Monday, January 30, 2023


RV boo-boos – Low bridges and tall 5th wheels don’t mix

How tall is your RV? It’s a question we should be asking ourselves, and know the answer to. We have a small tag, about the size of a business card, taped to the inside windshield of our tow rig. It’s in the driver’s line of sight, and on it is inscribed the height of our travel trailer. Know your height—and before driving through railroad trestles, under low bridges, etc., slow down, look, and calculate.

Fail to do this at your own peril.


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In case you missed it, the “Can Opener Bridge” is one of America’s favorite low bridges. Here’s a compilation of mishaps with this rig-eating monster.

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1 month ago

The bridge pictured is from Dunkirk NY. The road leads to Lake Erie State Park. According to the instagram post.

Bob M
1 month ago

Can’t view, no instagram account and not interested in one.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob M

Hi, Bob. You don’t need an Instagram account to view the pictures. I don’t have an account (and never will), but I can see the pictures. I just went into the website “anonymously” (i.e., not through the account) and had no problem seeing the picture included in the post. If you can’t see it, maybe you have a filter that’s blocking it? Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago

The picture sure seems odd with the back part of the RV about 30 yards PRIOR to the bridge! Doesn’t seem right for a fifth wheel…tall in front…”exploding” and dropping off a piece of the back way before the bridge.

I don’t, and never will, have an Instagram account so perhaps there’s more to the story I didn’t read.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Spike

Hi, Spike. I don’t have an Instagram account (and never will) either, but I was able to click on the three pictures as well as go back one more page to the person who posted and commented on it. There isn’t any more to the story from him, other than he thinks it’s a new RV. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago

Ouch! Read the signs. They may actually have important information. Also, know your RV’s real height, as opposed to a salesman’s guess.

1 month ago

Ya Can’t Fix STUPID!

1 month ago

So why do the signs say( 12′ 4″).I think this may be intentional to hand out fines and generate money for the town.

Ron Taylor
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

It was 11’ 8” but they raised it to 12’ 4” as noted in the signs. The crash video website is 11’ 8” + 8” (12’ 4”) now. The photo in the article is not from the “canopener” bridge btw.

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