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Old 05-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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I just had a question about one of our local highways (Colorado) - driving conditions (lots of snow today), clearances, etc. I'm sure lots of you know about this, but for those who don't:

Rand McNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas lists the low clearances and more information.

I just ordered the 2013 Deluxe Edition that is spiral bound (pages won't fall out) and laminated on eBay for $39.99 including shipping. (I'm sure someone will find it somewhere else for less ).

The 2014 edition is out, but I don't think it will show any additional low clearances, as new ones are probably not being built.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Does it show our lovely 13'0" clearance on I-25 Southbound in Denver?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
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Does it show our lovely 13'0" clearance on I-25 Southbound in Denver?
wow, I hope nobody found out the hard way, minus two a/c units.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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http://www.aitaonline.com/Info/Low%20Clearances.html

I found this for Independent truckers online if it helps.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the URL! I can attest to the low bridge clearances in South Dakota on Alt US 16 going to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. We were changing our domicile to SD just outside of Rapid Cities at Americas Mailbox, when in limped a Montana with most of his roof ripped off. He had to cover it with a blue tarp. Felt really sorry for him, but it was a good lesson learned for me. Respect bridge and tunnel clearances.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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Good Sam are also bringing out a new RV GPS this month that is based on the Rand McNally maps. I believe you can enter your length and height and it plans routes accordingly.

They will also provide free annual map updates.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Sure makes you more aware of the signs you drove past most of your life and never noticed!

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #8
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That 13ft 0in sign is confusing. Is it 13' in the left lane nearest the sign or 13' at the bridge's highest point?
I saw signs like this while driving I-95 through Brooklyn NY but they were lane specific. BTW.... don't take I-95 through Brooklyn NY. After surviving the white drive through New York traffic you get rewarded with a $58 toll to cross the George Washington bridge.

Also, Garmin has a trucker's GPS that, when in truck mode, let's you put in your rig's weight and dimensions. With this information it will route around low clearances and other restrictions. It's not perfect but it's sure saved our bacon more than once.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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I plotted a route with Good Sam's online and they do have a option to avoid roads with clearance of 13'6" or lower. That's good for all but Redwood 39HH, it would be close at 13,6'.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:12 PM   #10
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A lot of the truck stops have the truckers atlas. Sometimes when the new one is coming out, you can get the old one at a decent discount. I also have gotten into the habit of observing the clearance signs just to be safe. There is no guarantee that everything in a book is correct.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:16 PM   #11
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The I25 bridge is ok in the center lane, but not the outside ones. I think it's posted somewhere before that for trucks to use center lane (hope so). Big trucks are 13'6", so if you're following one you should be ok. At least, the big truck will hit the bridge first

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Sure makes you more aware of the signs you drove past most of your life and never noticed!

It is confusing - but its a little more clear before this sign. Truckers are told to use the center two lanes.

Obviously I was in the wrong lane when I took the picture
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:30 PM   #13
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I have my F450 and Redwood insured with Good Sams, one would think if I plotted my trip with their map I would be in the right if I hit a bridge. RIGHT
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Also, Garmin has a trucker's GPS that, when in truck mode, let's you put in your rig's weight and dimensions. With this information it will route around low clearances and other restrictions. It's not perfect but it's sure saved our bacon more than once.
Does the Garmin also route based n weight and height while in the RV mode?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #15
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Camping World has a Magelian Roadmate RV9165ST-LM with lifetime updates - 339.99 Updates or a Rand McNally Tripmaker RVND 7720 also lifetime updates - 329.99.
Which if you was buying new would you recommend?

I also have a call into the Ford dealer to see if RV mode can be added to my navigation system in my truck already since I have free upgrades for 4 years.
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Sure makes you more aware of the signs you drove past most of your life and never noticed!

At this point in this traffic it would be a terrible situation to be in. What do you do. pull to the side of the road until midnight to back up? lol
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Buddy,

I purchased the Garmin DEZL760, it'sprimarily a truckers GPS but also has RV and Auto modes. It let's you put in your rig's weight and dimensions and uses this data to route to avoid areas you should avoid.</span>
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I'm very happy with the unit!!! FYI.. these 7-inch GPS's are heavy so you should consider getting the dash bean-bag mounts, I did and am happy with the results.</span>
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I have been using the Garmin DEZL560 for a year or so and like it. It is also a truckers GPS with RV mode. It is not perfect but will route you around routes that it believes not suitable for big rigs. I also have the bean bag mount and like it.Edited by: Blenhardt
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I purchased the Garmin DEZL760, it's*primarily a truckers GPS but also has RV and Auto modes. It *l&lt;span style="line-height: 1.4;"&gt;et's you put in your rig's weight and dimensions and uses this data to route to avoid areas you should avoid.&lt;/span&gt;
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&lt;span style="line-height: 1.4;"&gt;I'm very happy with the unit!!! FYI.. these 7-inch GPS's are heavy so you should consider getting the dash bean-bag mounts, I did and am happy with the results.&lt;/span&gt;
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I see you have a 2013 36FB too, what clearance do you set it for?
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I have been using the Garmin DEZL560 for a year or so and like it. It is also a truckers GPS with RV mode. It is not perfect but will route you around routes that it believes not suitable for big rigs. I also have the bean bag mount and like it.
Thanks, is your Redwood the same height and what clearance do you set it on.
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