know the height of your van

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  1. Adria 5

    Adria 5 Read Only Funster

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    hi I posted this on another forum a while ago :Wink:but is relivent for beginners!!!!

    put your height of your van so you can see it and know it i!!! also know metres and feet and inchs anything under ... 16 6 will be marked !! uk:Wink:

    so if your coach built is 10.. 2 " put it a label in your cab for low bridges

    Ray
     
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    Nice one

    Thought we knew but after asking hubbie we just looked at each other blankly (not an uncommon experience!!!)
    Going out now with my sticky label for the dash.

    :Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile:
     
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    I dont worry thats not many under 10 ft only 2 in leicestershire i know off:RollEyes: but its good to know if you go down a country lane in the sticks!!!!!!!!

    ray
     
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    Be just our luck to drive under one of the 2.
    We're 9' 6" so there wouldn't be much to spare, we might have to let the tyres down....:Laughing::Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:and keep a low profile​
     
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    You are so right about knowing your height in feet and inches as well as metres.
    We nearly got caught out in Rudishiem when we turned a corner to the camp site only to be confronted with a low bridge showing the height in metres. We looked at each other and said what the hell is that in feet and inches? a takes a long time for us oldies to convert in our heads. As it was it was quite obvious that we wouldn't get under it so we took another route.
     
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    Over hieght

    Hi Guys.
    Last year I had to deliver 6 trailers to Birmingham from Stoke on Trent.
    They were 16ft 10 inch on a full size tractor unit such as the one that I drive. :Eeek:
    They were built for low profile wheels & tyres which would bring them under 16ft.:thumb:
    I could not go down the motorway as they would have hit the bridges, so the abnormal road division of the police gave me a convoy exceptional route via little roads and down between terraced houses and it took over 3 hours to deliver each trailer.:Blush:
    On the first delivery, the trailer hit a tree and it had to be returned for a small repair.
    After that one I then knew where all the trees were:Rofl1:
    Another point to watch out for, is that very often a bridge may tapper downwards towards the outside and may be less than indicated:Eeek:
    Just take care but know your vehicle height:thumb:
     
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    hi i know sat nav have speed cameras ! can you get low bridges on sat navs for hgvs

    justme??:Smile:my tanker 11 3:Wink:

    RAY
     
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    We made some for Salvesen and they had low bridge warning equipment fitted.
    As I was not involved I did not rake much notice of them but it was electronic and I think it was not sensor based but maybe gps equipment.
     
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    hi theres a bridge near rugby that the skip lorrys like:Doh::Doh:

    RAY
     
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    They have no excuse when a bridge is marked up:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    WE have lots around Longton (Stoke on Trent) and it is nearly a weekly event:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Another good reason to know the height of your vehicle is Petrol station forcourt canopies:Eeek::Rofl1::Eeek::Rofl1:
     
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    Low bridge warning for GPS for £9.95

    http://www.lowbridges.com/?gclid=CJ-Wscv5144CFShWEgodWmVslQ

    Details of more than 2000 bridges in England Scotland and Wales
    Simplifies safe route planning
    Audible and visual alert for bridges on route
    Set alerts to suit the height of the vehicle
    Reduces driver stress
    Simple POI installation and and fully supported
    Regular updates for registered users
     
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    Hi ScotJimland.
    Salversen probably had that or similar:thumb:
     
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    The low bridges and Forcourt canopies are obviously more of a problem for you R V owners.
    I would immagine that with air con or top boxes fitted that they must be near to 14 ft.
     
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    Some are, mine is only 11' 6" / ~ 3.5mt
     
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    The AA Close-up Truckers Atlas Britain

    It weighs an absolute ton........ it is A2 in size so very awkward to hide away but as a route planner, it is fabulous!!!!!!

    It covers 4,700 low bridge heights and 1,700 narrow and weak bridges - it shows 230 proper truckstops and cafes and shows all the fixed camera locations. Ultra large scale at 1½ miles to the inch - even I can read it without difficulty.

    Costs £20 but worth every penny for a 14 ton RV'er (the RV is pretty heavy too!):thumb:

    One thing to take into account when reading forecourt canopy heights - sometimes the floor is uneven and sometimes the signs do not take into account light fittings - so don't take too much notice of the signage - leave yourself at least three inches spare!!!!

    Dick
     
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    I use the cheaper version.:Rofl1: It has the bridge heights :thumb:but not the speed cameras & truck stops:Eeek::Rofl1:
     
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    When abroad I have seen many forecourt canopies without any height indication.
    I marked one of those telescopic poles sold for flying flags etc with red tape at the max height I can get under. It is then a simple job to walk under the canopy & check it, mind you you will get some funny looks:Rofl1: but better than a dented roof:Eeek:

    Keith
     
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    Know your height or else.......
     

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