Originally Posted by Jon Mopar
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.