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  1. Chad Heiser

    Insurance Liability question

    As a LEO who supervises a traffic team, I can tell you that at the weights you list you would be over weight if everything was running at max GVW. You might also be over weight on axle ratings. These conditions could TECHNICALLY result in you being cited. However, unless you do something really egregious in front of an officer who has access to scales and knows the laws related to weights nothing is going to happen related to being overweight by that small of a number on your GCWR. The vast majority of officers aren't even going to know anything about enforcing weight violations. Even in a worst case scenario, only being 169 lbs over weight is very unlikely to result in a citation or liability. As a non-commercial rig, weight will not be an issue a regular officer will typically do anything about. The exception to this is if you are involved in a fatal or major injury collision and are determined to be at fault because you were overloaded AND unsafe as a result of being overloaded. Just being overloaded is not necessarily going to result in liability. However, if you are overloaded and it can be shown that being so overloaded made you unsafe then you would be liable. At the limited numbers you are quoting, I wouldn't worry much about liability. I would worry more about the stress you are going to be placing on your rig running at maximum capacities on a regular basis and the resulting wear and tear you will place on your vehicles. This will be way more likely to cause you aggravation than any possibility of a citation or potential liability. As Kirk said above, it will not be a pleasant towing experience running at max weights like that.
  2. Chad Heiser

    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    Here is the relay I used from Napa. I bought it for my seat heaters (as I mentioned above) and decided to use the same one for my charge line. It is probably overkill for that purpose, but has been working great for five years now since I installed it.
  3. Chad Heiser

    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    Either will work. 10 Gauge will be a little harder to fit into the 7-pin connector, but is doable. I went 12 gauge with my set up because my HDT has the batteries in the middle of the frame and also has a short bed. This made for a pretty short wire run so 12 gauge was sufficient. If I were doing the same thing on a crew cab long bed pickup with the batteries at the front, I would probably go with 10 gauge.
  4. Chad Heiser

    Auxiliary fuel tanks for Ram 3500 DRW

    Transfer Flow is another very popular brand of auxiliary tank.
  5. Chad Heiser

    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    I can get the part number tonight when I get home. It is installed in line with the charge wire and then you run smaller gauge wire from the relay to an accessory powered circuit so that it turns on and off with the ignition key. It is pretty simple to wire up. I also used one in line with my aftermarket heated seats that the installer direct wired to the batteries in my truck. Now with the relay in place, the seat heater can't draw down my batteries when my DW leaves it on.
  6. Chad Heiser

    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    As for running a charge wire to the rear to charge your towed vehicle, I will add one thing. When I do this, I like to add a relay in the line so the charge wire is only active when the key is on in the tow vehicle. This way your towed vehicle can't draw down your tow vehicle's battery if you forget to disconnect or turn keys off in the towed for extended periods of time. I can supply part numbers from Napa for the relay I use if you are interested.
  7. Chad Heiser

    2018 HDT Rally HDT insurance seminar

    I can send you a copy of my National General policy for HDT and 5er. It is a California policy and I got it through Miller Insurance, not Good Sam. Let me know if you are interested.
  8. Chad Heiser

    Curt Q25 or B&W Companion OEM 25K

    For the trailer weight range you are discussing, I don’t think you can get a better hitch than the B&W. It is always my first recommendation to anyone who asks. I had one for 5 years in my dually and my neighbor (who bought my dually) is still using it with no issues six years later (a total of 11 years in service so far and still as good as the day I bought it).
  9. Chad Heiser

    Toad batter charger and brake lights

    The kits I have used are installed in the toad, not on the motorhome and are vehicle specific to the toad. The motorhome just has a typical 7 pin trailer connector at the back that the toad wiring plugs into. I googled “towed vehicle wiring kits” and got lots of results. Hopkins makes many of these kits. Here is one random website that came up in my google search: https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Toad-Wiring-Kits-s/169.htm
  10. Chad Heiser

    Tri pod for 5th wheel?

    You will get much more benefit out of something like a Steadyfast system than a tripod on a 5er. I have used both and the Steadyfast system works much better in my opinion. It is also always in p,ace and doesn’t take up valuable storage space while in transit.
  11. Chad Heiser

    HDT Sighting - Medora, ND

    Thank you.
  12. Chad Heiser

    2018 National HDT Rally, who is going to be there?

    I was a witness to that victimization... uhh help.
  13. Chad Heiser

    Time for insurance renewal

    I have USAA as well and will never change. They are a great company to deal with and I highly recommend them if you can qualify. When I just had my dually as a tow vehicle with my 5th wheel, I had them insured through USAA with all my other stuff. However, when I bought my HDT, I could not get USAA (or their partner Progressive) to insure it for anything. This was in California. Your state may give you different results because the state does make a difference in insurance even with the same company. I ended up farming out my HDT and 5er to Blue Sky insurance and now National General (because Blue Sky stopped writing RV policies). I have an agreed value policy on my HDT and a replacement value policy on my 5er. Even now (six years later and a much newer and more expensive 5er) I am paying less for the HDT and 5er than I was for the dually and 5er with USAA.
  14. Chad Heiser

    Triple towing, legal where?

    California does not and cannot require non commercial out of state residents to follow their licensing laws. Licensing is reciprocal to all states, so if you a legally licensed in your home state you are legally licensed in all 50 states (registration is the same). California does require their own residents to have a commercial class A license with a doubles endorsement in order to legally tow doubles (whether commercially or recreationally). They also require all commercial drivers (regardless of the state they are from) to have a doubles endorsement on their commercial license in order to tow doubles commercially in the state (but they would need this in any state to do so). Therefore if your home state (outside of California) allows you to tow recreational doubles with some license class less than a commercial class A with endorsement and you have that lesser class license that allows you to do so, then you may tow your doubles registered in your home state in California as well.
  15. Chad Heiser

    Triple towing, legal where?

    A good reference is a trucker's atlas that can be purchased on line or at any truck stop. They have a page that lists all the double/triple towing laws and length laws by state. It is also a handy reference to keep around in the truck for the maps and other features as well. Most of the western states allow recreational doubles except Washington and Oregon. I have towed doubles in all the western states from North Dakota to the north and Texas to the south and everything in between out to the coast (except Washington and Oregon) with no issues from law enforcement (and my rig is a lot longer than you will be with your set up). Colorado allows recreational doubles on a standard driver's license, so you won't need to worry about any issues with your license no matter what state you are in (as long as that state allows doubles to start with). It may be helpful to carry a copy of the actual Colorado statute that shows this in case a local LEO is used to seeing some type of endorsement in their state.