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Old 02-19-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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In the process of researching ALK's GPS Copilot Laptop Software to add height restrictions to my trip planning, I was able to download the Copilot Laptop 10 Users Manual, which states:

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In the United States only, RV routing completely avoids highways that have bridge heights under 12'6" or 13' (whichever you select). It DOES NOT factor bridge heights into consideration on smaller, local roads.


We've been RVing for 20 years and never had an issue with Interstate/Freeway overpasses. Our major concern is with unfamiliar Secondary and "local roads" where it is difficult or impossible to turn around when towing. Our other issue is that we need at least 13'3" of clearance, which forces us from the RV version to the more expensive Truck version.

If you are an experienced GPS Copilot Software user, would you please relate your experiences and opinion with the height restriction of this software and the version you're using?

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In the process of researching ALK's GPS Copilot Laptop Software to add height restrictions to my trip planning, I was able to download the Copilot Laptop 10 Users Manual, which states:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">In the United States only, RV routing completely avoids highways that have bridge heights under 12'6" or 13' (whichever you select). It DOES NOT factor bridge heights into consideration on smaller, local roads. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We've been RVing for 20 years and never had an issue with Interstate/Freeway overpasses. Our major concern is with unfamiliar Secondary and "local roads" where it is difficult or impossible to turn around when towing. Our other issue is that we need at least 13'3" of clearance, which forces us from the RV version to the more expensive Truck version.

If you are an experienced GPS Copilot Software user, would you please relate your experiences and opinion with the height restriction of this software and the version you're using?

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Just ran across your post so I hope this still helps. I've used Copilot 8 for about 4 years and a previous version of it before then. Great product. I liked the fact you can preplan and save a trip and customize it to avoid or favor certain roads.

I just updated to Copilot 11. I think I am going to send it back and reinstall version 8. I've had to uninstall and reinstall 3 times, I need to setup what kind of GPS I have every time I use it, the detour feature plain doesn't work, and it's just very cumbersome to "navigate" between the different menus. Some subdivisions that have been there for 7 years still are not in the map database. Version 11 doesn't have the flexability that version 8 does.
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John,
Thanks for your post. We decided not to purchase due to issues posted such as yours and others on RV.net. And for the price of the Truck version, almost $200, we expected a lot better product.
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John, height for an RV should never be a concern on the Interstate system. When it was originally conceived in the 50's some states were building new from scratch while others opted to convert existing U.S. routes to interstates. In either case one of the Federal funding requirements was that all overpasses had to be a minimum of 13'6", and I believe that is still mandated by the Federal Highway Administration. I always abide by the theory that if it was passable for an 18 wheeler pulling a box trailer,I will be OK as unless it is anchient box trilers are pretty much standard at 13'6", Ken "04 DSDP...
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