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The first year we had our 35' fiver, we took a trip into the PA mountains into Lancaster, etc. Fortunately we found ourselves behind a new car hauler! What a stroke of luck. We went around turns and through tunnels that we didn't realize we would encounter, and having that truck in front helped us not to panic, which we would probably would have. We took right turns we couldn't have imagined, and just swung as wide as he did. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and we came back confidently. Unless you really go,off the beaten path, most roads are okay for a 50' plus set up.


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I would say you are on the best source right here. Go to the correct part of the forum and ask about a particular hwy and you will be amazed at the wealth of knowledge and helpfulness people can have and be.


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If there's some risk, I scout it out on Google Maps satellite view. One has to zoom pretty close in, and watch closely where the road really is (which isn't always precisely where Google thinks it is). If you wait until you get to a bend that's too tight it's too late as then your only option is to back out, and that could be rather challenging.

The roads like this I encounter usually aren't "highways" ... They're back country gravel/dirt roads that go to something like a trailhead or canoe launch.


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I tow tight winding hills on the back roads of WV regularly towing my 32ft trailer. It’s great way to check how well you have the WD setup especially if it’s raining and wet.


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CA has a Bus/MH map with length restrictions.
Check your state.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/bus/bus-map.html


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I drive with a Garmin Dezl 770 semi truck GPS unit. It will route you down truck accessible roads based on your height, length, and weight. It's nice because it gives road warnings of sharp curves, steep grades, bridge heights, etc. I've never been routed down any roads that were too tight, narrow, or clearance issues. There's a car mode for when you're not pulling a trailer. There's an RV specific version that's basically the same unit, but with rv specific sections like campgrounds listings and dump stations.

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