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Old 10-21-2012, 03:24 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by sbdgn78 View Post
Thanks 4 all your replys.
One day I will be out there with the rest of you so u better brace yourself while driving if you are on the rd at the sametime lol
Don't worry yet!!!
I'll make sure I leave a note for everyone when or if that day happens lol
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #30
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Air-assisted brakes need a special endorsement. I think that's the only thing that's universal across the board. Other than that, it varies.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Jon Mopar View Post
Air-assisted brakes need a special endorsement. I think that's the only thing that's universal across the board. Other than that, it varies.
For clarification... I believe you're speaking of Canadian requirements. In the states we don't even have THAT much standardization.

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:35 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by sbdgn78 View Post
Is it hard to drive a class A Motorhome and do you need a Special license?
I wouldn't say that it's hard to drive but I think it is harder to drive than a car. Driving a 40+' long vehicle that's almost 9' wide with the mirrors takes extra caution. They obviously don't maneuvre like cars, they don't necessarily fit where cars do (e.g. don't go through a fast-food drive through with your motor home!)

As far as the licensing, as many others have said, it really depends on your State / Province of residence and it also depends on the size (weight) of the vehicle.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:58 AM   #33
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Jon Mopar View Post
Air-assisted brakes need a special endorsement. I think that's the only thing that's universal across the board. Other than that, it varies.
Well, good point, Jon. BUT, this is part of the ridiculousness of it all.

No, it's not universal across the board. One only has to have the air brake endorsement if they are a resident of a state that actually does require a special "class" of license (usually a Class B).

I'm not absolutely sure about West Virginia but let's take the state of Washington for example for we're somewhat familiar with the licensing requirements there. In Washington state, there is no Class B required for driving a diesel pusher motorhome or an RV above the 26,000 pound GVWR.

Therefore, a Washington state resident does not have to have a separate air brake endorsement because they don't even require a Class B to drive a diesel pusher. Anybody with a normal drivers' license in Washington state can jump in a 40' diesel pusher and drive down the road with no special license or endorsement. Washington exempts RV owners from the air brake endorsement even though their vehicle has air brakes.

OP, again, check with your WV DMV to see what their requirements may be.

Once again, it's ridiculous that some states will require a Class B license and an air brake endorsement but some states require nothing. Yet residents of both states can drive the same RV on the streets of another state legally.

ETA: oops, I didn't see your post when I was writing mine, RickO. Yes, as I explained, you're absolutely correct. There is no standardization in the U.S. as it varies from state to state. I'm not sure what's required in Canada.

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #35
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Crazy can of worms isn't it. I was reading another thread and just learned I may need to take a written and driving test in Tx when my previous read of the law was I did not. This is one of our political conundrum's - all for states rights except when we are not. Never mimd between countries. Just sayin and know pol is outta bounds.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:40 PM   #36
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I actually just drove a Motor Home (Fleetwood Bounder 33U) for the first time on Saturday. I was a bit nervous at first but I soon gained a bit of confidence. One must recognize the additional stopping distance, and the wonderful person that wants your space on the freeway, but a good defensive (automobile) driver should be able to master a Motor Home without much difficulty.

By the time my test drive was over I was actually having fun driving the coach.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:29 PM   #37
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My wife and I were only 18 when we trained to drive school buses in California and I found that driving a bus was easier than driving a car. The toughest part of the course was learning how to shift the non-synchronized 10 speed Roadranger transmission but at least most RVs today are automatic.

Seems like when driving something this big, you have a better view ahead and all around you and makes for a much less nerve racking drive in heavy traffic. Even as long as I have been driving now, I still get nervous driving a car in heavy traffic but when driving a bus or RV, it doesnt bother me in the least.

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