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Old 06-04-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Question about driver licensing

Many states restrict RV's (especially anything over 40', particularly California), and many states require a Class B or C license to drive the big Class A's. Washington State allows me to drive the biggest motorhome on the planet with a normal car driver's license. My question relates to use in states other than Washington. All states have reciprocal agreements with each other. Wouldn't this mean that, since Washington is so liberal with the motorhome regulations, I should be able to drive a 45' motorhome in any state using my Washington driver's license? Or would I have to get a commercial license anyway in the states that require it? If the latter, then I would be better off just driving in Washington and forget driving anywhere else, which would affect tourism in other states that restrict motorhome driving.

Also, is there a good free or commercial guide that tells what roads in all 50 states are restricted to certain size motorhomes? A guide to all the truck stops in the U.S. would be helpful, also, as well as knowing which campgrounds have 50 amp service and can accept the big Class A rigs.
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Many states restrict RV's (especially anything over 40', particularly California), and many states require a Class B or C license to drive the big Class A's. Washington State allows me to drive the biggest motorhome on the planet with a normal car driver's license. My question relates to use in states other than Washington. All states have reciprocal agreements with each other. Wouldn't this mean that, since Washington is so liberal the motorhome regulations, I should be able to drive a 45' motorhome in any state using my Washington driver's license? Or would I have to get a commercial license anyway in the states that require it? If the latter, then I would be better off just driving in Washington and forget driving anywhere else, which would affect tourism in other states that restrict motorhome driving.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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State are required to recognize the requirements of the State License that you possess. It is unlawful to have licenses from more than one State.
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If you tow with your motorhome, it's possible to be over-length in some states:
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm


California does have some restricted routes for what they call "over-length" motorhomes (40'- 45'). Here's a map of that:
45' Bus & Motorhome Map
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I think your understand is pretty good. All states have reciprocal agreements and so long as your coach is registered in Wa and your DL is from there I doubt you'll have any problems traveling in the US. One thing that was pointed out that you have to watch for is being over length... although Ca is the only place that I personally know of that targets this.

I'm not sure I believe that "many" states require special licenses for RVs but some certainly do. I have a non commercial Class B from Texas which is one of those states.

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I got a ticket in Kansas for being over 65 feet total lenght.
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Old dude is correct as most states have a max length of 65 feet. Yes california chp officers carry a tape rule. With a 45 ft coach I would check your toad for length. I have a 38 ft discovery and with my honda toad and towbar I come in at 59 ft.
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As noted above, driver's licenses are reciprocal. Vehicle laws are not.
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As far as a list or map showing legal routes, I use a Commercial Rand McNally Truckers Atlas. The routes are high lighted in orange. If a truck pulling a 13,6tall 8,6wide and 53ft trailer can manage the route I figure I can also. The atlas is available in most truck stops.
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As noted above, driver's licenses are reciprocal. Vehicle laws are not.
California is a unique state putting requirements on those with documents and none are those without.
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Its a little pricey but a Garmin Trucker's GPS should provide what you are looking for. There's also a new Rand-McNally GPS just for RVs. (Good Sam or Camping World). There are several Trucker models available on Amazon.com.
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