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Old 04-21-2016, 06:25 PM   #1
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Overall height question

i have a 2916 Rockwood 8299BS and and my question is has any one had any issues with the new tall 5th wheels and low clearances. would like to hear from you'll on this issue
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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The only issue in my book is the *crunch* of too tall. You need to measure the actual height and find routes accordingly.
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Garmin GPS for RVs lets you put in the height of your rig and routes you around low bridges etc. I have a very high Outlaw so I have to pay attention to low bridges
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:58 PM   #4
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There is a disclaimer with the GPS that does not guarantee it has all of the clearances correct. I have found several errors so tend to stay with main roads. Still watch the placards on the overpasses to make sure.

Also bridge capacities can be changed in the field and may not be current in the GPS.

I have found many instances where the posted speed in the GPS is grossly incorrect. There was construction in our area 3 years ago and the construction speed is still in the GPS although the construction zone was removed from the list.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:35 PM   #5
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Get a truckers Atlas (available at any truckstop) In the front it will list by state all routes with low bridges in that state. Updated every year and cheaper then a GPS.
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My 5vr is 13'4" at highest point (AC Shroud) when hitched up

We FTd traveling weekly for 7 yrs using secondary & back roads..........

No GPS, no Truckers Atlas etc. Just plain common sense and paying attention to surroundings and signage.

Low bridges/over passes are posted BEFORE you get to them....alternate routes available.

Only came upon a couple that 'snuck up' on us.......actually there was signage posted but was obscured by bushes/over growth. BUT it was quite obvious too low.
So we backed up/turned around and went different route.

CGs are worst for low clearances.........tree branches, entrance structures etc.

Pay attention.........look UP!
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We're just under 13' but 13' is what CC specifies so I use that. There is supposed to be a sticker with that right beside the shift pad but it's not there now.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:30 AM   #8
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The published height of our trailer was 13'-4". Because I am towing with a 4WD truck that has a high bed, I had 2" spacers added to the trailer suspension. The height of the highest point on our 5th wheel is 13'-6" as measured with a laser level with the rig parked on a flat, level surface. This is the same height as most semis. We stick to interstates and main roads and have not had a problem.
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i have learned that the GPS can get you in trouble at times so i am careful about that. the truckers atlas is a good idea that i had not considered.there is an app on low clearances but i have not investigated it . the interstates are suppose to be minimum of 14 feet but i understand that is not always a fact. I have a gas rig so fueling can be an issue with low gas pump awnings. as you ll have mentioned low tree limbs in RV parks are there to ruin your day for sure. the spec sheet for my unit shows that OAH=153" or 12'9" at the a/c. i think this is short a bit but have not been able to confirm it on level ground hitched to my truck.Forest River was nice enough to send me the complete data on my Rockwood when requested to do so. thanks for the input
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I have a trucker's Garmin GPSr, and it helps sometimes but as stated, you can't rely on it always. It's also pretty good for bridge weight ratings. I have seen several roads that were sloped, or either a bridge was sloped so that the clearance on one side of the road was vastly different from the other. Just gotta watch the signs. Also, fueling up is strange sometimes because I don't always see clearance signs posted on fuel pump canopies. (Don't know why they don't all post clearances!)
For tree limbs on backroads or in smaller campgrounds, I store a tree trimmer in the 5er with the overall height marked on it. I've never had to use it but I knew a guy that did big damage to his rig in a campground.
The main thing is be alert, and if you get in a tight spot you just have to focus on your own situation and not let the stress of folks behind you get under your skin.
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If you have an Atlas you can plan your route and pretty much see if you will have problems. Course that is a tool to make your trip less stressful. Tree branches can also do major damage as can roads with a high crown pitch you toward the shoulder with telephone poles leanind toward the road. Just plan and be attentive on the skinny roads.
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[QUOTE=Gordon Dewald
I have found many instances where the posted speed in the GPS is grossly incorrect. There was construction in our area 3 years ago and the construction speed is still in the GPS although the construction zone was removed from the list.[/QUOTE]


Had you updated your GPS maps since the construction?

Yes, never rely on the GPS to be accurate 100% of the time.

13.6 is the max height allowed without needing an over height permit in most states. But that is really pushing it when you are trying to negotiate some campgrounds and back roads to get to that perfect spot.

Like mentioned, you really have to be aware of where you go and your overheads all the time period.

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i have a 2916 Rockwood 8299BS and and my question is has any one had any issues with the new tall 5th wheels and low clearances. would like to hear from you'll on this issue
Not sure what you mean by "issues", but anyone driving anything on any road, anywhere, any time, needs to concern him/herself with any number of things in order to safely navigate. Naturally, larger vehicles have specialized concerns such as that which you mentioned, vehicle height, but length, width and weight are also important considerations.

Other posters have listed several means by which height limitations can be found. IMHO, no one source of navigational data is likely to be 100% accurate in every edition or even in just one, so double or triple checking via cross referencing would be prudent.

Inevitably, there will places you cannot go with your rig because it's either too long, wide, heavy or tall. I rely heavily upon my Garmin RV760LMT GPS that when routing takes into account all these parameters (send me a private message if you want a link to my user report of this unit), but I do not rely on it exclusively. I also carry a trucker's atlas.
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Had you updated your GPS maps since the construction?
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Yes - on both the Garmin and the RM. Have lifetime updates on both so we check for updates prior to every trip. The Garmin application notifies me of updates so everything is current.
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