Need a litle help. My Fifth Wheel spec says the trailer is 12' 3". I know I have the A/C unit on top with other stuff. The question I have is how do I measure the height to include the other stuff up there. I am planning a trip and this is one area I would like to have some confidence in. Any ideas?
One on top with an 8' 2x4 and a level. Tape the end of a tape measure to the end of the 2x4. Set the other end of the 2x4 on the highest thing on the trailer. Use the level to make sure the 2x4 is level.
The second person on the ground can then stretch the tape measure to the ground to see how high the highest point is.
I got on the roof and laid a 1X2 across the top of a/c(that was our highest point) so that it hung over the side of trailer. Had the DW measure to the bottom of the 1X2 from the ground.
A friend had that measurement put on a decal written backwards. When he looks in his rearview mirror he instantly is reminded of the height limitation.
Get up on top with an 8'- 2"X 4" an a level.
Get the 2x4 level with the level and measure from the bottom of the 2x4 to the ground!
That will give you the correct height of your RV.
Or have someone on the ground measure up from the ground to the bottom of the 2x4.
Check it at different places on the RV.
Good Luck & Drive Safe!
I'd only add one thing.
Take measurements with the trailer hitched to truck so you get the exact travel height measurement than ADD 6" for clearance.
Anything height less than that number.......use caution!
Thanks for all the help/ I will measure and let everyone know how it went/thanks again!
All good advice, but if you're close on a posted height, go around. A 14' overpass can easily be 13'4" after a couple re-paves.
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I was travelling down a country road in Illinois headed towards a campground. There was a railroad overpass up ahead that looked low. So I stopped when I was able to read the sign. It showed the clearance was 13 feet. My 5th wheel is 12.5 feet. I pulled forward until I was about 3 feet from the overpass. I got up on the rear ladder and to my horror saw that there was no way I would have made it under there. It appeared that something had hit the overpass and knocked a beam loose. The beam was below 12.5 ft. I would have lost my A/C unit.
I had to back up and find another campground down the highway to stay at.