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Old 04-19-2015, 05:26 PM   #1
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Low Clearances

I plan to begin driving more of the back roads in our travels but don't want to get 95 miles down a 100 mile road and have to turn around due to a low clearance. Is there a site(s) out there that provides clearance info. Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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you'll probably only find road signs - we found one about
100' from a 12' Tunnel/Overpass, too late to do anything
about it - we were in N Chicago with traffic, but dumped the
air bags and made it without a scratch...
I will admit, though, on many lesser traveled 'back roads'
I sometimes move to the center to avoid low hanging
tree limbs
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:04 PM   #3
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Stop at any truck stop and buy a Rand McNally Motor Carriers Atlas. It will list all low clearances, restricted routes, and on the individual state maps the authorized truck routes will be highlighted. I'm old fashioned and think stubby pencil is the way to go over these modern RV GPS units that will still send you down an unmaintained dirt road.
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Google or Bing: (State) DOT Low Clearances for when you plan a route in advance.
Some GPS's can be programed with the height of your RV.

I carry a DIY PVC 4 piece extension idiot stick to identify if fuel station aprons and trees in campgrounds are too low.

The GiraffeG4 is an electronic overhead collision alert system that sends a signal at the speed of sound. http://giraffeg4.com/rv-info/
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Not the proper answer to your question, but I have a Garmin GPS receiver made for trucks. You set up a profile of your vehicle weight, height, and length and the system will try to keep you off small bridges, out of low clearances, etc. It has worked just fine so far. Also, some states (maybe all or most) state Dept. of Transportations have a list of low clearances. I am aware that you have to click around a lot to find the info.
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You can go to the POIFactory.com and download Low Clarence Warnings for your GPS. If you cannot do that, you can still download the list and print it out.

You can also purchase a Truckers Atlas and that will show low clearance on your intended route.
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The Garmin RV 760 LMT GPS has height and weight programmable restrictions. It can be switched into 'car' mode that lifts those restrictions...has Lifetime Map and Traffic included. So far, no snafus with regards to inaccurate info - Really like ours.
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Crossing the smokey mountains will make you butt pucker in the tunnels.
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Get low clearance warning info for your GPS at Low Clearance GPS Data

Or for your phone at Low Clearances iPhone iPad Android Application - AllStays
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OK, FWIW if you get far enough into the back roads, all the above suggestions won't help. They are all good suggestions for well traveled roads, but if you start getting well off the beaten track, You're pretty much on your own.
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Low Clearances

1. Do NOT trust the Good Sam/Rand McNally low clearance software. It tried to drive us under an 11 ft RR bridge.

2. The AITA- America's Independent Truckers' Assn-- runs a website that offers a lot of information, including low clearance data listed by Route # and State.

Go to www.aitaonline.com , select "information", then pick your state. I've found it to be detailed and accurate.
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1. Do NOT trust the Good Sam/Rand McNally low clearance software. It tried to drive us under an 11 ft RR bridge.

2. The AITA- America's Independent Truckers' Assn-- runs a website that offers a lot of information, including low clearance data listed by Route # and State.

Go to www.aitaonline.com , select "information", then pick your state. I've found it to be detailed and accurate.
Thanks for the AITA link - lots of good info in addition to the low clearances.
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Thanks for all of the help and links.
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I plan to begin driving more of the back roads in our travels but don't want to get 95 miles down a 100 mile road and have to turn around due to a low clearance. Is there a site(s) out there that provides clearance info. Thanks for your help.
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Here's one: Low Clearance Stores and Location Directory | Low Clearance Locations
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