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Old 06-16-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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We are in Niagra getting ready to head home to Maryland in a few days. We are driving a 37' MH & towing. I believe my height is 12'8". Touring around in the car we have noticed a number of low height bridges in NY. What is the best way to know our route is safe from this? Thanks, appreciate any help.
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Truckers Atlas at most major truck stops. They list all low overpasses.
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=cj.mann;2606728]We are in Niagra getting ready to head home to Maryland in a few days. We are driving a 37' MH & towing. I believe my height is 12'8". Touring around in the car we have noticed a number of low height bridges in NY. What is the best way to know our route is safe from this? Thanks, appreciate any help.
in NY stay off all parkways, have rounded bridges passing over them
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We came to a bridge posted at 13'2". Talk about sweating it for a while, we are 12'8 also! But you the Truckers Atlas is a good tool, and so is several RV friendly GPS models. They will warn you of low bridges
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:53 AM   #5
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........ What is the best way to know our route is safe from this? Thanks, appreciate any help.
The American Independent Truckers Assn has a very useful website, and many thanks to them for making it public! Check America's Independent Truckers' Association - Information and select "Low Clearance" from the menu. They list everything lower than 13'-6", by state.

Something else I do when traveling off the interstates: I scan a potential route in the Google Map satellite photo mode. If you see any 18-wheelers on your desired route, you're good to go.

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If you are running navigation/planning software, go the the Discovery Owners site and download the overlay to low clearances. Then it will be there when you set up the route.

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we use a GPS that is for RV's and trucks that will warn you or steer you around them.
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we use a GPS that is for RV's and trucks that will warn you or steer you around them.

macantic, and any others relying on GPS......... Just be aware that these specialty GPSes are only as good as the data their producers are willing to pay for. I stopped using my special RV tailored Rand McNally three years ago after it tried to lead my 12ft 6in coach under an 11ft railroad arch in NJ. That's why I check things myself now.


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macantic, and any others relying on GPS......... Just be aware that these specialty GPSes are only as good as the data their producers are willing to pay for. I stopped using my special RV tailored Rand McNally three years ago after it tried to lead my 12ft 6in coach under an 11ft railroad arch in NJ. That's why I check things myself now.


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That truckers site is great, just printed out the low passes for the states I will be violating over the next two weeks!!!!
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Just returned from RI, we took Rt. 287 around NYC. the Garden State Parkway has a few low bridges.
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Its a good idea to also google earth a bridge if using the Trucker site. As an example it lists a low clearance in PA on Rt 19 south of I-80. That bridge is now brand new and the steel frame isd now gone.
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Just one word of advice. Had a friend traveling during the winter. He checked all low wires going into an area and assumed it was OK on the way out, except they had plowed and packed snow at the end of a road which raised him up just enough and he took out some wires.

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I purchased a lifetime subscription to Low Clearance POI - GPS Data

I added it on top of my Garmin data as POIs.

Early testing shows good, have not tested rigorously in areas that have numerous low clearances.

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