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Old 08-14-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hi all, We have a 2016 Arctic Fox fifth wheel. By my measurement, it is 13'2" tall, AF rates the new ones at 13'4". One of our favorite campgrounds is Two Medicine in Glacier Park. The underpass getting there is arched and the sign on it claims 13' 0". I have taped measured it at 13'6" off to the side of the top of the arch, so I should clear with just enough to spare. My question is has anyone had their new tall AF fiver through it? I'd feel better is someone else has done this before. Guess I could just get a good run at it, but with my luck one of you would be there to take my picture if I didn't make it. Thanks Ken
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If you have physically measured the arch at the center of the arch, and 5 ft on either side of the arch and those numbers are taller than your highest point, the go for it very very slowly the first time. The hope they don't repave the road.....

I wonder why they came up with 13??? Could the opening be tall enough but somewhere under it shorter?
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If you have a compressor, pull up to the arch, let 1/2 the air out of your tires....drive thru and air them back up.
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Many tunnel/bridge signs state the measurement from the side, not from the middle.
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Let us know how it works out.
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The stated height is supposed to be the lowest point, which is usually at the road edge, not the center. But be cautious when you do it...
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If there is a way to go around I would definitely go round. Even if it's out of the way. Measurements are generally taken from The Edge Road not from the center of the highway however if it is marked over the bridge in the middle it may be from the center of the highway. Different states make different Arrangements on this. Also you need to check your road it may be stating 13 foot for a reason such as after you get in the exit may not be as tall as the entrance was you would have to check the center as well. Having hold heavy equipment I've had this happen many many times and they Mark the lowest point. Such as a dent in the road in the middle. Or a bump in the center many things to consider truly check it out first if you're determined to go under it. And while the center Maybe a true 13.6 45 inches either way depending on the type of bridge or culvert You're Going Under you really may not have the room you think you have. That being said please be careful... Dusty
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Driving down the interstate and we come to a bad accident. The police come to our window and ask me "how tall is the motorhome?" I say 12'6". He says follow those cars and they will take you to a detour around this mess, or sit here for 3 more hours.

I get off and we get onto a one way road that goes under a railroad bridge. The sign indicated 12'10" clearance. My wife says "no, no, no, no, no" but not having much of a choice since there was a L O N G line of traffic behind me I proceeded onward. The road dipped down under the bridge and then rose up on the other side. Everything was fine until the front of the coach rose up hill, but the rear was still going down hill. Basic geometry took over and the roof rose up, and up, and up.

The noise was horrific No not the noise of the the TV antenna being wiped off like a knife cut it clean off the roof, or the rear air conditioner cover being ripped off as it hit the concrete beam, but the noise of my wife screaming "I told you so, I told you so" louder and louder!

That was over 10 years ago, and every once in awhile as we go under a bridge, even if it is 20 feet in the air, she will say "do you think you will make this one?"
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Dustyone brings up very good points that I've noticed as well. The opening is not always the smallest point.
As Bigd9's horror story illustrates the structure is often only part of the equation. Geometry rules especially with such long wheelbases and tail swing past axles. A slight grade can cause a foot difference + or -.
Usually when there is contact with a structure there is a traffic citation involved that can get costly in addition to the damage to the offending vehicle.

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UPDATE!!

Well I made up a 13'6" pole and measured the underpass. Pole results showed lots of clearance. We went down the middle of the arch and had room to spare. Enjoy Two Medicine CG in Glacier without fear.
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Thanks for returning and giving us an update! It's a beautiful place to stay.
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