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Old 05-06-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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I have just verified with the Mass RMV that only a Class D license is required for anything with Camper plates, and an RV is a Camper, as long as it is not for hire.

My question is "Does this cover me if I drive through Texas or some other state with higher requirements with only my class D?" or do I have to stay out of Texas, etc?

Personally, I think there should be a higher requirement for all larger RVs, like a non-CDL class B offered in other states.

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Old 05-06-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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Your drivers license is good in every state you go into and through, no problems. The states, years ago, signed agreements that cover licenses and insurance, but not equipment regulations. So you're fine as long as you aren't towing a vehicle without brakes, then you must comply with the laws of the state you're in, not just your home state.

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Your Mass license is good in any state and all provinces of Canada.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:02 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by lllkrob View Post
Your Mass license is good in any state and all provinces of Canada.
Yes to the above!
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:09 PM   #5
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I'm new at this so sorry for the newbie questions - So if I'm towing a car behind, I need to have it's brakes hooked up to a contoller?
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Different states have different requirements for towed vehicles and trailers. Some states don't require brakes at all in the towed equipment. Some require it above a certain weight. Check out the website: Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle for state to state laws. As stated above, all states recognize your drivers license, but the states reserve the right to codify their own equipment requirements. It would pay to make sure you are in compliance, or just get a brake set-up in your toad and don't worry about it!
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Originally Posted by eprman1 View Post
I'm new at this so sorry for the newbie questions - So if I'm towing a car behind, I need to have it's brakes hooked up to a contoller?
It all depends on the laws of the states you're traveling through. If that state requires brakes, then you'd better have them, even if your home state doesn't require them.

The laws in the different states vary widely. Not only do the different states have different requirements, some vary in the definition of what constitutes a trailer and whether a toad counts as a trailer. So the laws are all over the place.

However, there is one law that is universal, and cannot be overridden by local laws: physics! If you add towed weight to your RV, and it doesn't have its own brakes, it WILL be more difficult to stop it, and your stopping distances WILL increase. And physics couldn't care less what state you're in and whether your toad falls under the legal definition of a trailer or not.

Most vehicles have brake systems that are rated for the vehicle's GVWR, not the GCWR: they assume that anything being towed will have its own brakes. Look in your motorhome owner's manual: odds are good that it will state anything being towed that weighs more than 1000 or 1500 pounds should have its own brakes. You're going to have a real hard time finding a toad that light. Some states may not require a brake system, but the motorhome owner's manual often trumps that, and physics will always trump everything.
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This is a two part response:

At on time there was not a formal agreement among all 51 states which requied the other 50 to honor your home state's license (For this discussion Washington DC is a state).

However they did.

Today there is a formal, uniform, agreement,,,Basically is says:

IF you are legal at home.. you are legal here too.

NOTE: IF you are suspended or revoked in _____ due to multiple violations, fail to appear in court or some other reason (use of automobile in the comission of a crime (Such as fail to pay for gas)) /

You are suspended or revoked at home as well.

But your status at home is your status coast to coast and a little bit beyond.

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