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RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bucky welcome to the land of HOAs and old retired people with enough money to pretty much do what they want....I am older than most on here but some just won't admit that these motor vehicle laws are flawed in many ways. If you followed every single law and regulation concerning your motor home you would be camping in your driveway----wait, the HOA won't allow it in your driveway!!!!! Some people need to just get a life........flame on folks, I got to roll my over weight, overlength, wrong drivers license mess out of here to enjoy my weekend with a bunch of likewise folks...... Okay, so how long should trailers be allowed to be in your humble opinion? There is only one law in this thread that anybody has given any example of that is being actively enforced by anybody, and that is the 53' single trailer limit. And the only story provided about enforcement has been against the NHRA racers who decided they can have 56 foot trailers even though they knew good and well they were illegal in most every state. And they were warned in advance about the trailers and chose to ignore that warning and so the law got enforced on them. Please tell us the flaw in that law? Should there be a limit on how long a trailer should be? How about 60 feet or 70 feet? Sure they'll be knocking cars off the road and taking down the traffic signals every time they try and turn a corner, but we don't want any flawed laws to prohibit that. Heck how about just having a 100 foot long trailer and pull it behind my 75 foot long custom Toterhome? Would that eliminate those flawed laws? As I said above: how much above the posted speed limit should be allowed? Should all laws be inforced equally? When I was a cop I allowed either 10 or 15 over the limit depending on the type of road. So should the CHP then allow 10 or 15 feet over the length limit of a 53' trailer? How about the law says 53', most every state has the same law, so the NHRA guys don't intentionally ignore the law? Why enforce one law differently than another? Chip on your shoulder for one group? I can't remember. Speed kills or length kills? So you want strict enforcement of every single law, or no enforcement of any of them. Okay, I get it. Can't argue with that kind of logic.
msmith1199 07/05/15 01:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bucky welcome to the land of HOAs and old retired people with enough money to pretty much do what they want....I am older than most on here but some just won't admit that these motor vehicle laws are flawed in many ways. If you followed every single law and regulation concerning your motor home you would be camping in your driveway----wait, the HOA won't allow it in your driveway!!!!! Some people need to just get a life........flame on folks, I got to roll my over weight, overlength, wrong drivers license mess out of here to enjoy my weekend with a bunch of likewise folks...... Okay, so how long should trailers be allowed to be in your humble opinion? There is only one law in this thread that anybody has given any example of that is being actively enforced by anybody, and that is the 53' single trailer limit. And the only story provided about enforcement has been against the NHRA racers who decided they can have 56 foot trailers even though they knew good and well they were illegal in most every state. And they were warned in advance about the trailers and chose to ignore that warning and so the law got enforced on them. Please tell us the flaw in that law? Should there be a limit on how long a trailer should be? How about 60 feet or 70 feet? Sure they'll be knocking cars off the road and taking down the traffic signals every time they try and turn a corner, but we don't want any flawed laws to prohibit that. Heck how about just having a 100 foot long trailer and pull it behind my 75 foot long custom Toterhome? Would that eliminate those flawed laws? As I said above: how much above the posted speed limit should be allowed? Should all laws be inforced equally? When I was a cop I allowed either 10 or 15 over the limit depending on the type of road. So should the CHP then allow 10 or 15 feet over the length limit of a 53' trailer? How about the law says 53', most every state has the same law, so the NHRA guys don't intentionally ignore the law?
msmith1199 07/05/15 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bucky welcome to the land of HOAs and old retired people with enough money to pretty much do what they want....I am older than most on here but some just won't admit that these motor vehicle laws are flawed in many ways. If you followed every single law and regulation concerning your motor home you would be camping in your driveway----wait, the HOA won't allow it in your driveway!!!!! Some people need to just get a life........flame on folks, I got to roll my over weight, overlength, wrong drivers license mess out of here to enjoy my weekend with a bunch of likewise folks...... Okay, so how long should trailers be allowed to be in your humble opinion? There is only one law in this thread that anybody has given any example of that is being actively enforced by anybody, and that is the 53' single trailer limit. And the only story provided about enforcement has been against the NHRA racers who decided they can have 56 foot trailers even though they knew good and well they were illegal in most every state. And they were warned in advance about the trailers and chose to ignore that warning and so the law got enforced on them. Please tell us the flaw in that law? Should there be a limit on how long a trailer should be? How about 60 feet or 70 feet? Sure they'll be knocking cars off the road and taking down the traffic signals every time they try and turn a corner, but we don't want any flawed laws to prohibit that. Heck how about just having a 100 foot long trailer and pull it behind my 75 foot long custom Toterhome? Would that eliminate those flawed laws?
msmith1199 07/05/15 01:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for First Time Cruisers

