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Old 04-25-2019, 12:50 PM   #1
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GPS system with vehicle height data point

Iíve been a big proponent of GPS systems for years and now know about a number of smart phone apps, (Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps) to name a few and Iíve used them all but now that I have a RV I want a GPS app that takes into consideration my vehicle height for bridge etc. clearances.

Suggestions and experiences are very welcome.
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Iíve been a big proponent of GPS systems for years and now know about a number of smart phone apps, (Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps) to name a few and Iíve used them all but now that I have a RV I want a GPS app that takes into consideration my vehicle height for bridge etc. clearances.

Suggestions and experiences are very welcome.
I forgot the name of the app I think low clearance. When you routed it was suppose to warn you of low bridges after you input your height, it really never worked for me or it would give a warning when there wasn't even a overpass in site. Maybe there better now, but that one sure didn't work..
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I have a map book that I bought at a truck stop. I look at it whenever a I am going to a place I have not been before.
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I have two Rand McNally RV-specific GPS devices that allow you to put the RV spec into it and they will route you around places that will not be good for you and your RV.

Keep them updated and they work very well!
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I have used a Garmin rv660 now for several years and love it, it is of course a stand alone type device. You can be in ether RV mode or Car mode. In RV mode it will not put you on any route that your RV will not fit on. You have to tell the unit one time the length, height and weight and such then RV mode makes the travel worry free to any place that you have not been before. Is it perfect no but much less worry. It will even tell you the status of gas stations if it knows, but it will still tell you RV status unknown.
I did use low clearance app on an older GPS that was not an RV or truckers GPS. The app did work but you had to set the warning distance in the app. I put mine at 2 miles I think and every low bridge within that distance and not on my route would set the alarm off. Then there was a time delay of sorts or you had to be closer for the app to display were the low clearance was. I remember I got an alarm on interstate 74 by Morton il, and it showed the low clearance right on the interstate. I was in panic mode almost no way to turn around and such, so I slowed way down and kept an eagle eye out. It turned out the low clearance was for a under pass below the interstate but the app did not tell you that.
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The Rand McNally RVND standalone GPS is good but pricey,

This one looks like a $45 database that comes with instructions on how to install into your current GPS, app or (some) built in navigation systems... lowclearance.com
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We have a Kenwood DNX57TR Radio/GPS system that you input height, length & width which we like. I warns you of sharp turns coming up, when you turn onto a road that isn't suggested for RV'S it sounds a warning.
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GPS system with vehicle height data point

Garmin DEZL is the best I have found. It routes you based on your length, height and weight. This is a GPS for truckersóit is designed for class a licensed drivers. (Limited touch to get the info u need from it)

It only took one time to figure out I needed a better gps than a typical car version....

We got caught with 5er in a nasty situation on a curved highway where we had to stop traffic and back up to correct our route because of a secondary road that wouldnít support my weight (car gps).

10,000 miles later have not gotten surprised by weight secondary road or height restrictions.

I would encourage you to read the reviews on each recommendation.
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If you want an app, and not a separate GPS devise, then SmartTruckRoute is very good. You can enter your vehicle (and RV) data and it does an excellent job of correctly routing you. I've used this for about three years. They keep it updated and provide excellent support, if you have any issues. I know a few truckers who use it and like it (although almost all use some kind of external gps, also - due to the fact they get out of cell coverage on some of their routes).

There are other supposed Truck Route apps, but the few others I've seen even state they are in the process of changing to truck routing...that means they are still routing based on car parameters. Therefore, before you purchase any other app, try it and make sure they work for your needs.
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I have a Garmin RV660 which is recommended for Trucks & RV's. You can input information into it exactly as you stated. Mine requires input of height, weight, length, width. It will never route you in a direction of these limits you have inputted.

I've owned mine for two years and and put it to the test. My RV with AC on top is about 11'6" but to be safe I set it for 12 feet and 0 inches. Actually got to test that height this year, as a matter of fact, last week.
I saw a sign that said bridge clearance 12 feet, so once I disconnected my RV, I went that route with my pick up truck only and found it allowed me to continue. I thought
as you did, does this thing work. I turned around, reprogrammed my GPS height for 12'1" and went back under the low bridge. It warned me continually and displayed a message across screen about low bridge.

So do they work? From experience, YES.

Good Luck!
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I have a Garmin that a friend of mine suggested. He is tour bus driver. I just it for truck mode and plug in the the information. Works great when pulling a car.
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I have the Garmin RV 760 which I have been using for the last 4 years. It has 2 modes, car and RV. In RV I put in my height, width, length, weight. It has never steered me wrong.
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Co-Pilot, an app for android will do that. You load into the preferences the height and length of your rig and it will plan your route accordingly. $29. Also available for iPhone.
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I have used the RV660 for several years now both in the USA and Canada with excellent service..I just purchased the new RV 780. It has the additional features of allowing me to input the size and number of propane tanks and type of RV and gross weight. The data base are better and the search enhanced. I havenít had it on the road yet but Iím impressed with what I see and looking forward to a trip with it next week.
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I have a Garmin RV660 which is recommended for Trucks & RV's. You can input information into it exactly as you stated. Mine requires input of height, weight, length, width. It will never route you in a direction of these limits you have inputted.

I've owned mine for two years and and put it to the test. My RV with AC on top is about 11'6" but to be safe I set it for 12 feet and 0 inches. Actually got to test that height this year, as a matter of fact, last week.
I saw a sign that said bridge clearance 12 feet, so once I disconnected my RV, I went that route with my pick up truck only and found it allowed me to continue. I thought
as you did, does this thing work. I turned around, reprogrammed my GPS height for 12'1" and went back under the low bridge. It warned me continually and displayed a message across screen about low bridge.

So do they work? From experience, YES.

Good Luck!
Good idea. You never know if they have laid an extra inch or two of asphalt on the pavement after the sign was placed.

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I have had the Garmin RV760 for several years. The USB to unit connector no longer works and cannot update maps any longer. I'll be updating to a new Garmin before our snowbird trip.
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I also have the height for my fiver set five inches higher than it really is just in case there is a variance in the true measurement.
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We have the Garmin for RVs (basically the trucker version with more campgrounds listed)

They do warn you that not all low bridges are in the system. The more you go off the well traveled roads, the more likely you are to find unexpected situations.

So use them for information, but keep your eyes open for signs of low bridge signs.
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I have had the Garmin RV760 for several years. The USB to unit connector no longer works and cannot update maps any longer. I'll be updating to a new Garmin before our snowbird trip.
Check your other rechargeable devices. I found that the USB connector on my spotlight also works on the Garmin (and vice versa).
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I have had the Garmin RV760 for several years. The USB to unit connector no longer works and cannot update maps any longer. I'll be updating to a new Garmin before our snowbird trip.
I think a charging cord for an Android phone will work, the one that charges off the computer to the phone.
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