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Old 10-30-2020, 02:27 PM
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Default Bridge clearance for boat on trailer

My Pro Sport is 14' 8" high parked on the trailer (13' top of the T top plus 18" for the radar array). I Googled tractor-trailer height and it looks like that is a 13' 6" standard so I am 1' 2" higher than a tractor-trailer. Where do I go (in Florida) for bridge clearance info?

I am a bit surprised the without any kind of radar I am basically at tractor-trailer height. Is this what others with large trailerable catamarans measure?

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Old 10-30-2020, 03:00 PM
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I would check out websites for the Florida DMV and DOT. I think you will find bridge clearance standard at 14' 6".
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The FDOT website will give you any and all bridge heights under 13’6”. Most bridges are 15’ or more and you’re already very close to that number. Your Radar needs to come down for transport
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At that height you will find problems. My current rig is 12'6" and we've had to re-route on a 2 lane for a 12' railroad bridge.
On the interstate 13'6" is no problem. Another issue we've had is trees. There are places where semi's are rare and the trees are "trimmed" by FedEx and UPS trucks, but they don't clear my radar arch, we've been in the middle of the road a few times to avoid branches.
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At that height you will find problems. My current rig is 12'6" and we've had to re-route on a 2 lane for a 12' railroad bridge.
On the interstate 13'6" is no problem. Another issue we've had is trees. There are places where semi's are rare and the trees are "trimmed" by FedEx and UPS trucks, but they don't clear my radar arch, we've been in the middle of the road a few times to avoid branches.
This... backroads can be a challenge (mine is about 12’-8” to my arch mounted anchor light). Anything over 13’ I’d be very carefully planning my trips.
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I am at 14 and have to avoid 2 bridges around here. The ones at 13' 6" are marked and you can see they have been hit many times. Most I have no trouble with. I was cruising down a new road and was talking to a passenger and getting ready to go under a overpass I saw the signs. 13' 2" left lane, 13' 6" middle and 13' 8" i think was the right lane and you can see the overpass getting higher as it went to the right. It was to late to stop so I went onto the shoulder and made it. That was the closest I ever came. My open array is just a bit to tall.
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Mine is 13’-6”. I clean a lot of leaves off of tree branches, and have bumped a few stoplights.
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You can get a RV GPS and put in your height and it will map you based on your height and width.

If you trailer often just have a bracket made up for the radar thats a quick release or folding.

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