Why You Should Travel With A RV GPS & How to Use It

Assuming you are traveling with a RV, we all know it presents unique challenges on the road. Most places you go the bridges are tall enough for semis which generally means your RV is safe as well. There are still roads in the United States that make RV traveling a little more difficult for a few reasons:

  • Low bridges
  • Narrow lanes
  • Pricey tolls per axle
  • Necessary ferry travel
  • Steep downgrades
  • Sharp inclines
  • Heavy traffic
  • Power lines 
  • Tight turns
  • Even trees over hanging the roadways

There are ways to make this much less stressful. Sure you can use paper maps, we happen to think they are really awesome. When it comes to a hefty investment for a RV sometimes you want to take some of the guess work out of it. 

We decided when we started this journey, that it would be easier, for us, to get a dedicated RV GPS that helped us stay on track. It wasn’t because we couldn’t use paper maps and other things, it was that we were completely new to this version of life and didn’t want to pay for expensive repairs. Such as the ones below:

If you have not already heard about the infamous “Can Opener Bridge” the stories are far to abundant, about RVs hitting the bridge below. The town has even made many efforts to keep travelers from going further down the road.

Often you will see these stories posted in groups on Facebook, and often numerous commenters will make statements about the driver not paying attention. While nothing should ever replace paying attention, maybe it is also helpful to avoid this in the first place. RV specific GPS Units typically come with a low bridges avoidance by entering your RVs height into the settings.

As we listed above, there are many other features to keep you from going down narrow roads or dangerous areas that you can potentially avoid. Million Dollar Highway near Silverton, Colorado is another location we recently discovered that RVers typically have a very tough time getting through. When we entered Silverton into our GPS for route planning, it prohibited us from even attempting the Million Dollar Highway, and routed us in through Durango instead. When we researched it, we found there are many steep downgrades, sharp inclines, tight turns, narrow roads, and no gaurd rails as the road winds around the mountains.

You don’t have to take our word for it but if anyone ever asks, we are forever in favor of having a GPS Unit that monitors things like this, making the planning much easier. We can’t go without saying that you should always double check the route and make sure the maps are updated for them to work properly.

Here is how we setup our GPS:


This is where we purchased it from:

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2 thoughts on “Why You Should Travel With A RV GPS & How to Use It

  1. Michigan Traveler says:

    Great post, I see comments in Facebook groups often asking about GPS. A the Transportation Coordinator for the MI National Guard, I dealt with overhead clearance problems all the time. We use the Good Sam Rand McNally GPS and like that it will route us away from such problems. We use all of the tools available, paper maps, Google Maps, and the GPS to make sure we have a safe and enjoyable journey.
    Happy Trails!

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    • Hebard's Travels says:

      Wow that’s awesome, never thought about them helping in that scenario too but it makes sense! I’m glad you carry backups and other tools as well. Who knows when it will fail or why, if it does. Happy travels to you as well 🙂


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