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RE: Burlington, Iowa Campground

There are 2 state parks on the IL side. Delabar State Park north of Oquawka on the Keithsburg Blacktop about 20 miles north of Burlington. Nauvoo State Park is about 30 miles south of Burlington. Electric only. Sewer dump and water available. Both are on the Mississippi River. There's not much around Delabar. Oquawka is the county seat but not much there other than a few bars and the burial site of Norma Jean Elephant. A circus elephant that was killed by lightning in 1972 and left by the circus so the town buried her near the center of town park. Use to be able to get some great fish at some of the bars in town. Other than that can't think of anything notable in the county. Nauvoo is a bit more 'exciting'. The Mormons settled there in the early 1800s. At one time it was one of the largest cities in IL. The organizer of the Mormons, Joseph Smith, was killed just southeast of there in Carthage IL. The Mormons moved on and settled in Salt Lake City. They rebuilt their church as it was in the early 1800s. Pretty impressive. I got to tour it after it was built and before it was opened. Below the church and across the highway from the state park is the restored Mormon village with the homes of several of the Mormons including John Browning. Nice tour and free. Other than that Nauvoo isn't the metropolis it once was. Use to be the end of Aug/first of Sept was the Nauvoo Grape Festival which brought in thousands of people. Last time we attended it was just a small town festival. The state park use to be nice and clean altho I haven't been there for a few years. Had a nice view of the Mormon village and the Mississippi River. Those are the closest to Burlington that I recall. I'm somewhat familiar with the Iowa side of the river and can't think of any campgrounds closer. I worked that area years ago when I came "on the job". You'll know what that term means.
Wadcutter 03/31/20 08:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Orleans LA

We stay at Bayou Signette State Park which is on the SW edge of the metro area. Rural setting, sites have a lot of space between them, water and electric connections, very good Wifi at every site. Very clean well maintained shower houses. The park is very well cared for and safe. From BSSP you're about a 10 minute drive into the French Quarter. It's easy to get to from I-10 by taking 310 to US 90. I don't remember the price. Something like $20/night. A real bargain for camping fee that close to a major city. We have stayed at Fairview Riverside State Park in Madisonville on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. A nice state park but the sites are a lot closer together than at BSSP. Fountainbleu SP is also on the north side in Mandeville. We stayed there once until we started staying at BSSP. We also stayed at KOA West. Sites are very close together and tight. Others may like it but it's not the kind we prefer, particularly with such a nice park like BSSP available. We stayed 1 time in another park in NOLA but I can't recall the name. Way too much city noise and traffic. There's a couple of campgrounds next to each other in Slidel on 190 east of I-10 which aren't too bad. If it's been raining we found both of them to stand water in places.
Wadcutter 03/04/20 07:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Helpful Ideas for Alaskan Travels

We might have crossed trails with nrbsr last year. We left central IL May 16 and spent nearly all summer in AK and Canada. Mostly AK. Like nrbsr the only reservations we made were at Denali and we didn't make them until a couple of days before getting there. We didn't want to be locked into any schedule. We stopped when we wanted to explore an area and when we were ready to see something different we moved on. Sometimes we moved 300 miles in a day, sometimes only 50. If we were driving along and felt like stopping then we stopped. We watched the weather to pick our leave time. We ran into snow in WY, MT and a bit in southern Alberta but nothing heavy. In southern Alberta a lot of the lakes were still frozen over. Lake Louise was still frozen. But the advantage of leaving early was we had very few crowds anywhere along the trip. By mid/late June we noticed the steady of campers heading north. We beat the caravans. By end of June a lot of the commercial campgrounds were getting pretty full at night. Still lots of dry camp to be found tho. We're planning on returning in 2-3 years. We've already decided to leave home about the same time or maybe a week earlier depending on the weather along route. But we definitely want to leave early and avoid the crowds.
Wadcutter 02/14/20 08:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: double towing

The US Supreme Court ruled decades ago that all states are mandated to recognize all other states' driver's licenses. When and where was that? I've read a great deal of cases but never read any such case. Sorry I'm no longer working and I left all my teaching materials with my employer. We cited the case in our lesson plan. It involved more than just DLs and registration between states.
Wadcutter 02/07/20 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I24 travel

If you don't like mountains then you're not going to like Monteagle Mountain west of Chattanooga. Do a websearch on it.
Wadcutter 01/29/20 11:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Things to do in Biloxi/Gulfport MS

