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Mid roof height and parkway clearance

I just had an oh sh** moment when yesterday I took my brand new 2016 Transit XLT with mid roof height out and found that all the parkways here on Long Island NY have a warning of a 7'-10 max clearance height. What did I get myself into!?! My Transit listed at just under 8'-1" in height. I wonder how accurate the 7'-10 warning really is?
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I think my mid-roof 2015 spec is 8' 4" tall. Oh, here's the Ford spec:http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...ransit_PIB.pdf
100.8 inches, or 8.4 feet, or 8' 5" tall.

At any rate, I would believe the warnings given. They probably build in a couple of inches for a margin of safety, but, not enough to rely on, and certainly not enough to give you 3+ inches (I'd say 7+ inches) to take your chances with.

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You can probably call the highway department to confirm the height.
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StudioG4,

Just follow in the lane that truckers use, they'll know which ones have the 10 foot clearance and which ones have the 7 foot. Normally, all over passes will have the heights posted for the lanes, prior to the bridge.

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EDIT: Trucks not allowed on parkways ? How crazy is that? OK, ignore my advice, above.

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Trucks are not allowed on the parkways.

One overpass might be 9' tall and the next a half mile away might be 7'.

Parkways are NOT your friend.

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I found out the 8' clearance at our local starbucks means 8' ! Put a couple small scratches on my roof from the sign.

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something else to think about: sometimes when they repave an underpass road they forget to update the height signs! repaving adds 4 or more inches of new asphalt to the surface of the old pavement.
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StudioG4,

Just follow in the lane that truckers use, they'll know which ones have the 10 foot clearance and which ones have the 7 foot.

Just for entertainment go to 11foot8.com if you want see plenty of truckers that do NOT know how to read clearance signs....

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Considering all this advice and research, I'm quite a bit disappointed with my lack of foresight when ordering this van. I was overjoyed with the addition of the sync3 navigation but am now paranoid with the direction I get with the hope I don't get directed to a parkway (and when I get to a parkway entrance and drive past it) and get the continual 'make a 'U-turn'. Is there an upgrade/update to the navigation program that applies to commercial plates (truck drivers)? This would not even direct me to a parkway.
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The old McCarran airport in Las Vegas had a passenger pickup area that was 7' clearance! When picking up family there the first time, I had to get across 4 lanes to a service road in the 50' between the warning sign and the low clearance bar. Got questioned by security for using the road, and everytime after that I would just go to the shuttle area (on the other end of that road) and pick up waiting family. While stalling the security as they loaded in. "Really? Where should I go? The sign said to go here. Is there another way around? I saw other cars going this way so I followed them. Does this road exit the airport or does it wrap around? etc" for the 30-60 seconds needed for family to get in.

I guess the new terminal has adequate clearance at the pickup area.

On factory navigation: It always sucks in comparison to aftermarket by Garmin, TomTom, etc. I don't know if the new factory nav systems allow you to update on your own, but all of the old versions from all car brands required you to take them to a dealer and pay a fee. Or there was a monthly "subscription fee" or some other way to bleed you. There are a lot of free of $5 apps that work on a smartphone or tablet (with GPS) that work great. Having GPS on a 10" tablet on your dash makes it pretty easy to see where you're going.
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