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Old 06-02-2017, 08:13 PM   #1
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What does everyone use for bridge heights or clearance on roads

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Old 06-02-2017, 10:41 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:55 PM   #3
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:04 PM   #4
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:11 PM   #5
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Go to a truck stop or shop Amazon for a truckers Atlas, it'll have everything you need to know. If you don't have a GPS get a Garmin truck/Rv model, it will route based on the dimensions you enter during the setup. Personally, I have both.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:15 PM   #6
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Motor carriers atlas found at truck stops for about $20 & "Trucker Path" app.
We've been fulltime for 9 years & until a couple days ago have never had a clearance issue. We were on a long lonely stretch of highway 95 in Nevada & stopped at the only place for miles to eat & get fuel & their awning was only 13', fortunately got only the truck under, fueled & was able to back out across the street. My point being, it's easy enough to find clearances on the highway (which 99.9% are not a problem), but I don't know of any information on fuel/food stops, so be aware.
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Old 06-03-2017, 01:32 AM   #7
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What does everyone use for bridge heights or clearance on roads
would RV builders really build an RV that wouldn't go under any bridge in America? An even better question would be why would any bridge builder build a bridge an RV wouldn't fit under? Hmmmm
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Old 06-03-2017, 02:57 AM   #8
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Try this youtube video


This is the famous 11 foot 8 bridge. Older than all but perhaps the oldest RVs.
This is no reason we should all be limited by one old bridge and there are, i understand, reasons why this bridge has not been changed.
New bridges, overpasses, etc. are built with higher clearances to fit modern equipment. No one can promise that our RVs will always fit old places. Simply up to the driver to be aware.
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:57 AM   #9
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In most low clearance situations it's a railroad overpass & they absolutely don't care if they may have a clearance issue, either move the highway or deal with a low clearance. I know of a couple more spots like the video above & both are railroad crossings, but are well marked in advance provided you are paying attention.
They build the rvs in heights that the consumers want, but all should be of legal heights. Best rule is if trucks fit so should you.
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Old 06-03-2017, 04:08 AM   #10
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would RV builders really build an RV that wouldn't go under any bridge in America? An even better question would be why would any bridge builder build a bridge an RV wouldn't fit under? Hmmmm
Rv builders build what the consumer wants, all should be of legal heights, but it's up to you to know what your actual height is, DO NOT take salsmans/brochure/anyone else's word for it, measure it yourself.
The thing to watch for is railroad overpasses, highway construction can adjust for clearance, railroads won't especially if they were already there when highway came through, they don't move for anything/anybody.
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Old 06-03-2017, 05:39 AM   #11
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Rv builders build what the consumer wants, all should be of legal heights, but it's up to you to know what your actual height is, DO NOT take salsmans/brochure/anyone else's word for it, measure it yourself.
The thing to watch for is railroad overpasses, highway construction can adjust for clearance, railroads won't especially if they were already there when highway came through, they don't move for anything/anybody.
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Old 06-03-2017, 11:08 AM   #12
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The thing to watch for is railroad overpasses, highway construction can adjust for clearance, railroads won't especially if they were already there when highway came through, they don't move for anything/anybody.
Very true: Near here they recently replaced a railroad crossing with a bridge.

What they ended up doing was to build a bridge around the railroad tracks and then dig the road underneath it--the tracks never moved.
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Old 06-03-2017, 11:56 AM   #13
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The US has a lot of very old infrastructure, many bridges and other structures were built before semis and RVs existed. Wise to know where you are going due to weight limits and potential clearance issues. A few years ago I was taking a random trip and encountered an arched one lane overpass built of stone, very old and very short. I had not really planned out this trip and had to go 35 miles out of my way to get around it. Poor planning, or lack there of, on my part!
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:00 PM   #14
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Try driving Chicago city surface streets. They have so many low bridges it isn't even funny mainly due to afore mentioned railroad overpasses. The company I used to drive for had many trucks and trailers altered (lowered) to fit under theses bridges for city pick up and delivery. The lowest bridge I personally saw was marked at 11' 8". NOT a fun city to navigate a large rig in for sure!

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Old 06-03-2017, 10:11 PM   #15
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Motor carriers atlas found at truck stops for about $20 & "Trucker Path" app.
My point being, it's easy enough to find clearances on the highway (which 99.9% are not a problem), but I don't know of any information on fuel/food stops, so be aware.
Agreed.
Motor carriers atlas found ... or even $14 on Amazon.
Technology can and will take a dump on you when you need it most.
Little substituting for seat of the pants reckoning and watching local signage.
Most of our near close calls have been on or near Detours. You'd think / hope road engineers would do a thorough job of checking clearances but, they often let high cube vans do their tree trimming etc. Some skip the planning stage. I'm always cautious until I witness a couple high box vans coming from the opposite direction, not sporting leaves and branches. . It's nice to know when the pro's are on-board with a particular route.
Any travel off the beaten path can be N0-vans land, whether it be height or length.
Surprisingly many supposed "C-Gs" seem to have most of the obstacles and low hanging crap that we've witnessed. YMMV.
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