What to do in Gulfport in July? Stay in the air conditioning! Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is huge and fun! Margaritaville in Biloxi? When did it reopen? The one on the Back Bay has been closed about 5 years. Did they build somewhere else?
Wadcutter 01/26/20 07:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Double Towing Length Laws

And don't forget if you get stopped the deciding person will be the LEO who pulls you over. If he isn't familiar with the towing regulations then all bets are off. One of those situations where you can be right, and still find yourself with a ticket. And in this scenario, the cop can tell you to drop one of the trailers before proceeding any further. These type statements are always good for a laugh. Most likely the LEO who pulls you over is a lot more familiar with the laws than you or the person towing. Not likely you or the other person have had any legal training, read any of the statutes, or even know where to look for the applicable statute. The lack of most peoples' legal knowledge is clearly evident by the comments on this forum. Most people don't have a clue. Just FYI when you are cited for a violation the applicable statute will be indicated on the citation. That way even the most uninformed will know where to look up the statute to see what they did wrong. That's provided the person is smart enough to know where to look for the statute and if they can, then bright enough to understand the statute once they read it. And that is not common.
Wadcutter 01/12/20 01:10pm Towing
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

Mary J is legal in IL now so will they restrict that too? :) IL law FAQ: Where can I smoke legally? It is legal to smoke in one’s own home and on-site in some cannabis-related businesses. Use is prohibited in: Any public place, such as streets or parks In any motor vehicle On school grounds, with the exception of medical users Near someone under the age of 21 Near an on-duty school bus driver, police officer, firefighter or corrections officer Any person, business or landlord can prohibit use on private property. Illinois colleges and universities are also allowed to ban marijuana use.
Wadcutter 01/07/20 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: double towing

I have double towed at least 7,000 miles in CA with SD plates. Why haven’t I been pulled over??? Have you ever gone fishing? Did you catch them all?
Wadcutter 01/01/20 08:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: double towing

I am reading several places that this may not quite be true as it applies to double towing in California, and possibly some eastern states, be it commercial or RV. Many sites insist that you must have a commercial drivers license with doubles endorsement to tow a double trailer setup in California no matter where you come from and what is ok there for this combination. I am looking for legal clarification not, what you have gotten away with while pulling thru Ca. I am sure lots of us would like to know. Wherever you're reading that from doesn't even make sense if anyone even thinks about it just a bit. Think about it. If you're not from California and your state does not have a DL classification such as doubles endorsement then what do you think you can do when going into California? Get a California DL while traveling there? Nope, no can do because you aren't a California resident. The US Supreme Court ruled decades ago that all states are mandated to recognize all other states' driver's licenses. So what ever state you're licensed in all other states have to recognize it. Such ruling applied only to driver's licenses and registration plates on the vehicles from other states.
Wadcutter 12/31/19 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
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' That is correct, except commercial vehicle trailers are often 53 ft long. Separate statutes. That's is why people get all screwed up when they read or hear of a law and don't know the difference between commercial vehicles and recreational vehicle statutes. It's done on this forum all the time. You see people talk about the Federal Motor Carrier laws and make some claim like they think they know what they're talking about. When you read someone spouting off about FMCS laws as pertaining to recreational vehicles you should immediately page on down. Those people don't have a clue what they're talking about.
Wadcutter 12/30/19 12:06pm Towing
RE: Double Towing Length Laws

A motorhome towing a pickup with a boat behind the pickup? Overlength will be only one of your problems. That's an illegal combination in most if not all states. As far as state police/highway patrol bothering you? Just because one guy does it and doesn't get stopped is absolutely no indication that you will. It's not a game of percentages nor is it a defense that 'the other guy did it and didn't get stopped." Your problems if stopped will be a whole lot more than just paying a ticket. It's going to make for a very long day and very expensive. People just don't have a concept of reality when it comes to getting stopped. The strangest combination I ever stopped was a motor home pulling a box trailer that was pulling a Dodge Durango with a boat attached. 4 vehicles in combination. He had started out in Missouri and I got him stopped almost 100 miles into Illinois. His complaint was he had driven all that distance and no one had stopped him. Whine and moan. Well, his tough luck. Just because he managed to slide for 100 miles he was stopped then. His pickup and boat was towed to a lot since he didn't have another driver for them. He pays the tow bill and the storage bill. I nearly got writer's cramp writing tickets. And 2 or more tickets is a mandatory court appearance. That's a state supreme court rule. And court is not right then either. 30-45 days later. So another trip back over 100 miles to court.
Wadcutter 12/29/19 07:27pm Towing
RE: double trailers

