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squeakytiki
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squeakytiki

I have a local park with a 12′ clearance bridge in it. My RV is 11’9″. I like to go under this bridge sometimes just to watch the reaction, because everyone on the road and bike path will stop what they are doing to watch and see if I’ll clear the bridge. It’s funny.

Tom
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Tom

So I see all the articles about the poor quality of RV tires. Why is it that they are such a problem yet passenger vehicle tires are not such a problem?

Lance Allen
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Lance Allen

I always worry about clearances even on interstate freeways. However, I feel we need to give this driver just a bit of slack. We can’t always be driving at high noon with good visibility on the signage, such as sunset or after dark. Not all of us have 20/20 vision anymore, and who knows what was being said to the driver while going through an area unfamiliar to them. Many has been the time I was asked to calculate mileage or to remember what the gas station attendants name was four stops ago just as the all important sign warning… Read more »

Wayne
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Wayne

What is the clearance of the tunnel in Zion?

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Hi, Wayne. Here is a link to the National Park Service information website for the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, including clearance, hours for oversize vehicles, obtaining a tunnel permit, etc. https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/the-zion-mount-carmel-tunnel.htm Good luck! —Diane at RVtravel.com

jillie
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jillie

There is a bridge in Ann Arbor Michigan right off Main street, it is a train trestle and more than once a bus or a truck has struck it. The police still shake their heads because they have done everything to let drivers know you can’t go there. Another Darwin moment. On a side note? Sams Club has rotisserie chicken for the same price and I have tasted all chickens and still go with theirs.

Bruce Leese
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Bruce Leese

I wanted to make a comment on this weeks editorial on stupidity.
I retired from a large Insurance company after 22 years as a claims supervisor. We did in fact insure “stupidity “ and covered it many many times in the 22 years that I supervised claims!

Vanessa
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Vanessa

So no more fresh of the spit chickens at Costco??? They will all be shipped in from Nebraska! 😉

Vanessa
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Vanessa

Need a sarcasm emoji.

Barry
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Barry

Maybe it was an owner of a POS motorhome that the dealer and manufacturer refused to fix or couldn’t fix, or tried to fix but sat in the lot for 6 months. So the owner did the next best : he “sold” it to the insurance company.

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Now, don’t go giving people ideas, Barry. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bruce Leese
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Bruce Leese

I’ve seen it but we could seldom prove it!

Christine Chadwell
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Christine Chadwell

Re: Low bridge. Zoom in on the license plate. LOL –> “SAY WHEN” <–
W H E N!

Bd2
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Bd2

re: LOW BRIDGE
Without all the info, calling a driver “stupid” could be wrong. A couple of examples. I know of a few cases where the bridge signs [and thus I assume the Garmin, etc] were wrong = over years of over paving, the road height increases and the gap between road and bridge is reduced. I have experienced a sign on the side of the bridge and no sign before the bridge. = locked up brakes in both cases.

Darrel
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Darrel

That rig was way over 8.5 feet! So, NO, new paving was not the issue.

BO
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BO

We had apps, special GPS, books, etc. to ensure that we were aware of overpasses and low clearances when we had our large motorhome. Frankly, it became stressful for me as the trip planner and as we got older, turning that big diesel pusher around when we ended up at a “dead end/wrong turn” just added to the anxiety. When we downsized to our current Class C (clearance 10’5″), we realized what real freedom is! We can go just about anywhere and U-turns are a breeze. Yes, we gave up space but we quickly realized it was space we didn’t… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Re: the additional security for your RV door lock. Most doors have a key lock and dead bolt. If more security is needed it’s time to move on down the road…

Tommy Molnar
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Tommy Molnar

“Uranus Fudge Factory” seems like an odd name for this place. Ahem . . .

Jeff
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Jeff

Tom,
If you ever get to Missouri you need to stop there for a good laugh. When you stop in they say welcome to Uranus. When you leave they say thank you for picking Uranus.

