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Old 04-01-2014, 07:20 AM   #1
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Low bridges

A friend of ours was pulling his rig and his Garmin GPS rerouted them. They hit a bridge. The air conditioner was torn off the roof and they had a lot of roof damage. This is a big fear of ours. Do you use an app to check bridge height? Is the Rand McNally GPS for R V's helpful? Also GPS's are not always accurate, so how do you travel and feel confident of the route for an RV?
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:49 AM   #2
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I would never depend on the GPS alone. Most of the time the overpass height has a sign before it, but some do not. There is a program for your garmin that you download it"s called Low Clearances. Then you set the height of your RV in the program and it is suppose to warn you with an alert if one comes up. I think it cost like 10.00 but has all the over passes in it and they give you updates all the time. You can set when the warning comes up I think up to 2 miles before. My warning has gone off when there wasn't even an overpass. Maybe at one time there was one and it is still in the data base. So really I trust my eyes before anything else. I measured the highest point of my unit it's 12' 8" So I set my warning at 13'. I worry more about the over hangs at gas station more. If you are traveling the back roads you might run into a low one. I'll just stop and look to see if I will make it. Alot of times if I think it's iffey I will move over to the center lane the bridge is sometimes a little higher then in the right lane. That could really ruin your day.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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A friend of ours was pulling his rig and his Garmin GPS rerouted them. They hit a bridge. The air conditioner was torn off the roof and they had a lot of roof damage. This is a big fear of ours. Do you use an app to check bridge height? Is the Rand McNally GPS for R V's helpful? Also GPS's are not always accurate, so how do you travel and feel confident of the route for an RV?
Low height bridges are posted.

Your friend should know the height of there camper.

It's to bad it happend tho.

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2nd full year with the 5er... we are not full timing so I always take the time to do the following:

- Have a sticker on the dash with my measured height (not factory specs)

If we don't know the route we are going:

1. Review the route using google maps
2. Check bridge heights using Trucker Maps
3. Run the route using google street view and look for obvious bridge/height issues.
4. GPS (CoPilot) is programmed with our height restrictions

and if we know the route or not:
- Watch every sign along the way when traveling.

and of course:
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...I think it cost like 10.00 but has all the over passes in it and they give you updates all the time. You can set when the warning comes up I think up to 2 miles before...
I think it is 22 miles Glen.
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Good suggestions. I wonder if you can add apps to all Garmins. We have a nuvi and in the dually we have a Kenwood system that uses Garmin for its navigation. I will go on Garmins web site today.
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I think it is 22 miles Glen.
I think you are right, But I always give bad info.........
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Like others have said, never trust the GPS 100%. Always watch the low clearance signs. I have the Low Clearance app on my iPhone and there is a low clearance railroad bridge over a highway in my town that it doesn't show. I have sent an email to report this issue but it has never been updated.
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I feel pretty confident on interstates as trucks have a max height of 13'6'' so any overpass below that will have all kinds of signs. On the back roads, I use the truck atlas as others have said.

Another good tool if you have an IPhone is the Allstays Camp & RV-Tent Camping app. I think it's free but if it's not, it was well worth the small cost. Besides listing campgrounds, this excellent app lists overpass heights. You tell it what height to look for and it highlights them. The app also lists road grades for a growing number of states. They just started adding road grades last year and I don't think they have all states included yet. But they are making progress.

There are several Allstays apps when you search for them in the app store. For instance, there's a separate Allstays app to locate RV dump stations. So far I'm very impressed with their app.

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36CKTS: 13'8" high, when towing. I don't care WHAT the book says. One more thing. A friend who also has one measured it; 40' some inches. So much for the printed specs.
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