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RE: Double Towing Length Laws

I double tow a little over length and so far haven't been ticketed. When I'm double towing I'm usually not terribly far from home so I could drop the back trailer and come back for it in the event I get pulled over by an unreasonable law officer. Unreasonable law officer hmm. If you are legal, you are legal, if not you are not. LE's job is to enforce the law,not to adjust it as the urge hits him! When someone gets stopped they all think the cop is unreasonable. Cops are there to enforce the law against the other guy, not the ones who think they should be allowed to do whatever they want. Those were the ones who were always fun to write tickets to and let them tell it to the judge how 'unreasonable' they thought they were treated because they got caught violating the law. Pretty much explains how they were brought up by their mommy and her little precious.
Wadcutter 06/24/20 05:26pm Towing
RE: What's with Bio diesel?

Curious though why F350's are so hard to find? I've looked at countless places for these trucks and at best there are only a handful for sale. I can't stomach the sticker on a new one but even those seem pretty rare. I guess it's just supply and demand and people probably keep them forever. Mine isn't for sale. Once you find one you won't be selling yours either.
Wadcutter 06/12/20 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's with Bio diesel?

With the Ford 6.7L diesel you can run any diesel you're going to find at any station. Some states have mandated up to 20% bio-diesel so you'll find only some mix of bio-diesel. Other states you may be able to still find 100 diesel. For the 6.7L it doesn't matter. It will run on any mixture up to 20% bio. It's not likely you'll find a bio-diesel more than 20%. You won't have any trouble finding fuel.
Wadcutter 06/12/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

Ask yourself that question the next time you stay in a Walmart parking lot, truck stop or Cracker Barrel because you didn't want to pay to stay in a campground. If you don't support the campgrounds that are there then don't expect people to invest their money developing property that people don't help support.
Wadcutter 06/03/20 03:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck GVWR wrong weight listed on registration

Can't answer for SC but here's for IL. It doesn't matter what the door sticker says when getting registration. The registration weight is a fee for the weight limit you intend to carry. If you never intend to carry a total weight (cargo and truck) over 8000 lbs then you register for 8000 lbs. If you think you might carry 12,000 lbs then you pay for 12,000 lb registration. If you never intend to carry 12,000 lbs then it's silly to pay the higher fee for a 12,000 registration when you could get by just paying for the 8000 lb fee. You can register you truck for whatever weight you want if you want to pay the state the registration fee. There's nothing preventing a person from registering a pickup for 80,000 lbs if you don't mind paying the state all the extra money. You would never carry 80,000 lbs in a 2 axle pickup but if want to pay the state the extra money they'll be happy to take your money. Registration is just the fee you pay for carrying the weight you intend to carry. What the door sticker says doesn't matter.
Wadcutter 06/03/20 03:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rig for two couples?

Maybe we could get some more jokes about two couples struggling to get along in the same RV.... I don't think everyone quite gets the point yet. OP asked a legitimate question and 95% of the responses are just the same (lame) joke being churned over and over and over and over again. Come on people.... get some good material or give it a rest..... or, even better, help OP with the question he asked. From what I've read the OP has been getting some good advice with a bit of banter thrown it. Such is typical of internet forums, not just this forum or this thread. Most people with an IQ above room temperature could surmise from the comments that most people think it would be a tough situation for 2 couples for any length of time and travel. But maybe some people don't have the cognitive ability to figure that out from the comments. Obviously so. Some people need everything explained to them in detail, using small words and in black and white, so as not to confuse them or require any thinking. In case there is someone in the future reading the thread who is unable to formulate complex thought and needs things explained only in very analytical terms here's what the US Housing and Urban Development has to say about overcrowding in housing. They classify overcrowding when a person has less than 165 sq ft of living space. Does the HUD standard apply in RVing? Every individual has different requirements and situations they will tolerate. To make that even clearer, there is no definite answer to the OP's question. What they may feel comfortable with for another couple would be entirely unacceptable. Reading your comment what you think would work for you is an arrangement that would be totally unacceptable to me.
Wadcutter 05/23/20 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

No company makes an RV big enough for 2 couples.
Wadcutter 05/21/20 02:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

