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Old 05-17-2016, 02:07 PM   #15
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The medical certificate on a CDL license is only required if you are driving commercially. You can have, and renew the CDL without getting the medical certificate as long as you can pass the rudimentary eye exam. I used to drive commercially with a class B CDL but have not had a medical certificate for over 12 years. When I went with another RV'er as his co-driver so he could get his non-CDL in Maryland, the inspectors asked to see my license. I showed it to them and then they asked for my medical certificate. I told them "Not required as I'm not driving commercially." I got a grunt in return and they never said another word to me.
If you check the Indiana code, you can drive any rv with an operator license. There must have been some good lobbying since so many of them are made here. I believe the exemption is the very last line in the weight section of the code.
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If you check the Indiana code, you can drive any rv with an operator license. There must have been some good lobbying since so many of them are made here. I believe the exemption is the very last line in the weight section of the code.
Same in Delaware. An RV, regardless of how long or heavy can be driven by a person with an ordinary drivers license. For those states such as Maryland that do require more, a CDL works or their own particular type of non-CDL and unless the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, a medical certificate is NOT required.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:02 PM   #17
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The federal max length is 65ft, a few states out west allow 70 ft. Anything over then 65ft you will need a permit. Other than CA and the north east, they rarely check.
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If you get into an accident that is your fault and you are over length, I wonder what your insurance company would have to say? Could they use that to deny the claim?

I plan on hauling a 26' stacker behind our 45' MH. I expect with will be 75' or 76' going down the road. I hope not to find out the answer to the above question.

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Not true for those RVer's heading to Glamis Dunes for the weekend in CA.

California CHP sets up check points almost every weekend to hand out tickets to over-length rigs plus any other violation that they can find.

I have never traveled the I-8 corridor in that area and have no intentions on ever doing it.

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CHiPS are looking for drivers that don't have the proper license for what they are towing/driving. A motorhome over 40 feet requires a non-commercial CA driver's license as does a person towing more than a 15,000 pound 5th wheel trailer. Cally requires one to pass a written test and driving test to get the non-commercial endorsement. If you're from out-of-state they don't care about you. In AZ I can drive and tow pretty much anything with just my car driver's license.
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If you get into an accident that is your fault and you are over length, I wonder what your insurance company would have to say? Could they use that to deny the claim?
Generally, No. Just like they cannot deny a claim if you were speeding or drunk driving (far more serious offenses, right?). Your policy will have a list of reasons for denial, but they are basically either fraudulent statements in obtaining the insurance or commission of a felony crime while using it. Read your policy [some Canadian policies are more restrictive].

What they can do is to terminate your policy afterwards.

The other guys insurer/lawyer may make a big stink about your irresponsible behavior is driving an overlength rig, citing that as evidence that you & your insurer should pay big bucks in atonement for that sin, but that's a different matter than denying a claim.
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The medical certificate on a CDL license is only required if you are driving commercially. You can have, and renew the CDL without getting the medical certificate as long as you can pass the rudimentary eye exam. I used to drive commercially with a class B CDL but have not had a medical certificate for over 12 years. When I went with another RV'er as his co-driver so he could get his non-CDL in Maryland, the inspectors asked to see my license. I showed it to them and then they asked for my medical certificate. I told them "Not required as I'm not driving commercially." I got a grunt in return and they never said another word to me.
Maybe some states, in South Carolina if you have a CDL you have to have a medical card. you have 30 days to show proof to state, after 30 days your commercial driving privledge is suspended, after 60 days your CDL will be invalid & will revert to a standard license. here you need a special endorsement on your lic to drive a m/h over 26000 lbs.
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Maybe some states, in South Carolina if you have a CDL you have to have a medical card. you have 30 days to show proof to state, after 30 days your commercial driving privledge is suspended, after 60 days your CDL will be invalid & will revert to a standard license. here you need a special endorsement on your lic to drive a m/h over 26000 lbs.
I think you need to check your rules closely. The system you stated is probably true for when you get a CDL, but after you get it and show the initial medical certificate then no longer drive commercially, the feds do not require the certificate to hold the license and this is a Federal program. Your state may choose to not renew the CDL if you are not driving commercially, but even that's backwards as driving under a CDL is actually more restrictive than driving under a basic license.
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No DMV told me in person that to keep a cdl you have to keep up the medical certification. I retired last July needed med certificate renewed in Sept. I asked at DMV if I had to have it as I wasn't driving for hire anymore, they said to keep CDL you HAVE to keep med cert. current. Sucks!!!
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The medical certificate on a CDL license is only required if you are driving commercially. You can have, and renew the CDL without getting the medical certificate as long as you can pass the rudimentary eye exam.
Interesting. But if the class B license is only valid with a current medical, I think your license status would revert to a class C if you don't maintain a medical. Which means you only have the privaleges of a class C driver. No???
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Generally, No. Just like they cannot deny a claim if you were speeding or drunk driving (far more serious offenses, right?). Your policy will have a list of reasons for denial, but they are basically either fraudulent statements in obtaining the insurance or commission of a felony crime while using it. Read your policy [some Canadian policies are more restrictive].

What they can do is to terminate your policy afterwards.

The other guys insurer/lawyer may make a big stink about your irresponsible behavior is driving an overlength rig, citing that as evidence that you & your insurer should pay big bucks in atonement for that sin, but that's a different matter than denying a claim.
In order for them to collect extra money for "atonement" wouldn't they would have to prove that being over length was the cause of the accident or at least a contributing factor?
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Interesting. But if the class B license is only valid with a current medical, I think your license status would revert to a class C if you don't maintain a medical. Which means you only have the privaleges of a class C driver. No???
What it means for me is that I only have to get a medical certificate if I ever want to drive commercially again. This could even be driving a Church bus or a bus transporting scouts as an unpaid volunteer. In addition, even though I do not need a special license to drive a heavyweight (over 26,001) RV in DE, I can act as a buddy driver for a fellow RV'er who has to get a special license in other states. In addition, since many states are going to the "special" license for RV's, I have the license and won't have to go through that stupidity again. DE has said they are not going that way, but I believe them about like I believe the feds. (ie: not at all)

I went to the time and trouble of getting the CDL once (and it did take time and trouble) so why should I give it up if there's ever a chance I might need it again?
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Good thing the states got together and did the licensing compact or we'd have to have a DL from each state we were in!
Luckily WA allows us to drive any RV with nothing but our regular license. Private RV drivers are specifically exempted from needing anything else.
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I believe that a lot of states found that they could gouge us out of a few extra bucks for a special endorsement for M/H over 26k.
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