Carpark Clearances

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 15:41
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Does anyone know of a listing for public car park clearances. You know the ones which are in the cities, multi level etc., dept stores etc.
None of them are the same height and I know one day I am going to loose the roof!

Had an experience today when I went to go in a carpark I haven't been in in the new vehicle and guess what.......not enough clearance. Only problem was it was off a small side street and several cars had to back up to let me reverse, turnaround and get out.

I am sure I am not the only one to experience the problem.We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Reply By: Member - Paul H - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 15:59

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 15:59
David, it's a good idea to know the height of your vehicle & as most of the multi storey carparks are 2.1mtrs or less ( in Melb a lot are 2.0mtr) My car comes in at 2.2mtr with the roof rack on so I have just got used to parking out in the open. Alternatively if you have another car, just take that into town.

best of luck in not losing your roof,

PMKNext trip please..............................................
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:14

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:14
I went into a carpark in Sydney one day where the clearance was indicated at 2.35 (excellent I thought). I went down the ramp took the ticket to be presented with a new clearance sign and 1.95 after the ticket machine at the entrance to the actual car park. What a stuff up - I basically closed their car park for 30-40 mins while they worked it out. I had to physically leave the car walk to the counter and wait in the pay queue to be told that I should just drive through (derrr). Anyway after a long wait, they finally found another staff member (to man the window) and someone came and opened the boom gate, we had to have about 6 cars reverse out into the traffic in the middle of the city. Now that was a great deal of fun.

Back to your question - It would be good to be able to get a list or 4WD friendly car parks in the capital cities. If this info is available I am sure ExplorOz would publish the details! Does it exist? If not can we build it maybe?Regards
ExplorOz Team - David
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Follow Up By: stillthinkinaboutit - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:22

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:22
Hi David,

Some of the major parking station chains list the heights on their websites, this would be a good starting point to make up a database.

Regards, Mark
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:28

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:28
Do you know of one that you can point me at? - Gee it would be great if they also had the GPS pos of the carpark - I would use iMapPlot and PointPlace to build a car park map for 4WD'ers. Now that would be cool - tell the system the city and out comes a car park map with the clearances printed directly on it. Ah the possibilites are un-limitted (If I was only 10 more of myself all these things could come true). I am still trying to get plot swap and map production sorted out.

All good things take time and the really cool excellent things seem to take forever.

BTW: If anyone is interested you can go to pointplace and see the progress at http://www.exploroz.com/pointplace - I write this in the forum and not the newsletter as a hundred users in one day is better than 5000 users in a still being developed system. Any feedback welcome - the indexing of the plots is what I am building at the moment.Regards
ExplorOz Team - David
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Follow Up By: stillthinkinaboutit - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:58

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:58
Hi David,

The following two sites list the heights of the individual stations, at least for the Sydney ones anyway.

Secure Parking

Wilson Parking

Regards, Mark
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 18:06

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 18:06
David, Just had a look at point place & very impressed. The French Line looks real easy on the map he he. on the long weekend i am going exploring at Abercrombie Nat Park so i will try to plot the tracks & send to you.Regards Bob
Where to next
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:35

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:35
David,

Apart from the Wilson parking I have since found the Adelaide city council (Upark) parks. Adelaide also has Wilson with the link to that being in another reply.
http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/discover/visitor/parking.htmwww.adelaidecitycouncil.com/discover/visitor/parking.htm

Adelaide U-ParksWe have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:41

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:41
Hope the link works this time

Adelaide U-ParksWe have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:45

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:45
Hope the link works this time
Adelaide U-Parks

We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Reply By: Lyds - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:44

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:44
A few carpark websites will tell you what the clearance is, but you need to look up each carpark individually.

I have suggested to a few of the sites to include height clearance in their search capability, I suggest if anyone is interested in this could you do likewise.
Cheers,
Stuart
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Reply By: Brett - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 19:04

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 19:04
Years ago I went into the Queen Victoria Building carpark in Sydney with my troop carrier. No worries getting in.

Getting out was the problem. Ended up letting the tyres down to soft sand status.

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Reply By: Seto - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 20:27

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 20:27
Guys & gals,

One section of Parramatta Westfield is only 1.9 while there is a section at 2.4 but no sign at the 1.9 entrance directing you to the higher area. Star City is 2.2m
A database would be a great idea as there is nothing worse than getting somewhere and not knowing whether you can park.

David
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 20:59

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 20:59
Hi David,
Yeh I've been stuck in that same situation myself. Just keep forgetting the roof rack is still on. One time at the local s/ctr I was heading in...realised 1 meter from the entrance, stopped and removed the sweat from my forehead.

The fun started when i tried to reverse out, The 2 cars behind me just couldnt understand why i didnt want to go in, so they started blowing horns and waving hands out window, So i figured well..i'll get out and explain i need to reverse or no one gets in.

Believe me when i tell you, neither 1 wanted to reverse, so 2 minutes later, i walked up to both and said " either you reverse out so i can get out or i will lock her up and go shopping.....thats what i did..had a great lunch ( takeaway) when i got back to car...they were still there arguing with security guys...

All was cool though, explained to security why i did what i did, they laughted and made the other 2 reverse, was fun..all i needed was a few boulders to climb and throw in a river crossing and it was as exciting as being out there alone.I love it when you talk DIRTY !
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 22:47

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 22:47
1 tip is to measure your car, then put some white tape on your black UHF (or what ever) ariel, as you drive up, if the tape is going to hit, reverse out.

Agree its annoying, Dandenong shoppin center where the cinemas are is 1.87 clearance if I remember, I was lookin directly at the roof!
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Follow Up By: Matt M - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 00:44

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 00:44
Oh yah Truckster I was just about to suggest that, exactly what I have done with my MU! Not that the MU has many height issues, have the nice squat arrangement, but you never know after the spring lift and the body lift and the 33's, hold on settle!! Gettin ahead of myself now!

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Moose - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:48

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:48
My UHF aerial is one of those metal jobs and is too short! An extendable radio aerial extended to just above vehicle height would work too (so long as no-one mucks around with the length). Best off all is knowing the vehicle height (but then I guess you rely on the signs being accurate). Sue the buggers if they've lied and you get stuck!!
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:44

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:44
I've got two lines of tape on my UHF aerial, one for the roof height, the other for roofrack height.
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Reply By: Member - Timothy - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:16

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:16
Great idea if we could get it together.

I think there is a printed book
that someone put out for Sydney Carparks
that I'll try and find a reference for..

I was only thinking about this thismorning
as I'm heading to a conference in Melbourne
in March and have not decided if to drive or fly.
I just emailed the hotel and asked about their height restrictions
and then saw this thread.

timothy
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Reply By: Member - Timothy - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:29

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:29
Thanks Mark for those weblinks above,
I've just bookmarked them for future use.

David, perhaps just a Link List of the big chains for each state
under the TripPlanning tab
as it would be nightmare trying to keep up with a database
of the changing names/ locations of parking stations / hotels.

(We once stayed in a large sydney hotel
and overnight they changed all the signage ,names , uniforms etc.
Like waking up in a Twighlight Zone episode.)

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Reply By: lindsay - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 17:50

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 17:50
You also have to watch the angle of the ramp i have a defender and was under the signed hight at the casino (melb) however on my way out due to the ramp angle struck the yellow barrier at the rear of the roof. Also watch the legals i was informed bt a wilson person that if i knocked off a sprinkler from the roof i would pay and plenty too as the whole system needs to be tested.
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