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RE: Tandem tow dolly

I am visiting in the Reno area. I found this on craigslist: http://reno.craigslist.org/for/5734401194.html If I had lots of spare cash, it would be going home with me!
mowermech 08/24/16 07:56am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Bumpy, the "Braking Performance Standards" are ALREADY in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Most state laws simply mirror the FMVSS. CA does not. They allow 5 feet further than FMVSS. MT is practically word-for-word, as are many other states. The Standard specifies that the test is to be done on a level, clean, dry, hard surface. It does not specify what the surface is to be made of. See MCA 61-9-312 to find the exact wording. If a LEO writes a ticket for failing to meet the standard, it is HIS responsibility to show the ticket is for a valid infraction, it is not the driver's responsibility to prove the ticket is wrong. If the LEO can not accurately perform the necessary test, he will not write the ticket. Does that mean the Braking Performance Standard is rarely enforced, and for all practical purposes is unenforceable? Yes, I guess it does!
mowermech 08/22/16 03:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

In Silver Spring, Nevada, working on a 1975 MG Midget that my son bought. The old Dodge made the trip just fine. I will be here for a week, probably heading home next Monday (not tomorrow).
mowermech 08/21/16 08:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Mowermech, fyi 2 bumper pulls are legal in Ca. OK, just goes to show what happens when you ask the Highway Patrol a question about equipment legality! The Oceano CHP office told me the first trailer must be a fifth wheel hitch! But, that was several years ago...
mowermech 08/19/16 08:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Generally, Reciprocity Agreements only apply to driver licensing, registration, and insurance requirements. For instance, I have heard that CA requires a Class A CDL with doubles endorsement for towing RV doubles (two trailers), because the Class A CDL is the only license that can carry a Doubles Endorsement. Montana has no such requirement. BUT, because of Reciprocity, I should be able to tow doubles in CA with the regular Montana license. HOWEVER, in Montana it is legal to tow a truck/trailer/trailer combination in which both trailer have ball hitches. In CA, they say, the first trailer must be a fifth wheel hitch. I would probably get a ticket in Ca for a ball/ball double tow, even though it is legal in MT! Another example is the tire width issue. In MT, if your tires extend beyond the fender flares an inch or two, nobody cares. HOWEVER, if you take that rig to Moab, Utah, to run the slick rock trails, you just might get a ticket. It has happened! As to trailer braking, you must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for the state in which you are traveling. If the state (as MT does) requires brakes on all wheels of a trailer, and your trailer only has brakes of 2 out of 4 wheels, you are illegal in MT. It is extremely doubtful anybody will ever check, though.
mowermech 08/19/16 07:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Rain. .49 inch last night when I went to bed. .83 this morning. The gauge resets to zero at midnight! For the first time in a long time it is really WET out there. that is rather wonderful, actually.
mowermech 08/19/16 06:59am Around the Campfire
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

willald, strangely enough, NC is one state that actually HAS a requirement for aux. braking! North Carolina Statute 20-124 (f) "Every semitrailer, or trailer, or separate vehicle, attached by a drawbar or coupling to a towing vehicle, and having a gross weight of two tons, and all house trailers of 1,000 pounds gross weight or more, shall be equipped with brakes controlled or operated by the driver of the towing vehicle, which shall conform to the specifications set forth in subsection (e) of this section and shall be of a type approved by the Commissioner." The gross weight limit is 4000 lbs., and the brakes must be controlled or operated by the driver!
mowermech 08/18/16 05:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

"Read it again. that's rule is for those who are under 3000# and it must be demonstrated to quote: C-2 Combinations of a two-axle towing vehicle and a trailer with a gross trailer weight of 3,000 pounds or less . ." True, but I referenced C-4.
mowermech 08/18/16 10:07am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

I have sent an email to WA. ST. Attorney General's office, requesting clarification of RCW 46.04.620. I have received a confirmation that the question has been turned over to staff in the AGORegardless of the outcome, I will post it.
mowermech 08/18/16 10:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy Protection while towing?

we' ve used nothing other than the mud flaps that came on the MH. no problems or damage from towing. Us, too. We have towed over just about any road surface that can be found in Montana. No problems.
mowermech 08/18/16 07:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Please cite the Washington State law. While you are at it, please cite the Washington State law that gives legal definitions regarding vehicles. I think this is the section of the RCW you are asking for RCW 46.37.340 Yes, that is ONE of the laws I asked for. But, it references RCW 46.37.351, Performance Ability of Brakes. For our purposes, look at Para 3, C-4. IF your rig can do that without aux brakes, you are legal! Now, look at RCW 46.04.620, (the other law I asked for) which states: "Trailer" includes every vehicle without motive power designed for being drawn by or used in conjunction with a motor vehicle constructed so that no appreciable part of its weight rests upon or is carried by such motor vehicle, but does not include a municipal transit vehicle, or any portion thereof. "Trailer" does not include a cargo extension. Note that a "trailer" includes EVERY vehicle WITHOUT MOTIVE POWER designed for being drawn by or used in conjunction with a motor vehicle". Is that an accurate description of a towed motor vehicle? It appears that in Washington State a towed motor vehicle does not meet the legal definition of a "trailer"! If that is true, trailer braking laws do not apply! It does not require a law degree to READ most laws. They are usually written in language that nearly anybody can understand, as in the three laws noted above for Washington State, or the Montana laws I previously noted. It ain't brain surgery, folks.
mowermech 08/18/16 07:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