No it's not called triple tow as it relates to RVs. It's only called triple towing by those who don't know any better. Many of the RV websites are included in that list of those who don't know any better. Those sites are compiled by people who have no legal training and no knowledge of the law. They interject their opinions. By legal definition what you are discussing is double tow. That is the way it is defined by Fed DOT and state statutes. If you call any state police or DOT and ask about triple towing they will assume you are talking about pulling 3 trailers which is legal in some states. If you want the correct information you have to learn the correct terminology. Towing 2 trailers in whatever configuration is double towing, not triple towing. Most states that allow double towing only allow the first to be a 5th wheel. What is allowed for the 2nd trailer varies by state. For example, in IL the only allowed 2nd trailer is boat, ATV, motorcycle or personal watercraft. You also need to check overall allowed length as it varies greatly by state. Each state sets their own overall length law. One state may grant 70 ft, another 60 ft. It doesn't matter where you're registered or what your home state allows. You have to comply with the state law in which you are traveling. "Technically" your truck is not a "tractor". It's a tow vehicle. Thinking your truck a "tractor" and somehow you can then get by under commercial vehicle laws won't fly. You are not acting in a commercial vehicle operation. The laws for RV and commercial vehicles are entirely different. When you are pulling your RV you are not commercial. Forget anything about commercial vehicle laws. They do not apply. Nor do you want to somehow claim you're a commercial vehicle. As a commercial vehicle a LEO does not need any reason to stop you. We can stop you just to conduct a commercial motor vehicle inspection. That means we can go thru your vehicle. No probable cause or reasonable suspicion necessary. It's part of the inspection process. I can assure you that you wouldn't be able to pass a commercial vehicle inspection. Within minutes of starting an inspection you'd have enough violations where you'd be placed out of service and sitting with a pocket full of citations. If you want to claim commercial vehicle then the first thing I'll ask for is a bill of lading. Everything in your trailer better be listed. Also on the bill is where it is being shipped from and to. Not shipping anything anywhere? Then you aren't commercial. If you want to know what is legal in the states you are traveling then your best bet is to contact the state police/highway patrol in the states you will traveling. When you call here are some tips: 1) Ask for a sworn officer familiar with traffic laws. Many places have non-sworn (non cops) answering the phones. They're dispatchers or call takers. They have no legal training but some think they know the laws and will give answers that are wrong. They act outside the scope of their knowledge and authority. Seems to be a common problem with dispatchers and call takers. 2) Use the correct terminology. If you are pulling 2 trailers then you are double towing. If you say triple towing then the officer will assume you have 3 trailers behind your truck. Also, be sure to clarify that your first towed trailer is a 5th wheel or a straight trailer if that is the case. Laws vary for each. 3) Calling DOT may or may not be the correct office to call depending on the state. For states like IL then DOT is absolutely the wrong place to call. In IL DOT does the road maintenance. They have no authority nor any knowledge of laws. That's not their job. They don't write tickets, we don't fix roads. 4) Who ever you talk to doesn't care what you think the law should be. If you knew the law you wouldn't be calling to ask. I can't tell you the number of times I fielded a call, gave the person the correct legal answer and then they wanted to argue what they thought the law should say. We don't care. Most don't really want to know the correct answer. They just want someone in authority to tell them it's OK to do what they want to do even if it does violate the law. We're not your mother. We don't pat you on the head and tell you it's OK to continue with what you're doing. 5) What ever information you are given no one cares if you agree with it or want to do something else. Again, if a person knew the law then they wouldn't be calling. 6) The most important point - The fat guy wearing a flannel shirt sitting around the campfire is not a legal expert. Most likely he's more full of beer and himself than he is legal knowledge. Just because he spouts off like he thinks he knows the law - he doesn't. You asked for someone with 1st hand experience. Here's mine. I was in LE 42 years. I was one of 2 of the first LEOs in the state to be certified on motor carrier safety enforcement. I taught truck and traffic law for a number of years. I was recognized by the state courts as an expert witness for truck and traffic laws. I consulted with our state legislature, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Fed DOT on truck and traffic laws and enforcement. So I've had more than just a bit of passing experience with truck and traffic laws.
Wadcutter 09/30/19 06:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: wiring LED light strip on rear of 5th wheel

