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BurbMan

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Posted: 04/28/22 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Straight pipe it from the manifold, pull into the CG after quiet hours and make some new friends!

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BurbMan.. He lives in Calif., so they still test/check that kind of stuff... I think he said he has to pass inspection prior to his scheduled trip to get his tabs.

Sounds like his biggest issue is finding a shop that will do the work. Any aftermarket "CA approved" cat will work in his rig.. He just has to get one and then someone to install it.

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Hi Mitch, I get it, I was just making a joke. Hope OP gets it sorted so he can run his scheduled trip.

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Thanks very much all!

Our NorCal location no longer services RVs.

I really appreciate the link to the catalytic converter supplier. Very Helpful. I know what I am looking at now, if the insurance company does not come through.

Can't do the straight pipe dues to not being able to get it smogged.

I found a location in Gant that at least has explained the issue to me. And will do the work.

Legally, I have to go through the state and obtain the legal part number for our vehicle (based on vin and registration). Then a shop can legally order the part and install. I cannot just buy an aftermarket (if I follow the rules)

Apparently in Calif, if the part number does not match what the state says, even if it passes the check, the smog folks cannot smog it and then the installer is liable.

Even though the chassis is the same as the trucks, just being an RV makes this kick in. The trucks do not need to go through the state.

Takes 3 weeks to get the part number from the state, no way to look this up on line. It has to come via mail [emoticon] We spoke to the state, so the wheels are turning.

I am furious the insurance company is not handling this and guiding us. I think a new insurance company will be in our future.

I am still looking for a shop that will do the installation (based on the pn from the above link) but with a cost of 1800.00 for the part, having the smog shop fail us, it is concerning. I think at a minimum, I need to wait for the state approved part number for out vin/registration.

So we are just trying to decide now whether to keep this all on the up and up, or put in a straight pipe and go out of state [emoticon] At any rate, the RV will not be going on the trip.

I am starting to understand why people hate California.

Thanks again for all your help!!!!


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BurbMan wrote:

Hi Mitch, I get it, I was just making a joke. Hope OP gets it sorted so he can run his scheduled trip.


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I just ran your vehicle on the Air Resource Board's website and it returned over 3 pages of approved aftermarket Cats for your make, model and engine. All that would be needed to cull the list is the Test# off the sticker in your vehicle. With that, it's basically the approved shopping list as to what you are allowed to install. They also include a downloadable pdf of the EO for the specific item.

Of course the proper paperwork would need to be completed when installed, but that's routine for installers.

Sounds more like the issue is everyone is passing the buck. Ford doesn't want to service the RV even though they can at their commercial service facilities and your insurance company is blowing you off.

* This post was edited 04/29/22 07:31pm by ItsyRV *


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One more thing. On our Honda, once the cat was replaced, we had to drive it a hundred miles or so to reset the computer before we could get the car smogged. We also had the cat caged, hopefully to deter another theft.

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blackburnju wrote:

Thanks very much all!

Our NorCal location no longer services RVs.

I really appreciate the link to the catalytic converter supplier. Very Helpful. I know what I am looking at now, if the insurance company does not come through.

Can't do the straight pipe dues to not being able to get it smogged.

I found a location in Gant that at least has explained the issue to me. And will do the work.

Legally, I have to go through the state and obtain the legal part number for our vehicle (based on vin and registration). Then a shop can legally order the part and install. I cannot just buy an aftermarket (if I follow the rules)

Apparently in Calif, if the part number does not match what the state says, even if it passes the check, the smog folks cannot smog it and then the installer is liable.

Even though the chassis is the same as the trucks, just being an RV makes this kick in. The trucks do not need to go through the state.

Takes 3 weeks to get the part number from the state, no way to look this up on line. It has to come via mail [emoticon] We spoke to the state, so the wheels are turning.

I am furious the insurance company is not handling this and guiding us. I think a new insurance company will be in our future.

I am still looking for a shop that will do the installation (based on the pn from the above link) but with a cost of 1800.00 for the part, having the smog shop fail us, it is concerning. I think at a minimum, I need to wait for the state approved part number for out vin/registration.

So we are just trying to decide now whether to keep this all on the up and up, or put in a straight pipe and go out of state [emoticon] At any rate, the RV will not be going on the trip.

I am starting to understand why people hate California.

Thanks again for all your help!!!!


I tried to send you a private message with a local RV shop that can do the catalytic converter install (....I recently had one of mine stolen). Send me a private message and I will give you details.

-Chris


San Jose, CA
Own two 2015 Thor Majestic 28a Class C RVs

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Posted: 05/20/22 02:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finally have the new catalytic converter on with anti-theft cables. 3000.00. Insurance will reimburse some of it.

Now we have to go to the state and get some new sticker plate put on after they verify the correct after market part was put on. Then we can get it smogged.

I'm optimistic but there is something broken with this whole process in Calif.

Timing is close but if all goes well next week, we can take it out.

I need to give a shout out to C&E Auto in San Leandro. They were so helpful. I'll be using them going forward for all my servicing!

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One last post. Out of all the catalytic converters on the website, only 3 were approved by the state. When we shared the list with the shop, it turned out only 2 we're actually legal for getting our registration.

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