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Old 05-12-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Bridge strike

Last Saturday, I was driving my new Coleman 202rd on a back road up to Cades Cove. I had gone under one bridge and was approaching a second slowly. I now know the sickening feeleng of being yanked to a halt and getting out to find a towable but basically destroyed trailer.

I've been looking at devices and programs to warn of low bridge height and there are so many of them I have no idea which way to go. So the question here is, what is everyone using and if you want to elaborate the pros and cons of each device it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Sorry for your trouble. That has to be a terrible feeling.

I use a Garmin RV GPS which does a pretty good job of warning about heights.
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That’s a top 3 of worst things that can happen in my opinion. We are so new to the full time world but have already had a few close calls. One blessing we had early on was to be on a road that no coach should ever be on. I still have flash backs to the event and can’t believe we made it through. What we learned was to get detail on the “off roads” long before we get to them.

We do use a Garmin RV and back it up with google maps
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:51 PM   #4
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We have the Garmin 760RV I believe where the dimensions of the rig are entered. It also pays to really know how tall your rig is and pay attention to bridges, most will be marked with their clearance and of course gas stations that have the covers.
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I don't think that there is anything out there that will show all the low bridges on back roads. I don't even think that all the low bridges in metropolitan areas are shown. Your only defense is your own diligence. My wife's number one job when we travel is to watch for low bridges. My number one job is to catch the ones that she doesn't.
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MEASURE actual height with it hitched up


KNOW what that measurement is


Pay attention to 'signage' posting overpasses/trestles/bridges height


When in DOUBT---go A-BOUT!




My 5vr is 13'4" actual height
We traveled FT for 7 yrs using secondary/back roads
Most of the time 'signage' alerted us to low clearances so we took alternative route
Some times...missed the sign/no sign but look to low so we went a-bout and found alt/route
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I don't think that there is anything out there that will show all the low bridges on back roads. I don't even think that all the low bridges in metropolitan areas are shown. Your only defense is your own diligence. My wife's number one job when we travel is to watch for low bridges. My number one job is to catch the ones that she doesn't.
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Their are others. One with a mobile mammography bus.
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What a horrible experience! So sorry.

Good advice here already. Programmable GPS, Route Planning, train yourself and your co-pilot to read all signs.
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Wow so sorry.

We use a Garmin as well as a road atlas.

PAY ATTENTION to ALL posted bridge, unerpass, tunnel heights and in most cases this is the height in the center of the underpass.

KNOW your actual height!

Doing all of these you should NEVER have this situation again.

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Sorry to hear about that disaster. Hope your insurance company helps smooth things over.

I've had a few nailbiters but have always been aware of my 5ers height (13'5"). I also use the Garmin, a now elderly 760RV. It is not infallible as there are at least 2 local railroad overpasses that aren't found even though they have scalped many trucks in the past. I set the trailer height at 14' just to make sure that I'm covered at least on the more heavily traveled roads. The rest - be aware and if in doubt, don't
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One thing I like is Google Earth street view. You can read road signs. I use it for the route when going to a new location since I like back roads. Measure your height and put it on a piece of tape on your dash as a reminder.
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There are actual detection devices available (not route planners) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted experiments on vehicle mounted detectors back in 2016.


Look for "Overheight Detectors" such as this one:
https://giraffeg4.com/
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Last Saturday, I was driving my new Coleman 202rd on a back road up to Cades Cove. I had gone under one bridge and was approaching a second slowly. I now know the sickening feeleng of being yanked to a halt and getting out to find a towable but basically destroyed trailer.



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Thanks in advance for your replies.


Were there warning signs ⚠️?
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