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Old 05-06-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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5th wheels and low bridges

With getting ready to pick up our new 5th wheel on our way back from Texas me and dw were talking about how tall our new 5er is compared to the hight of the semis we were passing and it's going to be just as tall so now we really have to watch for low bridges compared to our TT that was a lot shorter so I seen this video that really gets you to thinking about what roads you travel in new places you visit while traveling.


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Old 05-06-2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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I never get tired of that video. Its also posted on Youtube as the worlds toughest bridge..
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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The minimum allowed bridge clearance on an Interstate highway is 14' Anything lower including rural roads are required to be marked. A truckers Atlas is a good investment and will answer all of your questions.
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That video put the fear of God in many towing fifth wheels.

I don't think there are many out there that are over 13'6" so you should be ok on interstates. I have come across some low bridges in a few states. Some were marked, some not. If you don't see it posted on the bridge, stop and proceed with caution.

I hit a train trestle in Mass. once and did minor damage cause I was creeping along.
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Just wonder how far down the road a couple of the 5ers got before they discovered the cleanly shaven roof line.
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That is a great video. Most problems I think are on secondary roads where the sign may not be correct after the paving crew pave over a section and make the road a few inches higher.
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