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Old 08-23-2013, 06:22 AM   #15
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Our favorite route to southwest Idaho is via an underpass in the Texas panhandle that is labeled 13'6". I went under it with my gasser, and ducked as I did, but don't think I will try it with my Anthem that claims 12'1". You can never tell when the county commissioner's cousin resurfaced the road.
Is that in Amarillo because if it is we made it thru this July. Marked 13'6" no problem.
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Yes, as I recall it was north of Amarillo, near Dalhart or Dumas.

Good to know you cleared it; it is the best route to southwest Idaho, we go 2-3 times a year.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:14 PM   #17
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Yes, as I recall it was north of Amarillo, near Dalhart or Dumas.

Good to know you cleared it; it is the best route to southwest Idaho, we go 2-3 times a year.
If you going North in Amarillo on Filmore ( well let's hope you're going North, it's one way) where you cross under the tracks it's 13' IIRC. Better to take Buchanan, both get you the same place, one is business 87 the other business 287 I think. Dalhart also has a low one but Filmore in Amarillo looks worse. Made it thru both though so you should be good to go.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #18
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We spend the night at Amarillo Ranch when we go that direction. First time out we went west from there all the way to Gallup. Next we went north on I-27 then connected with 287. Last time south we saw a better route to the east side of Amarillo, I can't recall right now what it was but it hit I-40 just east of Amarillo Ranch.

The people at Amarillo Ranch recognize us (because of the dogs) and can't believe as much as we've been there we turn down the free shuttle to Big Tex. I went to Amarillo every 30-45 days on business for 5 years. The only thing I would be interested in is Sutphen's BBQ but for 2 problems; they closed a couple years ago and I don't gorge that way anymore. :-)
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #19
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Hi IRV2 Friends,

Kinda reminds us of
Dirty Harry's famous line...

You've gotta ask
yourself a question:
"Do I feel lucky?"
~~~


We were cruising east on
Interstate-70
in Colorado.
Now you'd think that
all the interstates would
meet a federal minimum
clearance height for bridges
and tunnels, yes ?!

We happened
upon these
innocent-looking
warning signs
about 8 miles west
of the Loveland Pass..



So, we thought, okay...
"Did We Feel Lucky Today?"

Nah !!

Took the turn off to US 6
and did the incredibly scenic
and high-altitude Loveland Pass
tunnel bypass route...


...and even though we
were pretty fully loaded,
Mr. Cummins' sturdy
450-HP ISL engine
cruised right up to
two-miles high with
all those twists and
turns without
nary a wimper.

Detouring here probably
added ~ thirty minutes
to our journey but
definitely worth it
for the
breath-taking scenery
and
"overhead"
peace-of-mind.


It also turns out
that if you missed those
two small warnings signs,
the actual tunnels
don't appear to
have the standard
obstruction height
signs on the tunnel
entrances (from this
online stock photo...)


So, yes we are
very conservative
always observing
an absolute 14'
minimum clearance height.
After all, this RVing
gig is supposed to be fun !!

Don't think this
coach driver was
having much fun...
ouch.


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Yep, the counter weight on a raising bridge got him. He was beyond the first barrier gate as I recall.
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Update to this post. I just measured my coach from the ground to the roof. 135". The Winegard web site says the satellite antenna is 12.9" so 13" plus 136" (added an 1.1" for good measure) is 149" or 12.41 ft.

The 12.11 in the book scared me a little. I do have a 2014 with the new airs.

13.5 overpasses should not be an issue since its really over a foot lower. Other than the antenna slapping the roof.
On the trip back from Ruidoso at 84 and I-20 the East bound bridge was damaged and it was shut down. There was a detour but I turned under the first underpass I saw. Never even thought about the bridge height. I got lucky but it was close. I did not see how high it was but the FM antenna drug all the way through.

Just FYI

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News for an old thread about RV height

I know I am wary of any bridge or obstacle under 14 ft, especially when you see new pavement under it. Check out this height measuring "sonar" gadget. Maybe it'd be cheap insurance for a $250-450K rig?



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