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RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

This is how it is in most states. It's not just California. Just because YOU don't have connections doesn't make this a problem with California. I know many folks who have managed to do this without all the complaining I see here. You've been given options. So go do it and then you can stop stressing and fretting over it.
toedtoes 12/18/19 07:19pm 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.
toedtoes 12/18/19 11:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Very interesting read everyone. I am going to call AAA tomorrow morning and ascertain if they know of a driving school that's willing to get one a "non-commercial Class-A" license class. I would LOVE to have that license FIRST and before I make the purchase of my new heavy fiver. The one I want is almost $8,000 less in another state, than here in crappy california. Only thing is, I would need to drive across the country to get it and I need my non-com class A!! My catch-22 is that I can't get my non-com CDL unless I show up with the heavy fiver and my truck!!! Many I HATE California! Ahhhh, cali is sooooooo jacked up! Not sure how that is jacked up... in order to take the driving test for driving a big 5er, you need to have a big 5er to take the test with. Not any different than having to have a car in order to take the driving test to get your standard license. Or to have a motorcycle to take the driving test in order to get your motorcycle license. Somehow I think that's the same in every state. In order to get a specific driver license you have to have the specific vehicle with which to take the driving test. It’s jacked up because of a catch-22 situation. 1). I can’t get a non-com Class-A unless I provide the appropriate trailer. However I can’t go out and buy the trailer and take it to the test unless I possess a Class A. 2). I know of no school in SoCal that offers a Non-com class-A course which would allow me to pay a rental fee and use the school’s vehicles for the test. 3). If I try to rent a big trailer for the dmv test, the rental place mandates that I already possess a class-A (commercial or non commercial). 4). comparing this situation with a regular class C drivers test is like comparing apples to Zebras. Not everyone has access to vehicles that fall into the non-com Class-A mandate. However literally all of us can go rent a car or have family that already owns a car to take to the DMV for a test. I have zero contacts nor resources of anyone that owns, let alone allow me to borrow their big trailer that meets the non-com class A license requirement. 5). The trailer I want is available across the country at a price that is almost $8,000 less than if I bought it in Cali. How do I go and pick it up and bring it back to Cali legally and use it for the DMV test if I can’t get the Class A to begin with? Again, this is the government “helping” us subjects. It would be very simple if trucking schools offered a non-commercial class -A course and vehicle rental for the day of the test, but they don’t. I called three in the LA area and all three said no. So yeah, the process of wanting to be in compliance with the California law is indeed jacked up. Again. No different than any other driving test requirement. As for non-commerical class A being different than a regular class C - nope. In order to rent a car to take the test with you have to have a valid class C license. Or you try to find a friend who has a car and will let you use it to take the test. Or you try to find a dealership or school to help you out. And California doesn't control driver training businesses and tell them not to offer non-commercial class A training. It's simply a matter of economics - there isn't enough money to offer such classes. The problem is that you want it all your way: Buy the trailer across country Drive it back to California yourself And be able to get your non-commercial class A without having to take the driving portion of the test before you get your trailer The last is not going to happen. You WILL have to take the driving portion of the test before you can legally drive the trailer. So, you have to: Buy the trailer locally and ask the dealership to deliver it to the DMV office for your test; Buy the trailer cross country and pay to have it delivered to the DMV office for your test; Or borrow or rent a trailer from a person, dealership, rental to take your test with and then go get your trailer cross country. At this point, you have hashed all this out and you still want to say it can't work. That it's an evil plot of California to keep you from doing what you want. The truth is California doesn't care enough about you to set this up as a catch 22. It is nothing more than a logical system (you must prove you can handle the vehicle before they license you to drive the vehicle). It is your responsibility to obtain a vehicle to test with. Just like every other driver in most anywhere is required to do.
toedtoes 12/18/19 11:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Very interesting read everyone. I am going to call AAA tomorrow morning and ascertain if they know of a driving school that's willing to get one a "non-commercial Class-A" license class. I would LOVE to have that license FIRST and before I make the purchase of my new heavy fiver. The one I want is almost $8,000 less in another state, than here in crappy california. Only thing is, I would need to drive across the country to get it and I need my non-com class A!! My catch-22 is that I can't get my non-com CDL unless I show up with the heavy fiver and my truck!!! Many I HATE California! Ahhhh, cali is sooooooo jacked up! Not sure how that is jacked up... in order to take the driving test for driving a big 5er, you need to have a big 5er to take the test with. Not any different than having to have a car in order to take the driving test to get your standard license. Or to have a motorcycle to take the driving test in order to get your motorcycle license. Somehow I think that's the same in every state. In order to get a specific driver license you have to have the specific vehicle with which to take the driving test.
toedtoes 12/17/19 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cost of dental work on a small dog?

