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A Perfect Non-Commercial Class B Drive Test . . .
Written by Gary Lewis Monday, 03 March 2014 19:47
In California, when you purchase a motor home that is over 40 feet in length, you are required to obtain a Non-Commercial Class B (Housecar) license. We have a Boot Camp for that where we prepare you for the driving skills and road test. I am pleased to recognize the perfect drive test results achieved by a recent RV Boot Camp grad, Todd G, who is the proud owner of a 43 foot Entegra.
The driving skills test must be completed before leaving the DMV lot. There are four basic driving skills: Straight Line Backing, Alley Dock Backing, Offset Backing, Right or Left and Sight-Side or Conventional Parallel Parking. For the Housecar test the DMV usually requires that you complete only the Straight Line and Alley Dock backing. Straight Line backing involves backing your RV 100 feet in a 12 foot wide space, while keeping within the lines and stopping in a 2 foot “box”, before the end of the lane. Alley Dock backing involves backing your RV into a space that is 12 foot X 20 foot while stopping in the 2 foot “box” at the back of the site. You can see from Todd’s Pre-Trip sheet, he was perfect!
Once you have shown the DMV examiner that you know how to do the basic skills, it’s out on the road to show him or her that you know what you’re doing in traffic. There will be at least four turns to the left, four turns to the right, lane changes, numerous intersections and a trip onto the freeway and off again, all while the examiner is watching to make sure you are checking your mirrors, using your turn signals, staying centered in your lane and doing your traffic checks. Again, Todd did a perfect job, zero deductions!
As everyone who has ever taken a test knows, there is a lot of pressure and sometimes ones nerves can get the best of them. For this reason we will do our best to show you what to expect on your drive test so that you too can get the perfect score. Congratulations Todd!
Towing Tip February 2014
Tip of the Month
Monday, 24 February 2014 08:04
Recently I replaced my ’04 PT Cruiser Toad with a new Chevy Sonic and to put it mildly, I can’t believe all the technology changes that have taken place in the past ten years!
Before towing the first time I read the recommended procedures:
When you turn the key and put the ignition in the accessory position, it can drain the battery over time. Removing the DLIS fuse, when towing, removes the power to the BCM causing the ignition relay to open which stops the battery from going dead.
So, what is the DLIS fuse and what is the BCM? No one can tell me what DLIS stands for but it does the job of turning the power off to the BCM. The Body Control Module is a generic term for an electronic control unit, responsible for monitoring and controlling various electronic accessories in a vehicle’s body. Typically, in a car, the BCM controls the power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning, immobilizer system, central locking, etc. The BCM communicates with other on-board computers via the car’s vehicle bus, and its main application is controlling load drivers – actuating relays that in turn perform actions in the vehicle such as locking the doors or dimming the salon overhead lamp.
For other vehicles, the recommendation is to pull the ECM fuse. Again, this is to turn off the various sensors within the car that are sending signals when the car’s engine is running.
Now that we know the terms, what does all this mean? Well for me it meant, after pulling the fuse and trying to put it back in without dropping it at night in the dark, frustration! How do I make pulling the fuse an easy operation? The answer was provided by my favorite mechanic, Rod, who installed the Base Plate, wired the lights and wired in a simple ON-OFF switch, (shown in the center of the picture) to disable the DLIS. When preparing to tow, I open the fuse panel and turn the switch OFF. When towing is completed, I turn the switch ON, close the panel and everything is ready to go. Too simple (and thank you Rod)!
Now if the Sonic is as great a vehicle as the PT Cruiser was and can run over 428,000 miles on the original clutch and engine, I’ll be a happy man.
Hang-on, now this just in, an email from my Sonic letting me know that no oil change is due at this time, my remaining oil life is 98%, no issues have been found, no actions are required but my right front and left rear tires are both one pound low on air pressure. This is what I call Hi-Tech!
Rincon Parkway, why you need to know how to parallel Park
Tip of the Month
Monday, 11 November 2013 09:27
When you sign up for RV Boot Camp you will learn the four basic driving skills that every commercial driver in North America MUST be able to do in order to obtain their CDL, including Parallel Parking. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked, “Why do I need to know how to parallel park?” Well, this is the reason, Rincon Parkway!
Rincon Parkway is situated in Ventura County on the Pacific Ocean 9 miles north of Ventura. If you’re like me and don’t need to be hooked-up all the time, this is the best RV spot in the whole world!
Your RV is facing south and on your passenger side is the wide-open Pacific Ocean in all its glory with only the cry of sea gulls and the fresh smell of the salt water, it's too awesome...
Now why do you need to Parallel Park, well if you get there late in the afternoon, most of the 127 parking space could be taken and the only space available could be between two 40 + foot class A motor homes. If you can’t parallel park, you’re not going to be spending the night in paradise.
To learn about Parallel Parking, Dock-Side Backing and a whole lot more, give us a call at 866-976-7878 We’ll show you how to get you to your favorite RV spot and be comfortable behind the wheel.
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