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RE: RV and trailer lenght.

I have a 40 ft RV and will be pulling a 32 ft trailer. 80 ft total lenght. Is that legal?With a permit, you'll be just fine. The main thing to remember is not to drive too fast. Many RVers get in trouble by their excessive speed, which in turn makes it very dangerous for you when driving your rig / combination 80' footer. Be safe out there this Holiday weekend! Only a commercial vehicle can get a permit, if using in business, and get all the things necessary for being commercial, it will work. You will need to get a permit in every state you go thru. You will need to get a permit for EVERY TIME you move. There is no blanket permit. To be over length, or over width, you need to show WHY you cannot divide up the load into sections that are legal.
mpierce 07/05/15 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Woman dies in MH accident at Flying J

Probably the "thought I was braking, but really floored the gas pedal" problem. The picture of this, and other, stick built MH's make me more convinced than ever, that buying an older Bluebird Wanderlodge was the correct decision. Built on a crash certified, all steel body and frame. Bluebirds have rolled onto their side, been pulled back upright, and driven off. The extent to which regular RV's literally self destruct in relatively minor accidents, is appalling.
mpierce 07/05/15 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the current state of big 3 diesels?

Simple. They are all good. The OTR trucks seem to be doing fine so maybe the same will happen with the newer pickup. :W Sorry. I am in the trucking business. The newer emissions have caused all kinds of issues and problems in the OTR trucks. Serious problems. Impossible to find problems. They are not "doing fine".
mpierce 07/05/15 05:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sooooo frustrated trying to get hitch pin rating

I would be more worried about the cheap cap lock failing...Which is why I went to a 5/8" grade 8 bolt with washers and nylock nut... Not sure if that is right move. It does need to be somewhat hardened, but somethings can get too hard. Used to have a piece of equipment that kept breaking grade 8 bolts. Went to grade 5, and the shearing stopped. The harder bolts were more subject to stress over time, and would crack and break. The little bit softer ones were still plenty strong enough, and were not quite as brittle.
mpierce 07/03/15 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Consignment...Seller won't budge off of asking price.

Sounds like the seller has set a price that is VERY fair, and priced right with the market. Just because YOU want to dicker, doesn't mean they have to! Do you like the MH? Is the price they want a fair price, and what you can afford? If so, buy it. If not, move on.
mpierce 07/03/15 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drive Thru miscalculation

And so many keep arguing that we keep the NO TESTING REQUIRED to drive big MH's.
mpierce 07/02/15 05:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How long until your holding tanks are full?

The indicators are usually wrong. Eventually, toilet paper hangs up on the probes, and stays there. As long as it is there, it will read as if it was full to that level. You could try filling tank 3/4 or so, and using a detergent while driving, the farther the better, then dump. Might work. Sometimes, NOTHING will work. Can replace the probes, and will work until it does it again.
mpierce 06/16/15 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: motorhome width

1996/1997 Bluebird Wanderlodges went to the wide body in the 1988 time frame. My 1990 is a wide body. So, I know it was well before 90/97.
mpierce 06/16/15 07:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone make a mistake buying first MH ?

Yes. Just forget all the other Gas MH and buy the DP. This!
mpierce 06/16/15 07:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is the Aisin transmission worth it?

I love the Aisin in my 2014 Dually! Is it worth it? Only you can decide that.
mpierce 06/16/15 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: VuCube 1000

I am one of those who had the devil of a time trying to manually align satellites. We finally bit the bullet and bought a CarryOut, that automatically finds them. MUCH nicer. The CarryOut does not support HD on DirectTv though. It does do regular definition on Direct.
mpierce 06/15/15 05:40am Tech Issues
RE: 4 wheels off the ground ideas

If only an "hour or so from home". and "maybe one or two weeks during break or summer". why not just drive the car, following the MH? May not be the best, but certainly the cheapest. I think you have gotten to where there really is no good answer. You bought a car you like, and cannot tow it. No problem there. You went in eyes wide open. Now, you want some way to tow or haul it. You have ruled out a flatbed trailer. You have ruled out a box trailer. The tow guys have said the type of wheels and setup they use really won't work very well for you. I see no other practical solution than just driving the car behind the MH! Or in front. I do wish you good luck. We have a car we cannot tow 4 down. And a motorcycle with a sidecar. Finding a good solution to carrying both puts us in somewhat the same situation. Just no "good" solutions.
mpierce 06/15/15 05:33am Dinghy Towing
RE: Cowcatchers

