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RE: When did DEF become required ?

Mr. Dave, we bought the first year coach with the particulate filter on the 2007 chassis (2008 coach). We have had zero problems with it. DEF came out in 2010 if I'm not mistaken and our new coach will have it. I'm not concerned. The word on the street is the DEF units get a little better fuel mileage. We have no smoke come out on heavy hill climbs. The regeneration cycle happens once about every 10,000 miles. There is a light on the dash to tell me the process is starting/happening. If you want a totally emission-free diesel vehicle, go 2006 or earlier. It's funny, I remember when people were going crazy when the catalytic converters came out in 1975..... and fully implemented in '79-'80. Same happened with shoulder seat belts with the buzzers. Go with the environmentally friendly units. Save a tree. LOL! (just kidding). Buy and drive what you like, this is America. A side note: Before catalytic converters, the Los Angeles smog was horrendous. You couldn't see houses off the I-10 Freeway, especially, in San Bernardino, CA. There is still some smog but 95% better. Low emission vehicles are important for our health. MM. Yes, I remember going into the gray haze in Los Angeles that was always present down there. However, reduced car emissions was only part of that. Much of that air was cleaned up by closing down almost all manufacturing and sending those jobs to other Countries who now have the dirty air.
msmith1199 04/24/14 11:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

I was stopped in Ca in the late 90's towing a 2nd trailer behind my fifth wheel. I had been in Ca for a week and even passed a CHP at one point going 70 mph but was almost back to Nv when i was stopped. I showed the officer the endorsement on my dl and all he kept saying was i cant believe this is legal. He had just called his supervisor when someone pulled up and said there was a car on its top down the road so he took off. So Did I, so i never found out what the outcome would have been. I was well over 70 ft long back then. I do know the California law from those days as those were my traffic enforcement days. The California law at that time allowed double towing, only behind a 5th wheel and only if the second trailer was a boat. I have no idea why it specified it had to be a boat, but it did. Then there were all the length restrictions and safety chains and all the usual stuff. I think back in that time Oregon also allowed it, because usually the only ones I saw towing that way had Oregon plates on the vehicles.
msmith1199 04/24/14 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

Otherwise, anybody who tows anything is towing doubles! I did do a Google search and you can see that there are many RV sites that call towing two trailers, "triple towing." You don't see any trucker sites calling two trailers "triple towing." But I wonder why none of those same RV sites don't state that everybody with a toad or one trailer is "double towing?" And using their lingo, if you aren't towing anything, are you single towing? My head hurts!
msmith1199 04/23/14 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

Unless there is something that makes us RVer's special, the truckers use double tow to describe two trailers, and triple tow to describe three. Triple tow is only legal in a limited number of states, Nevada being one of them.
msmith1199 04/22/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CB channels...

If you guys think debates get heated on here, get a CB and listen to the stuff that goes on there.
msmith1199 04/22/14 09:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CB channels...

If its against the law ( many places) to drive down the road with a cell phone to your head....why is it "supposed to be" OK to do the same with a CB ? CB's were exempted from many cell phone laws thanks to the trucker lobby.
msmith1199 04/22/14 09:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ernest Borgnine loved his MoHo.

I found where he was selling one of the buses and the model year was a 94.
msmith1199 04/22/14 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

I guess my triple towing travels will be just stuck to the states that allow me, looks like Cali will be just the Jeep. Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana is in my future travel for boating and camping.. {maybe Oregon if they allow me} I doubt triple towing behind an RV is legal in too many places. I know the semi trucks in Nevada and Utah triple tow, but I've never seen and RV do it. Or do you mean double tow? See how confusing even language is, and people want to complain about laws being confusing? Yes I meant double towing behind motorhome, but its legal term as to DMV is triple tow, they count the towing rig and the 2 trailers behind being towed, or at least that's how Nevada DMV has it listed. But yes I should keep it as double tow for better understanding, I don't want to be like California DMV law that is confusing.. ;) Then what's it called when you have three trailers? Quadruple tow?
msmith1199 04/22/14 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ernest Borgnine loved his MoHo.

