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Old 04-13-2004, 12:17 PM   #1
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Height restrictions

What is the DOT height minimum for an overpass or tunnel? Are the height minimum restrictions different for highways and rural roads?

Before we start planning our build up, what should we know about safe height restrictions?

Thanks for your response!
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Old 04-13-2004, 12:21 PM   #2
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i believe 13' 6" is the standard height limit. All the big trucks have to conform to that height requirement. There are places you won't be able to fit if your that tall however. Not all bridges are created equal !
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Height restrictions....practical ones....

Two stories (key word being "story".)

I was driving to work one morning and had to stop because an old, beat up pick up truck stopped in the road blocking a low clearance bridge. The truck was piled high with household possessions that stuck up a good 14 or 15 feet in the air. It looked like these folks emptied out their entire mobile home into the back of the pickup truck. I got out and walked up to the driver's door.

"The clearance on this bridge is only 10' 6"", I said.

The driver looked at me and said, "Yeah, I know, but there aren't any cops around, so I was thinking about running it."

On the way home from work one day I came across a truck that had tried to pass that same low clearance bridge and had gotten itself wedged completely immobile. I got out and was looking at the situation when a county cop pulled up. He got out and came up to the driver and said, "Stuck, huh?" The driver said, "No, sir, I was just hauling this bridge when I ran out of gas."

How tall is everyone's bus anyway? Going down the road they look to me to be about 10 tall, but I don't know how close that estimate is. If the tires are 40" in diameter (24 inch wheels), and there is 6" of tire up in the bus in the wheel wells, and there is another 6 and a half feet from the floor to the ceiling, you'd be pushing 9 and a half feet, ground to roof.
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My bus fits through my garage door and into power washers with a couple inches to spare. It even fits between the arms on the car lift.

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Old 04-13-2004, 08:08 PM   #5
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my bus is just shy of 9 feet tall
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Old 04-14-2004, 08:56 AM   #6
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Hi Jeff,

The problem with low clearance beidges won't come on the Interstates; they'll all accomodate 13'6" rigs. But there are many, many bridges on the secondary roads and in cities that are much lower; that's one of the reasons I choose a skoolie.

If you can, get a Rand-McNally (or other) Motor Carrier's Atlas (Amazon.com?), there is a list in there by state of all the low overpasses in the U.S. Plus, it's just a darn good atlas anyway with lots of good info.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:49 AM   #7
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:35 PM   #8
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13'6' is federal max hight. An inch or more and you'll set off alarms on toll roads and and number of bridges and tunnels. I found out the hard way.
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