If it wasn't illegal in CA to tow with without a brake system, I would not use one. I have a Honda Fit that weighs 2400 lbs. I keep the brake system turned on low. The only time it goes on is if I have to stop a little harder, but the system locks up my Honda's brakes. Very annoying. I have a 26 foot Class C on a E-450. From what I have read of CA law, if you can stop your rig within 45 feet from 20 MPH on a clean, dry, level, hard surface without aux braking, you are legal. Look up the CA Braking Performance Law.
mowermech 08/17/16 08:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Yes, of course, obey the law. MOST states do NOT have any law requiring brakes on a towed motor vehicle. Wa Law states it as "any vehicle in combination" doesn't say trailer, wagon, car, truck,or any thing else. they simply place a limit on the load towed. (3k) Please cite the Washington State law. While you are at it, please cite the Washington State law that gives legal definitions regarding vehicles.
mowermech 08/17/16 08:49pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

If you plan on visiting Montana, be sure you are familiar with: MCA 61-1-101 Definitions, especially para. 82 MCA 61-9-304, Brakes required on all wheels, EXCEPTIONS, especially para (2) MCA 61-9-312, Performance ability of brakes, especially para (4) What are the LEGAL requirements in YOUR state? You really should KNOW the applicable laws!
mowermech 08/17/16 05:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy brakes or not?

Yes, of course, obey the law. MOST states do NOT have any law requiring brakes on a towed motor vehicle. MOST states DO, however, have laws requiring brakes on a TRAILER. Many states have a legal definition of a TRAILER that does NOT match a towed motor vehicle. Many states (and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) (FMVSS) have a braking performance law that states a combination of vehicles must be able to stop within a certain distance (usually 40 or 45 feet), from a certain speed (usually 20 MPH) on a level, dry, clean, hard surface. The laws requiring a breakaway system also apply to trailers, not towed motor vehicles in many states. Yes, common sense tells me that a braking system on a towed vehicle is a good idea. Common sense also tells me that if such a braking system is an absolute necessity, in the Nanny state of today, there WOULD be a law requiring such a system, and there would be standards that would have to be met by the manufacturers, and the systems would be thoroughly tested and approved by an independent testing agency. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety would be all over the issue like stink on a cattle feedlot! All that having been said, I towed vehicles on dollys, and Jeeps four down, for many years (including many trips over the Continental Divide) without a braking system of any kind. In all those years, I never had to make an "emergency stop" when towing. I have done considerable research into the laws of my state, and the only law I have to worry about is the Braking Performance Law (MCA 61-9-312). Other states, of course, may be different, and Reciprocity Agreements do not apply AFAIK.
mowermech 08/17/16 11:02am Dinghy Towing
RE: My first post: sacrilege....

ANY "club" is only worthwhile IF you use the benefits. I used to belong to Good Sam. Then I realized that I very rarely stayed in a "Good SamPark", bought very few parts from a Good Sam affiliated dealer, and just didn't take advantage of any of the benefits. I really did not enjoy the magazine, either. So, I let that membership lapse. then, when planning a trip to Chattanooga, I signed up for the KOA club, at the recommendation of the KOA where I was going to spend a week, near Ringgold, GA. The discount more than made up for the membership cost. Since then, I have not stayed in a KOA, not even once. So, that membership went away also. Now, the only such "membership" I have is a Golden Age Passport. It is free, and only works at Federal campgrounds; that is where most of our camping is done anyway!
mowermech 08/16/16 07:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: IRS after me ...... again

I figure if I ever get one of those IRS calls I will just say "OH, goody, I was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, and if I go to jail the government will be liable for my treatment, not my family. When will you pick me up?" For the "microsoft" calls, I ask the caller "Which computer?" Since we have five of them in the house (only 2 are active), I can string him along for quite a while. Then when I tell him that my computers are maintained by my son, an IT professional, he usually gets angry and hangs up.
mowermech 08/15/16 06:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: MH Financing, over 10 years old

I have never bought an RV that was less than 10 years old! My Credit Union(s) financed them all with no problem at all. Just a few months ago, I purchased a 1999 dodge CTD truck. The Credit Union asked only one question: "How much do you want the payment to be? OK, sign here!" Done deal, go get the truck. IMO, based purely on personal experience, a Credit Union is the only way to go to finance ANY vehicle! I probably don't need to point out that if the RV is self-contained, and is collateral for the loan, the interest is usually tax deductible as a second or vacation home. The interest on a personal loan of any kind is usually NOT deductible!
mowermech 08/11/16 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I hate to think what it would be like moving out of this place, even though we have only been here 10 years or so. It is amazing the STUFF we have accumulated in those few years! Jim, I don't envy you sorting through your accumulation, deciding what goes with, what goes to storage, and what just goes. I wish you success!
mowermech 08/11/16 12:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing a Dodge Dakota four on the ground

Get a competent mechanic to remove the steering lock pin. Then you can leave the ignition switch in the OFF position with no problems. IF your '06 Dakota has an "OFF, not locked" position in the ignition switch, that is where the switch should be positioned for towing. There is no need to disconnect the battery with the switch in that position. I towed an '06 Wrangler many miles that way! I wonder why they took the "OFF, not locked" position out of the switch? seems to me it was an incredibly stupid thing to do!
mowermech 08/11/16 05:30am Dinghy Towing
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