Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-26-2016, 06:32 AM   #141
Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Dickinson, Texas
Posts: 58
Just took the Class B test in Nacogdoches. No parallel parking required. The examiner told me that was not a requirement for an exempt Class B license. The driving course was very straight forward with no narrow city streets, no low hanging trees, etc.
__________________

__________________
Bob and Monica, towing our Honda CRV behind a 2011 Essex with Gabby the Maltese and just beginning our retirement adventures!
Monfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-26-2016, 07:09 AM   #142
Senior Member
 
Bumps's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: FTer Class of 2015 Origin: Evergreen, Colorado
Posts: 1,536
Is Livingston a good place to take the test?

Lady_puffin: We got our Class A in Livingston and [except for the long lines] it was a pleasure. The agents there actually worked with us to get us back on the road as quickly as possible. There is a written test (mostly, but not all Chapter 14) and a short driving test, but no parallel parking. /ken

PS. Be wary of their request at the end of the driving test to park the rig in the big open space by the fire hydrant that is next to the DPS testing office!
__________________

__________________
Ken & Deb (WIT Club, FMCA, SKP, Harvest Hosts, and grateful volunteers with SOWERs)
2005 Winnebago Vectra 40FD w/400ISL and Allison 3000MH on Freightliner's Evolution chassis, Onan QD7500, 1000w Renogy solar, BlueOx tow gear, and 2015 Cherokee TrailHawk toad.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Bumps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016, 10:15 PM   #143
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: McKinney TX
Posts: 78
Got mine in Lewisville in 2014. Went there because had shorter wait time to get appt for driving test. I'd taken written exam on McKinney 3 weeks before. I failed because I just studied the multi-state rules in the main part of the Texas handbook. There's an appendix in the back specifically for Texas. Once I studied it, too, I only missed one on retest.

Texas' method of written testing doesn't really recognize RV's. HOWEVER, in studying the laws, generall, and those more applicable to big rigs, I am a much, much better driver. I learned things I was never taught. I resolved to re-study the handbook every couple of years for a refresher.

My driving examiner didn't test me on air brakes; but that's a crap shoot depending on where and who. I showed up ready to show-and-do on air brakes. I learned a lot watching some Youtube classes for CDL students. When we got seated, i did tell her I checked the 2 gauges. I also hit the pedal 3 times to let the air out and be sure the system was able to recharge to my operating pressure. That's about all I can check in my coach, anyway.

I only got a Class B because I was not planning to pull a trailer. That's the only difference in Texas between B and A. Both have the same 26,001 threshold. Texas categorizes its drivers licenses SOLELY by weight. Texas doesn't care about the purpose the vehicle will be used for.

Having said that, Texas does require drovers who do certain things with their 26,001+ rigs to have a commercial version of the B or A. Drivers who transport people, like a church bus, or people who drive as part of their for-pay occupation.

It is VERY IMPORTANT, and I CANNOT emphasize this enough, that you should NOT get a commercial B or A license in Texas unless you absolutely have to. The world changes for Texas drivers with CDLs. The laws regarding multiple violations, effects of drug or alcohol contact, virtually all traffic laws involving collisions, and on and on ALL have severe penalties and long periods of possible DL suspension, the unforgivable kind. Unless you want to triple the chance that your co-pilot may become the only non-suspended driver in your cockpit, get only a non-commercial B or A.

Jerry Lewis
__________________
2008 Country Coach Allure 470, 4-slide 37' tag, 425 Cummins, Dish Trav'ler, MCDs, Techma, liftup Sony, fireplace, 1440W solar, 600A lithium, 2014 JKUR
Training Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 03:46 PM   #144
Senior Member
 
lady puffin's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Whitney Tx
Posts: 427
DH and I just passed our texas exempt B license. The very nice ladies in Nacogdoches assisted.
__________________
Lynn and Linda Day +Tank (pug)
2012 Foretravel Nimbus (42'); 15 Chevy equinox
lady puffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 04:01 PM   #145
Senior Member
 
