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Old 12-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #15
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Crop Duster-- If your talking about the bridge over the Sabine River on Texas state road 63 between Jasper, tx and Louisiana state road 8 to Leesville, La. Then this bridge is posted at 12' . There are 3 or 4 signs warning 12 foot clearance for miles before the bridge. In reality, it is only 12 foot clearance along the upper corners of the bridge due to corner gussets on the metal frame. My Motorhome is 12'2" to the top of the Satellite dome and I have used this bridge 4 times now. I have seen 13' Logging trucks use this bridge. Just stay in the middle and go slow so you don,t bounce to much and your 12' foot rig will clear.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:32 PM   #16
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Try the AllStays RV app. It is great. Has bridge heights and everything else. $9.99 on Google play. Well worth it.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:53 PM   #17
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You may have built them but I am surveyed them and they DO settle and more than an inch or two!
I too am a surveyor, included in bridge building, And did over 2 years of nothing but bridge inspections for the Feds to get a handle on our failing infrastructure,over 2200 bridges, large and small and NEVER encountered a settlement problem. If it settles it will fall.
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Try the AllStays RV app. It is great. Has bridge heights and everything else. $9.99 on Google play. Well worth it.
Rusty, can you use the app as a gps?
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Rand McNally RV GPS has clearance tables built in to it. I have not traveled under a low bridge in my Motor home after I bought it. I did use it in a rental car at an airport one time. When I was driving the car back to the parking lot the GPS showed a low clearance warning. I looked for what it could be and there was a pedestrian bridge going across the road and it was showing it was a low clearance for an RV. I thought that if it had pedestrian bridges at air ports in the Data Table then I am not going to worry about highway bridges being in there. I realize that bridges that were incorrectly posted will be incorrect in the data table but I will cross under that bridge when I come to it.
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I too am a surveyor, included in bridge building, And did over 2 years of nothing but bridge inspections for the Feds to get a handle on our failing infrastructure,over 2200 bridges, large and small and NEVER encountered a settlement problem. If it settles it will fall.
By the look of the bridge in the earlier post, I think it must be one you missed. I would be worried about pieces of the over head coming loose or falling off.
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Yes, It has all kinds of parameters you can check off to include. Such as dump station, Walmart, one way streets, independent campgrounds, state parks, beaches etc. It will give you campground web sites all within your search map. IMO it is very well worth the money.
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Crop duster,
Let me try to clarify. If you search for a campground you can put in all sorts of parameters such as Elks Lodge, or military or Walmart overnight. And also add height: limits such as bridges 7 to 8 feet 8 to 10 feet or more . Once you find a campground you keep checking off parameters that you would like to include in your search. It will help you find a campground and keep you on the best route possible.
Does that make any sense?
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Ok, Don't want to give any bad information. Answer is No it does not have GPS, but whatever you enter, it will tell you where it is such as every low bridge 7-8 feet in whatever state you are searching. Guess I'm not real good at explaining, but try it. You'll like it.
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BobGed--I stand corrected, it is posted 12'3" not 12'. I know my rig is 12'2" and I have been across that bridge 4 times over the past 3 years. I stay in the middle so I don,t have to worry about the gussets. One time a car waited for me to pass before he started across the bridge. DW hates this bridge.
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The American Independent Truckers Association, Inc., used to have a web site with all the states low clearances......
The AITA restructured their website a while back, but all the info is still there. Go to America's Independent Truckers' Association: Information select your state of interest, then select "Low Clearance/Bridge Heights/Restricted Rules". Any clearance they're aware of lower than 13' 6" is listed. The site also lists truck stops and rest areas, by state.
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Rand McNally RV GPS has clearance tables built in to it. I have not traveled under a low bridge in my Motor home after I bought it. I did use it in a rental car at an airport one time. When I was driving the car back to the parking lot the GPS showed a low clearance warning. I looked for what it could be and there was a pedestrian bridge going across the road and it was showing it was a low clearance for an RV. I thought that if it had pedestrian bridges at air ports in the Data Table then I am not going to worry about highway bridges being in there. I realize that bridges that were incorrectly posted will be incorrect in the data table but I will cross under that bridge when I come to it.
I bought a Rand McNally GPS in July, 2012. In Oct, 2012 it tried to run me under an 11ft bridge in NJ-- an old, old stone arch RR bridge that had been there for a hundred years. Haven't trusted it since.

Now I check planned routes in the AITA website, and visually scan it in Google Maps, Sat view. As soon as I see an 18-wheeler, I know I'm good.
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