After looking at the Bus Tour video I'm trying to figure the year. That cell phone he had looked 80's, but his toad looked 90's. Also go to near the end of that video and you see him making a too tight of a U-turn and it looks like the toad bumper is almost kissing the rear bumper of the bus, but then watch as he completes the turn and it looks like he's got the steering wheel locked on the toad. The wheels don't track with the turn and get dragged sideways.
msmith1199 04/22/14 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray water dump

We continually have a grey water tank capacity problem but never a black water tank problem, so now (thanks to suggestions here) we fill a bucket with grey water and dump it in the toilet. Apparently you did not read my post on top of pg 6. No need for a bucket. Just buy this device and let gravity do the work. How does a replacement valve solve the capacity issue?
msmith1199 04/22/14 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying a rental unit...El Monte RV

You can probably go buy an aftermarket warranty from somebody if you want a longer warranty. I think they are rip offs myself, but they are out there if you want one.
msmith1199 04/22/14 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ernest Borgnine loved his MoHo.

thank you. I haven't quite figured out what year this was but must have been awhile back. He talks about slides just making it into motor homes. Slides have been around for a long time, but I don't think people starting putting them in the Prevost's until much later. That was what I think he was referring to. Sounds like the one he was in didn't have a slide.
msmith1199 04/22/14 12:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

Since you're a commercial trucker, what about Texan's set up? I see the second trailer in a combination wiggling as you say, but it does seem like towing a trailer behind a pickup behind a motorhome as he's doing would be much safer than two trailers. The pickup is heavy and should be stable and the trailer behind the truck (at least it seems) should be acting exactly the same as if it were being towed by the truck only. Is that not a correct assumption?
msmith1199 04/22/14 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray water dump

No I don't and never said any such thing. My replies in this thread were to the people who insisted it is illegal to dump grey water on the ground any place in California. What I showed them is the opposite it true. There is no state-wide law that says you can't do it, and in fact there are specific laws that say you can. No place did I try and get into every single possible jurisdiction and nobody else did either. The answer given to the OP was basically he'd have to check the laws and rules anyplace he would want to do it. But in California specifically, there are times and places where it can be done. And then you come in at the end thinking your solving all of our problems by giving the answers the OP has already been given and then pretending you solved the problem. OK! Give me a name of a RV park that allows gray tank dumping on the ground. I already called one in Northern California and they said NO. They said that is why they have dump stations. So give me some names and I will personally call them and if it is true, it is a good place to stay away from. I have never seen one yet. Man, I really don't want to read back through all of this black water type thread but I think either Dennis or someone after his post did mention a specific park. I personally think there is nothing wrong with it and it is good for the plants if done right. Many people probably didn't do it right and that's why it is not allowed as a rule in most places these days. You can often find the waste totes on craigslist for cheap and that is what I did. You can get a large one with wheels and a handle that will hook on a bike, hitch ball or tow hook and is pretty easy to bring to the dump station. Just for info, my interest in this thread isn't because I dump my gray water on the ground. I have done it, but only on land that I own and camp on and only into a pit that I dug with an excavator. I just jumped in because people claimed it was illegal and claimed somebody would be "insane" if they did it. I'm not insane and it's not illegal. Is it a good idea? Probably not. However, as I also pointed out, I have seen a sign in a State run campground in the area of Kennedy Meadows on Highway 108, where not only was legal, the sign was actually requesting that people get a bucket and dump their grey water on the small trees throughout the campground. I did not do it, only because at the time I was in a rental RV and did not have a bucket with me.
msmith1199 04/22/14 09:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray water dump

