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  1. Definition of an RV

    You'll get no argument from me that it sounds silly but you do what you gotta do to get what you want to get. That said, I'm perhaps overly meticulous about my recon work (probably from my military background) and like to identify the folks that enjoy doing what supposedly can't be done. Growing up in the Michigan world of DMV's and having registered over 60 vehicles, knowing who gets stuff done has saved me so much time it's almost unbelievable. When I titled/registered my truck (780), pre-identifying the person in my small county office that had the right attitude allowed me to live overseas and mail my NC Volvo title to GA, have them convert it to a motor home title, and then mail it back to my parents house in NC. Long story short; It might suck to wait 3-4 hours but once you have the right title in your hands, you'll barely remember the hassle.
  2. I've never heard the term "personal husbandry", do you mind explaining what that means? I also hear about money wise & responsible people falling on hard times and that's what I'm trying to guard against. I have (thankfully) great health insurance, we've lived well below our means and could actually retire now (but choose to stick it out for the pension), have investments that cover our cost of living, have healty 401K, no debt other than mortages, yada, yada, yada. I'm just hoping to cover all the bases so that I don't have a "I wish I would've known" moment that throws all my planning (I've been looking forward to retirement since 29 yrs old) into disarray.
  3. AIR LEAKS-I give up!

    You oughta check out the headphones (I have Peltor's) cops use at shooting ranges. They amplify the sound quite a bit, enough that when I tried out my pair in the hotel the night before the range, I could hear the folks in the next room (and this was at a nice Marriot with real walls) talking and carrying on. I'd wager that with those, you'll hear the hiss.
  4. Definition of an RV

    As a federal worker I guess I qualify as a government bureaucrat so from my perception in the workplace, some of my co-workers refuse to believe they could ever be wrong. Others are enlightened enough to realize that you never stop learning and don't mind being taught a new trick. I would hope there's at least one enlightened person at his local DMV that when shown a handful of common RV's that are actually reconstructed, will be smart enough to realize, "Hey, those ARE actually RV's and not private trucks". Tips on how to find that guy/gal; Look for the one that's disinterested in the work but not necessarily in the people. He's the one that could care less about the TPS reports but is still genuine with the customers. Go a few hours in advance and scope the place out...if you hear someone say "it can't be done" more than twice, then that's not the teller for you. Also, if they have the self-service stickers, pull one every few minutes (doesn't work if they're successive). That way, if you get the "it can't be done" person, stuff that ticket in your pocket and wait for the next one. All that rambling to say, I don't think you're fighting the law/gov as much as making them take a step back and think for a minute. I've seen those go both ways, usually in favor of the person who has visuals or has a slow, deliberate manner that lays everything out. You might be unlucky though and still get a lazy "this is what it says, this is what i must do, I cannot compute" robot... Your local folks are going to be key, not the state folks. It's harder to say something obviously erroneous/borderline stupid when the person is standing right in front of you. Those state/federal folks just type of what's easiest and hit send, common sense be darned sometimes:(
  5. Dejae, As someone retiring in 8 years with a federal pension, I read your story closely. Although my investment structure is set so that I have multiple diversified investments to fall back on, my plan is to withdraw no more than 2% of investments and use my pension for the other 98%. In your situation, what percentage of your husband's pension covered your budget? There seem to be several pitfalls to financial freedom and I'm thankful for the ones on the board who have "been there, done that" and don't mind sharing their ups and downs.
  6. Definition of an RV

    The answer from the state seems to have left out the word, "reconstructed". Under their definition, there are several RV's that are sitting on Camping World/RV dealer lots that can't be titled as RVs in ND because they weren't manufactured primarily for private use as a temporary or recreational dwelling. Reconstructed is the magic word because that's what allows the body builders to get vans, trucks, buses, and semi's and reconstruct them as commercial RV's. Otherwise, their primary use off the assembly line isn't as temporary or recreational dwelling because they don't have bodies...just cab and chassis'. I'd be curious as to what they would say if you wrote them back, pointed out the omission, and asked them to define the term "reconstructed". If they drag it out, pictures of high-end RV's that have obviously been reconstructed/modified will probably change their minds....I would hope at least. How can they wrap their minds around allowing a converted school bus to become a motor home, that's about as contradictory as it gets.
  7. Check Engine fault

    That is an excellent tip that I'll file away, thank you!
  8. How long is too long?

    I have a 39' DP and a slighly shorter '22 car hauler trailer and I didn't have any issues on a trip from MT to NY on mostly secondary roads. My thought has always been that if a semi can fit then I can fit and it held true on this trip as well. Tight parking lots and/or people that like to park right close-up next to you can sometimes be a pain but for the most part, parking near the back of lots, picking camp sites wisely, and avoiding super tight switchbacks will allow you to easily drive that rig combo without much worry.
  9. How long is too long?

    The Sammy comes in at 61 inches....less if you don't count the mirrors but nowhere near close to 50. I don't know of any major manufacturer vehicles that narrow and some ATV's are out that range as well (a buddy with a modded Yamaha Warrior comes in at a hair over 50). Is CO strict on the width or do they allow folks to squeak by?
  10. How long is too long?

