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Old 03-03-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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Height sights for RV's

Someone posted recently a way to make a marker on your windshield so that you know where in your lane you are positioned. Running a straight line out front on the right side and placing a maker on the windshield where it meets up the line. I suppose you can do that with the left side also. Is there a way to make such a site for height?

I was thinking having a gauge out front of the vehicle at the topmost height of the RV, about three or so feet out front and place a marker there on the windshield. You could pull up to a covered area about three feet away and visually tell if you will hit or not.

Would that work. Anyone try it. I googled and found nothing.

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Old 03-03-2016, 10:36 AM   #2
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I have measured the height of my rig. Rather then a marker I just look at the bridge markers or the canopy overhangs all of which will be marked. When visually trying to sight something, parallax can give a false indication. How high or low your seat is, or are you slouching can throw you off.

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Good thought, but I think Tony's right! Too many variables that could get you in real trouble!
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While the old rule of thumb of sighting the center point of your hood to align you in the lane helped when I first started driving, I quickly learned there were many times that would fool ya !!!
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I often have to do front close-up parking with my MH. I was thinking of mounting a backup camera on the front to see what's down in front. Maybe you could do the same to spot the lane markers.
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I originally used to pay attention to where my body is in the lane, and verify with the side mirrors the distance from coach to center and fog line stripes. I'm used to it now, and only verify occasionally with the side mirrors.

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After a while you learn to just drive by the seat of your pants, just like in a car. Look ahead about ten car lengths and pick a spot about 4 feet in from the left lane stripe and shoot for it.

As for height, know the height of your rig in feet and inches and pay attention to the bridge height signs. No better way.
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I did make a height gauge out of 3/4 & 1/2 inch PVC.
It telescopes out, and is 7ft when stored, 13ft when extened.

If there is ever a question, I bring it out, extend it, and confirm if there are any low spots that might hit.

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I have a Giraffe G4. Originally designed for tractor trailers, it can also be used on RVs, including Class A motorhomes. At around $200 it's a little spendy, but it's cheaper than replacing an air conditioner.
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I stay in my lane by two methods:

- Watch the toad in the center camera...if it is in the middle, so am I.
- We have triple lens mirrors. The bottom mirror on each side is set so I can see the front tire on that side. It is very handy to be able to see that tire when going down any road with a stripe (on either side) or a narrow road with a curb on that side.

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