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RE: Driver’s license for DPs

In NC anything over 26001 lbs required a B CDL. All I did was download the handbook for CDL and studied it one night. Then took the written test. I also had to drive my dp with the examiner with me. Piece of cake. Since switching back to a fiver I plan to keep the B license now that I have it. Actually, NC doesn't require a CDL for private use of a motorhome, they require the regular license for the appropriate CLASS of vehicle, which for most DP's is a CLASS B. So what you have is a Non-commercial Class B license. What people don't seem to grasp is that the CLASS of a license has nothing to do with it being commercial or not - it is simply a designation for the type of vehicle you are allowed to operate. A "CDL" just means it's a Commercial Driver's License. It also needs a CLASS qualification. The most common is the Commercial Class A, and this is what people think of when they hear "CDL", but I know people that have a Commercial Class B license. They can drive a vehicle over 26,000 lbs but the trailer is limited to 10,000 lbs. Many states, but not all, are the same way. I doubt there are many RV'rs that actually have a Commercial license, except those that drive for a living...
rdhetrick 03/06/23 05:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: BlueTooth ear buds and phone on airplane mode...?

After you put the phone in airplane mode, turn the bluetooth and wireless back on individually. The only thing off will be the phone radio itself. No problem operating this way.
rdhetrick 01/14/23 04:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

17,000 whats? What are you even talking about? Did you read the article or just look at the pictures? 17,000 was the invoiced amount of the repair.
rdhetrick 12/30/22 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Locked Out...Sorta

Hard to say for sure without specific details, but if it's like most rv door handles/locks, you will need a key for the non-deadbolt lock. Only the deadbolt has the lever inside.
rdhetrick 11/24/22 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Route into Pinnacles National Park?

Been there a few times, don't remember any really steep grades, but it was definitely curvy - but doable, just take it slow. I was in a car both times, but I remember seeing motorhomes along the way.
rdhetrick 10/04/22 03:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

You're right about the U-bolts - looks pretty weak but the tensile strength of steel is actually quite high. Not to say at all that the U-bolts are overdesigned, but they could be sized properly. As to jacking there - it's not a matter of "can" it's more about "is it the safest point to jack from." It is inherently unstable jacking it up by the springs - a gust of wind could shift the loading, or one of the bolts holding the springs could fail. Jacking it directly at the frame minimizes the points of failure. It's the same reason we should use jack stands when working under a vehicle. The jack itself should hold, but why take the risk - granted, many of us, myself included, do take that risk sometimes - but it's not the safest way of doing it.
rdhetrick 10/02/22 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Yes, we always ran with LP on UNTIL we stopped for fuel. I would pull over before we got to the station and turn it off at the cylinder. After fueling, I would pull out of the station, or at least away from the fuel pumps, and turn it back on. Then I would enter the TT to make sure the frig was lit again. Safety first!! What is it about fueling up that makes you want to shut off the propane? When I had a trailer, the propane was always on until it needed to be switched or until I put it in storage. Now, the only time I turn it off is when refilling the tank.
rdhetrick 06/29/22 06:22pm General RVing Issues
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