The wife and I RV for 4 to 6 months a year. Our rig is 145 inches tall, and 8ft 6in wide and carries about 10 gallons of propane. Having road notifications of limitations would extremely helpful. Is there anything out there short of buying another GPS? We have 4 Garmins now with the latest being a 760.
Umm. not quite. Garmins can alert you of Special Zones or advoid but i do not beleive that it can display such information. BTW are propane tanks considered a HAZmat on RVs. You would know u have the bigger rig
These GPSr have hazmat and the other poi's you are looking for built in.
I don't believe the quantity of propane carried on an RV is considered HAZmat, but there are locations that prohibit travel with propane such as the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. I've heard that the law rarely misses an RV that gets past the last exit before the tunnel and the fine is very stiff.
I think the road atlas published by the Good Sam Club lists these restrictions and their web based trip routing service does include these restrictions in the resulting itinerary.
A POI file could be used but not like redlight cameras or school speed zones as the driver would need to be alerted miles in advance in some cases to permit a suitable detour.
I can think of a way to use it but it would require some tinkering on the part of the user. Here's my thought on how to do it (at least on some nüvi models):
1. Load a POI file into the GPSr containing the locations of all RV restrictions (length, propane, etc.)
2. Select a destination and let the GPSr create a route.
3. Go back to Where to? -> Near... -> My Current Route and select the POI file that has the restrictions.
4. Look at the list that is presented (if any) and determine which restrictions apply and insert appropriate vias into the route to detour around those locations.
This is a manual process many might not want to mess with and I'd like to hear if someone can come up with a more automated approach to use a POI file with the GPSr to navigate around restricted routes. I've seen some pretty creative things done here.
Would it be possible to create a .gpx file with a 5-mile warning? Ideally a simple press of the Detour button once alerted would avoid the hazard, but it may have to be done before the last chance exit.
COPILOT DOES ALL THAT BUT COST IS $149.00 JUST FOR LAPTOP SOFTWARE.I HAD LAPTOP 10 AND NOW THERE IS COPILOT 11 BUT SUPPORT SUCKS AND IT LIKE OTHER GPS PROGRAMS WILL SEND YOU DOWN A DIRT ROAD IF YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION.....
Same problems... so we bought a Magellan Roadmate RV9165T-LM.
Our 5th wheel is 8'6" wide 13'4" high and carries 3 x 30gal... 90gal of propane. Been thru Boston tunnel with 28' c class but have been told i just haven't been caught yet. I called the Fort McHenry Tunnel Authority directly and was told NO RV's.
All tunnels in New York - no propane - not even ten pounds. Don't even think of trying to make it through because police are there in force waiting for a terrorist. Not only that, there is no place to turn around or back out.
I don't know the specific clearances but 145 inches is pretty high.
No propane -
George Washington Bridge lower level
Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge lower level
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