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RE: GCWR

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
RE: cummins fuel filters change out

I also like to warm up the engine a little before starting fuel filter change. Not enough to get it hot, just enough to get the cylinders warmed up some, so it starts easier As soon as the engine starts, take it to at least 1/2 speed. Rev it up, so if it stumbles a little, a better chance of keeping going. Another reason to have it warmed up a little, so not revving on a cold engine.
mpierce 05/09/15 08:42am Tech Issues
RE: GCWR

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.
mpierce 05/09/15 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New truck license problem

States vary but when I went from a half ton to a 2500 HD the clerk said to just forget the new weights and transfer the half ton plates. She said unless I am using the truck commercially no one will ever question it. That is probably correct. Legally, probably wrong. It is just that if ONLY using for RV, they very seldom get checked. I will give you a caveat though. IF it is legally required to have the full weight registered in your state. Say you have a 5th wheel setup like mine was. Big toy hauler behind a dually. I grossed at a little over 28K. The office was going to license me for 12k, then we discussed the wt. issue. IF I had gone with the 12k license, and, for some odd reason, I HAD been required to have DOT weigh me, I would have been 16k overweight! At 16k overweight, the overweight fine would have been just north of $5,000! Odds of that happening to a RV are VERY small, and only apply in those states that do it that way, BUT, it would be REALLY expensive if one happened to get caught.
mpierce 05/09/15 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck license problem

I just spoke with the title clerk and she said the reason it was titled for 10K is because that is all I was charged for when I purchased the vehicle. I was not told that but it doesn't matter because the only way to fix it is for me to go down to the license office and increase the plate rate rating myself. So if I understand this correctly, my truck weighs 8K, I hook up my fifth wheel which has a pin weight of 2500, that puts me at 10500 with no fuel, passengers, fifth wheel cargo and hitch, but I'm still OK with a 10K license? I was under the impression i needed to be licensed for all of that, so perhaps I misunderstood the license ratings, if so then all is good. I just wanted to be sure I did everything correctly since this is my first fifth wheel, obviously I still have a lot to learn. Depends on the state. Explain fully to the clerk what the weights are, that you are a RV, not commercial, and they should be able to tell you what you need to license it for. I asked when I got mine, and I need to license for the total weight that I am, RV or commercial. As RV, I am not apt to get weighed, but possible. And, to be legal, I need to have the full weight licensed. I KNOW other states are different.
mpierce 05/08/15 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best year for a DP

John S., what you suggest is true and can certainly work for most people. But, you are talking about a coach with a lot of down time for remodel. I want to go and not worry about repairs and updates. There is certainly a cost involved but I'm not sitting at a repair/remodel shop. I'm on the road. MM. Just because it is only a 3 year old coach, do not expect it will be trouble free. I read LOTS of horror stories on here from those who paid several 100k for a 2-4 year old MH, and all the problems they have had. Remember, those of us who suggest buying an older MH, are talking about the top end coaches, Prevost, Bluebird, etc. where you have a really good MH to start with. No matter HOW MUCH fixing you do to a cheaper coach, you CANNOT get the quality of these older top end coaches.
mpierce 05/08/15 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tornado safety

I agree with the warnings being almost worthless to travelers. They used to say "on a line from (major city) to (major city). At least that gave us an idea of where. Now, as stated above, they give it by COUNTIES! Counties mean NOTHING to travelers. How would I know where Tippacanoe County is?
mpierce 05/07/15 04:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Still Waiting

Now for the other side of the coin. I used to book my shop at 7 hours/day per mechanic. This would leave plenty of time for additional repairs that the owner thought of the night before. It would leave time for some, not always all, of the additional repairs that the customer did not know they needed. It left us time to be thorough and conscientious about the repairs we were doing. 9AM rolls around, the doors have been open since 7AM, and one of the 6 customers scheduled has shown up. No calls, no contact at all. Then the next day everyone scheduled shows up and some of the a$%^oles from the day before show and expect their car by 5PM. When you tell them it is not going to happen they go ballistic. As a shop owner you can give some customers a $100.00 bill when they walk in, kiss their butt when they leave and they still are not happy. This is a very small percentage of customers but they are the ones that cause a good deal of your repair scheduling issues. A business owner can not depend on everyone showing up when they say they will and has to make adjustments for the clueless. I stocked a lot of parts because I was a vehicle specific repair facility but the shops that work on anything; RV, car or truck, can not do this and become dependent on their suppliers to get them parts in a timely manner. This also does not usually happen. Good Luck but quit blaming the shop. One bit of attitude and the incentive to make you satisfied goes out the window. Randy So, just WHOSE fault is it, when you make an appointment for repair, are told it will take two weeks, and takes SIX MONTHS? You say it is NOT the shops fault. Just whose is it then?
mpierce 05/07/15 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tornado safety

