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Measure the height of the RV. Then pay attention to the height markings on overpasses. Add at least 6 inches as a safety measure.

You will almost always see signs well in advance advising of any low overpasses.

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I have a telescoping painters handle and meassured the exact height of the RV empty and air bags to max and tires to max, les than a 1/4 fuel tank no water and nearly empty propane tank, this is the max height granted it will not be so when loaded but that height is the minimum that I look for in gasoline station canopies, under passes, bridges and tree lined streets and if in doubt I will stop some distance from the canopy, underpass, bridge and use the painters handle to measure the actual height, I have the handle marked so that I only need to extend it and I can also measure the exact height by extending the handle to the lowest point and then using the tape to get a reading, only had to turn around once in Tucson under a railroad track, vandals had stolen the signs the LEO was gladd I did not go under and helped me turn arroundq.

Most people seem to never look up and only focus on the road and completely forget the height of the vehicle, this includes camp grounds where tree branches hang down, seen a lot of roofs and sides punctured from inatentive drivers backing into them, I always get out and walk the spot looking for obstructions above and also for depressions that might tilt the unit into a tree, specially in tree abundant first time visit for us, this is specially when arriving at night.

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I drag my large 5th wheels all over the country and have yet to be turned around from a low bridge. I mostly stay on Interstates, US highways and other primary roads. I use the in-dash GPS in my Chevy truck and Google Maps on my cell phone. I also use the Motor Carrier's Atlas to look at roads that the truckers use.


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Interstate highways are never a problem. For all other routes, I check my Truckers Road Atlas - quickly shows safe routes for Truckers ie safe for my Class A. Also, you can use Trucker Path app which shows low clearance issues. I love my GPS but always check my route and verify via another method. Happy Trails!

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if it looks low? STOP and double check

Not always possible-prevention is better. We always used the Trucker's Road Atlas. Pre-planning your route helps to avoid getting into a sticky-wicket.


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JimK-NY wrote:

Measure the height of the RV. Then pay attention to the height markings on overpasses. Add at least 6 inches as a safety measure.

You will almost always see signs well in advance advising of any low overpasses.
Don't just measure to the roof top, measure to the highest thing sticking up, like the AC unit, if that's the tallest.


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We've been on the road 8 years and also have never come across a low overpass. There are some, but mostly on small country roads and inner city. We use US Hwys, State roads, and stay off the interstates as much as possible. When checking out a campground -- READ their entire listing - sometimes they tell you DO NOT come from this direction because of low overpass or weight limits and will tell you the approved route.

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We've been on the road 8 years and also have never come across a low overpass.

It's more of an issue in certain parts of the country, particularly in the northeast. Some of the roads are not small country roads where the bridges are. Agree with you 100%-heed their warning NOT to take certain roads.

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SteveWoz wrote:

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.

Thanks in advance!

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Buy the Garmin Diesel 7" GPS. You program the unit based on the height of your motorhome and will avoid routs with low bridges/passes based on your height. It alson has a "Voice Command" function whereby you can tell what changes you want i.e. brightness of screen, volume of voice etc etc. by just giving it verbal commands. Best investment you ever make[emoticon][emoticon][emoticon]

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Lynnmor wrote:

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.

Both in feet and meters and pounds and kilograms if you plan any trips to our great northern neighbors. Its no fun trying to do the math in your head on the fly!!! [emoticon]


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