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Old 08-24-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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Special License for RV with Tow Vehicle in California?

Do you need a special license to drive a Class A RV with a tow vehicle in California?
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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No. Yes if it's over the maximum weight for a Class C "regular license"
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From what I read elsewhere, that Class C maximum is [at least] 9000 lbs for a TT or 10,000 for a 5W. Maybe more - the description is rather confusing!
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648pt2.htm
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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Thanks, but I'm only concerned about a Class A.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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Idahosrt10 was referring to a class C driver's license. You don't need a special license for towing a car/truck behind a class A motorhome. I think if the motorhome exceeds 45' then you need a special license. You do need a supplemental brake system for most toads.
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If you look closely at Gary's link, you will notice the "House Car", read Motor Home, doesn't require a special license if it "Doesn't Exceed 40 Ft." If the Motorhome exceeds 45 feet you are illegal.

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"Resist".....You can tow a car behind any Class A with just your CDL as long as the motor home is 43' or less and your overall length is 65' or less. You'll be fine with that new Dutch Star and pretty much any car.
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Got it, thanks!
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40ft is the maximum length motorhome that can be driven with a regular class c license and as said you can tow anything up to 10k pounds ( towed weight ) and under 65' total length. If the motorhome is over 40' then a class a noncommercial license is needed and then your towed weight can exceed 10k pounds but you still have to be under 65' total length.

This is for a California based driver and vehicle. Other states are different.
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In California, if your motorhome is over 40' you need a non commercial Class B license.

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I'll try that link again.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648pt2.htm
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for the OP in case you are not from california and are driving through there. California driving license laws will not affect you if you have a non california license. The laws of the state of your residence is the controlling factor in any state you are driving in.

I am assuming you are a resident of california and wondered what you needed but i added this just in case.
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Class B non-commercial in California for class A over 40'. At least that was the law in 2011 when I got mine there. (Now living in Nevada, same license requirement).
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Class B non-commercial in California for class A over 40'. At least that was the law in 2011 when I got mine there. (Now living in Nevada, same license requirement).
NV requires at least a non-commercial Class B if the weight of the coach exceeds 26,000 lbs., so length has nothing to do with the NV requirement. There are about ten other states with the same requirement as NV, but CA is out in left field with their inane length regulations (I was born and raised there so I can criticize).

They specifically do NOT require a supplemental braking system or break away device for a coach towing another vehicle (I lost $20 on this one).
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