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If I am going into or thru a city/town that I am not familiar with and it will not be on a main street or highway, I will usually look at google satellite view of the streets that I will be traveling before I ever leave. That way I can plan in advance for where I may encounter tight turns and be prepared for it.
And even if I will be on a main street or highway, it can also be very helpful as to seeing how wide lanes are, turn lanes, lanes that suddenly end, etc.

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I use a GPS many times everyday as I'm a service technician. If I'm not familiar with the area, I often will look up the location and route on Google, or map quest before leaving to get a full picture of where I'm going. I then compare it to my vehicle GPS which is a Garmin Nuvi. The idea is to have a general idea of the route and location you are going.

As for turning in cities, the above people have all got great advice.


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Careful using a GPS mapping system in western PA. One flaw is, the foot traffic staircases in the greater Pittsburgh area are listed as MV streets, in most mapping databases.


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Go slow / go wide and watch the inside set of tires

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THANK YOU all for the responses. Lots of great info and very helpful.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Long wheel base truck & 34' 5'vr.......if truck fits so will 5'vr.

Some corners in towns (right hand especially) can be tight....just swing a little wide.

Don't use GPS.......as they say 'old school'.......map


I agree. If my truck will go there so will the FW. Never had an issue. Only thing I watch out for is what we call "dead ends". Some places you can drive straight into but could never get back out with the FW.

I haven't used a map in 10 or 12 years. We enjoy the MOPAR 730N in all of our vehicles. So far, they do real well......


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I am as big as they come at 72 ft long & 13' 4" tall. I use a Garmin truckers GPS 465T that has adjustable rig size settings, and check that routing with a Motor Carriers atlas. And always take the campground listing or website directions instead of second guessing or short cutting. And I learned to back up this thing years ago!


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Ohiojude wrote:

I wasn't sure if this was a 5vr topic or general ?

When you are hauling your unit how do you get thru tight corners, turns roads in towns? What are you using for GPS? We like to go to Coudersport PA but we have to go thru Punxy which the roads and corners are tight. We never had an issue with the TC but some roads seem like they may be challenging with the Raven. Any ideas, suggestions or helpful tips are greatly appreciated.

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Swing as wide as you need to, to make the turn. I'm not afraid to move over a half-lane, so I'm taking up 2 lanes, to make a turn; just watch the morons who want to cut inside of you. The "little people" are much more maneuverable than you, so do your best and let =them= move. If possible, try and scout out a route ahead of time. I've know more than a couple people who've parked, grabbed a bike (assuming they had one along), and ridden the route just to be sure they had clearance or could find an alternate route.

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If I am "going through a town" it's usually on a street/road meant for doing that. Pay attention to the road signs and don't turn down a side street.

A good GPS should not steer you wrong.


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I had an event with the Garmin two weeks ago. I was in a small town and it sent me downtown instead of following the highway out to the destination. I then tried to send me down a narrrow street with cars on both sides, about ten feet between the cars. I decided to go on to the next block and make the directed turn. The Garmin then recaluclated and tried to get me to make a left trun. As I was at the stop sign, I noticed the low overpass with a clearance sign of 11 feet three inches. I wanted to keep my AC so did not follow those directions again.
Be carefule out there, that stuff on the side streets will get you.

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