Why does it have to be "a cop having a bad day" to enforce the law? Please explain to this retired police sergeant why I would be having a bad day for doing what I'm paid to do, for doing my job? That's because people don't want you to stop THEM. But they'll whine, cry, and pitch a fit if you don't stop THE OTHER GUY. They're the good, safe driver. It's THE OTHER GUY who is the bad driver and should be arrested. We've heard that story more than once. The worst towing I stopped was not a double tow but a quad tow. A class A pulling a box trailer. Connected to the rear of the box trailer was a Dodge Dakota pickup. Connected to the pickup was a boat. He started south of St Louis MO and had gotten 80 miles into IL before I stopped him. Talk about catching a line of grief from him. I was just picking on him. He had driven that far and hadn't caused any problems. No one else had stopped him. yada yada yada. The second worst was the 5er pulling a boat. Legal in IL as long as total length is 60 ft or less. But he had the slide out on the passenger side of the 5er. Driving down a 2 lane highway with a couple of feet of the slide hanging out into the oncoming traffic. Caught an earful from him too. He only had to go another 50 miles. Something was wrong with the slide and wouldn't go in so I should let him go, not his fault his slide won't work.
Wadcutter 05/20/20 08:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

Stopped? No. But I have stopped a few, ticketed them, and made them drop the 2nd trailer. Retired LEO. You wouldn't believe some of the combinations I've stopped. Asking "who has been stopped" doesn't tell anything. 99 others may have been but because the 1 hasn't doesn't tell anything. And just because a person has done it without getting stopped doesn't mean a thing. We had a saying in LE. "Did you ever go fishing? Did you catch them all?"
Wadcutter 05/20/20 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

I've had both 4X2 and 4X4 trucks over the years. Most of the time I never needed 4X4. When I had 4X2 trucks there were a few times that I wish I had bought 4X4s. But when I had 4X4 trucks there never has been a time I wished I had bought 4X2.
Wadcutter 04/27/20 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Wadcutter brings up a good point about B trucks and larger. Not sure it applies to RV plates. How tall are you? RV plates use to be exempt, treated like passenger car plates. Guys would buy a pickup, put a topper on it, call it an RV, and get RV plates. If they licensed it as a truck they were restricted but licensed as an RV they were allowed. It wasn't legal as just putting a topper on a pickup doesn't make it an RV but there were a number who tried it. Many of them got the ticket for improper registration so they didn't win.
Wadcutter 04/19/20 10:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Before you make the trip in a motor home are you sure you will be allowed by the city of Chicago to take a motor home down the streets near Roosevelt U? There are a lot of streets that do not permit large vehicles such as RVs or even pickup trucks. RU is in the downtown area where traffic is controlled. They strictly enforce those prohibitions against larger vehicles and pickups. CPD won't hesitate to stop and write tickets and a ticket is not like a permit to continue. They'll get you out of the area. It would be pretty discouraging for you to drive from NE just to get there and find out CPD won't let you get close to RU. Just a suggestion that you might want to be positive you can do it before you try.
Wadcutter 04/19/20 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Ummmmmm didn't know that, but when you think about it, if the casino is gonna be closed, they're not gonna bother with the CG and even if considered essential. The state closed all state campgrounds and ordered private campgrounds closed here. It caused a bit of a problem in some areas where construction workers were staying in campgrounds. They got run out. Some of the towns that had older closed down mobile home parks opened those areas so the workers could park their campers. In IL now you can buy lottery tickets and marijuana legally but you can't go camping.
Wadcutter 04/17/20 08:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

How much stuff we talking here? Push comes to shove, you could send her on the train from the Casino RV Park in Joliet. Goes into La Salle st station and then for taking an uber from there and back. Meeting her there, the next day to help carry, would work out and for then taking your good ole time if you want, back at the campground. Only thing is, the express is still close to 3hrs, each way, station to station. You're saying that you don't have a toad that would qualify, right? Even so, you could alternately rent something larger and drive from the CG for picking her and her stuff up. The casino and property are closed due to Covid 19.
Wadcutter 04/16/20 12:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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