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RE: riding nose high

This seems like a duplicate post to “Ram too High” post. As I said in the other post, you should have an alternate ride height option n your Ram. My 3500 has the option. I figure it is standard with air ride.
94-D2 02/03/20 08:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram too high?

Should have an alternate ride height on you ram air ride system. I get about 2” with my 3500 which only puts me 1” nose high on my bighorn 39MB.
94-D2 01/29/20 05:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup driver caught after cops find him hauling 53? trailer

Me neither. Just putting it out there to show it may not be as rare as most would think. I see the 4 and 550’s pulling 4-8 cars all the time. I’m sure those are upwards of 30k. I stopped this guy. He scaled out at 53k gross. 33 on the trailer with a 27k GVWR. Cited and out of service for unsafe load (tire ratings). https://i.imgur.com/ebhd2i4l.jpg (I don’t know why it posts upside down)
94-D2 01/14/20 02:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup driver caught after cops find him hauling 53? trailer

1ton pulling a 53’ Ignore the driver using his phone to record or the distraction from the road in front of him....
94-D2 01/14/20 11:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I was told it is a bit poor etiquette to drape your plug over the bed to plug in below the bumper. Sort of “Cousin Eddie” like. I’d say put it in the bed. Cleaner and safer I think since there wouldn’t be a chance to hang it up on a corner of the truck when turning.
94-D2 01/12/20 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Low Water Pressure

I’d check the screen at the city water inlet. If your getting low pressure and volume everywhere it would be at the source. That’s Inlet. Otherwise you would have the problem at one and not the other.
94-D2 01/09/20 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Discovery4us: There used to be a loop hole created by legislation that has already expired out of the vehicle code. The use of a pick to tow more than one vehicle is stated below: 21715 CVC. a)?No passenger vehicle regardless of weight, or any other motor vehicle under 4,000 pounds unladen, shall draw or tow more than one vehicle in combination, except that an auxiliary dolly or tow dolly may be used with the towed vehicle. (b)?No motor vehicle under 4,000 pounds unladen shall tow any vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds or more gross. 465 CVC A “passenger vehicle” is any motor vehicle, other than a motortruck, truck tractor, or a bus, as defined in Section 233, and used or maintained for the transportation of persons. The term “passenger vehicle” shall include a housecar. So, if your prohibited from doing so in 21715, you must use a motor truck or a pickup. 471 CVC . A “pickup truck” is a motor truck with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds, and which is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length. “Pickup truck” does not include a motor vehicle otherwise meeting the above definition, that is equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a “utility bed”. As far a length goes, all length limitations are established in 35400-35401 CVC. 65’ is it unless you can comply with 35401 (b) VC. But I have never seen an rv semi trailer at 28’6” and a pull trailer 28’6” Or under being pulled specifically by a truck tractor. So, no pulling double trailers with a suburban.
94-D2 12/31/19 12:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

The only thing that changed was the 5th wheel restriction (10k-15k) that allowed a second connection to the 5th wheel only. That sunset in like 2008 or something. The lobbyist who facilitated the exemption bill wanted to tow his boat too so he got it in. CHP opposed that exemption but it flew anyway. That is gone now, so not an issue. Other than that, class A all through time as far as the last 30 years or so go. The requirement for a pick up over 4k to tow anything over 6K has been around for decades.
94-D2 12/27/19 05:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Admittedly, the majority of officers would not blink an eye. They may feel it is not right but would not take action without the confidence in their knowledge. 35400 and 35401 CVC are basic and PC to the stop and a nexus to the license issue. All of which add up to a bad vacation if your ducks are not in a row at the least, and could be tragic at the worst. At a minimum, I would possibly issue a correctable violation for the license and maybe a non mover for the length. In either case, it is an out of service for the license and would have to drop a trailer for the doubles. ??????? I would be remiss in my responsibilities if I ignored obscurity having full knowledge and expertise in the subject matter. This is just as important, if not more, than the driver of a particular combination knowing what he or she is doing and what is required.
94-D2 12/26/19 10:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Double towing can only be done with a commercial class A with double/triple endorsement. Then, the combination can only be 65’ bumper to bumper.
94-D2 12/26/19 08:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Tank: 1 and 2 are incorrect. You CAN do traffic school if the violation was not in a class A vehicle (this was the case several years ago and since repealed) and the commercial .04% only applies while you are operating a class A vehicle. However, if you do get an 08% DUI in a regular non commercial, your commercial status will be effected. You CAN count on every LEO in CA to know that because that is the job and I’m sure any defense attorney and prosecutor would be enthusiastically happy to re-educated any officer that is unsure of such a critical investigation. We (as a general rule) do not apply double standards to vehicle code violations in CA just because you are a class A operator. There are however more vehicle code violations that can be violated regarding the operation of commercial vehicle. Our discretion is the same whether or not to cite for any infraction, regardless of type of vehicle. Each case is subjective in nature and therefore mitigated by facts and circumstances surrounding the enforcement contact. A non-commercial class A license is available in CA for those needing it. If your just pulling a 5th wheel over 15k or a TT over 10k, that is what you need. Happy Campin’
94-D2 12/26/19 05:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Non commercial class A in ca only allows an rv greater than 10,000 lbs. that’s it. As a note: a horse trailer with rv quarters is not an rv. It is a horse trailer and horses are not stock. They are pets. There for if over 10,000 lbs, a commercial class A is required. I bring this up because there is always an argument where horses are concerned. I think you meant horses are stock. They are not pets. Therefore the horse trailer is commercial. No, I do mean they are pets and are not stock. This comes full circle in relation to the 5th wheel endorsement because there is an assumption that the horse trailer with living quarters is an RV, or can be covered by the stock trailer exemption. So, a horse trailer is not qualified under stock trailer because the horse is considered a pet and not stock for human consumption, unless augmenting a stock operation and most horse trailers are goose neck and not 5th wheel connections. These issues are related to pulling a 5th wheel RV because of the confusion between the non commercial class A, And 5th wheel restriction on a class C. Clear as mud? Good.
94-D2 12/18/19 11:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Try googling rv driver training and you should get several hits in your area. That should put you on a path to the assistance you are looking for.
94-D2 12/18/19 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Non commercial class A in ca only allows an rv greater than 10,000 lbs. that’s it. As a note: a horse trailer with rv quarters is not an rv. It is a horse trailer and horses are not stock. They are pets. There for if over 10,000 lbs, a commercial class A is required. I bring this up because there is always an argument where horses are concerned.
94-D2 12/18/19 07:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