Congrats on her coming home! I always tell adopters that the animal will start off on "I don't want them to send me back" good behavior for several weeks. As they start to realize they aren't being sent away (to another home) again, then they will start showing their true personality and will start to push the envelope a bit to see what they can get away with.
toedtoes 12/09/19 07:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: The case of the disappearing gas leak

I would have them do a smoke test. I had a gas leak in my clipper when I bought it. The mechanic couldn't see it. Did the,smoke test - smoke was coming out of the entire length of fuel line from little pinprick holes.
toedtoes 12/09/19 08:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Have you talked to your dealership? I suspect they run into this a lot and are able to provide advice on how to handle the non-CDL class A license testing requirements.
toedtoes 12/07/19 12:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV'ing with a cat

My choice of campgrounds has not changed because of the cats. If my cats are nervous or scared, then they go inside the trailer. The trailer is their safe place - not a tree or bush or hole or log, etc. My last trip, there were two dogs across the way from me. They came over occasionally to say hello. When they did, The Cat went straight into the trailer. When they would leave, The Cat would walk along the bumper and watch them go. Then he would come back out. The entire time, he had his harness on and was tethered to the inside of the trailer. With all the potential dangers outside (eagles, coyotes, snakes, etc.), I would never let my cat wander around on his own. It would just take a second for a snake to strike and I'd lose my cat. NOT an option.
toedtoes 12/06/19 12:21pm RV Pet Stop
RE: It is no wonder

I get it occasionally. Most often if I've been slow in writing a reply or it's a long reply. I assume the system watches how long it takes you to post as well as how long your post runs - too much with either and it questions you. Or if you post multiple posts too quickly in succession.
toedtoes 12/06/19 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: exchanging propane cylinder that came with TT

One of my tanks was leaking. It was an Amerigas tank. The other wasn't. So I took the bad tank to Home Depot and turned it in. I told them it leaked. Then I bought a new tank and had it filled down the road. I could have just exchanged it. But I preferred to buy a new tank and refill, rather than exchange and risk another leaky tank.
toedtoes 12/05/19 10:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV'ing with a cat

Thank you for the detailed information. Very Helpful! IS there a particular brand/model harness you like? Basic harness - this is the type of harness I've been using. It's a great starting harness as it will fit from an 8 week old kitten all the way to a large full grown cat. It's the easiest to put on as it has clasps on both the cek and the torso loop. I did just recently get this type harness. The Cat has worn his and it works well. You do have to push it over the cat's head, so that might not work for all cats. TCIT has one of these also, but it is still a bit too big around the torso so he can pull out of it (he's 14 weeks now). I expect he'll fit in it in the next one or two months. It does seem a bit more secure with the two lengthwise straps. I got the yellow dog extra small 3/8" by 60" leashes. They are the perfect size and length for cats. They can move around a bit more without my having to bend over while we walk.
toedtoes 12/05/19 03:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Cost of dental work on a small dog?

Congratulations. Often, a major portion of dental care is the anesthesia. It's possible you can get her teeth done at the same time as her spay - that will save you the additional cost of anesthesia. Be sure to ask your vet. As she's a puppy mill dog, take things slowly with her. She may have more health issues as she grows older and may have some personality confusion. But with lots of love and understanding, you can make a happy life together.
toedtoes 12/04/19 08:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Traveling Alone

I haven't lost a spouse, but I do regularly camp and travel solo. Here are my thoughts: I take my pets (2 dogs, parrot, plus 2 cats as of this year). The pets do ease some of the "loneliness". Dogs are great as hiking or exploring buddies. Cats are great for cuddling and comfort, and make for conversation starters. The parrot is great for having "interactive talk" as they are vocal. If you can live your life at home alone, then you can camp alone. It's not much different. The parts that seem to be the hardest are: 1) eating alone; 2) not having someone to share the moment; and 3) fear of strangers. 1. This was hardest for me. But when I started doing non-RV travel alone, I either ate out alone or hid in my hotel room eating take out. I found that eating a late lunch rather than a timely dinner took a lot of the "people are staring at me" vibe away. A good book or a game on the tablet let me slow down the meal a bit. And the more I did it, the easier it got. 2. When something exciting happens, it can be a bit depressing not to have someone there to share it. That's where texting comes in. I just send a quick text to a friend back home giving a "the wildest thing just happened!" They text back asking what happened and I get to share the moment. 3. The fear issue is really personal. You have to do what makes you comfortable. If you can't find a solution to make you comfortable, then soloing may not be you. I have my cameras whenever I'm out. I find it's a great way to enjoy the sights and I can spend hours taking photos without having a companion sighing in boredom. I've never felt the need to join a "solo group". I have a small circle of friends who will meet up with me once in a while. I just tell them where and where I'll be and if they can come out they do. Like ppine, if I am camping nearby someone, I will invite them out to my campsite for the day/evening.
toedtoes 12/04/19 07:06pm RV Lifestyle
RE: RV'ing with a cat

