Avoid smacking low bridges with this new 2021 Road Atlas

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By Chuck Woodbury
The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs will soon be published for 2021. While it’s designed for big rig truckers, it should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with recreation vehicles over about 11 feet tall.

We used this when we spent four months traveling from Seattle to Nova Scotia and back with our Winnebago View. In the Midwest and East, especially, some bridges and tunnels along old or minor highways are too low to even accommodate an RV of the View’s size (less than 12 feet). Our basic GPS did not warn us of low bridges, nor would a non-specialized smartphone app.

American truckers rely on Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas. Just like with trucks, there are roads where RVs do not belong — without slamming into bridges or tunnels.

One way to avoid these RV busters is with a specialized GPS. But they’re expensive. Many RVers these days use their smartphones to guide them. But smartphones don’t show low bridges.

That’s where Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas saves the day. It shows every highway in North America where trucks can pass. And if a truck can pass, so can an RV. Use this atlas as your guide and you’ll never go bump and grind, and end up with a tow to an RV junkyard. The Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas also includes a highway-by-highway list of all low-clearance locations.

We found the new 2021 edition listed for pre-order at Amazon.com (expected to be available June 22) but you should also soon be able to find it at a large bookstore or Camping World. Just be sure to check that it’s the new 2021 edition.

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Jerry Glazman
28 days ago

We always used the deLuxe edition which is spiral bound and has laminated pages. Very durable and we didn’t buy a new one every year. Also available at most truck stops.

Irv Goomba
28 days ago

Man, $67 seems awfully expensive for something that’ll be out of date a year later. Wouldn’t something like a Garmin RV-770 be a better value? Plus, the RV gps will constantly tell me, where as a map needs to be checked if I decide to change course on the fly. Just a thought…

Jerry Glazman
26 days ago
Reply to  Irv Goomba

Now that the new one is out, just look for the 2020 edition on clearance at your local truck stop. We would usually pay $25-#30 for ours and they don’t change much from year to year.

Cheryl Reinig
22 days ago
Reply to  Irv Goomba

We have the RV Garmin 785. I would suggest that even with this Garmin you need another app or an Atlas as a double check. Our Garmin has at times given us some strange directions. We use a trucker app to make sure before we get on the road!

David Wylie
1 month ago

Wrong book is linked. Regular atlas is linked, but Motor Carrier version referenced is a different book.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  David Wylie

Thank you very much, David. It’s been corrected, along with the image. Also, the Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas isn’t out quite yet, but you can pre-order it at Amazon. The expected availability(?) date is June 22. Thank you for calling this to our attention! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

David Wylie
1 month ago
Reply to  David Wylie

Link fixed (great) but book for 2021 not at a discount.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  David Wylie

The post has been reworded/corrected. Also, the Deluxe edition and the Large Scale edition are at a discount. Sorry we got it incorrect initially. —Diane at RVtravel.com