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Old 11-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #113
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I see you chose the Trailer Toad to carry the tongue weight. Great choice and thank you ! ;-)

Here is a friend who is about 80' as well. 500 gallon jet fuel tank in the attic above the tongue for fuel for his two jest dragsters he runs at air shows across the country. 4000 lbs tongue weight, none on his bus.

Hope we can run into each other one day.

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I love the trailer toad. It makes a huge difference!

When do you think those sleeved stabilizer bars will be ready to ship to me?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:06 AM   #114
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Chromemoly tubing and tube ends should be here today or tomorrow. Andy will weld them up the day they get here and we will either run them to the powder coater or rattle can them. Are you traveling or parked for a while?
Thanks for the good words on the Trailer Toad and glad it is what you wanted fro that stacker (told you, you would like it!!)

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #115
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Chromemoly tubing and tube ends should be here today or tomorrow. Andy will weld them up the day they get here and we will either run them to the powder coater or rattle can them. Are you traveling or parked for a while?
Thanks for the good words on the Trailer Toad and glad it is what you wanted fro that stacker (told you, you would like it!!)

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I am in the palm springs area for winter.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:48 PM   #116
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:-)

I really just backed up to the airstream
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:15 AM   #117
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I really just backed up to the airstream
You can store that red one in my garage for the winter. Of course I'll need to take it out once in a while (daily) to make sure it's in tip top condition.

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...I got an Iowa "Oversize Permit" and one for Florida as well. Cheap and might prevent a $300 ticket.
Does the oversize permit force you to limit tge roads you can be on and require you to have your trip approved? Just curious as I don't really know. I do know that sometimes CDL holders and boat captains tend to be held to a higher standard when stopped. I wonder if the same might be true for permit holders.

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The only limit on the permit is a restricted use on the "bypass" (I-235) through Des Moines from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Other than that, as long as I am under 80', less than 9' wide I do not need an Escort or a trip plan.

I have had a Class A CDL for about 5 years and when I get stopped (only a couple times for inspections, no tickets in 30 years) they seem to like that I have the CDL because it holds you to a bit higher of a standard as far as pre-trip inspections, knowing what the air brake parts are and being aware of the overall weight of what you are driving.

Lately, the "length thing" is becoming a revenue source for the States. Expect to see more Vehicle Enforcement cars in your rear view mirror.
Double check your lights, your trailer connectors, safety chains, Registration, etc. The more prepared you are; the more the DOT officer will appreciate it and it never hurts to get off on the right foot.

Safe Travels to all,
Jok

***By the way: Any input on places to visit or good charter boat captains for fishing in Key West? we are leaving the snow and taking the coach down there for a couple weeks to stay at the Naval Base in January.
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The only limit on the permit is a restricted use on the "bypass" (I-235) through Des Moines from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Other than that, as long as I am under 80', less than 9' wide I do not need an Escort or a trip plan.

I have had a Class A CDL for about 5 years and when I get stopped (only a couple times for inspections, no tickets in 30 years) they seem to like that I have the CDL because it holds you to a bit higher of a standard as far as pre-trip inspections, knowing what the air brake parts are and being aware of the overall weight of what you are driving.

Lately, the "length thing" is becoming a revenue source for the States. Expect to see more Vehicle Enforcement cars in your rear view mirror.
Double check your lights, your trailer connectors, safety chains, Registration, etc. The more prepared you are; the more the DOT officer will appreciate it and it never hurts to get off on the right foot.

Safe Travels to all,
Jok

***By the way: Any input on places to visit or good charter boat captains for fishing in Key West? we are leaving the snow and taking the coach down there for a couple weeks to stay at the Naval Base in January.
On the other hand if the office is wanting to give a ticket he will find a way, I was bring back a brand new Mack Vision and Heil trailer, went through an inspection, held for an hour and a half and finally issued a ticket because if the office garbed the glad hand and pulled on it it leaked air.

The bad thing is not being a driver any more I have no company but myself to fight the tickets. I was once issued seven in an inspection point because of a poor repair on a trailer pig tail, after my first corner all the wires were pulled out of the connection between the trailer and the tractor, none of the lights worked, but did in the pretrip.

Best bet is to be prepared, be polite, not stand out, yes sir no sir, and most of all not argue.
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I've been running all over the country and DOT doesn't even look at me ( 64.5ft)
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I've been running all over the country and DOT doesn't even look at me ( 64.5ft)
The discussions above on inspections had to do with trucks and drivers with a CDL, I believe.
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NHRA225.

I know what you are saying. I have towed enclosed trailers with motor homes for over 25 years. I think for about 22 of those years I never really thought much about the DOT or legality.

Now that our States are financially busted they are "searching hard" for additional revenue as voters FINALLY are saying no to more taxes. That being said; Everyone is a potential revenue source if that can find a violation.

I have been stopped 6 times in the last three years. I think most of that is because I have my company logo on my trailer and they think it is a "for hire" commercial rig. We get over that hurdle pretty quickly when the registration and insurance shows it is all personal property.
They will usually do a "pretty good look around" the trailer, the coach, the hitch and ask what is inside the trailer. The next question is about how much fuel I have in the trailer and they want to see how it is secured.

Learned two things on those subjects:

1. Do not carry more than 300 lbs of fuel, make sure you have a very basic MSDS form with the UN Code of the fuel you are hauling. (I also have a MSDS form I filled out on the other chemicals in the trailer and it hangs inside the side door, they liked that one). You better be using a DOT-approved and labeled fuel containers as well. Trust me, lawn mower fuel jugs from WalMart don't fly with these guys.

2. Put the fuel jugs or container in a mount (to secure it from sliding around) and fasten them in place so they cannot bounce out with metal brackets. One of my inspectors told me he would write me up if he sees ratcheting motorcycle-type tie downs holding my fuel jugs again. I made an aluminum bar that slides through the handles and that solved that issue.

If you never get stopped it won't matter but if you do get stopped... I recommend you be ready. Fire extinguisher in unlocked compartment and labeled. All registration insurance cards, DOT rated safety chains.

It isn't going to slow me down I just had to adjust to more intrusion into our lives by the government. It won't be getting better as you probably well know.

PM me if you have a detailed questions, be glad to help in any manner I can.

Be safe out there and God Bless you all.

Jok & Barb Nicholson
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Jok,
Your right on with the pointers you made and we that tow these race rigs all over need to get on the ball for the most part. I do store my fuel correctly and chains and hitch are in order.
Last year on my way to Immokalee Fl I pulled into a rest area north of Tampa and there were 7 DOT cars all over a Big Truck, at first I was a little nervous so I pulled in the next space where the truck was (no guts No Glory) Got out with my little dog and walked over to the grass and not even a glance from DOT at my MH or Trailer. I did talk to a DOT Gal- officer there about what was going on and She said they were on a Practical Training Exercise on Big Trucks. Got back in and left.
I guess the more aware we are on the laws the better prepared we should be for that one DOT Officer looking to be a Hero.

Thanks for the info !
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I've been running all over the country and DOT doesn't even look at me ( 64.5ft)
I meant to comment on the classic lines on the MH, very classy!
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I've been running all over the country and DOT doesn't even look at me ( 64.5ft)
Great looking rig. Love it.

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