shaft? I suspect not as that much wire tends to lock into itself and kind of 'does a python' on the shaft.

Probably not that big a deal getting it off with an angle grinder (we all have a spare one of those when travelling).
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:31

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:31
Judging by the oil that is visible I'd say the seals on the diff. have been ripped out.

That would compound the problem.

D.
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Reply By: ross - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:40

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:40
Why the hell didnt they stop until it got that bad?
Looks like 4wd to me because of the diff size


Why did the peoples faces have to be hidden?
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 10:40

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 10:40
ross - "Why did the peoples faces have to be hidden?"

Good question. Do you suspect something?

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Follow Up By: ross - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 15:47

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 15:47
Ony internet paranoia
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Follow Up By: ross - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 16:10

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 16:10
or they maybe Greenies who planted the mattress there and have come back to view the damage.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:57

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:57
Hi Dick

The photos pasted in this thread now make their 3rd(or 4th) appearance on this site.

Either you find it yourself whilst surfing the www or some friend sends it to you. Then you think Ah! I must post this on ExplorOz as it must be new. Sadly it isn't new. That is the trouble with cutting and pasting.

I am sure that you have many experiences to share which are new and fresh so that we may all share in them.

I only wish that I had bothered to take a photo after I had run over an old fallen down barbed wire fence in the long grass near Wombungi Outstation NT some years back. Took about an hour lying in the wet grass cutting the wire away.


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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:27

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:27
Willem,

That may well be so. But I don't think it does any harm to periodically post photos etc. on this site as a reminder for people such as I.

I've only been a member for a short time.

And really mate... this could be a safety issue and well...safety?

Dick
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:45

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:45
Dick


How many mattresses do you see lying around on the road?

I made a comment only. There is nothing wrong with posting pics within the content of a thread on this site. I do so often. You may be a new member and that's great, but please be aware that this site has been going since 2001 with more than 66000 posts, so many things have been covered already.
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:31

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:31
Willem,


How many mattresses do you see lying around on the road?

Not many!, but i do know of one that sat in the middle of the pacific hwy over here for about ten mins....it came adrift off the back of my ute. hahahahahahaha.


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Follow Up By: Chicken Eater - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 14:17

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 14:17
Thanks for posting this. I haven't seen it before.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:45

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:45
Good morning
That is the main reason you can't take a mattress to the tip.The tip owners are responsible for the road and tipping area. It dose a lot of damage to the vehicle.
Anyway, who in their rite mind would run over a mattress on the road.?
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 23:26

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 23:26
MUZBRY (Vic)

"That is the main reason you can't take a mattress to the tip". Is this true?

In the next few weeks I'm probably going to have to try to get rid of 3 mattresses. If I can't take them to the tip what am I supposed to do with them? Toss them on the road I suppose.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 10:13

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 10:13
Friend of mine drove his cruiser through spear grass that had creaper vine hidden in it..... it brought him to a complete stop within meters.... four and a half hours later with 2 people taking turns to cut it free, he was able to drive out of there.

It wasn't something he or anybody else considered as a possability.

Not a lot of fun.
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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:29

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:29
Richard

If you look at my rig photograph you will see a ute parked next to the Prado. That day we were plagued by punctures and thought the worst was over.

While waiting for our support aircraft to land, the mate noticed another puncture. I also noticed wire hanging below the rear diff and crawled under to have look.

There was wire everywhere. It took us 1.5 hours to finally cut it free. At a guess I reckon he picked it up when we drove through an abandoned out station.

To make matters worse, the mate discovered his spare rim wouldn’t fit the car.

Regards

Kim


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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 14:34

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 14:34
Seems this pic has been up a few times i would like to know where i can buy a pair of those black safety glasses the guys are wearing !
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 23:52

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 23:52
At the black safety glasses shop of course. :-))
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 08:58

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 08:58
Thanks a lot for posting that mattress series..I have not seen it before so it has real impact. Got to watch out for drunks lying on the road also at night. Someone we know ran over one near Dalby once. Police found out he did'nt kill the vertical one as the car in front had done that trick. Makes me wonder! Why don't diesel locos have cow catchers like the steamers did.Must be some strange logic there somewhere.
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