I will admit that I've never been on a cruise. Not sure I want to try it, either. So many times I read about ships that have a fire, and are adrift at sea with no power, no A/C, no water... Then there's the innumerable reports of norovirus on so many ships. As I say, I can't speak first hand on these issues, as I've never been there; just really reluctant to even try it. To the OP, hoping you can dispel my fears with a positive report on your return. Cars crash every day and people die, busses crash, RV's crash, Planes crash, trains fall off the track, people sitting in their homes have planes crash into them and get killed there too. So yes, there has been trouble on some cruise ships. If you are going to avoid everything because "something" may happen, you may find yourself in a bunker under the house. But bunkers have been known to flood and kill people too.
msmith1199 07/03/15 11:28am Around the Campfire
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bucky, I can't even figure out your point. If you don't like California don't come. But the laws we are talking about are fairly universal and many states (if not most) have the exact same restrictions as California. So please make sure you check all those states and avoid every one of them too.
msmith1199 07/03/15 11:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Scary New Credit Card

Most every store now has card readers that the shopper self swipes on. The cashier never touches the Credit Card. What added protection does forced signing offer, if the cashier never sees the signature on the back of the card and can't verify what you are signing on the signature pad! Per our local DA office:The act of signing creates intent. You are acknowledging it is you and are properly using the card. If someone else uses it and gets caught, their signature, even if it is a straight line, admits guilt of fraud. Using the card illegally is all that would have to be proved. Taking the merchandise while using a stolen card is all the fraud that needs to be proved.
msmith1199 07/02/15 11:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: Scary New Credit Card