    You're certainly right about that, it almost seems like a regional thing and knowing which states offer reciprocity or what the states you plan to visit have on the books. If OP is from NC, he certainly has more options than y'all folks out in CO, your laws are decidedly anti-street legal UTV but at least the state gives counties the chance to decide for themselves. I've thought about the UTV route but it seems like a Suzuki Samurai with a mild lift and lockers can go/fit in some of the same places, take up not that much more room on a trailer, and fill the role of a small vehicle and a UTV at the same time. They're also cheaper, I didn't expect UTV's to cost so much when I ventured into the dealership! They sure do look fun though...
  11. How long is too long?

    Chalkie, Not sure of the attitude or the reading comprehension, I'm simply stating facts. If you don't want to accept facts and stick to your opinion, that makes you no different than the majority of the population and I certainly understand having dealt with all types. In NC, UTVs can be fully street legal on any road, I looked at the written law last night and also have personal experience seeing it enforced. My statemeets on Utah and reciprocity were pulled straight from their law books which says they're allowed on all roads, at all times, if allowed in the users home state (such as NC). This is not an opinion, just facts. Not sure why you're heated or why you think i should accede to your point when I have conflicting evidence to your statements but in any event, have a good one and enjoy the beautiful CO winter!
  12. How long is too long?

    As I said in my former post, there are States that do not limit licensed UTV usage, including interstate highways, i.e. no limitations.
  13. How long is too long?

    Chalkie, In NC, you can operate a UTV as a fully street legal vehicle. I am a Federal LEO and have interacted with NC State LEO's who have unequivocally stated that certain UTV's can be licensed as a street legal vehicle with no restrictions. This came up during a motorcycle club (MC) case where the MC had street legal UTVs. Since most States have some form of reciprocity such as Utah, that means a UTV can legally be operated with no restrictions there as well. By including the multitude of examples in my previous post (and no, I didn't know you were from CO), I was simply showing that there are multiple possibilities for jurisdictions, such as the State of NC, to allow UTV usage as a street legal vehicle. I too do not have time, nor am I willing to do all the research, however for someone who is trying to overcome the obstacle of a pickup truck/UTV/motorcycle conumdrum, it's helpful to know that there are States in the US that allow full usage (not in a limited capacity) of a UTV as a street-legal vehicle. To be fair, there are also States that only allow them to be used in a limited capacity. OP knows his State and should he wish to use his UTV as a fully street legal vehicle, that may be an option as there are definitively US States that allow this to occur.
  14. Semi Confused -LOL get it semi Ha! Ha!

    Cory, Just a few thoughts that aren't necessarily in the same order as your questions.... 1) I wouldn't buy new drives in the spring if you still have a few years before you buy your trailer. Since with our use tires will usually age out before they're wore out, I might even consider used tires if they're in good shape and not jacked up. 2) I wouldn't pay $2500 to get a CDL. Admittedly I'm a bit hard-headed and like to learn some things on my own, but $2500 seems a bit outrageous. 3) You'll be able to find parts for years to come, no worries there. 4) Instead of paying to have your bed built, have you given any thought to building it yourself? Start out now with small projects, build your confidence and skill, and progress to the bed. Between building the bed, delaying the tire purchase, and forgoing CDL school, that's a ~$10k savings. 5) We all have to start somewhere except for the ones that come out knowing it all. Those are usually the same ones that were born in a log cabin that they built themselves. For the rest of us, we pay attention, learn as we go along, take our time, and build our skill sets. 6) I'm right there with you as far as buying in advance. I still have 9 years to go before I retire AND live overseas but already bought my truck b/c the deal was too good to pass up. Even if I had invested what I paid for it, I'll still be competitive price wise in 9 years. Plus, like you, I can build it up as I have the time and know that come retirement day, I can get in the truck and drive off right then. Plus, with 9 years before DDay, I'll have ample time to watch deals and buy all the parts for pennies on the dollar.
  15. How long is too long?

    Chalkie, It’s legal to do so in almost half of the United States, and there are a few companies that make street-legal kits for UTVs and ATVs. Today’s UTVs already have most of the required equipment such as mufflers, seat belts, headlights, taillights and brake lights. OHV-friendly states like West Virginia let OHVs travel city streets on the Hatfield-McCoy trail system, and Utah recently passed a law saying UTVs were legal on every street except Interstates (I-15 and I-70) or in Salt Lake City. In fact, most states allow counties and towns to set their own standards, and Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Texas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, North and South Dakota, Washington, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Vermont, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Colorado (HB15-1054) have laws allowing the street-legalization of OHVs. Besides OEM equipment, Arizona requires a horn that can be heard 250 feet away and rear-view mirror(s), which the plus a license-plate bracket with light. Many states (NV, WA, etc.) require that UTVs only be operated on county (general and minor) roads with speed limits of 45 mph and lower. Tennessee requires UTVs only go 35 mph and you need DOT-approved tires like the GBC Kanati Mongrel and an orange tractor triangle on the rear end. Other states (UT, TX, WY, etc.) require amber front and red rear turn signals and lit license-plate brackets. Here's an article that talks more about the changes in UT. http://www.standard.net/Recreation/2015/04/22/Changes-in-law-impact-street-legal-ATVs Unlike UT, there are other States that do allow interstate highway operation provided the vehicle meets minimum engine size and other requirements. That said, UT allows that a non resident operator who is authorized on highways in another state can operate as a street legal ATV in Utah if that state reciprocates a Utah street legal ATV on the other state’s highways. Many people feel the same way about motorcycles but there are also many who are just as happy to cruise down the highway on a motorcycle at 75-80 mph with no helmet and surrounded by distracted drivers in 5k lb hunks of steel right next to them.