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Old 06-08-2018, 08:36 PM   #1
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final height after roof raise

Im thinking about doing a 27" raise on my skoolie. Final height with AC units will be 12' 7"... anyone know if that is too tall for back roads? I know Im ok on the highways but we want to go off the beaten path too....
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:48 PM   #2
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I think 13'5" is the critical point, but some roads and bridges vary.
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:06 PM   #3
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I ran all over the country in my last bus that was over 13'.

I had very few problems with height. The few issues that I did have were a bit of a hassle.

Like having to back up nearly a full block downtown Denver at 5:30pm on Friday because of a 12'6" bridge clearance.

People were so supportive. Waving, honking and telling me that I was #1 (sign language).

If you are 12' or less I would not expect any trouble. If you approach 13'6" you should not have many issues but you have to be much more cautious in your route planning.

I do have to ask, why a 27" raise?

I am raising my current bus 10" and that gives plenty of head room and a perception of space. I cannot imagine another 17".

I am not saying that a 27" raise is bad or wrong. I simply don't understand the need. I'm curious what the benefits are as opposed to an 8"-12" raise.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:33 PM   #4
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A nice train bridge in Chicago took about 4" off one of our tractor trailers

There are low place all over, tree lined roads would be my worry overpasses and Bridges and such and height signage.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:40 AM   #6
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With its roof deck, the Spirit of Linda Lee is right at 13 feet. I'm gonna remove the deck and plan on raising the roof one foot, or such that the A/C has max. 11-ft clearance, whichever is less. And be alert for lower bridges!

Three blocks of warning signs and a last-moment escape route B4 it's too late, huh? Make it idiot-proof, and then someone will make a better idiot. Granted, for inexperienced RV/rental-truck drivers, it might be easy to have a brain fart. Professional CDL drivers, on the other hand... .

Some of those impacts gave a violent jolt to the truck: no seat belt = bruised driver. It's a matter of luck that nobody's been seriously hurt. Some numbskull texting while tailgating might well end up like the dummy in the IIHS video below:


The Chevy shown here was going only 35 mph.
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:41 PM   #7
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That bridge is in my town of ZANESVILLE Ohio
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:32 PM   #8
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Another OH- hi- O moment.
My guess is that the guy that approved that underpass, has stock in Fruitof The Loom.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:03 AM   #9
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Near my home is a lovely little park with an entrance beneath a railroad bridge that's only 8' 8" high. Its location is out of the way, limiting the number of high vehicles that hit it. That is isn't enough to stop a few bus and truck drivers from trying, though, while attempting to take a shortcut from point A to point B.

A second railroad bridge crosses the other end of the road. It's higher - by a whopping six inches. Too bad, because the park would be a nice place to take a camper and go fishing.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:34 PM   #10
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From the website..............

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What is the location of the 11foot8 bridge?
201 Gregson St in Durham, NC (intersection with Peabody St)

So as much as my home state of Ohio would like the honor.......
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