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Old 04-24-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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12'2" bridge vs 12'6" coach

One of my customers brought this in today. Wiped off both A/Cs and the trav'ler sat dish. Expensive oversight indeed. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-24-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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Good point for having your coach height mounted somewhere the driver can read. Those pics made me cringe and hope that never happens to me.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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I just remember 13'.

The coach says 12, but I don't want to find out if that includes the AC and vent cowls. Also, the posted clearance might not reflect the fact that repaving of the road could have reduced that clearance by half a foot. My nav system is supposed to keep me off routes with less than 13'6" clearance, but if I encounter anything less than 13' I will not go.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:16 PM   #5
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There are not to many low bridges left on major routes, and most have enough signage and lights. I am guessing this happened off the beaten path or they were not paying attention. Hopefully the rig was not damaged, and my guess is the driver won't be doing that again.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:40 PM   #6
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Theres a app for that its call Co-Pilot. Its keeps you away from those low clearences.

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Old 04-24-2014, 08:18 PM   #7
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Easy solution

I have cured this possible problem by having the DW ride on the roof. If it looks like I'm not going to clear she pounds on the roof. Works great, until she comes down for the night.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:10 PM   #8
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Rand McNally RV GPS has a feature that take your coach height into consideration when routing. It even warns you it the clearance is gonna be close. I'm sure other GPS units do the same if they are specfic to RVing.
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Looks fixable to me. Just needs a little duct tape.
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Could you please tell the story of how, where, and why it happened.

I read so many posts with people willing to do almost anything to get low bridge info but rarely have I encountered it and when I did there was fair warning. There are several low bridges in our area that don't show on the apps. so I never would trust one of them.
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Good reason to have collision Insurance.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:16 AM   #12
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GS site has a trip planner that takes low bridges into account. Pretty sure they use the 13' 6" standard. I'm planning a long trip to the east and the planner triggered not only low bridge/underpasses but also propane restricted tunnels in the DC area. Easy to "drag" the route to another road until the warnings disappear.
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I ran into a low bridge once, literally. We were taking a detour around an accident scene getting off the interstate going on a heavily traveled back road and supposed to get back on the interstate at the next interchange. The low bridge sign indicated a low bridge posted at 13'. We were 12'6" and 38 feet long, so I figured I would try it moving slowly. Two things were against us.

First was the road had been paved recently.
Secondly, the road under the bridge dipped down with the road being at its lowest point being directly under the bridge. The coach went down and under the bridge OK, but as the front tires started to climb up the other side the rear tires still had not reached the low point in the road. The result was the roof of the coach raised up just enough the front air conditioner and antenna hit the bottom of the bridge!

The noise was horrific! It was louder than a jet engine. No not the noise of the coach hitting the bridge but the noise from my DW screaming!

Damage wasn't as bad as those in the OP pictures. We only suffered damage to the air conditioner cover and a bent antenna. But the damage to my confidence was worse. Now almost every time we go under a bridge, even if that sucker is 60 feet above us, I hear "are you really really sure you can make it this time."
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11foot8.com has dozens of videos from fixed cameras taken at one bridge in Durham, NC.

It's amusing to watch when it's not you.... Amazing how fast and easy it is to remove the A/C units from a fifth wheel...

We were off the beaten path in New England and I saw on the GPS that the railroad track on our left crossed to our right, down the road a mile or so. I was expecting a grade crossing but all of a sudden there was an overhead trestle that the sign said was high enough, but sure looked like a problem... I stopped and made the DW go out on front to watch as I crept forward, not at all worried about the cars stacking up behind me. Turns out the signs were right, and we had enough clearance, but for a little while there, I thought we might be backing down the road for a few miles.

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