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Old 12-27-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Looking into going camping to California but my truck is a 2001 Volvo 42T with a non emissions VD12 385hp pulling a Montana 5th wheel. Can I not go in because of non emissions? Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:24 PM   #2
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As long as your truck isn't registered in Cali you can travel in the state with non California compliant engines.
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Looking into going camping to California but my truck is a 2001 Volvo 42T with a non emissions VD12 385hp pulling a Montana 5th wheel. Can I not go in because of non emissions? Thanks.
Unless your tow vehicle is belching smoke like a locomotive, you won't have anything to worry about.
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Looking into going camping to California but my truck is a 2001 Volvo 42T with a non emissions VD12 385hp pulling a Montana 5th wheel. Can I not go in because of non emissions? Thanks.
I don't know. My opinion based on what was in the works when I left 4 years ago is I doubt it applies to anything but commercial vehicles. I doubt if you will be bothered. You could try a call to the California Highway Patrol and perhaps they can point you in the right direction for answers. Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:37 PM   #5
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No worries. Enjoy your trip.
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arb.ca.gov is the info website.
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Spent a few days there in Oct in our skoolie, no issues at all.
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I drove thru the illogical mess that is california in my Suburban towing two waverunners. Got a ticket. Seems that since I was 'towing', I had to observe the same rules as the 80,000 pound semis -- no left lane, 55mph, etc. I wonder if the same would apply if I was on my 800 pound motorcycle towing my little 400 pound trailer. I've had enough of ca.
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I live about 45 miles north of the border with Mexico. Seen some cars with Mexican plates smoking up the roadway. Not so much anymore. Our neighbors across the border must have some Emissions regulations of their own. In any event, IMHO, unless you are belching gobs of black smoke (as has already been mentioned), an out of state licensed vehicle would never hit the LEO's radar. Even if it did, if you are legal where your vehicle is licensed, you are probably legal here (that is just my "old guy" opinion...I am not an expert on roadway law). I hope that you enjoy your visit to California.
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I drove thru the illogical mess that is california in my Suburban towing two waverunners. Got a ticket. Seems that since I was 'towing', I had to observe the same rules as the 80,000 pound semis -- no left lane, 55mph, etc. I wonder if the same would apply if I was on my 800 pound motorcycle towing my little 400 pound trailer. I've had enough of ca.
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CA can't force someone from NY to install current emissions equipment on their vehicle before coming in to visit, just like NY can't make someone from CA get a safety inspection before visiting.

As long as your vehicle isn't a smoking and/or noisy mess of a polluter, CA only wants you to leave all your money and then leave the state and go home.
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I drove thru the illogical mess that is california in my Suburban towing two waverunners. Got a ticket. Seems that since I was 'towing', I had to observe the same rules as the 80,000 pound semis -- no left lane, 55mph, etc. I wonder if the same would apply if I was on my 800 pound motorcycle towing my little 400 pound trailer. I've had enough of ca.
Towing any trailer the same rules apply.
55mph max speed, must drive in the right two lanes on a multi-lane highway or the right lane on a 2 lane highway.
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I wonder if the same would apply if I was on my 800 pound motorcycle towing my little 400 pound trailer...........
Yup. CA has very specific signage for vehicles towing. It says "Vehicles towing Speed limit 55MPH. They don't care what you are towing and what you are towing with.
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You do not have to have CA equipment unless you wish to register in Calif. Excessive exhaust, like a bad gasket, can get you a warning, or even a ticket but it really has to draw someones attention on a really slow day.
CA is rather strict on the speed limit especially with towed vehicles, and the CHP will reasonably enforce the 55mph speed limit. Probably won't be stopped at 65 if you are traveling with the trucks, but at 70 there is a really good chance you paint yourself as a target. Same for driving in anything but the right two lanes. But then again, because of deferred maintenance Calif road are really rough and you really won't want to drive over 55 as it becomes hard on the teeth.
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