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Old 01-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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5 TON BRIDGE

I went to the local O'reillies the other weekend to pick up a few air fittings
I used the same bridge across the creek that the skool buses use to get the kids from the living areas behind the store.

Going back across I say the sign "5 TON LIMIT" wtf??

a couple quick calculations from the drivers seat, and I figured I'll be fine since only 1 axle will be on the bridge at a time

It still made me wonder how many bridges I have crossed that were sketchy
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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From one non-engineer....... to another...
You' probably safe... I know in the Army the engineers always told us that the weight limit was only 1/2 on what it would hold....
Worked fine until we ran one of the tanks over it. He ( tank driver) ripped all the railing off of one side of the bridge before it rolled off the side.
seems the bridge wasn't wide enough for the tank...The tank ended up on it's top in the creek. The sign beside the bridge said for tanks to use the low water crossing.
Boy was the commander pissed....HAHAHA
One axle at a time you should be more than legal... should be???
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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Statute of limitations is gone
I may of been ground guided about a mile from the motor pool to where we could drive into the desert, between two rows of illegally parked cars.
(lazy asses in the motor pool)

when we got to our AA Clark threw me a can of paint and said fix the tank I'm going to a meeting...I shut down the turbine; hopped out and there was a few different color scratches down the side.

72 tons doesn't even shake when confronted by 5000lbs
It did crinkle the rear sprocket panel tho'...those panels where sacrificial in the field so it got replaced later
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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wonder how many times that happen....... "Statute of limitations is gone" LOL
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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Bansil, where can I buy a couple o cans of that paint--make it enough for a pump sprayer and I'll fix the local "its OK to double park as long as I have the 4 way flashers on" problem we have here in town! Jack
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:24 AM   #6
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Re: 5 TON BRIDGE

Sometimes the weight limit refers to total weight and sometimes it refers to per-axle.

You might have 5T (10,000 lbs) on your back axle though, in which case, that feels risky to me

Have you had it weighed on a truck scale? They'll tell you your weights on each axle. My bus -- completely gutted, so that it was just bare sheet metal and a drivers seat on the inside -- was around 16,000 lbs total. With interior fittings, batteries, water tanks, etc, I expect I am a bit under 20,000 lbs total weight these days.
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Nope not yet,this spring tho' she'll get weighed
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Go to AAA and get their RV towing package (really cheap for what you get), that way you can be towed out of the gully for free if need be
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the goodsam is good too,i had theres for three months when i had to be tow,,cast me $3oo.00 and they paid it all back to me.... thats my 2 cent lol
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