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I had my Mog out this past weekend for some casual exploration in the Indiana countryside. I was having a great time cruising down some backroads near a state park in west central Indiana when I came upon this old couvered bridge with a 5 ton weight limit. Now I pretty certain I would have been well below the 10,000 pound limit but looking at the wooden board florr of the bridge gave me the creeps! I turned around and went the other direction and found other less stressful passage to the other side of the creek. Here are a few pictures of the event!
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Have you weighed your DoKa? I've weighed mine twice, 8400lbs and 8600lbs (once at the dump taking a load and once on a highway scale)

-Trev


Cool looking bridge!
 

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Steve, I hope I sent you a link for Scenic Road Rallies before. If not, here it is. There are a couple of covered bridge tours, but check out my Mog in the current rally photos:

Scenic Road Rallies Links


PS, there is an identical covered bridge pictured in the Land Rover covered bridge rally.
 

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Hey there!

Great looking rig. Those tires fit the fenders perfect!

I thought you were gonna say you avoided the bridge by fjording the stream!

Rick
Rick,
I considered fording the stream but the spring rains have really caused the water to rise and there was a strong current too. I could see whirlpools where I would have had to cross. In the summer it would be easy and I may try it then. The bridge floor is all wooden and as a matter of fact the entire bridge has no steel in it at all except a few bolts here and there to hold things together. I don't know how they rate these things as far as safety factor goes but I saw some boards that needed to be replaced in the floor so I thought Falstaff was right in saying "discretion is the better part of valor"!
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Rick,
I considered fording the stream but the spring rains have really caused the water to rise and there was a strong current too. I could see whirlpools where I would have had to cross. In the summer it would be easy and I may try it then. The bridge floor is all wooden and as a matter of fact the entire bridge has no steel in it at all except a few bolts here and there to hold things together. I don't know how they rate these things as far as safety factor goes but I saw some boards that needed to be replaced in the floor so I thought Falstaff was right in saying "discretion is the better part of valor"!
Steve O
Trev,
I've never weighed mine but suppose it is slightly less than yours
since mine is a shorty 406. I assumed it was about 8,500 or so. I had the bed made of the heavy diamond plate steel to give the a** end some needed extra weigh for downhill events. My thought was at about 8,500lbs and the bridge although looking attractive was weathered to the point that I wanted a bit more cushion than 1,500lbs I'd take a pass.
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Steve, I hope I sent you a link for Scenic Road Rallies before. If not, here it is. There are a couple of covered bridge tours, but check out my Mog in the current rally photos:

Scenic Road Rallies Links


PS, there is an identical covered bridge pictured in the Land Rover covered bridge rally.
Wilson,
I plan on hooking up with the Scenic Road Rallies guy at the Porsches to Oxford event in Miami, Ohio in July. They look like they put on a good show.
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