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We sold our motorhome a while ago and at 12'6" tall we had no worries about low bridges on interstates or secondary highways. We just bought a 5er that is indicated in the specs to be 13'6" tall. I will measure it for actual height and I have purchased a Motor Carriers road atlas which should help.

While driving along I-94 in Detroit I noted that some overpasses were indicated to have only 13' clearance. Further research has shown that these bridges are not listed in the road atlas.

Does anyone know of a good app that lists low clearances by state and route? The GS trip planner only indicates clearances under 13' which could end up being expensive. Most 5er height specs that I've seen in literature indicate 13' 4" to 13' 6".

Thanks for any input.

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http://www.lowclearances.com for your existing GPS unit.

or buy one with it already loaded in - usually a truck specific GPS unit.

http://www.gps-planet.com
http://www.gpscity.ca/questions?qid=31566

I use these and have added additional files form other sources. Works for me.
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/36115

There are also phone apps that have mixed reviews.


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The semis are taller than you. As long as you see them going in the opposite direction you are good to go.


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Bridges too low for common motor carrier will be advertised well ahead. Be a conscientious driver and keep those peepers open for signs like all trucks must exit low clearance ahead.

Don't rely on technology, self driving RVs aren't here yet.


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For me...another reason to avoid a 5er.

“indicated in the specs to be 13'6" tall”. So you don’t know the actual height of your RV?


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I'm not sure where that 13'limit comes from. I use GS Trip planner and have a route set up online now which shows a low clearance bridge of 13' 4". My camper is 10' 9" so plenty room. I can set my GS RV GPS/Rand McNally for camper height and never had a problem. I do watch for bridge clearance signs though.

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Veebyes wrote:

The semis are taller than you. As long as you see them going in the opposite direction you are good to go.




This may not be totally accurate. The "other side" could very well be higher. Depending on the grade of the road you're on.


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Howdy!

I use Co-Pilot RV gps app and it has kept use safe in our fulltime travels.

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malexander wrote:

Veebyes wrote:

The semis are taller than you. As long as you see them going in the opposite direction you are good to go.




This may not be totally accurate. The "other side" could very well be higher. Depending on the grade of the road you're on.

It also depends upon what lane you’re in, even when traveling the same direction. That’s what caused the bridge disaster on I-5 in northern Washington a few years ago.

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malexander wrote:

Veebyes wrote:

The semis are taller than you. As long as you see them going in the opposite direction you are good to go.




This may not be totally accurate. The "other side" could very well be higher. Depending on the grade of the road you're on.


This is especially true for the Hampton Roads bridge tunnel between Norfolk and Hampton. Originally there was one tube with two lanes one in each Direction. When the second tube was added the interior height was increased for the second tube. There are height sensors activating stop lights and people have also ran out to flag down the over-height vehicles. Every once in a while we have a over-height vehicle attempting to enter the old tube and doesn't get stopped in time. Some wind up hitting the entrance or wind up getting stuck and damaging the ceiling inside.

I believe some of those are trucks passing through the tall tuber first and not paying attention the the height info on the return trip through the shorter height tube.

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