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Old 01-07-2016, 07:01 AM   #1
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Bridge Too Low or 5th Wheel Too High

My wife and I discussed our camping plans for this year. She is a hiker and goes all over the state with hiking groups. My plan is to camp in as many Texas State Parks over the next couple of years as I can.

I'm in the process of planning our camping trips by breaking the state parks down by area. I got the info from the Texas State Parks and Wildlife book. I'll try to do as many in one area such as the Gulf Coast as I can and then the next area such as Hill Country parks.
In my planning one thing I don't have to worry about is low bridges because I'm towing an Aframe camper. But one day I hope to end up with a 5th wheel camper.

That got me to thinking. One of my biggest fears is running into a low bridge with a 5th wheel.

So I thought it would be fun to hear your stories about running into low bridges. I know most of you pre-plan but surely there are some out there that came unexpectedly upon a low bridge.

SO WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Did you realize it was too low BEFORE you tried to go under it? Did you have room to turn a round or had to back up quite a distance before turning around? Did you hold up traffic trying to find another route? DID YOU LEARN ANY NEW POTTY MOUTH WORDS when you found out you couldn't go under.


Have fun with this.

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Old 01-07-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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Low bridges are not an issue on highways and Interstates. We have a 13' 8" high fiver. Only once in traveling the country have we had an issue. In the TX panhandle there was a well marked 13' bridge. We stopped about 1/4 mile short and watched. Noticed 18 wheelers heading straight towards it. If they can, I can I thought. Turns out just short of the bridge was a road that went around the bridge. I just followed the big guys.
Most low clearances are well marked well in advance.
Be careful in Canada as they mark their clearances in meters, not feet, and I do not understand the metric system.


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Old 01-07-2016, 02:13 PM   #3
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My GPS routes me around low clearance bridges and tunnels where propane is band. Will also route you around bridges that have low weight restrictions.


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Here ya go!

Lots of examples here:

11 FOOT 8 – The Canopener Bridge

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X2 On the GPS. The Garmin 760RV is the best out there (there are others but I have always been biased towards Garmin)
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[QUOTE=5er_tom;1073338]Low bridges are not an issue on highways and Interstates. We have a 13' 8" high fiver. Only once in traveling the country have we had an issue. In the TX panhandle there was a well marked 13' bridge. We stopped about 1/4 mile short and watched. Noticed 18 wheelers heading straight towards it. If they can, I can I thought. Turns out just short of the bridge was a road that went around the bridge. I just followed the big guys.
Most low clearances are well marked well in advance.
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Most bridges are standard 13' 6" ft. or in Canada 4.15 meters. Anything lower or higher will be marked, at least from my experience in Canada. The best marked are in Saskatchewan where they let you know how high (clearance) at least 2 exits ahead before you arrive, again only from my experience!!
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I may be wrong (can that be possible? Me?) but I believe that interstates in the USA have a minimum of 14' clearance. If not, they must be posted well in advance. I-95 in NC has a section where they say bridges are too low and they have height detectors to warn vehicles if too high. Our 13' 8" flies right through without issue.


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I was listening to the nbc nightly news on the way home tonight and they did a story on this same bridge. Right after they finished their story, a truck hit the bridge!


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X2 On the GPS. The Garmin 760RV is the best out there (there are others but I have always been biased towards Garmin)
X3. I'm more worried about branches and powerlines than marked bridges. I did hit a sign in the rv lane at a truck stop. It was the same roof all the trucks go under so I didn't think about the rv sign hanging down. Luckily I was going slow so only a scrape on AC cover. Cashier said they have that issue all the time there.
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I looked it up on google maps and did street view and positioned myself under under bridge to see all the scars. One tough bridge.


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