Hi and welcome!
If you haven't already, please check local ordinances. Our neighbors did as you are planning to for a few months. One day a police car pulled up and informed them that they were breaking the law and had three days to move. On our lake we can't have utilities without a fixed structure that includes living quarters. We lake dwellers were unaware of the ordinance, as more than ten lots were used this way, but it was enforced for everyone after one cranky person complained.
Here's another salad my in- laws like. Me too.
1 3ounce pkg lime gelatin
1 9 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Cool Whip
Prepare the gelatin using half the water indicated on the box. Set aside to cool for 15-20 mins (so it doesn't melt the Cool Whip). Then stir in remaining ingredients. Chill two hours before serving.
But that seems to apply, but it refers to an exemption...:h
To the OP..what State was your friend licensed in, and was the combo plated in the same state?
Drivers, truck and trailer licensed in South Dakota.
OP here. Our friends were required to park in a lot and not move without a CDL licensed driver or face $25,000 fine. Yes, patrolman asked them to get the alcohol out of the suitcase that was in the truck box and then he dumped it on the road.
Where does one go to learn about vehicle length and CDL requirements? Apparently it doesn't matter how the truck or trailer is titled, used, or whether it was carrying anything for commerce. X length = commercial according to patrolman. I'm getting frustrated trying to find it online. Finding lots of info but not that stuff.
You all have been quite helpful. Thanks so much.
Hi, OP here.
Thanks for advice so far. I thought Inwas right on the rv questions, and it seems you all are in agreement.
As for the trailer question: it's a 35- foot gooseneck pulled by a non-dually pickup. Hauling four calves plus equipment like fans, haters, brushes, and feed to a calf show in Ohio. The calves are not for sale. No one in the vehicle had a CDL, not required at home. Both truck and trailer are registered in same individual's name and he doesn't have a CDL. Hipo said that its length made it commercial in Iowa. Fined for operating without CDL, no commercial vehicle inspection stickers, failure to stop at weigh stations. Hipo asked if they were carrying alcohol. Sure, two sealed fifths of Black Velvet in one guy's suitcase in the truck box....which the hipo demanded and poured out on the side of the highway. No one was speeding, everyone cooperated including paying the fines. Hipo was not friendly. In all our travels with livestock (ND, SD, MT, WY, CO, MN, IA, NE, KS, IL, IN, KY) they've never been pulled over for anything, so this was a real shock.
1. If I am licensed to drive my RV in my home state, I am licensed when I go to other states, true or false? So I can't be pulled over and fined for lack of air brake endorsement, for example, if it's not required by home state, true or false?
2. Try this: personal pickup pulling personal livestock trailer, no CDL required in home state. Crossed into Iowa, and hipo says that livestock trailer is commercial here, due to its length, regardless of use. Driver must have CDL. vehicle must have commercial inspection stickers. None of that is required in our home state. Can they do this?
3. I know some will say find an attorney. Suggest one to call and I will, thank you.
My mom makes a Watergate cake that I LOVE. It's a pistachio cake with "cover up" frosting (cool Whip + pistachio pudding). We used to have it for St. Patrick's day, and I'd request it on my birthday.
To NYCGirl-- The first decade of our marriage, I was amused and a little frustrated that my in-laws always turned up their noses at my salads. MIL explained that to their family a salad was either coleslaw or something made with macaroni or jello or Cool Whip. Hmmm, at my house jello and cool whip were dessert.
Sorry to veer off topic. Was just hoping you'd enjoy a laugh at my goofy in-laws.
Let the kids research and pick the destination. Maybe they saw something in the movies or tv and that could have sparked an interest.
Agreed! DS wanted to see the Space Needle, which led to a really fun week in
Seattle. If the kids are excited about something, we try to capitalize on it.
I had a bucket list for our family. We took a trip or two every year (some in the RV). As the kids grew older, their summers were even busier than the school year due to their activities. It was a wrench to let go of some of my travel dreams, but they were learning, having fun, and staying out of trouble. Those summer interests have led them to their future careers, which is great.
So my two 20-ish kids haven't had many family trips in the last three years, but since age 5 they've been to several major cities, Disney, a cruise, Jamaica, professional sporting events, snowmobiling in the Bighorns and yes, the Black Hills, Badlands NP, Teddy Roosevelt NP, and Yellowstone. We've toured factories and museums, been spellbound by wild horses and bears, and found their great-great-great grandparents' graves. We've spent sunsets chest-deep in a gentle sea with an ice cream cone in each hand. Spending time together around home is great, too, but having a little adventure together --even if it doesn't go completely smoothly -- really teaches them about the world, home, people, gratefulness.
My new bucket list is things the DH and I want to see/do.
If I'm on the interstate, I look for a truck stop or a rest area. On the blue roads here on the prairie, I pull into a grain elevator or a farm implement dealer (big parking lots). A lumber yard or church will do, too. In small towns, if the speed limit drops to 35 I pull onto the shoulder in the middle of a block with the hazard lights on, keeping away from stop lights. I eat in on travel days.
We use non-slip mesh drawer liner. One sizeable piece goes under the folding table (laying on its top), then more mesh, then a chair, more mesh and another chair. The mesh keeps them from moving and from scratching each other, too.
We dry age roasts and prime ribs in the fridge, wrapping them I n kitchen gauze. 7-9 days make a delicious roast. For individual steaks. 4-6 hours unwrapped on a rack (over a plate) in the fridge makes a difference.
These are favorites around our house and for easy get-togethers.
BBQs, Taverns, Sloppy Joes
Brown 2 lbs hamburger, then drain fat. Add 1 c ketchup and 1 c. Coca-cola. stir well and simmer on low heat, covered, for 15 minutes so flavors marry. Serve on buns. Freezes well. For potluck, keep warm in crockpot.
Ranch Pasta Salad
8 oz. rotini or macaroni, cooked and cooled
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup real bacon bits or finely chopped cooked bacon
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 cup good mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
1/2 cup milk
Combine pasta, veggies and bacon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl add dressing mix to mayo and milk, and stir well with a whisk to combine thoroughly. Add dressing to large bowl and stir. Chill for one hour before serving.
Dessert?? Hard to go wrong with mini lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Line a mini muffin tin with mini cupcake papers. Prepare a boxed lemon cake mix according to directions on the package, and fill each cupcake paper 2/3 full. Bake for 1/2 the time stated on the box for regular sized cupcakes. Cool. For frosting, bring 4 oz cream cheese to room temp in a mixing bowl. Add two Tbsp milk and 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Beat until very smooth using electric mixer, starting on lowest speed. Frost cupcakes and store them in the fridge.
No scolding from me. I have felt that way, too, and in truth have had equal amounts of good weather and awful for RVing. When the weather has us beaten, we still like the getaway. Since we have to be indoors in less than 400 square feet, we end up having good conversations. Everyone helps with meals and we eat together. We dress for the weather and head outside each day, too. We grouse about the weather, but it sure is great for us to have those hours together. They have become rare.