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RE: CA Non Commercial Class A License Question

Incorrect driver's license info.. ....... but almost everyone thinks towing a trailer over 10k with a non class A license is legal - just because it is legal in their home state. Both are illegal by federal law, and some state laws. In California it is driving out of class. Incorrect driver's license info..:( 1. Federal law does *not* apply to non-commercial. 2. Reciprocity. If you are legally licensed in your home state, you are legal in the other 49. (That does not apply to overall length.) You are *not* "driving out of class in CA"!..:( Example: South Dakota Driver's License. No special license required for private RVs inc'l towing trailers. Was in CA often when I was licensed in SD (inc'l stopped by CHP). No problem with the out-of-state (SD) DL. (CA *residents* req'd to have a Non-Commercial Class A DL for same). I always carried a copy of the SD Drivers License regs with me - for any un-informed LEOs (but, never needed to show them). ~ 1. Federal law does *not* apply to non-commercial. Federal law applies to all. There is a reason all headlights and license plate lights are white, tail lights are red, all other lights are amber. There is a reason all vehicles over 8.5 feet wide, 13.5 feet tall, and 65 feet long are oversize (height and length are longer in a few states, but try to pull 75 feet long in a 65 foot state and get a ticket. 2. Reciprocity. If you are legally licensed in your home state, you are legal in the other 49. I assume you are referring to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver_License_Agreement Please site legislation, not internet rumors. One state cannot regulate what is or is not legal in another. Just because you don't need a permit to carry a gun in Alaska, doesn't mean it isn't a felony in California. I will give you another example. A few years ago I was in NY, apparently all front seat occupants need a seatbelt. Back seat over a certain age do not. Out here in CA everyone needs a seatbelt. No matter the age, or seating position (baring some kind of medical excuse). "Click it or ticket" says the billboards. In reality the vast majority of non motor carrier CHP in CA don't know or care about trailer weights and license classes. But California vehicle code requires a class A for over 10k (special endorsement for rv 5th wheels up to 15k). Ca Veh C 12500(d) A person may not drive a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not of a type for which the person is licensed. Since California requires a class A, you need a Class A - from any state. Remember, you read it on the internet, so it must be true.
christopherglenn 02/01/18 10:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CA Non Commercial Class A License Question

I got pulled over on I5 north, just past the Flying J on the grapevine coming home from Disneyland a few years ago. The only toys in the toyhauler were Thomas the tank engine and mickey mouse and friends.. I was in a dually pulling a 3 axle toyhauler no where near anywhere interesting. I was stopped just to check my paperwork (license class). Once he say my class A, he lost all interest. Never even took it back to his cruiser. I was running 54 in a 55, in the right lane with the cruise on. Don't think avoiding Pismo and the like means you will never get stopped. It is quite literally insurance. Something you pay for, and hope you never have to use (or in this case show a cop). I still find it funny that very few people think you can take recreational pot across state lines, but almost everyone thinks towing a trailer over 10k with a non class A license is legal - just because it is legal in their home state. Both are illegal by federal law, and some state laws. In California it is driving out of class.
christopherglenn 01/29/18 05:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trucks 12 volt power lead to trailer battery

Charging is controlled by voltage and current (amps). Think of voltage like water pressure in a pipe, and amps (amp hours) live the volume of water you move from point A to point B. To float the trailer batteries you want somewhere near 13.7 volts, to charge it in a hurry you need closer to 14.4 volts. Imagine 2 55 gallon barrels 100 yards apart, connected by a good garden hose, lets put the full one at the top of a hill and the empty one at the bottom. you will move a lot of water in a hurry and fill the second one fast. Not imagine them on opposite ends of a football field, connected with 1/4 inch drip line. It is going to take all day to fill the empty one. Say we have a hose keeping the first one full (alternator) and the little drip line moving water to the second one. At first the second battle will seem to fill ok, but as the water level rises there is less and less difference between the height of the water in the two barrels. Same issue with charging the trailer batteries. The alternator keeps the trucks battery at 14.x volts, but the long, small wire between it and the trailers battery limits the amount of power that can be transferred. As the trailer battery charges, the (driving) voltage difference between the two batteries shrinks, and the amount of current (amps) that passes drops as well. A severely drained battery (8 or 10 volts) may pop a 30 amp fuse, a mostly charged battery (13+ volts) an amp or two may be all you get. I have a 20 amp buck/boost converter on my trailer, set at 13.5 volts. No matter what the oncoming voltage from the truck is, it pumps it to 13.5 volts and a max of 20 amps into the trailer. When I was dry camping I set it to 14.2 volts, faster charge but higher possibility of overcharging the trailer batteries.
christopherglenn 07/22/17 06:43pm Tech Issues
RE: TH for a family of 4 and NO off road toys - Yes - No?

