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Old 02-10-2018, 04:01 AM   #1
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Drivers License question

The DW & I checked out a 2005 Fleetwood Discovery recently.

A question came to mind ...

The gross vehicle weight was something around 28,000 pounds.
But, the salesman said that you only needed a Class C license to drive it.

I thought that, if a motor vehicle weighed 26,001 pounds or more, you had to have a Class A CDL to drive it.

Someone please explain this to me.
(I can’t imagine that all of you are having to keep up with a commercial drivers license, just to be able to “live the good life”.)
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:09 AM   #2
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In ILL if over 26000, you need a class B non CDL.
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In ILL if over 26000, you need a class B non CDL.
Texas has the same requirement.
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Depends on your resident (license) state. Many exempt RVs from weight class licenses.
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You must abide by the rules in your state, NJ doesn't require a special license for either weight or air brakes on a motor home. Now if your for hire you need one. Check with your state's motor vehicle department.
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Depends on your resident (license) state. Many exempt RVs from weight class licenses.
Or have equivalent non commercial classes. Don't believe everything (anything?) a salesman tells you.
In fact that might be a good test... if you know it is reqd... either salesman hasn't taken the time to learn but willing to give bad info instead of I don't know.
Or worse they know and flat out lie to you.
Now with that pre test info... can you believe anything the salesman tells you???
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In North Carolina you should have a class B - non CDL (meaning no medical) to drive anything over 26k and if it has air brakes you must also pass the airbrake section of the test. That being said, I drove for over 10 years with a regular car type license and never had a problem but the issue is if you have an accident. Technically, I'm also limited to towing a 10000 lb trailer with the rig. That is what I know about NC. PS - In Florida you can drive ANY thing as long as it is an RV with just a regular license. jmo mcj
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As mentioned, the correct answer is "check the DMV website for YOUR state."
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The gross vehicle weight was something around 28,000 pounds.
But, the salesman said that you only needed a Class C license to drive it.

I thought that, if a motor vehicle weighed 26,001 pounds or more, you had to have a Class A CDL to drive it.
According to your profile, you're from Houston. In Texas, you need a non-CDL Class B to drive that rig. You would only need a Class A (non-CDL) if you're towing a toad or trailer over 10,000 lb.

Never trust what a salesman says.
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In another forum where I used to moderate (Sadly both that forum and the service that hosted it are now history... Not my fault, I only moderated about 3 of many forums that died). we had a saying "YOUR MILLAGE MAY VARY".. (trust me in that forum.. IT APPLIED)

Also applies here. every state has different rules and regulations as to what class is needed for what. and it also matters what the vehicle is used for

IE: I grew up on a dairy farm.. Even at 13 years old I could legally drive a Tractor, or combine, or other Farm Equipment other than a truck.
Even pulling multiple trailers.. But top speed was 15MPH.

Driving trucks later in life (Ford F-350 10,000 GVW) needed a commercial (Chauffer back then) if paid to drive.. I had one.

The 2600 CGVW Motor home I need only a standard "operators" in my state. In other states I'd need special licensing (Class A or B, And possibly special endorsements like Air brakes (I don't have those).

So Your millage may vary. Download your home state's vehicle codes and read them.. If you can not understand them seek professional assistance.. NOTE that I've encuntered many police officers who DO NOT know the laws that well.. NONE of them worked for the State police, they were trained (At least in MI.) all were city.

An E-mail to your DMV (Driver's services0 may help as well but again. Nt always legal experts.
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I'm in Texas, drive a class a. Non commercial class b lisence is correct answer. Required for weight of vehicle , and for air brake operation.
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South Carolina also requires you get a non-comercial CDL license. No physical. Writen and road test required.

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So, for a Texas non-CDL Class B license, what is required?

• air brake written test?
• road test?
• general knowledge test?
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Written test and road rest.
Written includes air brakes and lighting requirements for trucks and trailers. Search you tube they have some good prep videos.
Many of the dmv's will be confused on a non CDl class b though they will try and schedule you for cdl. Corsicana is where I did my written and Waco for the driving test
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