If you don't have online banking alerts, (you get an email or text every time the card is used), and you are suspicious of using the new cards-use cash. That way, you can worry about something else. Before we hit the road FT back in 2006 I set up on-line banking and activated 'alerts' on debit & credit cards. I know within 10 minutes of either card being used, what it was used for, where it was used, how much was spent, which card was used etc. Don't even have to log on to find out....easy-peasy! My wife hates that. It enables me to track her all over town based on where the text alerts are coming from.
msmith1199 07/02/15 11:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Those darned sportsman racers! Tax dodgers! Oh wait. They aren't pros. Very limited money involved in any prize for most races. Besides. Why would a state want the extra revenue from the purchased fuel, food, entry fees etc.? Why would they want to support local business who put on these races? These guys aren't making money or making their living on racing. This is a hobby for them. So what laws should people be allowed to break as long as they are generating revenue? Should they be exempt from every law? Should they be also allowed to drive 90mph with their illegal length trailers? Where do you draw the line? Is there a line? It has NOTHING to do with safety. It has to do with revenue grabbing. If it had to do with safety, then all states would have the same laws. When it comes to vehicle length laws, all states pretty much do have the same laws with some differences. A 53 foot max trailer length is actually a Federal DOT requirement, and California law just matches that, as does many (if not all) other states. Also California has high mountain passes, lots of grades, and big cities with tight corners. It would make since that California would adopt stricter vehicle size limits than places like Iowa or Nebraska or Montana.
msmith1199 07/02/15 10:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Those darned sportsman racers! Tax dodgers! Oh wait. They aren't pros. Very limited money involved in any prize for most races. Besides. Why would a state want the extra revenue from the purchased fuel, food, entry fees etc.? Why would they want to support local business who put on these races? These guys aren't making money or making their living on racing. This is a hobby for them. So what laws should people be allowed to break as long as they are generating revenue? Should they be exempt from every law? Should they be also allowed to drive 90mph with their illegal length trailers? Where do you draw the line? Is there a line?
msmith1199 07/02/15 09:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Randy a few years back there was a thread on here about having a TV on in view of the driver. There was a guy from Texas saying he'd never come to California because of that stupid law and he'll stay in Texas where things like that are legal. Took me 2 minutes to search the Texas vehicle code and show him it was illegal there too. Opps.
msmith1199 07/02/15 08:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Okay Glenn, if you're upset because California enforces the same law that applies to most other states, then you should keep out. California (especially So Cal and the Bay Area) tend to be more tightly packed than a lot of rest of the Country and oversized vehicles should be regulated. Yep, will do. We are still saying the same thing, not sure what the issue is, over length stay out of California. No we're not saying the same thing. The only law you've provided an example of that California is actively enforcing is the 53 foot trailer length. You are not violating that law. The law you would be violating is the overall vehicle combination length law. As far as I know, law enforcement in California is not actively enforcing that law on a regular basis in California as I see over length motorhome-trailer combinations on the road here all the time. Also I have yet to see somebody on rv.net post a story about getting an over length ticket in a RV with a trailer. So if you are advocating avoiding California simply because there is a law that says you can't be over 65', then you have to advocate avoiding every single other state that has the same law. And by the way, New York also has a 65' length limit. You need to make sure you avoid New York.
msmith1199 07/02/15 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Okay Glenn, if you're upset because California enforces the same law that applies to most other states, then you should keep out. California (especially So Cal and the Bay Area) tend to be more tightly packed than a lot of rest of the Country and oversized vehicles should be regulated. Edit: You edited after I replied; If you had watched what I have previously written, I stated to the OP that I've seen RV's all over this State that are towing trailers that make the combination too long and there doesn't seem to be any enforcement. Your rig is illegal in many other states too and like California I have not heard of much enforcement on the total length limit. The one example you posted was of people who were modifying a single trailer to be 56' long. That means they are going to hold up more traffic trying to make wide turns, they are going to knock down more street signs and damage more traffic signals. There is a reason for the 53' trailer length. I have no idea what got CHP to focus on NHRA and their 56 foot trailers, but I'd be willing to bet it had something to do with accidents. That brought the length to the attention of CHP and they started enforcing it. The 53' limit was apparently good for NASCAR as their trailers comply, but NHRA did not.
msmith1199 07/02/15 11:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Okay, I did some more research and seem to have found the truth. California has a 53 foot trailer length limit as does many other states. This is also the Federal standard. Anything over 53' requires a permit to operate. Apparently all these NHRA people knew this good and well yet they decided they were going to use 56' trailers anyway as they figured they were above the laws and nobody would check. Well CHP did check and had apparently warned them in advance that the over length trailers would not be allowed and if anybody was caught brining them in they would have to take them out on a low boy trailer. Why is the low boy legal? Because you can only get a permit for an over length trailer to haul over length items. You can't simply get a permit for a 56' trailer simply because you want 3' of extra space. If you need 56' of space you have to use two trailers. So the reason the low boy is legal is because the low boy is hauling oversized cargo and that being the 56 foot trailer. So since the trailer is the cargo they can get a permit for that. This is sort of like the Toterhome question that comes up on here. People are driving these giant motorhomes that are well over 45' in length and just hoping the law doesn't get enforced even though they know good and well they are breaking the law. And when some agency decides to enforce that law on them you can bet they'll be whining just like the NHRA who knew good and well they were also breaking the law.
msmith1199 07/02/15 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