gfs1943's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Whitney, TX
Posts: 372
Quote:
Originally Posted by lady puffin View Post
DH and I just passed our texas exempt B license. The very nice ladies in Nacogdoches assisted.
Just curious -- any reason you went to Nacogdoches instead of Hillsboro? I did all my testing in Hillsboro about three years ago, and it was a pleasant experience.
__________________
USAF, Retired (1962 - 1983)
2006 Monaco Diplomat 40 PRQ
2006 Honda CR-V Toad
gfs1943 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 04:30 PM   #146
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,885
Whatever you do, go to one of those two locations. The rest of the state sets policies "per office" - this is the reality of the situation. I had to take 3 separate written tests and no amount of trying to get that corrected with DPS leadership made a difference. It was easier to study and pass the tests... I escalated through DPS 3 times.
__________________
cb1000rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 04:33 PM   #147
Senior Member
 
alpha99's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,034
So glad I don't live in Texas.
__________________
alpha99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 08:30 PM   #148
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,067
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpha99 View Post
So glad I don't live in Texas.
Hey, I resemble that remark. I'm glad I don't live in YOUR state (unless it's Hawaii but then I would need to sell the RV).
__________________
2002 Newmar Kountry Star 3669
Freightliner 300HP Cummins
Towing 2014 Honda CRV EX-L & 2010 Tundra W/Remco DD
noserider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2016, 09:14 PM   #149
Senior Member
 
powerboatr's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North East Texas
Posts: 3,666
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpha99 View Post
So glad I don't live in Texas.
wow
if you don't live here....then your opinions are just that...with no fact
I have had my non com class b for over four years.
In fact there may be some offices that are confused as in any GOVERNMENT run affair. but most are not confused and do a remarkable job. Blame surely goes more towards DPS and communications vice the local offices

each state has weird stuff, its the price you pay for your piece of serenity.

but i love texas and i pay only 3 dollars for the plates on my bus...texas loves us veterans.
so the small inconvenience to get a non com class b license is not a problem...plus...sit down....ITS FREE for me
__________________
USN Retired, Life time member of the DAV.
Enjoying the 2008 Damon Tuscany 4056, no your eyes are fine, there are really 6 slides
2016 Expedition Toad on Hauler flat bed
powerboatr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2016, 09:11 AM   #150
Senior Member
 
lady puffin's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Whitney Tx
Posts: 427
We were in Nacodoches and had been studying. Plus I had talked to the folks in Hillsboro and they said they were no longer testing skills.
__________________
Lynn and Linda Day +Tank (pug)
2012 Foretravel Nimbus (42'); 15 Chevy equinox
lady puffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2016, 03:46 PM   #151
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: On the Road
Posts: 1,353
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpha99 View Post
So glad I don't live in Texas.

We're glad you don't as well, I guess.


2007 Monaco Executive 45' 525 ISX
__________________
2012 Nu Wa 363RSBDA
2016 Ford F-350 Dually 6.7
Duoglide1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2016, 04:25 PM   #152
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,885
Quote:
Originally Posted by lady puffin View Post
We were in Nacodoches and had been studying. Plus I had talked to the folks in Hillsboro and they said they were no longer testing skills.
Meaning come in, take the written test(s) and you're done?
__________________
cb1000rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2016, 06:13 PM   #153
Senior Member
 
lady puffin's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Whitney Tx
Posts: 427
No, meaning that they would do the written test and you would need to find a driving test else where.
__________________
Lynn and Linda Day +Tank (pug)
2012 Foretravel Nimbus (42'); 15 Chevy equinox
lady puffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2016, 07:49 PM   #154
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,885
The problem with that is that you leave without a license and they pass the "what's required" down the line to the next office.. That next office may very well decided that you need to take addition tests.

I tried in vain to get a letter or something out of DPS leadership with a signature that ended the endless debate that seems to occur in DPS offices over this, but I was unable to do so. As best it was explained to me, they leave it up to individual offices, which makes absolutely no sense...
__________________

__________________
cb1000rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
driver



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Texas Class A Exempt (Non Commercial) License Requirements C130 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 47 12-21-2016 09:12 PM
South Carolina over 26000 lb. Driverís License wil01 Class A Motorhome Discussions 44 06-12-2015 08:06 AM
Serious ? for those who prefer Class C's SissyBoyBob Class C Motorhome Discussions 168 05-27-2015 08:28 AM
Beware of woman drivers pumper9x9 RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 7 02-02-2014 08:42 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.