I've run a strip on the rear of all my trailers. Simple to do. Just tap into the current tail lights, brake lights, turn signals on the trailer. I just mounted all my lights below the trailer, ran the wiring thru the body panel to the existing lights. Each trailer was a bit different. Some involved drilling thru the underneath side, some I could fish between the panel and the body, it all depending on the trailer. Simple installation but if you have to ask then probably should leave it to someone who knows how to do trailer wiring. To tell someone on the internet forum exactly how to do it isn't practical. Each make/model is different. Just have to look at where the current lighting is at and figure how to run a wire to those fixtures.
Wadcutter 09/29/19 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plastic wheel well trim looks horrible

Obviously you have never tried Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. Obviously I have. For the right applications Krylon works good. So far, it has held up extremely well for me, I had painted the door window surrounds 11 yrs ago, not one chip or change in the color. Wheel well trim isn't door and window surrounds. They get a lot more hard wear. Even repainted it will dull eventually. You truly do not understand the idea that you are no longer a slave to reapply then reapply then reapply over and over until you sell it. Oh my, a slave! Spray on wheel shine hardly makes a person a slave to anything. It's oh so difficult to use. Yeah I do understand. But a slave? Nope don't see wheel shine as making anyone a slave to anything unless one is really lazy or infirmed. But if that paining is hardly easier. So paint if you want. Doesn't matter to me. But save the hyperbole.
Wadcutter 07/31/19 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Plastic wheel well trim looks horrible

Use the spray on tire cleaner or what manufacturers call tire shine. Various manufacturers make their own stuff. Can get it at Walmart or any such store. The kind you spray on a tire and let it set. Some are no wipe, others recommend wiping it on. Extremely easy to use. Spray on and forget it. Doesn't hurt paint or chrome. Brings rubber and plastic back to shiny black finish again. I've used it for years on the RV trim and tires, car and truck tires, black plastic trim on vehicles like around the bumpers, truck beds. Also use it on the inside like dash, door panels, instrument panel, etc. Anything with black plastic pops out bright shiny black. It's what used car dealers use it on their cars before putting them on the lot. Don't paint. Paint will chip and peal then look worse than what you have now and you'll have a mess trying to get it to look better after that.
Wadcutter 07/30/19 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Current Road Conditions for the Dalton Highway

We took the Dalton Hwy to a bit north of the Arctic Circle on June 9. Generally wasn't too bad. The gravel parts were better than the paved parts. You're not going to want to drive 60 mph on it but watch your speed and keep an eye out for frost heaves. It's really not too bad. We did the Tok Cutoff from Valdez to Tok on July 5. Overall it was worse that the Dalton. Be prepared to end up with a very dirty vehicle on your trip along the Dalton. If it's dry then it's going to be really dusty with dust getting into everything. If there's even the littlest of rain then it's going to have a muddy top that will cover your vehicle. My maroon F-350 was totally tan/brown by the time we got to the Yukon. When that stuff dries on your vehicle it's like concrete. A high pressure washer wouldn't knock it off. I'm glad I didn't pull our camper on it. Not because it's rough but because of all the mud. I'm glad we took the Dalton even for that short distance. Altho I don't think it's the best scenery in Alaska but it is something to see. We only saw one moose and her calf. Saw a lot more animals on other roads in Alaska. We were surprised by the road conditions in Alaska, BC, AB, YT and NWT. We had heard the horror stories how bad the roads were. They weren't airport runway smooth but they weren't near as bad as we had been told to expect. The roads I drive everyday in central Illinois are worse in places. Watch for the frost heaves and the orange markers on the shoulders indicating a rough patch. Don't try driving 50 mph. Some places we were 20 mph and slower. We found it best when we saw a truck coming either at us or coming up behind to just find a place to pull over and let them pass. We weren't in a hurry so it was no inconvenience to let them pass. No cracked windshields. Stop for lunch at the café on the north side of the Yukon river. Their hamburger is huge.
Wadcutter 07/28/19 08:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Illinois Hwy's 67 - 125 - 127 - 64 - 14 - 45 - 145

