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Old 01-08-2016, 12:34 AM   #1
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surely everyone has seen this

11 FOOT 8 – The Canopener Bridge

perhaps for those that need help demo'ing for a roof raise
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Old 01-08-2016, 06:53 AM   #2
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Its made it onto quite a few fail compilations. Classic!
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #3
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This brings up a good question

This might be worthy of its own thread. (I did do a quick search and didn't find what I was looking for.) Somewhere in the world there has to be an app or an atlas of where you can drive and where you can't with a tall vehicle, or a triple-A for trucks, or something that will tell you where you are and are not welcome on the road.

I do recall that I was driving a 20+ foot cabover box truck for a move once when a tollbooth person on the Garden State took my money and then told me I was illegal and that I "should get off before you get a $500 ticket". I got off, and got dumped into a residential neighborhood full of "No through trucks" signs. I survived but I didn't like it.

How do you do route planning if you're a bus and you've done a roof raise? Or do you just keep an eagle eye and hope you can stop in traffic quickly enough?
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:48 PM   #4
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Some good advice here...

https://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguid.../rv_height.php

And there are services like the one below...but...be advised that regardless of your information source...YOU, the driver will be held responsible for any and all damages.

http://www.lowclearances.com/

(Have you priced freeway overpasses or bridges lately?)

Be careful out there!
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:19 PM   #5
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That's good information, there. Especially the product sold at the 2nd website. What I'm thinking about is route planning software, if available. Web-based would be fine. Input point A and B, your vehicle height (maybe configured in your user account), push the button, and get a map that points out where the problems might be and how to get around them.

It might be fun to try to mash up the lowclearance product with Google Maps and get a roll-your-own. I'd never do that, though - that would be illegal.
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:25 PM   #6
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I do recall that I was driving a 20+ foot cabover box truck for a move once when a tollbooth person on the Garden State took my money and then told me I was illegal and that I "should get off before you get a $500 ticket". I got off, and got dumped into a residential neighborhood full of "No through trucks" signs. I survived but I didn't like it.
If you were north of NJ Route 18 (Exit 105), then yes, that makes sense for the toll collector to yell at you. South of Rte 18, large commercial vehicles are permitted. Buses, however, are exempt from that GSP regulation

That being said, 13' 6" is the "universal" height on the IHS. However, as pointed out above, local clearance heights do vary. There's an rail overpass in Edison that's 8'4" and managed to squeeze an 8'4" van ambulance under it, sans damage
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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Yeah, IIRC I was pretty far north, up near where it dead ends into 287 to get tot he Tappanzee.
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When I drove tractor trailer [off the road 16 years now] I delivered down town Toronto, lots of low bridges. Some marked 13-6 for the bridge but didn't mention the height of the street car wires going under the bridges which weren't....pay attention man!. Also heading up and down hwy 400 between Toronto and Barrie Ont. the bridges arched so the right side was low, you had to be in center lane going under the bridge. Some times had to force my way over 'cause cars drivers didn't under stand the low bridge concept..."might has right"
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My last house faced an intersection that was half a block away from a 10'4" rail overpass... People got wedged under it at least once a week. Lived there for three years and saw prob 150 people get stuck. Mostly contractor box trucks and the like. Its amazing what people don't pay attention to when they're driving... One guy actually hit it so hard they had to come out and rebuild the overpass because he tore some of the i-beams out from under it...
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Somewhere in the world there has to be an app or an atlas of where you can drive and where you can't with a tall vehicle, or a triple-A for trucks, or something that will tell you where you are and are not welcome on the road.
There is such an atlas. Rand McNally puts out a Trucker's atlas, both spiral bound and hard bound. In the very front is a listing of low clearances, including a few in Tennessee that are 5'6".
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