I used a 5 ton flat bed with six speed manual and air brakes coupled with a 12k flat bed trailer for my commercial class A. I paid $400 to an instructor who provided the equipment and 4 hours of training for the road test and walk around. I trained on big rigs independently and passed everything the first time. It was challenging but lots cheaper than a full blown truck driving school which is about $5K. It is my understanding that DMV will require 40 hours of accredited training from a certified instructor this next year or so for a commercial license.
94-D2 12/17/19 10:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Would you go test drive a kenworth truck tractor without a class A. Just curious why one would think differently regarding an RV. Manufactures created vehicle extremes, Special interest created the exemptions and legislators created the loop holes. Those seeking the prize own the responsibility to research and obtain the appropriate license. The configuration and weight determines what (license) you need in whatever state you earn money, pay taxes and vote in. Some of us seem to be able to do it. Some don’t care and that leaves me wondering why those who don’t, worry about other people pulling an RV dangerously down the road when it starts with your license to drive it. Anyway, lots of people hate CA for lots of reasons. As far as I can tell in my own research, NV,AZ,OR and WA all have some sort of required endorsement or class A for a trailer over 10k or over 26,000 combined. So, CA isn’t the only place. Be safe. Thanks for the interesting dialog. Most of all, happy Campin’
94-D2 12/17/19 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

So, here's a fly to toss in the ointment. If you're a CA resident and want to get the non-com'l Class A, can you have your buddy from AZ drive your rig to CA DMV, even though he doesn't have the non-com'l Class A, since it's not required here? Lyle I don’t think reciprocity extends to your CA buddy’s rig in CA. ???????
94-D2 12/14/19 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

I have operated many different variations of Recreational Vehicle combinations over the years and have always done what I could to make sure I was within regulations. Most of it is easily interpreted but some areas are clear as mud. I have personally accompanied people to the CA DMV on five occasions for their non commercial class A driving test and only once did the DMV ask if they had a properly classed driver with them. I recommend having them with you just in case they do ask. My research showed the only time one needed to be concerned with GCWR was if you were a farmer or farm employee. One does need to be concerned with GVWR and more importantly the GVWR of the trailer. Over 15,000 lbs. on the FW and you definitely need the non commercial class A. I agree with the statement made about getting a class A and being done but unless your truck is registered as a motor truck or tractor truck and not a pickup truck I don't think the CA DMV will let you get anything higher than a non commercial license. I don't remember the exact weight to get reclassified but it is probably somewhere in the 12,500 lbs. range and the DMV fees will be noticeable higher and you may even need to put the CA numbers on the side of the truck. DMV has nothing to say regarding what license you want as long as you qualify for it. No weight rating determines what license you want. You can have a CDL A and drive a Prius if you want to. A pick up is defined in the vehicle code and is up to11,500 lbs GVWR. if you have a flat bed dually, you will need declared weight tags and possibly CA numbers if used to earn a living. I get to pay an extra $390 on my Ram 3500 cause it’s GVWR is 11,700 and no longer a pick up.
94-D2 12/13/19 04:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

What you say is true. However, I would and have written the ticket, placed out of service and impounded vehicles for irresponsible drivers doing it (not all since every case is different and may mitigating circumstances). It is the responsibility of the driver to know what is required when they are driving it. Don’t not do it (obtain the appropriate license) because you don’t like the answer or your afraid of it. Obtaining a class A license is a big deal and not easy. It’s is that way for a reason. The reason it is ambiguous for Leo’s and DMV personnel is because it is obscure and out of the norm for the other 26,000,000 licensed drivers in the state. The 5th wheel endorsement is not an endorsement in DMV language. That is part of the confusion in asking for it. It is a restriction on a class C license in endorsement clothing, so to speak. To be clear, any class C operator needs the 5th wheel restriction on their class C license if towing a 5th wheel RV between 10,000 and 15,000 lbs. anyone towing a 5th wheel RV OVER 15,000 lbs or a travel trailer over 10,000 lbs must have at least a non commercial class A. And, for anyone using an Anderson ball conversion, Class A if over 10,000 lbs. why, because of the adapter. It is no longer a 5th wheel connection and you loose the exception. Is every street cop goi g to know this.....nope but I do and therefore those I work with do too. So why chance it.
94-D2 12/13/19 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

For CA, once you upgrade your license to an A, your good to go. There is a section that says if you are a B holder and your combination exceeds 26,000 or if you are a farmer where your combination exceeds 26,000 on a “C” DL, then you need a class A This booklet is a good resource RV guidebook
94-D2 12/13/19 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
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