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Old 05-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Crossing bridges with a camper?

I'm getting more adventurous with pulling my TT. Planning a trip down to Shenandoah and doing some route recon. Looks like I'll have to cross the Potomac River on US-340 (MD/VA line). It's a pretty narrow bridge to begin with and it didn't help when using "Google/Street View" there was an enormous oversized tractor trailer straddeling the yellow lines in one picture. (not even sure if he should have been on there)

Which led me to the question... What would you do in such a case? This semi was enormous, I'm not sure even my Excursion TV could squeeze through the other direction. Would he slow down so you could both carefully maneuver past each other?

Of course I may not even have to deal with a semi or even a car while crossing the bridge. Just wondering if some of the more seasoned drivers might have some narrow road/bridge tips for a newbie...

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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Wouldn't think you'd have a problem, but years ago I was crossing an old one lane historic bridge, and a tractor trailer decided he wasn't waiting for me to come across. He wouldn't budge, and even at 16 I had enough sense to give way, back my pick up and 12' boat the 1/4 mile back across the bridge. Think that's the day I learned to back a trailer.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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I have crossed that bridge several times with my Surveyor, as well as the bridge over the Shenandoah River in that area. They are both plenty wide, and nice bridges.

If you can, plan on traveling that area outside of rush hour. Rt 340 narrows from 4 lanes down to 2 before the bridge, and there are some hefty backups sometimes with the traffic coming out of Frederick trying to get over that bridge. It continues to be 2 lane through the Md., Va., and W.Va., and on across the Shenandoah River bridge, so it is a busy little area. It widens back into 4 lane outside of Harper's Ferry.

Because of the mountains and the river gorges, there aren't any other convenient nearby choices.

You say are going to Shenandoah......the town ?? I grew up in that town.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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I had just that very experience this weekend while traveling to Talladega for the race. A semi and I both hit the narrow county bridge at the same time. He was clearly on the center line. I moved as close to the right curb as possible without scrubbing tires and stared straight ahead. All of this was while we were both doing 50mph+. Thankfully there was no contact. My wife and her friend who were in the vehicle behind me thought there would be a wreck for sure and started slowing down to avoid the carnage that was surely to come.
I have put truckers into two categories. Safe, contientious and courteous drivers; and then there are those who just bully their way because of their shear size.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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If you have to travel I-64 west out of St. Louis and cross the Daniel Boone bridge over the Missouri River stay in the middle lane. Very narrow lanes, even with traffic going on the same direction. 50 mph limit on the bridge, like that happens.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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Not your bridge but, we have to cross on the Thousand island bridge. Gives me the willies!


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Old 05-07-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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That's a cool bridge!
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I have a great dislike for bridges, with or without my camper.
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Not your bridge but, we have to cross on the Thousand island bridge. Gives me the willies!

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The second pics reminds me of the bridge in a nightmare I have every so often. Ditto on the willies!

I tend to slow down a bit while driving on a bridge but can't say the drivers behind me are happy campers.
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The second pics reminds me of the bridge in a nightmare I have every so often. Ditto on the willies!

I tend to slow down a bit while driving on a bridge but can't say the drivers behind me are happy campers.
I have that same nightmare!! Like a roller oaster bridge.

Thus bridge is also very narrow in my opinion. Beautiful view of the thousand islands if you are not driving and have the nerve to look down
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