Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-10-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
do you need a CDL to be driving these class A RVs

hi there

i am a newbie looking to get a class a diesel pusher soon. some one asked me if i had my CDL. as far as i know from the research i have done i dont need one.

can any one provide some info.

i will be on the road for 10-11 months in 40+ states. my home base is PA.

thanks for the help.
sam
__________________

__________________
illusionist is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-10-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,497
CDL (Commercial Drivers License) is not required for an RV. Some states do require a higher class license though. Here in WA nothing more than your standard license is required.
__________________

__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Sky_Boss's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: ON THE ROAD...SOMEWHERE
Posts: 6,069
From the PennDOT site

PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services - Classes of Licenses

Yes, you will need either a Class B or Class A (based on weight) non-CDL.
__________________
Don, Sandee & GSD Zeus. Guardian GSDs Gunny (7/11/15) & Thor (5/5/15)
2006 DSDP 4320, Spartan MM IFS, 2013 CR-V, Blue Ox Avail, SMI AF1, Samsung 197R Refer.
Sky_Boss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
thanks Mr D that is what i thought.

maybe you will know the answer to this as well. i am planning to get a diesel pusher (approx 40' long) with a 12 foot trailer. do i need to stop in at weigh stations.

again i dont think so from what i read but just checking to make sure i got all my facts in order.

thanks again

sam
__________________
illusionist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Sky_Boss's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: ON THE ROAD...SOMEWHERE
Posts: 6,069
Nope, no scales required HOWEVER...

There are some situations where you MIGHT require a CDL. I'm not all that versed on the whole ins and outs of this but if you are using your MH for commercial purposes, you might require a CDL.

I'm not sure how that plays with using weight scales but they could be inter-related.
__________________
Don, Sandee & GSD Zeus. Guardian GSDs Gunny (7/11/15) & Thor (5/5/15)
2006 DSDP 4320, Spartan MM IFS, 2013 CR-V, Blue Ox Avail, SMI AF1, Samsung 197R Refer.
Sky_Boss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:12 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
RickO's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posts: 10,530
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Mr D nailed it but check out the link Skyboss listed. Just as I had to do in Texas, it looks like your state requires a special endorsement to drive larger RVs... but it's not a CDL. A few minutes studying the book and some practice behind the wheel and you'll be fine.

You can do a search of the forum on this topic and find a lot of reading material on it. IMHO, the bottom line is that... I can't recall anyone ever reporting that the lack of the "proper" license caused them a real problem... but, many of us do it to avoid any possible problem in case of an accident. It would be bad to have an at fault accident and have it learned that you were not actually qualified to drive the coach.

Best of luck.

Rick
__________________
Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

2007 Itasca Ellipse 40FD
RickO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #7
Community Administrator
 
NLOVNIT's Avatar


 
Pond Piggies Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
LA Gulf Coast Campers
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 22,303
Blog Entries: 1
Sam,

Since you live in PA, you will need to follow the PennDOT requirements that Don linked you to. But you don't have to stop at weigh stations. Those are for commercial vehicles.

Lori-
__________________
Lori & Dave - FMA #3415 | FMCA #F419886 | RV/MH Hall of Fame Lifetime Member
2006 Fleetwood Bounder 36Z & 2014 Honda CRV EX-L AWD, My iRV2 Photo Albums
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
NLOVNIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #8
HHg
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 413
If in Texas, you only need the Class B license if your unit weighs 26,001 or more. If less, then your regular DL is fine.

Hhg
__________________
HHg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
2LT
Senior Member
 
2LT's Avatar
 
Triple E Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 644
Look at the back of your drivers license and you'll see the 26,001 notation. From what you say you want to buy, you'll need to get the Class B license in PA.
__________________
___________________
2LT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
 
TXiceman's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 17,150
Blog Entries: 21
If you are using your motorhome for commercial purposes, like hauling goods from show to show and working with a product, you MIGHT be required to have a CDL. Most states note the RV is to be used for "Personal" use.

Ken
__________________
Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 763
Just because a Washington State resident doesn't need a special license to drive a diesel pusher, you have to comply with whatever the state requires in which you are a resident. You can then operate your motorhome in any state regardless of what they require of their residents.

So, yes, in PA, you have to acquire a Class B NON-commercial drivers' license as most (not all, but most diesel pushers have a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs. ...not what the vehicle weighs as you have it loaded but what it is RATED for or its GVWR). The manufacturer will designate the motorhome's GVWR.

I'm not sure what kind of testing is done in PA but we have drivers' licenses out of Nevada and we also need a non-commercial Class B and the Nevada gives the exact same test (both written and road tests) to non-commercial applicants as they do to CDL applicants. The only difference is that a CDL holder must hold a valid DOT medical card and non-commercial drivers do not.

-harry
__________________
amanda_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 10:58 PM   #12
RV Mutant #14
 
Wayne M's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 12,202
It really doesn't matter what any state requirements are other than PA for Sam. Everything else is ambiguous to say the least, and does not answer his question. All states have reciprocal agreements regarding driver's licenses.

Sam, check the link given above.

Happy trails.
__________________
Wayne MSGT USMC (Ret) & Earlene (CinCHouse)
2015 Winnebago Tour 42QD
RVM14
It is what it is, and then it is what you make of it.
Wayne M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,497
Quote:
Originally Posted by amanda_h View Post
Just because a Washington State resident doesn't need a special license to drive a diesel pusher, you have to comply with whatever the state requires in which you are a resident. You can then operate your motorhome in any state regardless of what they require of their residents.
Which is what I said:
Quote:
Some states do require a higher class license though.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 12:02 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 763
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Which is what I said:
I didn't mean that you stated anything in error. It sounded to me that the OP may have misinterpreted what you said and thought that perhaps he didn't think he needed any upgraded license.

My apologies for posting in this thread. I believe it was myself who misinterpreted how the OP responded. It was too late to delete my post, however.

-harry
__________________

__________________
amanda_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rvs



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.