I just started taking The Cat camping this summer. The Cat in Training is about to make his first trip. Here are my procedures: 1. Determine how your cat prefers to travel in the car. Some are happier in a carrier and not seeing out. Others prefer to be able to see and move around. Both mine are the latter. 2. If my cats leave the house, they have their harnesses on. They are either in a carrier OR on a leash when outside. I WILL NOT leave my cats behind if something happens, so I do everything I can to prevent anything happening. 3. I have engraved ID Tags on each harness. The tag includes the cat's name, my cell phone number, and the plate number for both the trailer and tow vehicle. This allows someone to find me at the campground even if there is no cell service. 4. I always keep a copy of my pets rabies certs in the trailer and in the vehicle. Whether my pet bites or scratches, or gets bit or scratched, that paperwork can save a lot of trouble and expense. 5. During the drive, I don't put water and food out. Whenever we stop, I immediately put out food and water for them. I keep the catbox in the trailer as my cats will wait until we stop driving to potty. 6. I have dry food available all the time at camp and home. Twice a day, they get canned food. This gets them to respond to the sound of the can opening. I also routinely call them to me by name and they will respond. This provides a better chance of getting them back if they out loose. There are different types of harnesses out there. I had tried one of the wider padded harnesses on The Cat first and it was awkward for him. It kept getting pushed up into his head. The nylon thin H harnesses work really well. Make sure to get one with individually adjustable neck and body straps. For leashes, I find the 4ft ones that come with the harnesses to be a bit short. So I got the 5ft ones from Yellow Dog Design. They are a great length for us. At the campsite, I use a 15ft braided nylon tether. I attach one end to the harness and the other to an eywbolt in the trailer. This allows The Cat to come in and out of the trailer while I sit under the awning. He really likes that "freedom". TCIT will have his own tether. Under no circumstances will I let them outside without me right there or without the tether or leash. You can get more info here or here.
toedtoes 12/04/19 06:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Bringing dog from Mexico to Canada, driving.

Oh and if you really aren't a dog person, here's an option
toedtoes 12/04/19 02:21am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Bringing dog from Mexico to Canada, driving.

I totally gotta get me one of them self driving dogs. They're available for adoption driving dogs
toedtoes 12/04/19 02:14am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

I'd sure love to see the source of that story... Well, I listened to a interview with a Kansas City historian on the Walt Bodine show on the local NPR station. I got the book, and found the story. She listed the names of the DRs, the date which intersection on Gladstone Boulevard it happened. I read, and passed on the book years ago, don't remember name of book or author. But your belief or not of that story does not change the fact that humans have had over a hundred years and are still crashing. To expect self driving to be perfect out of box is irrational. I said nothing about expecting self driving to be perfect - I actually agree with you on that point. As long as there are humans involved on the roads, automated driving will be involved in accidents. I simply asked about your source of the accident you referred to because it is very similar to a story of "the first car accident" describing two cars colliding - however upon research, the accident was a single car accident where the driver hit a tree stump and destroyed a tire. Not exactly the "only two cars in town and they hit each other" disaster it's made out to be.
toedtoes 12/02/19 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bringing dog from Mexico to Canada, driving.

Traveling with your pet often has different rules than moving with your pet. Here is some iformation to get your brother started: Canada Food Inspection Agency
toedtoes 12/01/19 11:41pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: suggest a heated mattress cover

You shouldn't even need a full hour. Either the mattress pad or an electric throw will heat up within a few minutes. Turn it on when she goes to change for bed and it will be warmed. The throw blanket will be less expensive and can be used in the vehicle also.
toedtoes 11/30/19 07:31am Beginning RVing
RE: Anybody else have trouble packing for camping

A few years back, I had a working trip scheduled. I was driving my clipper and staying on site. A week before, my engine blew. I decided to rent a MH for the trip. As I started making a list of all the things I needed to pull out of the clipper, I realized how much work I save by keeping gear loaded and ready to go. The list was massive and I am certain I was still missing things. Fortunately, the weather caused the trip to be delayed. I went a few months later in the clipper. And I had everything I needed right at hand and it only took about 10 minutes to load groceries, meds, camera gear, and animals. I won't have a camper if I can't keep it loaded.
toedtoes 11/29/19 06:39pm General RVing Issues
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