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Old 03-31-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Anyone brought a MH into California?

My new purchase is a 1984 345LE and currently lives in KS, and I live in CA...
Anyone got advice or experience of bringing a MH to California?
Any smog or registration advice please?
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:55 PM   #2
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My new purchase is a 1984 345LE and currently lives in KS, and I live in CA...
Anyone got advice or experience of bringing a MH to California?
Any smog or registration advice please?
If you are an AAA member, talk to them. As I recall when I purchased my Lincoln, I needed a smog certificate and an VIN verification. The smog was handled by a smog check station and AAA handled the VIN verification.

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Old 04-01-2010, 04:17 AM   #3
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Thanks Bill, I am worried about the smog, and bringing a out-of-state MH in and there being a smog complience issue...
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:10 AM   #4
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if the vehicle had smog on it when built it needs it. Talk with your local smog man, TALK to him. my moho originally had smog, the owner in oregon put headers on, not legal in ca. finding factory smog parts can be a real pain.
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If it were me I'd do exactly what doorgunner just said. You won't get any better answers than whatever your LOCAL smog man tells you. Our 90-345 still has all smog equipment in place and passing tests anually has not been a problem.
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It has a Banks kit, so I hope that was smog legal.
I assume that the Banks stuff would be headers, and some type of intake?
From what I know it was a Florida MH originally.
I will look it up, and post some questions in the engine forum
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It has a Banks kit, so I hope that was smog legal.
I assume that the Banks stuff would be headers, and some type of intake?
From what I know it was a Florida MH originally.
I will look it up, and post some questions in the engine forum
It does not matter where the vehicle came from, what matters is what emission requirements was it built to comply with. It must comply with those requirements. Call Banks and ask if their equipment complies. In addition, check with your local smog tech and find out what the requirements are for that specific vehicle.

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the way it was explained to me by a licensed smog tech here in Ca. was that if the vehicle was FIRST SOLD in Ca, and it had smog on it , it would need to be smogged with that equipment on it OR an aftermarket system that met the Ca. requirement.Some of the aftermarket headers have the smog thingies on the pipes already. You really need to talk with a smog guy, ant then get a second opinion from another smog guy. These guys get fined $$ for not complying with the rules. BTW 454's run pretty dirty and still pass.The banks stuff probably runs cleaner than the factory stuff but if it doesn't pass the visual the smog man probably won't even probe the pipe. from my personal account of getting my moho to pass.
If your moho originally was First sold in another state that did not require smog stuff on it you would be fine as the state of ca. accepts vehicles from other states. at least it was that way 2 years ago. have fun
my moho was first sold in ca. then went to oregon where the owner removed the smog pump and cast iron manifolds with the nipples on them. It had performance headers installed. when I needed to register in ca. because it had all the smog stuff on it when FIRST sold it needed it. there you have it.
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FWIW, I bought my 1984 in Oregon and registered it in California. It has a banks system and that was not a problem. It was difficult for the smog shop to tell from their references exactly what smog equipment was required. So they sent me to a 'referee' who documented what was needed then I could install the required equipment and have it tested at a regular smog place (or return to the referee).
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I have some smog experience with my other cars and I know its a messy business. I knew that if it was a original Cali reg then it had to have the smog stuff on as it was originally. I have a 1987 TBI injected 3/4t Suburban with 170k miles on, but a few years ago i put a Magnaflow cat and 3" exhaust on it. It flies thru the smog with really low scores!
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It has a Banks kit, so I hope that was smog legal.
I assume that the Banks stuff would be headers, and some type of intake?
From what I know it was a Florida MH originally.
I will look it up, and post some questions in the engine forum
Our 1984 310 has a Banks kit on it (headers, etc) and it resided in California for years and passed smog tests with the Banks kit.

Good luck with your new motorhome!

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This is a timely thread for us, too. However, we'll be able to keep the motor home registered in Georgia while we use it in California. There are some fortunate breaks in this life worth savoring.
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