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Old 04-28-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Anyone Hit a Bridge?

This week we went around NY City and through part of Brooklyn (that's another story). In the process we went under several overpasses and bridges that were marked low clearance, some as low as 12'-6". I always thought our height was 12'-6" so it was tense but what can you do when you're in the middle of 5 lanes of traffic going 55 plus MPH? We never hit anything but when we finally got to our campground in Cape Cod I did a careful measurement and came up with 12'-8" to the top of our in motion satellite receiver, the highest point. Is there a tolerance on the marked bridge clearance or were we just lucky? Has anyone actually ever hit a bridge?
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There usually is a little 'cheat' in bridge clearance measurements, but I wouldn't depend on it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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They're suppose to be marked for the lowest clearance. That's usually at the outside edges. Yeah, I know, NOT always.
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Here's where you lucked out, in New York all bridges are marked 1' less then they actually are UNLESS there is a sign with the height sign that says "ACTUAL". So that 12'6" bridge you went under was actually 13'6" or higher.
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Roads are angled for water run off. Usually the center lane is the lowest point & what clearance is based on.
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Here's where you lucked out, in New York all bridges are marked 1' less then they actually are UNLESS there is a sign with the height sign that says "ACTUAL". So that 12'6" bridge you went under was actually 13'6" or higher.
NY isn't doing me any favors. Now I think I can go under a 12'6" bridge when it was actually 13'6".
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I always thought our height was 12'-6" so it was tense but what can you do when you're in the middle of 5 lanes of traffic going 55 plus MPH? We never hit anything but when we finally got to our campground in Cape Cod I did a careful measurement and came up with 12'-8" to the top of our in motion satellite receiver, the highest point. Is there a tolerance on the marked bridge clearance or were we just lucky? Has anyone actually ever hit a bridge?
My total height is 12'6"... A fact I established before I made my first trip. So if I saw a bridge clearance sign that said 12'6", I wouldn't go under it, no matter how fast traffic was going. Not only could I potentially do thousands of dollars in damage to my coach, but what ever came off the top could hit a car behind me and cause a pretty bad pile up. Then let the lawsuits begin... I would never "assume" as does another poster of this thread that in NYC all bridges are marked a foot lower than they actually are... That is Russian Roulette...

To avoid just such a situation, I have a GPS that steers me through routes that I don't have to worry about it. That being said, I never completely depend on technology to be diligent for me.

Lastly, who would admit to hitting a bridge?
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That is an amazing close call! Inches from a very costly incident.
Which GPS work best for RVs? I'd like to invest in one....
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That is an amazing close call! Inches from a very costly incident.
Which GPS work best for RVs? I'd like to invest in one....
There are several threads debating this question... You can look them up. I have a Rand McNally RV GPS. You can program in all of your information such as height, weight, length, if you carry propane, etc... then it will route you appropriately. It also informs you about traffic conditions, weather, gas or diesel stops, and campgrounds... Quite a handy accessory.
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They're suppose to be marked for the lowest clearance. That's usually at the outside edges. Yeah, I know, NOT always.


is more on it then every one else

its the lowest spot and add some play in there but never see a foot

why they give some play is if there every redoing a road they can cut deeper in to the road or add some with out getting a crash

you are just lucky and was in the right line
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There are several threads debating this question... You can look them up. I have a Rand McNally RV GPS. You can program in all of your information such as height, weight, length, if you carry propane, etc... then it will route you appropriately. It also informs you about traffic conditions, weather, gas or diesel stops, and campgrounds... Quite a handy accessory.
This. We have the Rand McNally RVND 7720 and have all of our data stored. It knows our weight, height, length, propane capacity etc and takes that into consideration when routing.

We also use it to find points of interest including campgrounds, rest stops, overnight parking (i.e.WalMart) fuel and what not. We love this unit.

Having said that, I'm still mindful of height and clearance. I've measured our height and input a 6" fudge factor into the RVND 7720 to account for bounce or other unforeseen occurrences.
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Here's Australia's solution for the Sydney Harbor Tunnel:

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