Bill Pacheco
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Bill Pacheco

Our vehicle was totaled in a Wyoming hail torm this past July. Luckily we had the “repair and replace” clause. At the time we got the policy it was good on vehicles up to 5-yrs old. But because of so many devastating hail storms the last couple years, the policy was revamped to only include vehicles up to 2-yrs old. We bought a 2016, same make & model and owe less than we did on the other one. On a different note, the roadside flares are on sale through Amazon. Normally, they are $39. On sale now for $20. I’ve… Read more »

Eric Meslin
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Eric Meslin

Checking reservation sites every few minutes?? Another pay-to-play conspiracy!! I have been able to get reservations in public parks within a month, or even a couple of weeks, prior to arrival. It’s hard for me to plan a year in advance. I know if I am persistent in re-checking the reservation site, there will be cancellations that may net me a couple of nights. I need to be flexible, and I have never been successful at getting more than three nights in one site, and also never on a weekend. Now with this new computer service for a fee, it’s… Read more »

Eric Meslin
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Eric Meslin

Perhaps they were chatting in the vehicle or on the phone, and not paying attention to their surroundings or signage.

Pete Almasi
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Pete Almasi

Last year I booked a weekend at Nickerson beach New York. The trip there involved getting on a parkway that had a sign at the entrance to it that was way too low for my rig. I called the camp site and asked directions and they said everyone comes this way with larger rigs than your with no problems. I said to myself, I’ll try it but if it’s too low I’m stopping. Turns out after you enter the parkway the over pass is too low for my rig in the right lane , but had plenty of room to… Read more »

Leo Suarez
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Leo Suarez

The low bridge problem is one that RV’ers should be painfully aware if they choose to own an RV. I would categorize any RV’er that crashes their RV into one in the stupid category. Very close to where we live is one of those bridges. There are big warning signs, flashing yellow lights, height signs clearly visible on the bridge, yet at least once a month someone rips the top off their vehicle. So often now, that a bridge cam has been installed, check it out at https://11foot8.com/

Bill
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Bill

Know this cam well and lots of fun to watch. But it has good signage, flashing yellow warning lights and a height detector that turns the light red well before then displays a giant flashing warning display before turning the light green and they still hit. These are stupid.

There are plenty of bridges that do not have good warnings that even seasoned truckers/RV’ers hit (we were almost one of them with our TT). Would not classify as stupid

Wolfe
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Wolfe

The frequency of crashes at that bridge is crazy! 11’8″ isn’t even THAT short. I’m pretty sure my trailer is 10’10”, but I think I may go measure a few more times… and then again. And for those making references to the Northeast having a lot of low bridges, HECK YES. I’m just outside a fairly major city with two major highways and a “parkway” with dozens of 9’XX” and a few 8’XX” bridges — with discrete little white signs, but no “special” warnings. Although, seeing bricks level to your forehead MIGHT tip you off… That’s how I learned, when… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

We just stopped at the Uranus fudge factor this Thursday on our way too visit our daughter in republic Missouri. You have too park on top of the hill by the store. They have a steep grade going downhill away from the store.

Bill
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Bill

We live in Long Island NY which is littered with low bridges. Even being aware of this we still made a wrong turn once but realized quick our mistake and avoided disaster that would have totaled our TT.

Now with a commercial Garmin GPS we still map out our trips before hitting the road.

Sherry Richardson
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Sherry Richardson

What’s the best GPS to have that will warn you of low bridges.

Bill
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Bill

We got the Garmin RV 770 NA LMT-S

It has a high rating for bridges but we dont and would not recommend totally relying on a GPS. We still look at a map before we go. We prefer Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas (Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas)

Diane Seabury
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Diane Seabury

https://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20061024/news/310249964

I stand corrected. There is a sign, AT the bridge, with no room to turn around.

I do recall, if you did not know the area, you would be taken unaware.

Diane Seabury
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Diane Seabury

Re: “stupid” RV’er who hit a low bridge. That is harsh. If you have ever traveled New England or NH, you would realize it could be you. There is one exit off rte 101 in Exeter (major east/west corridor) where you come to such a bridge with in a few hundred feet with NO signage! I remember being nervous in my minivan! “Unfortunate” might be a better adjective, with a reminder on how to learn from such mistakes. You can’t do a lot with poor signage.