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Old 12-08-2023, 01:57 PM   #1
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8 Ton Bridge, 17K lbs GCVWR Flat towing, would ya?

About 4 years ago, while traveling in NC, we came across a small, 2 lane bridge that was rated at 8 Tons, (16,000 lbs), and there were no other signs that stated one vehicle at a time. My rig was at apx 15,000 lbs and my flat Toad 3,700 lbs.

Would you cross the bridge? I did not, wife was freaking out! And she wasnt into me disconnecting and going over separately. My argument is this, if Im crossing that bridge with just my rig, then another car can not travel directly behind me? I think not!

What would you do?
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It's been a long time, but I thought that was based on axle weight, per the FED bridge load guidelines. It would be something to look into for clarification. You could call your State or County DOT and ask.
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It's been a long time, but I thought that was based on the axle weight, per the FED bridge load guidelines.
The signs Im use to seeing state no vehicles over ? Tons never noticed any signs about axel ratings, but Ive been know to miss things, just ask the wife!
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I've seen bridges with max weight limits (single vehicle) listed separately from max combination limits. tl;dr: I don't know for this bridge. Caution in such situations is not going to steer you wrong.
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I'd ask her to drive it over while you film.
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I'd ask her to drive it over while you film.
Lol! She wont drive the coach, shes scared of it! And Im
Scared of her, all 5 100lbs of her!
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Lol! She wont drive the coach, shes scared of it! And Im
Scared of her,
all 5 100lbs of her!
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About 4 years ago, while traveling in NC, we came across a small, 2 lane bridge that was rated at 8 Tons, (16,000 lbs), and there were no other signs that stated one vehicle at a time. My rig was at apx 15,000 lbs and my flat Toad 3,700 lbs.

Would you cross the bridge? I did not, wife was freaking out! And she wasn’t into me disconnecting and going over separately. My argument is this, if I’m crossing that bridge with just my rig, then another car can not travel directly behind me? I think not!

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Just to be safe, I would slow way down about 3~400 hundred ft before the bridge and then make sure and perhaps wait if needed for there to be no oncoming traffic and then I would accelerate very quickly, full throttle, and accelerate to a much higher speed so much so that the momentum alone would carry the RV and the Toad across the bridge even if it collapsed while crossing over it. Just think how much safer that would be compared to driving slowly across a collapsing bridge. ~CA
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Just another thought and in relationship to another thread. If I had to cross that bridge often I would get some super loud horns, maybe air horns and lay down on the horns about 100' prior to the bridge until about 50' past. That would add to the aspect of being as safe as possible. I would also test the horns several times starting around 3~5 minutes before getting to the bridge to make sure they are working well. Some real bright LED driving lights being turned on would also be a good idea. ~CA
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I would've crossed it without a second thought.
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If I was by myself I’d cross it . If DW was with me and she’s flipping out I would turn around. I learned a long time ago to pick my battles and that ain’t one of them.
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You could ask the dw to walk across separately! LOL

This week my wife was driving and we were 1 mile form home. She turned onto a residential street with 5 speed bumps and a very tight intersection at the other end of the street. Nothing wrong without a 38' rig in tow.

I asked her if she dozed off? Fortunately traffic was light and we were able to take the last intersection by making a wide turn after verifying all was clear.
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About 4 years ago, while traveling in NC, we came across a small, 2 lane bridge that was rated at 8 Tons, (16,000 lbs), and there were no other signs that stated one vehicle at a time. My rig was at apx 15,000 lbs and my flat Toad 3,700 lbs.

Would you cross the bridge? I did not, wife was freaking out! And she wasnt into me disconnecting and going over separately. My argument is this, if Im crossing that bridge with just my rig, then another car can not travel directly behind me? I think not!

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So what would you do if someone drove by in the other direction with a 10000# vehicle Now the bridge is at 25000# Nothing you can do in that situation I dont think you needed to worry
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All good debates, and some funnies thrown in! Lol! Keep’em coming!
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As a young lad (in the military), I was driving a tractor trailer with a 26 ton bulldozer on the trailer. I came upon a 15 ton bridge unexpectedly and saw the sign at the last minute. The answer ws "pedal to the medal" and don't stop until you are across. I wouldn't make that decision now but that was 50 yers ago. I don't know if I am any smarter now but I am more cautious.
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I would've crossed it without a second thought.
Same here.
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Same here.
Next time I will! I might have to wait for the wife to fall asleep first!
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Next time I will! I might have to wait for the wife to fall asleep first!
I would wake her up at the last moment, perhaps with the air horns, as I am sure if the bridge was to collapse that she wouldn't want to miss seeing that happen. ~CA
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I would wake her up at the last moment, perhaps with the air horns, as I am sure if the bridge was to collapse that she wouldn't want to miss seeing that happen. ~CA
Lol!, would be like one of those dreams when you feel like your falling!
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I am a little confused.

Unless your toad was a little different than others, how did you not cross without disconnecting to turn around? And if you did, send the toad across first then you would have been fine. Few bridges have turn around or side road immediately at them.
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