Usually your best bet is to head for the bath house if they don't have a storm shelter. The state parks usually have concrete bath houses. Usually, that is the best bet. It is a concern.. Being an over the road trucker, the same concerns are always there. Where to go?
mpierce 05/07/15 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: 10 year rule, I figured it out

We have a 1990 Bluebird. Things need fixing, but so did they on our 5 year old RV. I guarantee you in 10 MORE years, the Bluebird will still be a strong RV, but the SOB, not so much!
mpierce 05/07/15 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Still Waiting

RV shops are the same as most motorcycle shops. They over promise and under deliver. One time I dropped of my motorcycle in February. The work was supposed to take 2 weeks. After first threatening legal action and then just threatening physical violence I got my bike back in September. Different shop, different time, I sent a bike in to be painted. They said two weeks, maybe three. 10 weeks later it was done. I have a dozen stories just like this. Here is my thing on this. If you cant work on something for a few weeks or months, then don't take it in. Let the owner use it right up to the point you are ready to work on it. They don't do this so they can "lock" in the work and you don't go anywhere else. In my case I could have continued to set up my new motorhome and then brought it to the shop next week. So you expect people to drop everything when you walk in the door wanting service? That includes all the people just like you who want it now? If a appointment is made you get put in the que. Asking when you might get it back could save you from having to threaten the workers with violence ( brilliant). Then you can decide to leave it or not. If they miss the date go get it back. Your problem is solved, other than getting your stuff fixed. As you indicated yourself it's not just RV dealers. That's the problem with society today, WE WANT IT NOW. It's like driving down the freeway in a urban area, there is always someone needing to be first - no matter what or who is ahead of them. Looks like HE DID ask. The answer was 2 weeks. Then took close to a year! Where in here does it sound like he wanted it done NOW, ahead of all others?
mpierce 05/07/15 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Def fluid in new Ram

Around 3%, when towing. Less when empty. Mine started out MUCH higher. Took it back in, and they recalibrated something, and mine now comes in right at the 3% towing at 28k.
mpierce 05/07/15 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weigh Station

Been all over the country in different RVs and have never once gone into a weigh station. When towing the 32ft race car trailer I am over 70ft and its never been a problem. Once in NC near Durham I got taken back to the scales while towing the same trailer with the F-350 duelly. They checked all my paper work and sent me on down the road----don't know what they were looking for.Race trailer to law enforcement means trailer contains a vehicle that is used in competition and that in their mind is a business, which would mean you are operating commercially. Thus you would be required to go through the weigh station, be in possession of a CDL, and your vehicle be in compliance with Federal motor carrier standards. That would mean a US DOT registry number displayed on the vehicle. And a health certificate, and fuel permit and licenses for the states, and be in drug testing consortium, and... and..... and....
mpierce 05/06/15 08:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can't wait to share more weight stuff

Another problem is that as time goes on, you WILL accumulate more stuff. It always happens.
mpierce 05/04/15 04:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible insurance discount for having a CDL license

I have a 40' Bluebird. Both my wife and I have full ClassA CDL's, and we get a discount on the RV. Do you mind telling us which insurance company you're with? Blue Sky
mpierce 04/30/15 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

As far as I know, they still do not have seat belts in school buses. School buses, are built like absolute TANKS - they are extremely heavy, due to the steel cage all around to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Also, every seat in a school bus is specifically designed, with a tall cushion in front of it and behind, to protect occupants in the event of a sudden stop. They are also severely restricted in most states, in terms of top speed. You'll never see a school bus going 65 or 70 mph. Many are limited to 45 mph, even on major highways. Not to mention, they are driven only by someone with a CDL license. That is why passengers on a school buses don't have to use seatbelts. That, and seatbelting in dozens of children in a bus creates much more serious problems than it avoids, in the event that they have to evacuate the bus quickly. NONE of those things are true about a Motorhome. Soo, please don't compare an RV to a school bus, as that comparison is completely ridiculous. Its like comparing a M1 tank to a cardboard box, haha. Will My Bluebird Wanderlodge is built just the same, an all steel tank. It is one of the reasons we got it. They do NOT explode in a wreck like 98% of MH's do.
mpierce 04/29/15 08:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible insurance discount for having a CDL license

I have a 40' Bluebird. Both my wife and I have full ClassA CDL's, and we get a discount on the RV.
mpierce 04/29/15 08:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: We payed the price for convenience

The WFCO specs SAY it bulk charges at 14.4, but in actual practice, it almost NEVER goes into bulk, and when it does, it does not do it for very long. Lots of posts about that. So, it charges at the mid 13v rate, which takes a long time. Do what you want. A number of us are just trying to lead you to a much better charger. But, if you like and want the WFCo, fine by me. Good Luck.
mpierce 04/28/15 06:43am General RVing Issues
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