"Illinois Hwy's 67 - 125 - 127 - 64 - 14 - 45 - 145" I'm very familiar with 67, 125, and 127 having lived and worked along those routes my entire life. 64, 14, 45, and 145 I travel quite a bit. They're all pretty good roads. 67 is partially 4 lane. The 2 lanes are good but you might find farm traffic/implements so be alert for slow vehicles. US 67: Monmouth is the birthplace of Wyatt Earp. Not much there to mark it. Very small sign, nothing to tour. US 67 Beardstown - If you're in to Lincoln history there are several historical markers for Lincoln. If you're familiar with Lincoln there's the case where he represented Duff Armstrong in a murder case. A witness named Allen testified he saw Armstrong kill Metzker from 150 feet away by the light of the moon. Lincoln introduced the Farmer's Almanac which showed there was no moon on the night of the murder so Allen could not have seen anything from 150 feet. The courthouse is still used today. Just signs to read really. Duff is buried north of Virginia IL. Small stone in a small cemetery. I wouldn't do the detour to see it but some might find it interesting. IL 125. New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg. This is about 15 minute drive north of IL 125. Well worth the detour and visit. They have a nice shaded campground, electric only hook up but water available, shower/restroom facilities, sewer dump. New Salem is where Lincoln grew up as a young man. There's the reconstructed village of New Salem that is free to visit. The campground and village are open all week but the visitor center is closed on Mondays. Their website will fill you in. Lincoln's New Salem link In Petersburg there are several Lincoln historical sites. They claim the grave of Ann Rutledge who was Lincoln's first love and some historians claim Lincoln never got over after she died at an early age. Even tho Lincoln later married Mary Todd many believe it was the sorrow of losing Ann that shaped Lincoln's life. Actually Ann was not buried in the grave in Petersburg. Her actual grave is in a very small cemetery in the middle of a farm field north of Petersburg a few miles. It can be visited and it is maintained but parking is just along the side of a one lane country road and then walking about 1/4 mile back thru a field to the cemetery. Many years after Ann died the people in Petersburg decided to dig up poor Ann and move her to Petersburg. Many think the move was to promote tourism by moving her to town where people could come to visit her. All that they were able to recover was things like buttons from her shoes and dress which is what was buried at the "new" grave. IL 97 into Springfield. Springfield is full of Lincoln history. I won't list it all as that would take volumes. There are books full. It's worth a couple of days visit. Here are some highlights. Lincoln Presidential Museum. Well worth the stop. Plan for the better part of the day to see it all. It's not like any other presidential museum. Disney had input in some of the design and displays. Do not miss the 2 "shows". Very well done. Just a couple of blocks from the museum is the old state capital building. Lots of Lincoln history. Also, if it's your thing, it's where Obama first announced he was running for president. Just south a few more blocks is Lincoln's Home National Historic Site. There are tours of the only home that Lincoln owned and the restored neighborhood. Very nice tour. At Oak Ridge Cemetery is Lincoln's Tomb. There are tours inside the tomb. Do not miss going inside to see where Lincoln and his family are buried. The tour is interesting. They tell about the plot to steal Lincoln's body which might have succeeded had the plotters had a combined IQ greater than 100, weren't drunk, and had kept their mouths shut instead of telling too many what they were going to do. At the time of the plot Lincoln was buried in a small unguarded grave. There are several museums of various flavors around town. GAR, telephone, etc. The Illinois State Museum is interesting with lots of native American exhibits. Also, one that is often missed and rarely visited is the State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln. Several very historical pieces on display. If they have it out, as it has been in storage for a while, is Santa Anna's wooden leg. The same Santa Anna who led the Mexican Army at the Battle of the Alamo fame. The IL Militia captured the leg during a raid on Santa Anna's camp. Santa Anna barely escaped leaving so quickly that he did not have time to put on his leg. So now we have his leg. If you're into US 66 Mother Road. US 66 runs thru the heart of Springfield. Several displays around town. Just of note - Most people have heard of the Donner party that were stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1846-47. It was actually the Donner-Reed Party. They were from Springfield and this is where their journey started. There's a small plaque at 2nd and Jefferson marking where the party left from. Food in Springfield - 2 food items you will only get in Springfield. One is the Cozy Dog which the owner claims to have originated the hot dog on a stick. It's not a corn dog. It's a Cozy Dog. The other Springfield original is the Horseshoe, or Ponyshoe if you're not extremely hungry. Just about every restaurant serves their own variation of the Horseshoe. It's generally Texas toast, a meat of choice or some offer vegetables for those who don't eat meat, covered with French fries, and all of that covered with cheese sauce. The type of cheese sauce varies. Check this link. Horseshoe IL 127 - each little town has something or someone they claim to. Nothing I would recommend particularly if you're passing thru. Personally, if I were traveling thru and going to I-64 after leaving Springfield I'd stay on I-55 to IL 4 at milepost 33, take IL 4 to I-64. I take IL 127 and IL 185 to US 51 then 50 if going towards the SE but it's slow and several small towns. It's all mostly farm ground and small towns. Vandalia is probably the most historically significant town. It's the 2nd state capital for IL. The capital building is still there for tours. Nice to visit but I personally wouldn't drive out of my way to just see that. If you decide to stay on I-55 to IL 4 and if you're into history at Mt Olive Exit 44 is the grave of Mother Jones. From the late 1800s into the 1940s this area into southern IL was in constant battles with what was known as the Mine Wars. Coal miners, coal companies, the United Mine Workers, the Progressive Mine Workers, and non-union miners brought in from southern states (usually African Americans) all fighting each other. These were open gun battles some times lasting for days. And not talking random shots fired. Actual war type battles. Bombings, people rounded up and executed. Many people were killed. The National Guard was called out many times. It was quite a bloody piece of IL history that few outside of historians and locals know about. Hollywood hasn't covered it so few know about it. Mother Jones was an activist, some say Socialist or Communist, who helped the miners organize. She died in Washington DC but is buried in Mt Olive near the graves of the miners from the 1898 Battle of Virden mine war. On the way out of IL if taking US 45 is Metropolis. Home of Superman. It's just another "OK we've been there" places. If you're looking for more to do along route let me know. There are books on the area which I don't want this post to become another book. One note on mleekamp's post concerning Moonshine. It's off the beaten path and can be hard to find. What signage there is is small and very few. GPS helps. And correction on the closing time. The grill closes at 12:30 PM, not when they run out of meat. If you're not there by 12:30 then you're out of luck for that day. We do a motorcycle ride there at least once a year, usually more often. Just a place to ride to, get a moonburger, and ride home. Big motorcycle ride destination on the weekends. There's nothing else around Moonshine. No restrooms, no running water, just an outhouse across the road. Parking is very limited. Fun to do but after doing it the usual response is "Is that all there is?"
Wadcutter 05/09/19 08:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Triple towing / Dubble Towing