I don't know Glen there just seems to be something missing from that story. Looks like he modified the trailer by adding something to the front of it. And he talks about Caltrans at the scales. As far as I know CHP runs the scales and they would be the one telling him that. Also if it was just about length, why was it okay to put it on an even longer trailer and move it? Maybe it was about length and something else? I don't know, there just seems to be some details missing. Also, the 65' and 75' length restrictions he talks about are pretty standard in many states. Some of the states that allow longer lengths only allow them if they allow triples.
msmith1199 07/02/15 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bob, just keep in mind that one of the dangers of towing over length like that isn't just a ticket. Law enforcement could potentially declare it an unsafe vehicle and order you to unhook the trailer and make other arrangements to have the trailer towed away. Just keep that in mind and have a plan for it does happen. Not sure about other states, but I can assure you that does happen in California....Dennis I was a cop in California so that's why I wrote it. This happened to a number of NHRA Dragrace teams as they entered California. Their trailers were to long, and they had to unload and load into smaller trailers. Their original trailers had to be hauled out of California, and they cut the trailers down to legal size. California is a pain, if you can stay out How long were their trailers? California allows trailers up to 53 feet long which is pretty standard in most states as well as the Federal regs. Well, you're talking to a bunch of us retired LEO's. The 53' applies to commercial rigs. You DON'T want to open that box...:W....Dennis He said this was NHRA drag race teams. Wouldn't they be required to follow the commercial rules?
msmith1199 07/02/15 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Consignment...Seller won't budge off of asking price.

Every day that goes by, I get closer and closer to taking the plunge... I just put down a deposit (fully refundable) to hold a coach until the end of next week. Nada says 47k - 57k. The seller wants 45k, and won't budge AT ALL. Needs new tires, and new house batteries. I did a thorough inspection today, and found no major issues. I still plan to have an independent inspection, although I doubt anything they find will get the seller to budge. The unit is a 2008 Fleetwood Fiesta LX 34N. Is this a fair price? I can't fathom that the price is non-negotiable, but then again she's asking below Nada. Aside from the tires/batteries, it's in really good shape...basically immaculate. Cruch time... :/ I rarely sell stuff, but when I did I used to put a fair price on things that was already my bottom dollar. I found that NOBODY wants to buy anything from a private party at the price they are asking regardless of what it is. People who buy used things apparently don't feel good about it unless they can talk the seller into a lower price. Didn't take me long to realize that asking a fair bottom dollar price from the beginning was the wrong way to go. So now I ask a higher price and let people talk me down to what I would have sold it for anyway and they buy and everybody is happy, even though they didn't really save a dime. Why do you think every time you go into a store almost everything is on sale? And yet people still fall for that.
msmith1199 07/02/15 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bob, just keep in mind that one of the dangers of towing over length like that isn't just a ticket. Law enforcement could potentially declare it an unsafe vehicle and order you to unhook the trailer and make other arrangements to have the trailer towed away. Just keep that in mind and have a plan for it does happen. Not sure about other states, but I can assure you that does happen in California....Dennis I was a cop in California so that's why I wrote it. This happened to a number of NHRA Dragrace teams as they entered California. Their trailers were to long, and they had to unload and load into smaller trailers. Their original trailers had to be hauled out of California, and they cut the trailers down to legal size. California is a pain, if you can stay out How long were their trailers? California allows trailers up to 53 feet long which is pretty standard in most states as well as the Federal regs.
msmith1199 07/01/15 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV and trailer lenght.

Bob, just keep in mind that one of the dangers of towing over length like that isn't just a ticket. Law enforcement could potentially declare it an unsafe vehicle and order you to unhook the trailer and make other arrangements to have the trailer towed away. Just keep that in mind and have a plan for it does happen. Not sure about other states, but I can assure you that does happen in California....Dennis I was a cop in California so that's why I wrote it.
msmith1199 07/01/15 04:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Driver killed racing at NY Racetrack

It appears that he was the "target" of an intentional collision. I've always thought "Demolition Derbies" were stupid. I have seen videos of demolition derbies with motorhomes and they look like fun. But in a demolition derby you are inside an arena and the speeds you can get to a very limited. The limited info in this article says "racing around a track." I'm just making some assumptions here but it sounds like higher speeds were involved than your normal demolition derby. And as a result somebody is dead.
msmith1199 07/01/15 04:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for some help with electric steps......UPDATE.

Must be in the gears. If the motor is still running with the steps all the way out that can't happen if the gears are engaged. They stop the motor. The only way it's still running is if the gears are stripped or a gear pin broke, or something like that.
msmith1199 07/01/15 04:53pm Class A Motorhomes
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