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Old 09-30-2014, 06:41 PM   #71
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The air brake required a separate written test and took up about 10 minutes of the pre drive test. Had to walk the instructor through the whole process from building up air pressure to the low air pressure warning then the emergency air brake activation as well as demonstrate it all to insure it worked prior to taking the driving test.

In Nevada, you can get a class "B" without an air brake endorsement but if you do, and later purchase a MH with air brakes you will have to take it in and get the air brake endorsement to drive it legally. The same with automatic transmission. I don't plan to get a Manuel transmission anytime soon but if for some crazy reason I did, I would have to go in and have this restriction removed from my current class "B" license. I would think many of the other states actually require airbrake testing and it just hasn't been mentioned in this thread as yet.
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Go to rv driving schools.com. They have instructors all over the United States. Join Escapees to get the discount. If you haven't driven a large RV you will learn a lot. If you have driven a RV you will still learn a lot of good information and techniques. Get the instructor to go with you for the DMV test.

In Michigan firefighters need a CDL or successfully complete annual training as required by the firefighter's training council.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #73
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You're overthinking this thing, imo
Ditto. Just drive there and take the test. I did. They will never ask about this.

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I don't plan to get a Manuel transmission anytime soon
Me neither. I'm holding out for one from his sister Juanita.
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definitely go take the test and get licensed. Take someone with you if you feel better but it probably isn't needed but do go get the license.
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Me neither. I'm holding out for one from his sister Juanita.
Ha ha ha
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but Juanita would definitely be my preference also.
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I had a friend of mine went with me. He had a CDL . You can also ask any dealer and they will refer you to someone. I took the test about 3 years ago. I did it in Annapolis MVA , it wasn't to hard ,you will have to study some for the walk around section. The driving test lasted about 15-20 minutes. Good Luck !
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They will ask for the drivers license of the person you came with. He or she must have a non commercial class c or better license.
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The person at the DVM told me, when I asked about this, "well honey, how else are you going to get here if you don't drive it here?"

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We purchased our first class A last June. I had driven tractor trailer since 1970 until 2 years ago and never knew you had to have a CDL to drive an RV, although I've always thought you should. In any case when we put insurance on our motorhome our agent told me a CDL was required (Pennsylvania). Obviously not an issue for me but now is for my wife.
You are not required to have a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) in any state. You might be required to have a higher class of non-commercial license though, depending on your state requirements.
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The air brake required a separate written test and took up about 10 minutes of the pre drive test. Had to walk the instructor through the whole process from building up air pressure to the low air pressure warning then the emergency air brake activation as well as demonstrate it all to insure it worked prior to taking the driving test.

In Nevada, you can get a class "B" without an air brake endorsement but if you do, and later purchase a MH with air brakes you will have to take it in and get the air brake endorsement to drive it legally. The same with automatic transmission. I don't plan to get a Manuel transmission anytime soon but if for some crazy reason I did, I would have to go in and have this restriction removed from my current class "B" license. I would think many of the other states actually require airbrake testing and it just hasn't been mentioned in this thread as yet.
Motorhomes with manual transmission are rare, but even if they were more common, automatic makes it much easier lugging a building on wheels around. LOL


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Okay let's go over this once more y'all.

No RV school in my area that doesn't require us to already have the RV.

The dealer I'm working with does not have the right license and he said there were only 2 out of all of the sales staff that did.

Not over thinking anything, while doing something legally might be more complicated for us it's the only way to go.

In Maryland you need a Non Commercial Class B to drive a motorhome that is over 26001 lbs. You also need the Air Brake endorsement if your coach is equipped with air brakes.

The DMV's in Maryland almost always have a police officer present, I don't know why, but they do. Even going to the express one for something like a renewal there will be a police officer hanging out in the back.

I've had people from MD say they weren't asked about their co-pilot and I have had people say that the co-pilot had to give them their license and in the case of the CDL license their medical certificate.

We will find someone to go with us that has the right license, one way or the other.
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Being from MD. myself I knew they required a class A non commercial drivers license for my motorhome. I already had a CDL and knew I wasn't going to drive professionally anymore, and I didn't want to keep taking those physicals, or the Hazmat tests. So I just went to the MD DMV and exchanged my CDL for the non-commercial one. No testing was involved.
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