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Author Topic: Low Clearance Solutions  (Read 1314 times)
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« on: August 24, 2009, 01:26:58 PM »

I have been trying out various low clearance avoidance tools after witnessing a horrible accident and having a close call myself. Obviously I look out for the signs ahead, but not all bridges are posted and it's no good for planning a route anyway.

So what are the options?

Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas

Pros - Much more than a low clearance list, with an abundance of useful information.

Cons - Limited to just over 1000 low clearances. Can't use while driving. Costs around $50.

Available at: http://www.amazon.com/McNally-Deluxe-Motor-Carriers-Mcnally/dp/0528942123

POI-Factory.com low clearance POI database for GPS

Pros - Free to download. Accurate. Ready to install.

Cons - Limited data, not much more than 300 entries.

Available at: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/1154

DiscoveryOwners.com low clearance POI database for GPS

Pros - Free to download. Accurate.

Cons - Limited data, approximately 400 entries. Many duplicates across several databases. Only available in text format.

Available at: http://www.discoveryowners.com/cginfolinks.htm

LowClearances.com low clearance POI database for GPS

Pros - Huge database, up to 10 times larger than the others available. Accurate. Regularly updated. Ready to install.

Cons - Costs $20 for annual subscription.

Available at: http://www.lowclearances.com

There are also a few fully integrated GPS systems available, but these are very expensive and I cannot vouch for their accuracy or the number of low clearances in their databases.

Hope this is of use.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 02:43:36 PM »

Well you hid your home state, so I can't get alot of info I can use from this. Out here on the left coast if you don't miss a road sign I doubt you will ever have an issue, but its always a good idea to keep your eyes open.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009, 05:57:53 PM »

To each their own, but I chose to keep the overall height at the factory 11' 0" to minimize clearance issues.


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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2009, 06:16:48 PM »

RM Motor Carrier Road Atlas goes for way less than sticker price at the good truck stop near you.

Over several years in the early 2000's I picked up current copies at the Pilot in Erie PA for $10.

Keep looking up!

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