When the Government does something I think they get together with as many people with zero knowledge of whatever they are working on and then come to an agreement on how to do something as expensive and wrong as possible.
Enter, Illinois emissions testing, call the “Air Safety Team” number and get transferred from person to person just to find out which facility can fit a 36ft RV. Their response, all of them, no wait, only the full service centers, oh wait, some of them have tight turns that may not be able to handle an RV that long. Ok, great, which…one…can…handle…an…RV….36ft long? They really don’t know. I log onto their website and find they have web cams, great! Forget about Schaumburg but Crystal Lake looks good!
I got there and the typical 3 minute wait is now 35 minutes and the line is all the way out to the street. The good news is it looks more than large enough to handle a 36 footer, woohoo! When I got the rig inside the very tight (from the perspective of inside the RV) door opening I was met by a great team of two who walked me through the process and the RV passed with flying colors!
When we finished and they handed me the very nice official looking document I asked “how the heck am I going to make it out the exit?” His response, no problem!! Uh, I wasn’t convinced, look at the picture, about 33 feet to the grass and the grass goes uphill!
One of the guys walks in front of the rig and as I’m pulling out I’m watching the backup camera and I can see this is going to be VERY close. I get right up to the lawn with the front bumper and start cutting the wheel, and start doing the back and forth and finally get enough to the right that I can keep going.
The weight of the rig pushed the left front tire deep into their lawn but it made it! Now comes the fun part! The exit for the facility parking lot has an incline and the street does as well. So, again I cut the wheel and start to pull out and then it happens, drraaaaagggggging the back, so now I have no choice but to keep going and finally the dragging ends and I’m free.
Whew! I pull over and look at what wonderful news awaits and find no damage except for a broken drag wheel. Of course it’s possible there might have been some body flex so we’ll see if we now have leaks because of this. The rig is considered smog legal until Sept 2013, between now and then I need to figure out how to exit that place without dragging the hind end again. Can you say air bags? We’ll see!