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Old 07-03-2011, 09:46 AM   #15
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I'm not sure what the best category is to post this so I picked this one. I have a 1989 Southwind that has no data sticker. My first trip through DMV was entertaining, watching them try to find it to get the GVW. They ended up having to weigh me on the brake skids. It came in at 14,000 lbs. Armed with that I now watch carefully for the max bridge weights. I was heading back from Georgia last summer and decided to go the faster route over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The sign before the bridge said "No Trucks In .... lane." I assumed they meant the big rigs. Does anyone know at what weight they consider your vehicle to be a "truck?" I also found out that back roads are not always a good idea. No, it wasn't the small bridges. They usually have a large load cap. It was the small older tunnels. Thank god for signage!
Did you look on the wall next to the drivers seat, for the data plate? It is usually about 3ft off the floor and placed so the curtain covers it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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Mine had 2 plates one right by the coach door and one right next to the driver door. If you look I bet you find 4 little holes about 2 inches across and 1 inch down in both spot about eye level.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:06 AM   #17
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Our '89 Southwind 33L lacked its data stickers as well. No one seemed to be able to tell us anything about the GVRW, carrying capacity or whatnot.

Finally found the specs in an old Southwind sales brochure we picked up on ebay. Came with the original Sales/New Owners VHS tape' pretty cool.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:56 AM   #18
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Hey Ron -

I thought this when I saw your question a few weeks ago, since I go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (the one in Maryland, not the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia) often, but checked today to make sure. The signs on the bridge don't say "No Trucks ...", but rather "Vehicles Over 5 Tons ...". Thus, at least on this specific bridge, you (we) do belong in the "truck" lane, commercial or not.

If you were talking about the CBBT, never mind.

Is that the really high one? Forget the official name as I haven't been that way in many years. I think it has two spans, one for each direction? Going west toward bowie Md? Geez 5 tons eliminates most everything heavier than an suv....
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Is that the really high one? Forget the official name as I haven't been that way in many years. I think it has two spans, one for each direction? Going west toward bowie Md? Geez 5 tons eliminates most everything heavier than an suv....
Not eliminated, just confined to the right lane!
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William Preston Lane Memorial-Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50 and US 301)

Fun bridge to go over with a trailer and winds
If you're scared of heights then it's a good one to avoid also ...lol

I think I had the trailer the last time I went over that one, which was a long time ago.. and it was very windy that day.
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NY and CT you have to avoid any roadway designated as a Parkway as the bridges are VERY low

In New York, I believe, an RV can't drive on a parkway anyway; passenger cars and passenger pick-ups only. The fine on the Taconic was fairly hefty but the policeman was nice.
So, why is it people drive on a parkway but park in a driveway?

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