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Old 05-17-2016, 09:50 PM   #1
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Roads to avoid when towing a trailer

I'm new to RVing. Just got a Winnebago Minnie 2451BHS and on the drive home from the dealer my GPS routed me through the Merritt Parkway. While on the parkway I noticed a low bridge which had a sign calling out 8'8" max height and I knew the TT is 10'4"

Luckily, there was an exit right before the bridge and I managed to get off the parkway and find my way through side roads to get on the freeway.

How do you plan your routes? How can I know what GPS suggestions to avoid?
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Good Sam/ Rand McNally has a gps that you put your RV size in the info and that is taken into account when it routes you
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I can set my height, weight, and length in mine. It even warns low ground clearance, I still like to take a peak at my trucker's atlas and verify the route is o.k. for trucks.
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:22 AM   #4
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A couple of options available.
Get a GPS designed for truck and RV. I use the Rand McNally RV GPS but there are others just as good.
Allstays Truck and RV app for IOS and Android will show low clearances.
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I got the Allstars app and it is really good. I could find the clearances for our route and overnight stops on I80. Are the RV spots at interstate rest stops safe? Should I look for campgrounds along the route?
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I'm new to RVing. Just got a Winnebago Minnie 2451BHS and on the drive home from the dealer my GPS routed me through the Merritt Parkway. While on the parkway I noticed a low bridge which had a sign calling out 8'8" max height and I knew the TT is 10'4"

Luckily, there was an exit right before the bridge and I managed to get off the parkway and find my way through side roads to get on the freeway.

How do you plan your routes? How can I know what GPS suggestions to avoid?
If you're talking the Merritt Parkway in CT, well, there's a reason your vehicle isn't allowed on that road. Did you not see the sign? In fact, no towed vehicles are allowed on that road. I'd hate to be caught with one as I've heard the fine is pretty stiff. I've seen tractor trailers get on that road as well (mainly accidentally), for them, it's over $1k fine to get their vehicle off the road.
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If you're talking the Merritt Parkway in CT, well, there's a reason your vehicle isn't allowed on that road. Did you not see the sign? In fact, no towed vehicles are allowed on that road. I'd hate to be caught with one as I've heard the fine is pretty stiff. I've seen tractor trailers get on that road as well (mainly accidentally), for them, it's over $1k fine to get their vehicle off the road.
It was the Saw Mill Parkway in NY. Didn't see any signs except "No Commercial Vehicles". The one sign I didi see was the low clearance sign.
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It was the Saw Mill Parkway in NY. Didn't see any signs except "No Commercial Vehicles". The one sign I didi see was the low clearance sign.
Ah, I posted cuz you said Merritt. I've been on the Saw Mill, but never with my RV, that road is CRAZY Too many curves and really tight lanes. Glad you could get off prior to having a real issue at hand.

When I first got mine I drove it down to my Mom's house, going my standard way. Then I saw the sign - 10'8'" clearance and stopped dead in my tracks as I'm waaaay over that. Had to back up into a turnaround the town put right near the bridge for idiots like me
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Ah, I posted cuz you said Merritt. I've been on the Saw Mill, but never with my RV, that road is CRAZY Too many curves and really tight lanes. Glad you could get off prior to having a real issue at hand.

When I first got mine I drove it down to my Mom's house, going my standard way. Then I saw the sign - 10'8'" clearance and stopped dead in my tracks as I'm waaaay over that. Had to back up into a turnaround the town put right near the bridge for idiots like me
My mistake. I posted Meritt but meant to post Saw Mill. I am thankful that they put those exits right before the bridges.
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When traveling in NY, and CT, RV's are not allowed on any road that is designated as a parkway


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We have the garmin rv760 and it does that well

I have a terrible habit of not reading the signs now that it's 'proven' itself to me so many times!

Good deal YOU read it !

I am sequestered in NY for a while and had no idea how many bridges here were under 8' !!!!
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