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Old 10-02-2017, 08:39 PM   #169
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I got my Class A CDL in CA a few years ago. Did like 6 months of practice tests online, so I could pass all tests at once. It was like 8 written tests or something, woman thought I was nuts. Did fail my Motorcycle test, which I've had since I was 16yrs old 😜

Then paid a trainer $1000 for 3 days of driving training and the use of his rig for the driving test. Then the DMV test was broken down into 3 parts... Brake test and interior/exterior pre-trip. Driving test of an hour. Then parking and backing up test. Not an easy thing too get. You gotta remember these are big, heavy, rigs and can cause a lot of damage very quickly.

Don't even use the license, but I guess the info/practice is worth it.... When I moved too TX I had license dropped to a Non-commercial Class A. If I get tickets I hope/think the penalties are less 😜 Good luck too those getting their Class B...😜


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If you think you need it:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...air+brake+test

but the Air brake test is not necessary for the Class b non-cdl in Texas... (at least that's what I was told at the driver test on I-35W in Fort Worth.. This gung ho loser failed me before we even started driving because I pulled out my phone to follow the procedure and he said you had to do it from memory...

So as I am leaving after being failed, his supervisor came out and said he was wrong, air brake test only needed for cdl. I passed and have my class b non-cdl
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:00 AM   #171
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I live in Maryland and had a Class A CDL. When I retired I was able to give up the CDL but was able to keep the Class A designation.
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Old 10-03-2017, 06:42 PM   #172
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I tried that one, but the next question they asked was gross wt of vehicle. We had a Southwind that grossed at 24,000#. So no class B. Our Nimbus grosses about 48,000. Class b required.


Not per Texas cdl handbook. Personal rv = no cdl required. No need to read past this point as all other questions pertain to other vehicles - not to personal recreational vehicles.
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Not per Texas cdl handbook. Personal rv = no cdl required. No need to read past this point as all other questions pertain to other vehicles - not to personal recreational vehicles.
100% correct! NO CDL required but class based on weight is a requirement.Its like the trailer inspection that existed for years but was never enforced for at least 20 years, then all of a sudden you couldn't get tags without one. Caught me off guard i will admit. Don't let this one get you as I have heard it is going to be the next push. I would hate to be in a accident and have the other peoples attorney point out to the judge you were not licensed to operate that motor vehicle. Same goes for a pick-up and a Fifth Wheel once it goes over 26K.
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Not per Texas cdl handbook. Personal rv = no cdl required. No need to read past this point as all other questions pertain to other vehicles - not to personal recreational vehicles.


Itís called non-commercial class A/B/C and itís based on weight of your RV
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Not per Texas cdl handbook. Personal rv = no cdl required. No need to read past this point as all other questions pertain to other vehicles - not to personal recreational vehicles.
You're right you don't need a CDL, but you need the Class B exempt license if your rig is over 26,000 lbs. The class B exempt is the non-CDL version of the B license.

The back of my license has a "P" restriction "NOT FOR COMPENSATION RECREATIONAL ONLY"


Classification
Description
Class A CDL
Authorizes an individual to drive any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more if the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.
Class B CDL
Authorizes an individual to drive any:
  1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more;
  2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pound or more that is towing a vehicle with a GVWR that does not exceed 10,000 pounds/li>
  3. Vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more including the driver
Class C CDL
Authorizes an individual to drive any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not a Class A or Class B if the vehicle is:
  1. Designed to transport 16 to 23 passengers including the driver
  2. Used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded

Classification
Description

Class A
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
  2. A combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds
Class B
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
  2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or more that is towing a vehicle with a GVWR that does not exceed 10,000 pounds or a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
  3. A bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more including the driver
Class C
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle or combination of vehicles that are not included in Class A or Class B
  2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
  3. Designed to transport 23 or less passengers including the driver
    Note: Vehicles rated for the transport of 16-23 passengers including the driver require a Class C CDL, unless exempt
  4. An autocycle.
Class M
Authorizes an individual to drive a motorcycle or moped.
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