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Old 05-13-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Getting into the rv world, want to know is there a map or book stating the height of all of the bridges out there? If not listed on the bridge, how do you know you will make it and are there any hints clues, rules of thumb to avoid problems?

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Getting into the rv world, want to know is there a map or book stating the height of all of the bridges out there? If not listed on the bridge, how do you know you will make it and are there any hints clues, rules of thumb to avoid problems?

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:03 AM   #3
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You might want to bookmark this SITE.

We bought a Truckers Atlas that gives the info and carry it with us. It can be found at truck stops and Camping World plus many RV stores.
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THE TRUCKERS ATLAS has that info.

I don't have one, and my rig is 12'6" high but I've never had a problem.

I stay on state routes except when going to a campground.
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In most states 13 feet is the minimum height requirement, except on local roads and driveways. Less than that a sign must be put prior to the last intersection that will avoid the low condition. Thats all I know!?
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:59 PM   #6
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We seldom use the Interstate roads,and prefer the "Red Line" roads and have never got into trouble with a 12.5 foot A Class.(Have found some narrow roads though!)
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
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Overhead clearance will probably be the least of you problems as you enter the world of RVing. Having said that, you should avoid MacDonald's, etc drive-throughs and Seattle's Lake Washington Blvd through the arburateum(sp?)...
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:38 PM   #8
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If you are ever out Oregon way stay away from the Scottsburg bridge outside of Reedsport. It will take your awning, mirror, and anything else on the passenger side.
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As noted above, other obstacles are much more of a problem.

Toll booths, other vehicles, sign posts, telephone poles, trees, large boulders, buildings, etc.

Many of the obstacles will be in campgrounds.
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One of the first things to do is determine your height. The height posted in your owners manual should not be trusted. Happy Travels
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In the eastern US, where many roads date back hundreds of years, you will occasionally find underpasses as low as 11.0 feet. Old railroad underpasses are the worst and they may turn up even on national highways (routes designated US xx). You won't find any on interstates, though - I think 13'6" in the lowest on any interstate highway.

Get truckers atlas, available at any truck stop and many bookstores. They will list all low underpasses and their height.

As the others have said, you will more likely encounter low overhangs at fuel stations, fast food restaurants, mall entrances, toll booths (use the truck lane if necessary), and even some campgrounds.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:49 AM   #12
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I have looked for truck atlas's. Which one is better with more information than others? Any input or favorites?

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RV Roamer is 100% correct. I know of some old railroad bridges in the Passiac and Clifton NJ area that are lower than 11 feet, and they are not very wide either. There is one just beyond a eatery called Rutt's Hutt that would knock your roof off.
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