Long haul truckers rely on Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas for the most comprehensive highway and trucking information on the market. Perhaps most importantly, the atlas shows them where they can go and where they cannot go without hitting a low bridge or encountering a dangerously narrow road.
RVs these days are sometimes nearly the height of big rig trucks, making this atlas just as valuable to these “big rig” drivers, too.
Just like with truckers, there are roads where RVs do not belong — those with low bridges and tunnels — too low for an RV to fit.
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 their way. But smartphones don’t show low bridges.
And that’s where the Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas from Rand McNally saves the day. It shows every highway in North America where truckers can pass. And if a trucker 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.
Learn more or order at Amazon.com. The last we looked the price for the paperback edition was less than $15.
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Be aware and keep well in mind that not all low clearance bridges will be found in any listing – atlas – GPS – or whatever. I can assure you I know of many low bridges not listed in any of these. As a former long haul trucker and now 12 full time RVer I have seen many unlisted low clearances. Stay alert and aware at all times is the only way to avoid trouble. Do not trust anyone but yourself to keep you out of trouble.
Amazon wants $60 for the spiral-bound. Almost all of the major truck stops sell the same spiral-bound issue for about $35.
This book is a MUST. We also have a GPS specifically for RVs. We just put in our height, width, length, and weight, and it routes us around all kinds of road hazards. We can switch between RV mode and car mode so we can use it zooming around town in our truck. Between this book and our RV GPS, we feel confident we will arrive without a road hazard incident.
Which GPS do you use? At 13’4”, we stay on interstates…
If you travel a lot, you’ll want the Laminated Spiral Bound Version of this book. Will last a lot longer.
Agree with getting the laminated sprial bound version. Lasts for years. Most truck stops carry this one. We have traveled with it for the last 10 years. We always check the GPS recommended route with this atlas. Don’t need to get a new one every year. Things don’t change that much from year to year. Also at the end of the year you can find last years discounted at the truck stops. Have bought them at Pilot/Flying J and at Loves.