No I don't and never said any such thing. My replies in this thread were to the people who insisted it is illegal to dump grey water on the ground any place in California. What I showed them is the opposite it true. There is no state-wide law that says you can't do it, and in fact there are specific laws that say you can. No place did I try and get into every single possible jurisdiction and nobody else did either. The answer given to the OP was basically he'd have to check the laws and rules anyplace he would want to do it. But in California specifically, there are times and places where it can be done. And then you come in at the end thinking your solving all of our problems by giving the answers the OP has already been given and then pretending you solved the problem. OK! Give me a name of a RV park that allows gray tank dumping on the ground. I already called one in Northern California and they said NO. They said that is why they have dump stations. So give me some names and I will personally call them and if it is true, it is a good place to stay away from. I have never seen one yet. I did better that that already if you have read the thread. I gave you information directly off the website of the Dodge Ridge campground which is in the Stanislaus National Forest. There are instructions right there on exactly how and where to dump gray water. Also if you call a campground you are going to get a minimum wage clerk at the front counter who likely isn't going to know the laws or the rules.
msmith1199 04/22/14 09:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

I guess my triple towing travels will be just stuck to the states that allow me, looks like Cali will be just the Jeep. Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana is in my future travel for boating and camping.. {maybe Oregon if they allow me} I doubt triple towing behind an RV is legal in too many places. I know the semi trucks in Nevada and Utah triple tow, but I've never seen and RV do it. Or do you mean double tow? See how confusing even language is, and people want to complain about laws being confusing?
msmith1199 04/22/14 09:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

I'll give it to you timmac that laws can be confusing. There is a reason law school is four years long and lawyers make so much money. The biggest problem is people need to realize that the laws are confusing and not count on being able to read and understand them themselves. For example go look at the gray water discussion. Somebody went and found California law that defines gray water and posted that as proof that it's illegal to dump grey water on the ground. The law they posted said no such thing, it was a definition section and didn't say anything about what was illegal or illegal to do with it. I guess these things are more straight forward to me since it was my job for 30 years.
msmith1199 04/21/14 10:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sell it then promise to fix it....seriously

Because they don't want to fix it now and have more things break and come back and do it again. But I agree with your assessment in that I would not buy a coach in that condition anyway. If those are the things you can see, what is wrong that you can't see? Next time I buy a motorhome, before I sign the final docs, I will do a very thorough walk through and mechanical check. Anything that is wrong I'll tell them to fix it and once they are done then I'll sign the docs and take possession. If they don't agree to that then I won't be buying another motorhome. I like my current motorhome but it spent well over a month in the shop when I bought it fixing some really minor things. It was just a comedy of errors. There was no motivation for them to fix it because I already bought the darn thing.
msmith1199 04/21/14 10:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who Double Tows With Your Motorhome

No Nevanick, that won't surprise me at all. When reading laws you have to read the entire law and apply it as intended. Section 34710 starts out by saying, "As used in this division, "passenger vehicle" means any motor vehicle defined in Section 465, except any of the following motor vehicles:" So that means the definition of passenger vehicle in section 34710 applies only to that division which is Division 14.9 with a title of "Motor Vehicle Damage Control." The vehicle code section that applies to double towing is not in that division therefore this definition of Passenger Vehicle does not apply. Division 14.9 appears to have dealt with the requirement for energy absorbing bumpers at one time, but it looks like that language has been removed. It was passed back in 1971. Remember the requirement that cars had to be able to hit something at 2.5 mph and not have severe damage? That is what this section used to be and that is why they exempted motorhomes from this particular definition as motorhomes weren't required to have the energy absorbing bumpers.
msmith1199 04/21/14 10:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray water dump

What fun! This certainly looks like it's about to follow the lines of many of the Wal-Mart threads. It could go on for months and months with every calling everyone else names and stating whatever everyone else is doing is wrong on they are the only ones with the correct answer. Good times had by all! Not if somebody were to actually look up the information from reliable sources and copy and paste that information right into the thread and if people actually read it, then we would all know the right answer. You know, like I did.
msmith1199 04/21/14 06:39pm Class A Motorhomes
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