Most of these Moose bumpers are made out of Aluminum,so they remain light. They are hinged on a half inch bolt on each side. Strong??? They may stand up to a deer hit but in my opinion they are there for looks. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,because I think they even look dumb. I went to work for a company and the truck they gave me had one of those things on it and it was a huge pain in the --- when you wanted to lift the hood. First you had to let that thing down and then put it back up after, and oh did I mention the rattling that drove me to cut the thing off. Have one on my Peterbilt the last 800,000 miles. Have hit 5 deer in that time. NO DAMAGE AT ALL. Before that over 400,00 hit three deer, and damage varied from 3k to 10k, EACH TIME. Don't tell me they don't work! Now, hitting a 1000+ lb animal at 60mph+, there may well be damage. But, it will most assuredly be LESS than without the guard. Mine is aluminum, NO RATTLES either. However, compared to MH's, there are FAR fewer front end designs to try to match up on commercial vehicles. And, the arguments about how to attach, and working around the front benny, are VERY valid points. I do not believe very practical on MH's. Also, most commercial vehicles run over 100k miles a year. Average MH's, less than 10% of that. So, the odds of a hit are much less. And, most hits occurs evening and AM, very early. Not typical MH travel hours.
mpierce 06/13/15 05:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traveling with kids and no bunks?

Most RV bunks get pretty small for almost grown up kids. What works really well now, may not in a few years anyway.
mpierce 06/13/15 05:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water separator/ fuel filter

Check your user manual as it said to have engine running while draining the water trap on a 2104 Ram 1500. Did not realize the 1500 has a diesel.
mpierce 06/08/15 09:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

How about getting the Federal Lands down to the same percentage owned as they are in the Eastern States? Why do all you Easterners, demand control over lands far from you? Why should western states have to put up with Federal control, when you who are in eastern states, have no such control?
mpierce 06/06/15 07:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: rhubarb pie

Rhubarb Pie! Fresh out of our garden early in the year! Rhubarb bars! Rhubarb sauce! Rhubarb............!
mpierce 06/06/15 07:16am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs

I do and never do. As a LEO I was assigned commercial truck duty and yes, we weighed and cited motor homes as well as commercial trucks. Weight is weight, as is safety. Overweight vehicles tear up many of the roads, especially local ones that aren't designed for the weight placed on them..they are also a hazard to themselves and all those around them as to handling and stopping......Dennis I have a question for you, as ex- wt police! I run a small trucking company too, so am well aware of wt. limits. Did you enforce the per axle wts. allowed by the state? i.e., 20k# single axle, 34k tandem, as allowed in most states? Or, as the OP's question here, did you look, and enforce the axle and gross wts. as the MFG. listed? ie, if the mfg allowed 18k on a single rear axle MH, would you cite them for overweight if they weighted 19k? Assuming your state allowed 20k? I have NEVER had one look at my mfg plate. They ONLY have enforced the STATES limits, NOT the mfg.'s. We enforced per California CVC 35550-35558....Dennis Thank you. since that means nothing to anyone except LEO, here is what 35550 states: 35550. (a) The gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels on any one axle of a vehicle shall not exceed 20,000 pounds and the gross weight upon any one wheel, or wheels, supporting one end of an axle, and resting upon the roadway, shall not exceed 10,500 pounds. This references the original question. So, the answer is: States enforce to THEIR weight limits, NOT to the limits on the vehicle by the mfg. ie, if your vehicle has a 18k rear axle rating, and you have 19k on it, there will be NO OVERWEIGHT ticket, as you are UNDER the 20k allowed by the state.
mpierce 05/10/15 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel price ~same as Gas: Why?

Well, at least partially, some of that has reversed. Oil drilling requires a LOT of diesel, and drilling is down, so diesel use goes down. The high price of diesel caused refineries to gear up to produce as much diesel out of a gallon as they could. They cannot change it much, but some. Diesel is actually 2 cents LOWER than gas here. First time in YEARS! Nice.
mpierce 05/09/15 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: disconnect, hide electrical cord when overnite at Walmart?

Someone will steal anything. When we stop at Wal Mart or other places, especially areas we don't know, I stay at the coach while she shops or vice verse. One of my Grandmothers used to worry about everything too. I guess she was right. She died at 92! I am sooooo glad I do not go thru life worried constantly.
mpierce 05/09/15 02:08pm General RVing Issues
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