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Old 08-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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DMV License Question

While at work this morning the guys asked if you need a special or commerical license to drive a motor home with a tag axel.
Not owning a MH yet I did not have an answer to that question.
We live in Michigan but plan to drive thru all the states without worry,so do you need a special license.

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Old 08-09-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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Specific to state, but in general, I believe 26,000 weight and higher is where you may need a commercial driver's license.

Some info here
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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A tag axle would not be the determining factor, weight is the #1 factor used by states to determine if they require you to have a special license. Here is a website which has some info. RV Driver's License Requirements However, check with the Michigan DMV for the latest info. States will honor the DL requirements of the state you are licensed in.
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You will never need a commercial licenses to drive a motorhome for personal use. You will need to check with your home state to see if they require any special endorsments. If you are legal in your home state you will be fine in all States.
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No state requires a CDL (commercial drivers license) to drive your RV for your own use.

Some states require a higher class of drivers license because of weight and/or air brakes.
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Specific to state, but in general, I believe 26,000 weight and higher is where you may need a commercial driver's license.

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No state requires a CDL to drive a private RV. They may require a you to take test that are close to the CDL test but they issue you a NON-CDL version. Texas for instance has a Class B CDL and a Class B NON-CDL. The NON-CDL version is what is required for RVs 26001 lbs or over.
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Many have a NON-CDL license for personal us of a larger RV.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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Thanks Everyone for the quick replies I will check with our DMV before we purchase our MH.
As a driver I do have a CDL class A now as I do drive large trucks for a living so that should make things easier when the time comes.

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Thanks Everyone for the quick replies I will check with our DMV before we purchase our MH.
As a driver I do have a CDL class A now as I do drive large trucks for a living so that should make things easier when the time comes.

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6mm, you should be in good shape with the Class A CDL. As mentioned, in Texas it is a Class B non-CDL and per Texas exam, it is based on section 14 only. This section could be entirely different in your state's CDL book.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/documents/DL-7C.pdf


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Specific to state, but in general, I believe 26,000 weight and higher is where you may need a commercial driver's license.

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Need to read a bit further. Under Are there CDL exemptions?

Yes. You won't need a Michigan CDL if:
  • You're on active duty in the military―or in the National Guard―and are operating military vehicles with military licenses.
  • You're a police officer or firefighter and are operating emergency vehicles.
  • You're a farm worker operating a farm vehicle within a 150-mile radius of your farm. (You will need an "F" endorsement on your regular operator license if you're driving a combination vehicle whose towing vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds.)
  • You are driving your own motor home
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The only special license required in Michigan is if you Double Tow a Fifth Wheel Trailer and another trailer/vehicle. Enjoy your self. Ed
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