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Old 08-13-2016, 11:03 PM   #29
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The trick is the creep up on the low bridges. . .

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Old 08-13-2016, 11:20 PM   #30
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The trick is the creep up on the low bridges. . .

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I have been nervous going under overpasses that look low, but are not marked with clearances.

Is there a national law that overpasses under a certain height have to be marked with the feet clearance
There is a convention to mark anything less than 13'6" however in today's era of cutbacks I become nervous and worry about signs that have fallen down and not yet replaced or the lag time for a new sign if the road was not milled prior to an overlay.
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There is a convention to mark anything less than 13'6" however in today's era of cutbacks I become nervous and worry about signs that have fallen down and not yet replaced or the lag time for a new sign if the road was not milled prior to an overlay.
I believe it's dot requirement to mark anything under 14' but I agree budgets, and stupidity, might keep it from always happening.
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Looks like a rental unit. Hope he bought the insurance !!!!

Like others my height is taped in front of me on the dash. That picture shows you your worst nightmare
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That looks soooo close! I bet he would have made it if he was going faster!
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In my previous coach, I had small plastic signs engraved with things like, height, width, weight....glued on the side of the instrument cluster. You pick the sign size , color, font, location, and they don't have to look bad.
Excellent idea! I'll be doing that before my next trip.
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In my previous coach, I had small plastic signs engraved with things like, height, width, weight....glued on the side of the instrument cluster.

If the wife or one of the kids was driving the numbers are right in front of them....no guess work. See a road sign, look at the numbers on the dash and know for sure.

Need to do that with this new coach. You pick the sign size , color, font, location, and they don't have to look bad.
Someone should have told that driver; "here''s your sign".

Height is not the total answer to an underpass. If the road has a significant dip under the RR, or cross street, the distance between your axles makes a significant difference in overall clearance.
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I forgot to add something in my reply.
About 10-12 years ago we were parked in Thermopolis, WY., sightseeing and bathing in the hot springs.
Just on the North edge of town is a state park, with a RR underpass that cannot be bypassed if you are entering the park.
A pickup and 5er turned onto that street, spotted the bridge, sat there for several minutes, then started forward until he (must have) heard the air conditioner hit.
He backed up a bit, then sped forward_through the underpass. He never looked back. His air conditioner was pushed back on the 5er roof enough to see the hole in the roof where the unit used to be bolted down.
He must have been determined to take his family to that park.
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So....Stupid question here. What is the best way to get a conservative measurement of the height of your RV? I know there is reference in the book and all but what about measuring it manually accurately....for peace of mind. Any tricks to this?
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I have been nervous going under overpasses that look low, but are not marked with clearances.

Is there a national law that overpasses under a certain height have to be marked with the feet clearance
I do not see a height in this example, but there is a yellow warning light - I assume it is flashing.
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I carry one of those long fiberglass flexible tent poles that folds up. I have it marked with the height the tallest point of my 5th wheel plus a couple of inches so I can physically measure clearance of questionable underpasses. I also have a Garmin 760 RV GPS but I always try to use my eyes and brain to tell me if something's too low to try and go under.



But look, it wasn't his fault.

He was in the back making a sandwich with the cruise control on and didn't see it coming.
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So....Stupid question here. What is the best way to get a conservative measurement of the height of your RV? I know there is reference in the book and all but what about measuring it manually accurately....for peace of mind. Any tricks to this?
I ran a 1x3 on a level from the highest point on the roof out to the side then dropped a tape measure. Use a helper
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