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dtfoster 02-21-2016 08:06 AM

Traveling secondary roads and bridges
 
We are fairly new to rving, and we prefer driving along the secondary roads rather than the interstates. When planning a road trip is there a website that can alert you to bridge heights, or when on the road an atlas, app, or GPS that works best for these roads? Thanks!

Ford Idaho 02-21-2016 08:19 AM

I have driven several two lane roads when pulling the lite, I just keep an eye on road signs.

I figure if I run across an issue I GPS my way around it, never in a hurry and extra time has been allowed for travel.

I just use the Google map app on my kinna smart phone.

Last year we booked a few days in Crown Villa RV park in Bend, OR.

The lady warned us about a low bridge we would need to drive around, so your host may be a good source of information just ask questions.

youroo 02-21-2016 08:54 AM

State roads that Big Rig's run will be Safe for you! Very few things to see on the Interstate! :signhavefun: Youroo!! :us-flag-waving:

Dave_the_Piper 02-21-2016 09:07 AM

Bridge Clerance
 
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Originally Posted by dtfoster (Post 1107824)
We are fairly new to rving, and we prefer driving along the secondary roads rather than the interstates. When planning a road trip is there a website that can alert you to bridge heights, or when on the road an atlas, app, or GPS that works best for these roads? Thanks!

We use a Garmin DEZL 560. It is for truckers and RVers. You can input your length, height, width, weight and you will receive a plenty of warning. If you are far enough off the beaten path and the roads you travel are not in the data base you will receive a warning that the road is unknown. We are traveling in a 5th wheel that is over 13'.

Jim34RL 02-21-2016 09:14 AM

The Rand McNally RV GPS unit will also route you around low clearances and some tunnels that restrict propane. In the Route folder you can pick your preference such as no interstates, toll roads, U-turns, dirt roads and other items. Under the RV preferences you state the length of the RV including tow vehicle, weight, height, number of propane tanks and size. with this information the program will route you according to you preferences. You can also set the speed that you want to tow at and the unit will tell you if you exceed your set tow speed or above the speed limit.

Oaklevel 02-21-2016 09:15 AM

I too prefer the lesser traveled roads :) but no road is completely safe :) I do not like 2 lane roads as I have watched in horror and seen the all too often fatal head on collision from someone being distracted and crossing the center line....... :eek: :(


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awellis3 02-21-2016 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by dtfoster (Post 1107824)
We are fairly new to rving, and we prefer driving along the secondary roads rather than the interstates. When planning a road trip is there a website that can alert you to bridge heights, or when on the road an atlas, app, or GPS that works best for these roads? Thanks!

The best apps are for truckers, of course, and are subscription based. You pay a yearly fee because these are updated according to new construction, detours, etc. An incomplete app is worse than no app at all.
Another point as mentioned by Youroo, federal and state secondary roads are safe, for the most part, because trucks used them before the Interstate system was built. Obviously a two-lane country road with no dividing line is a crap shoot.
FWIW, I look at the trees on the shoulders of those roads. If you see the lower branches have been "pruned" with a right angle to a side-ways "L" shape, box trucks and tractor trailers use the road for local delivery and you're good to go.

Stetay 02-21-2016 09:36 AM

I just downloaded the "Allstays" app. haven't used it yet but you can set it to warn you of low clearance. It can be set up to show you where overbite parking is, state campgrounds, private campgrounds also.

RFLLambert 02-21-2016 11:37 AM

I bought a Garmin RV 760 GPS last year. You can input your RV data and it will warn you. I am really satisfied, at least once it saved me to get into trouble.

ben31 02-21-2016 11:38 AM

Smart Truck Route is a good gps app.


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