1/31/18 LIVE CHAT Follow Up: Avoiding Overpass Crashes

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Our last video was a stark reminder of the critical importance of knowing your RV’s height, and how to avoid turning it into a convertible under a low overpass. It received more thumbs up in its first week than any video we’ve ever done, and generated a ton of comments from fellow RVers (and even a few truckers) who added excellent input.

With all the interest in this particular accident-avoidance topic, we’re going to continue the conversation!


RVgeeks YouTube Live Chat
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific
on The RVgeeks YouTube Channel

We’ll respond directly to some of the great comments that many of you left on the video, and also field additional questions and comments live on the air. We won’t have a comment moderator, but we’ll do our best to answer as many questions as we can. We also welcome your input, suggestions and feedback about measuring the height of an RV and avoiding low clearance situations.

To join us live, you can either come to our YouTube channel just before the start time and click on the live feed, or use this link to go directly to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEaiSJ6QXsc

UPDATE: Now that the live video is over, we’ve embedded the archived version above. Just scroll back up the page and click the play button on the video at the top of the screen. Sit back, relax and enjoy… it’s a long one (over an hour!)!

If you haven’t already seen the video, you can watch it right here beforehand so you’ll be… ahem… up to speed… on everything we’re talking about. wink

So set a reminder for this coming Wednesday evening, when we hope you can join us live. If not, you’ll still be able to enjoy the conversation archived on our channel for future viewing.


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  1. Watch for low hanging wires. Recently our power company replaced a power pole in our neighborhood while we were gone. The cable TV wire that was attached to the pole was reattached at a lower height. The old position was lower then I’d liked but if I drove under the wire slowly at an angle we had no problem. To our surprise when we returned from a RV trip the cable, which I still thought was okay, bounced across our roof. No damage thankfully. After several calls to our cable company and waiting over 6 weeks the cable was raised. The position, after the pole was replaced, was 12.5 ft and should have been at 14.5 ft according to the cable techs. They got it to 13+ ft. So the advice is watch for low hanging cables, they can be hard to spot and I’ve never seen one marked. They can rip AC units and/or satellite dishes off your roof.

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      Good advice, Iggy! Must’ve been quite a surprise to try and drive under cables you’d successfully passed under countless times before… and have them scrape! As always, nothing beats being vigilant and paying careful attention… but you can’t catch EVERYTHING! Glad you got the cable company to raise that line up for you!

  2. What a Great and informative video!! Love all your videos, I’ve seen them all, and am always telling other RVers about you guys. Learned a lot from you but mostly to not be afraid to tackle any repair job on my rig. I have a travel trailer which we just bought at 31 feet so I’m learning to handle it on streets and highways. Thanks again for the advice in this video, learned a lot

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  3. Hi Peter and John! I LOVE your videos. I have learned a ton from watching them over the years. Thank you. I am watching your live chat video about overpass crashes. I notice you said you don’t use either a GPS or the Rand McNally Motor carriers atlas. Well then, how the heck DO you plan your routes?

    Thanks,

    Ian Schneiderman

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      Hi Ian! Thank you so much for your very kind comments, and great question! So…. this requires a bit of a long-winded explanation, since it’s fair to assume that having been full-time for all these years, we’d have lots of standard planning tools in place for routing. First off, RV GPS didn’t exist when we hit the road in ’03, so by the time it came out, we were already used to navigating without it. And the fact that we’ve never heard of a single unit that gets rave reviews that we felt we could absolutely trust, we just never bought one. We have a plain old Tom Tom that has no settings for height or weight.

      Another thing for us was that we lived all our lives on the East Coast, and one of the factors that led us to start RVing was having discovered the incredible dramatic natural beauty of the West. So it was a natural thing for us to spend the vast majority of our time west of the Rockies once we hit the road, and there are a lot fewer low overpasses out here compared to the NE. The rare times we RV East, we’re usually not heading into remote areas seeking natural beauty (because, frankly, once you’ve been in the Rockies, Cascades, Sierras, etc, the Poconos and Blue Ridge Mountains, while nice, pale in comparison). We’ve been in 49 of the 50 States, but we’re definitely spoiled by the West. So now when we go East, we’re mostly visiting family, and generally stay on more major roads to reach them, and know the areas we’re headed into.

      One other factor is our travel style… we sometimes don’t know exactly where we’re going when we get up in the morning. Rather than sit down to map out a route, we head in a direction, and take whatever route seems interesting.

      One last factor is my (Peter) experience. Having taught probably 700+ motor coach operators during nearly 10 years running a large training program, and having won a shelf full of trophies competing in bus driving competitions (yes, such a thing exists!). So I have an unfair advantage. Not that I’m looking to be stuck nosed up to an 11′ overpass on a winding country road or anything, but I lack any real fear about how I would extricate myself. But the reason it’s never happened is partly due to my deeply-engrained observational habits. Not that there’s no such thing as an overpass without advance warning signs…. but if they ARE there, I’m not likely to miss ’em. ;-)

      Long story short(er)…. to a very large extent, we wing it, because we want to explore remote scenic areas, and are okay depending purely on our observational and driving skills to manage it. It’s definitely not something I recommend for everyone, so any additional tools are a good idea…. the best-rated RV GPS you can find, a motor carriers atlas, an app or two, and some planning using Google Street View are all worthwhile parts of the safety arsenal for most RVers.

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      What a great idea, Chris! When we drove a campervan from Port Douglas to Sydney a couple of years ago, we obviously didn’t even think about height, since we didn’t have anything to worry about in our little van. But it sure would be a big deal in a bigger rig.

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