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Old 09-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Where can't I drive my RV?

Planning a trip up the east coast from Orlando to DC, Philly, Niagara, Hershey, Gettysburg and Virginia coast. I usually make my own maps with AAA, but this is our first east coast trip, and AAA isn't much help letting me know where I can't travel with my RV (height restrictions, no propane, etc.). I ask because I've read a lot on this site about I-190 near Buffalo not being RV friendly (12ft height restrictions somewhere) and realized, it never occurred to me there are highways I can't travel on.
Anybody know a good online tool for figuring the proper route, so I don't find out the hard way?

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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No clue, but don't go through either tunnel on I-95 or I-895 in Baltimore. You have to go around I-695 (to the south over the Key Bridge is my preference).

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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I might suggest that you purchase a GPS geared towards RV/Truck travel. Camping World has one (same as the Rand McNaley) that you enter RV characteristics such as RV height, weight, size of propane, etc. It's suppose to route you around areas you shouldn't go, but there are threads on this forum that sites errors. I've been using it this year and have been satisfied so far. I just don't put 100% confidence in it and always compare maps to the routes it selects.

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Also a Rand McNally RV GPS app:

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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We use a copy of "Exit Now". It shows low clearances on major roads via state. It shows what gas stations, restaurants and other stores are at each interstate intersection.....along with which are RV and truck friendly.

Since you are traveling the coastal region, beware that VA. tunnels require propane cyliners to be in the off position. There will be a VDOT pull-off before the tunnels to give you a chance to turn off the propane.

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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There is always the old "reliable" stubby pencil route - stop at any truck stop and pick up a copy of the "Motor Carriers Atlas". This will list all low bridge clearances by state and route #, restricted roads, prohibited highways (i.e. in NY state all PARKWAYS are off limits). Having drove truck for 20+ years I cant see being without it with all the reliability issues I keep hearing about the RV GPS's.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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I doubt you will be going directly through NY City, but I believe some of the bridges and tunnels there do not allow you to cross if you have propane tanks or you are restricted to certain levels. For example George Washington bridge you cannot use the lower level. There could be others.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:44 AM   #8
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In New York I would stay OFF any road that calls it a Parkway( no trucks) some LEO also consider a pick up a truck plus on parkways the underpass heights might be low. A friend when we were heading to Canada almost headed to one of these area till I spotted the height sign and the police had to stop traffic to get him turned around.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:01 AM   #9
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The NY Parkway thing, the Baltimore tunnel and Virginia propane issues are why I'm looking for some GPS that routes RV's. It seems if your heading up the East coast you're bound to run into something unexpected. It's hard to believe there is no program or app that routes RV's. With the RV market booming and all, you would think it would be easy enough to find on the net...
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:20 AM   #10
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We tow near the Buffalo area very frequently and there is no issue with RV's on the I-90 nor anywhere near it.

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