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I'm getting ready for the maiden trip with my wife's and my new 36' motorhome w/toad. What pre-trip measures do you take to ensure that you aren't going to end up in a difficult situation in terms of where your GPS leads you? I'm having disturbing visions of having to pull over because an overpass is too low and not being able to turn around.

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Use a GPS with an RV map option, it will route you around known obstacles like low bridges, too-tight roads, etc.


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While we use a GPS, we never trust them completely. We check each route with a truckers road atlas. The atlas shows low overpasses and bridges with weight limits. You can also get this information online.

We plan our fuel stops by looking at any questionable places with Google earth. We do the same with the RV parks and will often call them to ask about access. We read the reviews on rvreviews.com to see if there is anything we should knnow about the park.

Yes, we plan but it gives us peace of mind.


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if it looks low? STOP and double check.

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Trucker's atlas and Copilot RV app on a tablet. Keeps us away from places that TomTom says to go.

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You asked about measurements that you should take. You need to KNOW how high your RV is and also the weight of the RV and the total weight including the toad. Yes, you need the total weight because total weight is what you need for bridge restrictions.


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BarabooBob wrote:

You asked about measurements that you should take. You need to KNOW how high your RV is and also the weight of the RV and the total weight including the toad. Yes, you need the total weight because total weight is what you need for bridge restrictions.


And post those figures on your dash for immediate reference.





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You're in CT, so stay off any road that ends in the word PARKWAY (like Merrit Parkway) and that goes for any state

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Truckers Atlas never fails. Yes, GPS is great but it can also mess you up. It's done a few horrible things to me. I actually use my phone/google maps most of the time.

I double tow so mistakes are out of the question. I pre plan by looking at Earth/street view and reading reviews. Even some places like Walmart can be a problem because they may have set them up with a tight small island like pattern. They are not intended for large vehicles.

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Thank you to everyone for these great ideas! I'll definitely be picking up a trucker's atlas.

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