well i guess my 38 years of commercial driving, over 45 years of driving for pay. says i know nothing. Usual truck driver stories about what the law is and what the state can't do. I could write a book on all the truck drivers telling me what they 'know' the law is. None of them have ever read a single statute and wouldn't know where to go to find a particular statute. But they come up with lame stories about the feds control all interstates, the laws apply nationwide no matter what a state says, etc, etc. Heard them all many times over. but with all the major less than truck load trucking company's pulling doubles (triples in some states), i do not see how or why a single state would ban them. States have that authority to do so, regardless what a driver thinks the law is or should be. State's rights. in talking with a number of dot officials (yes the ones who write the tickets) and reg street leos, i only know what i know. You may know what you know, which is driving a truck down the road, but it isn't about truck law. I was 1 of 2 of the first FMCSA certified officers in the state. I wrote a lot of tickets to a lot truck drivers who thought they knew the law. Obviously they didn't. They talked a good story tho. Got their legal education from the CB radio and truck stop parking lots talking to other truckers who were equally uneducated in the law. Before spouting what you 'know' it's best to know the law first. And that takes a whole lot more training and education than just pulling a trailer down a road no matter how many years a person has done it. By giving bad advice, or what you think the law is or the way you think it should be, doesn't help anyone who has a legit question. Being a truck driver sure doesn't make a person knowledgeable in the law. It only makes them a truck driver.
Wadcutter 04/25/19 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Triple towing / Dubble Towing

by forcing company's to abandon there trailers on the hwy in a government supplied parking spot. The states aren't forcing anything. The companies know the law prior to entering any state and they have a choice to plan ahead or figure someway to get legal upon reaching a more restricted state. as i know the dot laws, doubles are allowed everywhere on the fed and state hwy systems. (length laws can be different here). Doubles are not 'allowed everywhere'. Doesn't matter whether fed or state highway system. The states set the laws for their states, not the feds. also as to the 65 foot length, fed system allows double tow up to 75 feet,(in all states) due to a weight bridge thing. some states say 65 feet on non fed hwys. but even then you are allowed to go up to 10 miles on state hwys, then one mile on city streets to get service, food, rest, delivery/pickup, etc. (as 75 feet long). Well, there you go. Another example actually not knowing the law. Not true. I spent a lot of years enforcing truck laws. I was certified in Federal Motor Carrier laws, recognized by the courts in traffic and civil court as a subject matter expert, and taught truck law for many years to law enforcement and trucking companies. But what the FMCSA and fed DOT says doesn't matter when pulling an RV. Guess why? Because when you're pulling your RV you are not a commercial vehicle and that's what FMCSA and fed DOT regulate. So forget about FMC laws and what you 'know' about DOT laws. If you really knew anything about DOT laws then you'd have known they don't apply when pulling an RV.
Wadcutter 04/25/19 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
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