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Old 08-25-2016, 11:25 AM   #15
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So hopefully my RV/Truck GPS will have a setting that lets me tell it to avoid clearances below 14' - would that be "safe"?

I'm likely to be too scared to drive under ANYTHING! if you hear of traffic jams it's just me, staring at a 13'6" tunnel, paralyzed :-)
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:22 PM   #16
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13' spec height - what is lowest tunnel or bridge you will go under?

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So hopefully my RV/Truck GPS will have a setting that lets me tell it to avoid clearances below 14' - would that be "safe"?

I'm likely to be too scared to drive under ANYTHING! if you hear of traffic jams it's just me, staring at a 13'6" tunnel, paralyzed :-)

Overkill, me thinks!
Trucks are 13 to 13.5 feet. If they can do it, I have no worries. And we travel on non-freeway roads most of the time.
With RVs for the last 25 years, I have only encountered one unmarked bridge height. We were on a dirt road where we really didn't belong.
I don't have a truck \ RV GPS. And I am not worried.
After you get more road time, it will be a minor issue.
Enjoy the ride, read the signs, relax, and let the Journey be Your Destination
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:18 PM   #17
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We just had our MADP weighed by the Escapees Smartweigh.....
They also measured the coach with their measuring tool. We noted their tool's horizontal arm was less than 90 degrees so I think they were building in a small fudge factor, but our spec is 12'8" and they came up with 13'3" which is higher than we'd have guessed..........,

We ran into a similar thing. Smartweigh does add a fudge factor. The annoying thing to me was that they weren't planning to tell me.
I had estimated my total height based on Newmar specs plus my TV dome. I figured 12'6". When we got weighed at Livingston she wrote 13'1" on the sheet. I was surprised, said I didn't think it was that high. She said "Well we always add 6" for safety". I told her thank you much, but I'd rather just know exactly how high my coach is, and I can decide on my own safety factor.


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Our specs say 12'6", our barn door is exactly 13' high ... with the approach ramp, the satellite dome clears by about 1/2" ... wasn't sure it was going to actually clear the first time I parked the coach in there ... stopped part way in and climbed up there to measure it On a level road, I don't worry too much about anything posted over 13', unless I see signs of repaving, etc.
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Overkill, me thinks!
Trucks are 13 to 13.5 feet. If they can do it, I have no worries. And we travel on non-freeway roads most of the time.
With RVs for the last 25 years, I have only encountered one unmarked bridge height. We were on a dirt road where we really didn't belong.
I don't have a truck \ RV GPS. And I am not worried.
After you get more road time, it will be a minor issue.
Enjoy the ride, read the signs, relax, and let the Journey be Your Destination
I might have an occasional "drama llama" moment, I admit :-)

We are planning on using an IRV2-recommended instructor and taking the two person, 6-HR per day course, so hopefully he can talk me down from my wimpiness :-)

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So hopefully my RV/Truck GPS will have a setting that lets me tell it to avoid clearances below 14' - would that be "safe"?

I'm likely to be too scared to drive under ANYTHING! if you hear of traffic jams it's just me, staring at a 13'6" tunnel, paralyzed :-)

Stripe..... Be cautious as to your degree of trust in the so-called RV GPS. They are only as reliable as the cheapest database they're willing to pay for. Don't ask how I learned this.
My GPS went into a drawer 3.5 years ago. I know how to read a map and a road sign, so I don't rely on some programmer in Palo Alto or Shanghai to tell me what lane to get in.
I check my own route with two sources:
1) The AITA (America's Independent Truckers' Association) maintains a very good website of information, most of which is public. [Thanks, AITA!!]. Check www.aitaonline.com. Select "Information" from the menu bar, then select the state you want. When that comes up, select "Low Clearance, Bridge Restrictions", and you're home. They list every known clearance less than 13'6" on every road and street.
2) If my desired route is Interstate or US Highway, I know that clearance will likely not be an issue. I check AITA anyway, particularly on US Highways. If I'm going onto smaller state or county routes, I also scan the road using Google Maps in the Sat Photo mode. If I see any 18-wheelers in the pic, I know I'm good to go. If not, I make a judgement based on the appearance of the road condition. Most rural roads in farm country are clear, as they don't want to impede the movement of farm equipment.


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