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Old 02-19-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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smog a gasser in calif

First time i have ever smogged a 36 ft gasser, what do they do you , cant put it up on the wheels to test, is it just a look and stick a tester in the tail pipe, and in calif does anyone know the cost, thanks steve
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I take it you are new to the state (less than 2 years or so?). Probably no more than a visual inspection and a tailpipe sniff. You can't pass with any codes set (a good reason to buy a cheap reader and clear all codes). Sometimes it helps to change the oil first, but if the engine is in good shape it should pass with flying colors (it only has to pass to the specs it was built to - if it was a 48 state engine, it only has to pass the fed specs, not the cali specs).

Back in 03 a lot of heavy-duty applications were still exempt from testing, but since I don't own one I don't pay attention to it.

After more than 100K mi, my 8.1 puts out less than 10% of allowable emissions.

Cost - around here it's usually $49 or so.

If you've messed with it it could get expensive......
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:16 AM   #3
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Here in AZ they made me run my 1999 38' gasser on the dyno wheels, I think they were just too lazy to crawl in and plug in the OBDII plug.
But yes, you can run them on the dyno wheels.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Steve,
The actual type of test, in Calif. is determined somtime, by your home location. Some counties require more technical tests than other. I have a 04 Workhorse, in El Dorado County, here they hook up the computer, put the sniffer in the tailpipe and run the test. Cost as I recall was about $75 bucks. I went to my local mech, rather than a Workhorse service center. Good Luck!

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Here in Lodi I did my old 30' v-10...sniffer and visual $100. (1 month ago)
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I only take my cars and RV to a CA test only station. Test and repair centers can unjustly cause a failed smog and charge extra for un-needed repairs. I just don't trust smog repair shops.
Test only means they are not allowed to perform any repairs, just smog checks.

The place I use charges $68.00
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Was going to take the RV where I take my other vehicles to but its a small shop in the back but motorhome is too big to get it to his shop. So I'm off hunting for a new place. Thanks for your help
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We have a Smog-Check-Only store down the street. They have drive through bays that will handle a 45ft RV without a problem. I would bet that there are a few similar places in the Sacramento area. The test involved plugging a terminal into the engine sensor under the dash, a visual inspection, and the tail pipe thing. No dynonometer. Really not my specialty, but the entire process took about 15 minutes and I was out the door (driveway).
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I moved to arkansas after 37 years in CA. , 7 years ago. Now I'm 4 days closer to the east coast.AND NO SMOG CHECKS EVER!!!!
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Was going to take the RV where I take my other vehicles to but its a small shop in the back but motorhome is too big to get it to his shop. So I'm off hunting for a new place. Thanks for your help
If you can't find a place that takes RVs you might try calling Camping World there in Vacaville. I live north west of you (Sonoma County) and found a place that only does the test. The RV was hooked up along the side of his building to the computer through the driver side window and the tail pipe. It cost about $90.

Good luck finding a place. And Happy Camping!
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Just remember to drive around a while to get the engine and muffler warmed up to operational temp before taking it in for the test.
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Thanks for the tip
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google smogngo in your area, the charge just about 100.00 I have used them before 18 months or so ago. As long as you are stock you should not have any issues.
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I don't have a motor home but if you have a dog house they will have to remove for inspection. I have a chevy astro van and they will charge extra if you don't remove it yourself,also make sure you have not disconnected the battey resently. I did on my dually to clean the battery post and when I took it in it passed the sniff part but the computer did not have enough info in it and it failed so I had to put an extra 300 miles on it before it would pass,so it cost me an extra 75.00 for gas to get it to pass. How I love Calif. 333.00 for tag,60.00 for smog,75.00 for gas, only 468.00 to get a little sticker for my license plate and thats for a pickup truck.
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