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RE: Double Towing Length Laws

So length requirments must be different for commericial than RV's. Some of the trailers are 51' and I know those tractors have to be longer than 14'
hotpepperkid 12/30/19 10:20am Towing
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

I live in CA. I applied for the endorsement and the DMV clerk told me there was no such thing and referred me to the commercial DMV office. Her boss happened to walk by and asked me to follow him. He had me fill out an application for a 5th wheel endorsement and gave me two separate written tests. Eye examine, but no driving test or physical examine. He asked me what I drive and never made note of it. I passed the test and have the endorsement. The problem is the DMV manual is not well written and most DMV personnel just do not know. Even better, ask a traffic cop. They don't know either. Risk; cops don't know so a ticket is unlikely. An accident could be a problem if the insurance company knows the law. If you do not have endorsement, get in an accident and they know about endorsement, you loose. When we lived in CA we went to DMV to get that endorsement and not one person in the office we went to had clue. If it hadnt been for someone from Sac there doing some training we would likely still be there. And your right most cops dont have a clue either. The local ones dont even care. I ask a CHP PIO office at a booth at the fair and he didnt have clue either but he finally admitted most of them wouldnt know either. He said the guys doing commerical enforcement would know. There are 7XX of them and 3 million of us so the chances of getting a ticket is pretty slim
hotpepperkid 12/13/19 10:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

When I moved to Arizona and got my drivers license the MVD clerk ask whats this, referring to the indorcment. I told her and she said honey you dont need any of that here until you get to 26,000 lbs
hotpepperkid 12/08/19 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

I don’t agree that the CHP’s license stops are unconstitutional. What authority do you have other than a quote from the federal Constitution? Vehicle Code Section 2400 (b) The commissioner shall enforce all laws regulating the operation of vehicles and the use of the highways except that, on ways or places to which Section 592 makes reference, the commissioner shall not be required to provide patrol or enforce any provisions of this code other than those provisions applicable to private property. In 1979 the Supreme Court ruled in Delaware vs. Prouse that stopping a vehicle simply to check a driver's license violates the 4th Amendment. California doesnt care about your constitutional rights
hotpepperkid 12/08/19 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford F350 6.7

With my 2019 F-350 Im towing 11K SRW cruise control 65 MPH 6% hill 5th gear. On the flat it runs in 6th
hotpepperkid 12/07/19 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Garmin GPS

Use your phone for best directions. That only works if you have phone service
hotpepperkid 12/06/19 07:59am Technology Corner
RE: 4-Corners

Its worth a one time stop so you can say been there done that
hotpepperkid 12/06/19 07:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Snake Repellent Testing - Advice

357 and snake shot work well
hotpepperkid 11/25/19 07:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Knee Pain

Had my right knee replaced 3 yrs ago. I dinked around with it for a long time. Shots help but thats a tempuray fix. So got perament fix, so happy now I can walk more that 100 yrds without it killing me
hotpepperkid 11/25/19 07:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mileage observations

Yes, always OD will create more heat in the trans. When the output spins faster than the input on the trans there is a lot of stress on the gear, and why it makes heat, OD towing is not recommended unless you are going downhill or have a decent tailwind. But, this really depends on the ability of your particular trans. Not true. When I had the 7.3 with a 4 speed and 4th being OD it ran cooler in OD than it did in 3rd. I towed every where in 4th. In 4th at 2000 RPM = 68 mph 2000 RPM was the sweet spot in that truck. I have no idea what the sweet spot is on my 6.7, havent had it long enough to fig that out. The truck had 250,000 miles on it when I sold it and the trans had never been touched other than change the fluid. Yes the EGT will be lower at a higher RPM but even with the chip I had it never got hot. 4" exhaust cooled it off 200 deg
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mileage observations

Lower rpm is usually better mpg, but there are many variables in the ECU that can affect this. If you drove a simple two cycle engine, then yes, lower equals less fuel, but on vehicles the computer changes fueling, timing, the vacuum changes, and the gears change. In general overdrive is not an efficient gear, the gear right under it is usually the most efficient gear in the transmission, and usually translates to the most efficient at the pump (assuming speeds are appropriate for the selected gear). In OD you cover more ground for the same engine rpm so you may get better mpg, but when towing you may not. Many variables. In a manual transmission, in a 5 speed for ex, 5th is an OD gear, and 4th is what is referred to as a one to on or 1:1 gearing. For every one rotation of the engine the drives shaft rotates once. This literally means that the gears in the transmission are not even used, they are bypassed, not turning. The "input shaft" is locked directly to the "output shaft", so really there is no mechanical loss from the transmission. This is why it is the efficient gear (because it really is not a gear). Similar gearing will happen in an auto trans. The biggest factor still is how the engine fuels at different rpms and at different loads. You may find you get worse mpg at too slow of a speed and this is the engine fueling differently. 55 is typically the sweet spot, but it is worth a few bucks extra to go a little faster when you do the math. Gear ratios for the Ford 6R140 1=3.974/2=2.318/3=1.516/4=1.149/5=0.858/6=0.674 I tow a 11,000 lb 5er at around 68 on the interstates and it runs in 6th gear. I will down shift to 5th to longer hills but doesnt on the short ones. So maybe I if lock out 6th I might get better millage??I wouldnt ever shift. Would running in a lower gear than the computer requires cause it to run hotter?
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mileage observations

