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Old 02-13-2021, 04:27 PM   #15
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We're somewhat new to cross country trailering and am wondering if there's an app or map we can purchase to find out if the route we're traveling has tall enough over-passes. We're just under 13'6 inches tall. Thoughts?

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Old 02-13-2021, 05:27 PM   #16
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RV and trucker-specific GPS and maps are great resources. I use a Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Road Atlas when planning my trips. You don't have to worry about it when on the STAA approved routes (plainly marked in orange on the maps) and I just do my homework ahead of time when traveling other routes.

Here's another guide I use:

https://member.coach-net.com/members...bridgeinfo.pdf
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Motor carriers atlas, truck router.com and RVParky app all give you that info. Truckrouter anf rvparky are free online resources.
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Old 02-24-2021, 12:59 PM   #18
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Motor carriers atlas, truck router.com and RVParky app all give you that info. Truckrouter anf rvparky are free online resources.

Based on this type of information posted here and elsewhere, I purchased the latest edition of the Motor Carriers Atlas. The first thing I noticed was all of the orange highlighted routes. That's a good thing I assumed. All I would have to do is check to see if the route was highlighted and then proceed. However, I then noticed in the front of the atlas that each state had a listing of bridge clearances that were below the norm. In checking them out, I found that the orange highlighting meant nothing since there were low overpass warnings posted in the front of the atlas on routes that were highlighted in orange. Examples are for PA, US 6 at Mill Village and US 6/19 at Cambridge Springs.



Unless I am misusing the information in this atlas, this seems to be virtually useless. They could have just printed a list of low clearances by state and been done with it. I sincerely hope that I am just misusing the data since this was not an inexpensive atlas.
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Be careful if/when you get up to the Northeast. Interstate and state routes are usually good. Parkways and secondary roads can have low bridges and underpasses.
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Just one thing to be aware of, sometimes..... the clearance is the max, not the min. e.g. if the overpass is arched the clearance may be for the center lane at the top of the arch. Seen this on some less frequented roads. If you stay on the interstates you'll be AOK.
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Be careful if/when you get up to the Northeast. Interstate and state routes are usually good. Parkways and secondary roads can have low bridges and underpasses.
And no RVs or trailers of any kind allowed on any parkways in New York.

Best to use a motor carrier's/trucker's atlas. RV GPSs do exist, but are only as good as the database the company uses for them. Not all databases will have all low clearance locations and not all will route you around clearance/weight/permission issues.
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Just one thing to be aware of, sometimes..... the clearance is the max, not the min. e.g. if the overpass is arched the clearance may be for the center lane at the top of the arch. Seen this on some less frequented roads. If you stay on the interstates you'll be AOK.
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For state-maintained roads, this is not the case for NY. The posted clearance is the minimum. For an arched or tilted bridge it's the minimum clearance measured at the white line on the low side.

I don't know how other states post the clearance, but this is what NYS DOT told me when I called to ask.
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And no RVs or trailers of any kind allowed on any parkways in New York.

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This is true. Let me elaborate. Do NOT get on anything called a "parkway" in NYS. The lanes are narrow, the roads can be really twisty, and the bridge clearances are *low* (like 10') in many places. Also, the bridges are not rated for heavy vehicles, and their weight limits are not posted because heavy vehicles aren't allowed to start with.

Fortunately, the troopers are alert. They usually stop large vehicles before they have a contest with a bridge. Usually.
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NYS Parkways allow RVs at the park ends of them.

All trucks are permitted on the following parkways south of Merrick Road / Montauk Highway (NY 27A) for local deliveries only:

Bay Parkway

Heckscher State (Southern State) Parkway

Loop Parkway

Meadowbrook State Parkway

Ocean Parkway

Robert Moses Causeway

Wantagh State Parkway

The William Floyd Parkway isn't really a parkway. Trucks can use the whole length.

http://www.nycroads.com/roads/pkwy_LI/

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NYS Parkways allow RVs at the park ends of them.

All trucks are permitted on the following parkways south of Merrick Road / Montauk Highway (NY 27A) for local deliveries only:

Bay Parkway

Heckscher State (Southern State) Parkway

Loop Parkway

Meadowbrook State Parkway

Ocean Parkway

Robert Moses Causeway

Wantagh State Parkway

The William Floyd Parkway isn't really a parkway. Trucks can use the whole length.

Parkways on Long Island

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Are you sure about the Meadowbrook Parkway? I grew up there and, unless they changed all the underpasses, they were all low. They were posted as no commercial traffic
Back in the 70's, that also meant pickup trucks.
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What I posted came from the link on Parkways.
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This is true. Let me elaborate. Do NOT get on anything called a "parkway" in NYS. The lanes are narrow, the roads can be really twisty, and the bridge clearances are *low* (like 10') in many places. Also, the bridges are not rated for heavy vehicles, and their weight limits are not posted because heavy vehicles aren't allowed to start with.

Fortunately, the troopers are alert. They usually stop large vehicles before they have a contest with a bridge. Usually.
Yeah. I lived and worked in the Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess area for 30 years and spent many a commute on the Taconic, Hutch, and Sprain Brook. Have seen more than my share of trucks and RVs stuck in a bad place on those parkways.
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