We have a 40' TH, and no toys. We started with Mickey mouse and Thomas, and are currently stuck on Ipads. My 8 & 10 year old love the garage / bedroom to play in, and my DW & DD love the door to the garage being able to close. At some point we will have toys to put in there, it will probably be a moving van for DD first.. keeping in mind I am almost 60' long, and don't act stupid, I have fit into every campground and resort I have gone to - from Pismo beach to Ft Wilderness..
christopherglenn 07/22/17 06:01pm Toy Haulers
RE: Best loop at Fort Wilderness for 40' 5th wheel

We stayed in the 700 loop a few weeks ago. Tell them what you have when you get the reservation, and they will pick sites you can fit in. I didn't even unhook while we were there, and fir with several room to spare.
christopherglenn 05/24/17 09:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Really lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng TH

someone decent with photoshop. Didn't clean up the ground in front of the axles, and a few other spots.
christopherglenn 05/10/17 04:38pm Toy Haulers
RE: DEF - Usage

The DEF is only to reduce NOX emissions. Pre DEF systems did this by delaying injection to reduce peak pressures, and pumping a lot of exhaust back into the engine with the EGR. The DEF and SCR allow lower EGR flows, and more advanced timing, which puts the peak pressure where it makes more power, not less NOX. The DEF system then treats the exhaust to break down most of the NOX, to be below EPS levels. Advancing timing also helps with soot production, as the fuel has longer to burn in high temp / high pressure of the engine, before being shot out into the relatively low pressure exhaust system. Remember, more power for the same fuel is the same as less fuel for the same power.
christopherglenn 03/28/17 11:19pm Towing
RE: Factory GM Brake Controllers

I do a test pull with the IBC in my 16 Silverado before trips. Set it to max gain, and squeeze the tabs together at about 25 (residential street). Just about plants your face in the steering wheel. 18k fusion 405 5th wheel TH. Sounds like a setup issue - if switching controllers fixed it.
christopherglenn 03/23/17 10:34pm Towing
RE: Cap Concrete Block RV Pad

I have clay in the front yard, and back the boat over it to get it out and put away. I was rutting it something fierce. Ended up digging out 8 inches or so, putting in a bit of gravel to level it, and a 5 inch slab of cement, with 1" rebar running end to end. I park my diesel dually on the "path", and no wear / cracking at all. Clay heaves as it dry's out and gets wet again, which is why I went with rebar.
christopherglenn 03/23/17 10:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I'm just gonna leave this here.

Trailer's not level... I wonder if the hitch weight on the uhaul is up or down..
christopherglenn 03/20/17 05:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2wd or 4x4?

The first time you get stuck without cell coverage, and without something large enough to drag you out (winch, another truck, etc), the cost difference becomes meaningless. What most people don't realize is once you are not in flat country, snow and ice actually becomes a PITA. Having actually put chains on and off in the Sierra's in slush, I can tell you it is money well spent. If you are never going to get more then a few truck lengths off dry pavement, it is a near total waste. If you plan of covering the sides of the trailer in mud from time to time - or tow on a beach, 4 go tires are better then 2.
christopherglenn 03/13/17 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's do you store the ladders while in route

The loft ladder rides in the loft, 2-3 inches past of the lip, the bunk ladder rides on the floor. We have a removable table for the couch, that rides wedged upside down between the bottom and back cushions of the couch. All the garage pillows and blankets ride on the bottom bunk, pressed up against the top one. If someone is crashing on the couch, their bedding is in the loft when "up".
christopherglenn 03/13/17 06:30pm Toy Haulers
RE: Lippert air pin box

You need the ACTUAL trailer weight, and the actual truck weight with and without the trailer (rear axle of the truck is what we want). The goal is the rear axle of the truck supports 20-25% of the trailers actual total weight.
christopherglenn 03/01/17 09:31pm Toy Haulers
RE: Lippert air pin box

I put one on my 40' TH and it did help quite a bit. Not fixed, but maybe 1/3 of what it was.
christopherglenn 02/28/17 11:20pm Toy Haulers
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