Lower rpm is usually better mpg, but there are many variables in the ECU that can affect this. If you drove a simple two cycle engine, then yes, lower equals less fuel, but on vehicles the computer changes fueling, timing, the vacuum changes, and the gears change. In general overdrive is not an efficient gear, the gear right under it is usually the most efficient gear in the transmission, and usually translates to the most efficient at the pump (assuming speeds are appropriate for the selected gear). In OD you cover more ground for the same engine rpm so you may get better mpg, but when towing you may not. Many variables. In a manual transmission, in a 5 speed for ex, 5th is an OD gear, and 4th is what is referred to as a one to on or 1:1 gearing. For every one rotation of the engine the drives shaft rotates once. This literally means that the gears in the transmission are not even used, they are bypassed, not turning. The "input shaft" is locked directly to the "output shaft", so really there is no mechanical loss from the transmission. This is why it is the efficient gear (because it really is not a gear). Similar gearing will happen in an auto trans. The biggest factor still is how the engine fuels at different rpms and at different loads. You may find you get worse mpg at too slow of a speed and this is the engine fueling differently. 55 is typically the sweet spot, but it is worth a few bucks extra to go a little faster when you do the math. Gear ratios for the Ford 6R140 1=3.974/2=2.318/3=1.516/4=1.149/5=0.858/6=0.674 I tow a 11,000 lb 5er at around 68 on the interstates and it runs in 6th gear. I will down shift to 5th to longer hills but doesnt on the short ones. So maybe I if lock out 6th I might get better millage??I wouldnt ever shift. Would running in a lower gear than the computer requires cause it to run hotter?
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mileage observations

Lower rpm is usually better mpg, but there are many variables in the ECU that can affect this. If you drove a simple two cycle engine, then yes, lower equals less fuel, but on vehicles the computer changes fueling, timing, the vacuum changes, and the gears change. In general overdrive is not an efficient gear, the gear right under it is usually the most efficient gear in the transmission, and usually translates to the most efficient at the pump (assuming speeds are appropriate for the selected gear). In OD you cover more ground for the same engine rpm so you may get better mpg, but when towing you may not. Many variables. In a manual transmission, in a 5 speed for ex, 5th is an OD gear, and 4th is what is referred to as a one to on or 1:1 gearing. For every one rotation of the engine the drives shaft rotates once. This literally means that the gears in the transmission are not even used, they are bypassed, not turning. The "input shaft" is locked directly to the "output shaft", so really there is no mechanical loss from the transmission. This is why it is the efficient gear (because it really is not a gear). Similar gearing will happen in an auto trans. The biggest factor still is how the engine fuels at different rpms and at different loads. You may find you get worse mpg at too slow of a speed and this is the engine fueling differently. 55 is typically the sweet spot, but it is worth a few bucks extra to go a little faster when you do the math. Gear ratios for the Ford 6R140 1=3.974/2=2.318/3=1.516/4=1.149/5=0.858/6=0.674 I tow a 11,000 lb 5er at around 68 on the interstates and it runs in 6th gear. I will down shift to 5th to longer hills but doesnt on the short ones. So maybe I if lock out 6th I might get better millage??I wouldnt ever shift. Would running in a lower gear than the computer requires cause it to run hotter?
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Macerator pumps

I use one at home with no problems. Pump 25' in a 3/4" hose. I grab a couple of beers and my chair and pump and flush away
hotpepperkid 11/02/19 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Things to do around Kingman, Az

Needles is having Ft Mohave days this week-end
hotpepperkid 10/25/19 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Things to do around Kingman, Az

This week end they are having street drags on Andy Devine (rt66) Closing off the street
hotpepperkid 10/25/19 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

No harm running the AC, but Gen sets should be exercised monthly not just once before storage. I have a portable gen and it gets regular exercise. I try to but put half of the max load on it for at least 15 min. So I gather up enough things, hair dryers flood lamps ect. to give me that half load. Some people never exercise them and than ***** because they dont run right after 6 mo of no use
hotpepperkid 10/12/19 10:05am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground Maximum Length

Dutchman that was a very good explanation! One little thing to add. When you put in length odd numbers can confuse some of the websites. Use multiples of 5 when entering trailer length. If you look for sites for a 37 foot trailer it may say there are none. If you immediately change it to 40 feet there may be some available. It all depends on how the site is set up. Yes just because the site is long enough doent mean you will fit, because of trees and or tree limbs. A tow trailer might fit were as a 5er might not because of the different heights. A 5er generally is taller than a tow trailer.
hotpepperkid 10/12/19 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

We stayed at the KOA and it is a long way from anything. It is 20 miles just to Carlsbad. Buds is your best bet if your going to stay a few days but I think I would stay at the one at the exit to the caverans if I was going to just stay one night it didnt look all that bad when we drove past it.
hotpepperkid 10/11/19 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

The KOA north of town is probably the best campground but it is 30 to 45 minutes to the caverns depending on traffic thru town. Coming from that KOA there is a by-pass about 10 miles South of the park that takes you on the West edge of town missing all of that down town area
hotpepperkid 10/11/19 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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