Today I took the written test in Hillsboro, TX. I took Wayne's advice above, and opted for the Class A.
I was told that since I want the Class A, I need to arrive with something attached to the RV, to demonstrate driving while towing. I asked if it had to weigh more than 10k lbs, and was told no, just has to be towing.
The obvious thing for me to tow is my toad, a Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab. I told the person that if I have my toad, it uses a tow bar that prevents backing. They are not sure what to do with that, and at the moment they are guessing that it will mean that i will not have to do any reversing.
In Hillsboro, the portion of the road they have you do the parallel parking on is a breeze. It is a two way road. They have you 'scoot' in your lane, staying on the pavement and never crossing the center line. I would really call this backing up, and not parallel parking, but I am happy with it.
Unknown road to County Rd 4230 - Google Maps
They are going to do research on the toad issue, and get back to me before my driving test, which is 3 weeks out.
As far as the written test, you can make a 70% and pass. I missed some really stupid questions, and still passed.
All of the questions were based on Chapter 14, and no requirement for air brake endorsement.
I am not sure if the driving test will cover any of the air brake safety checks, and will post back once I have done that portion.
There were no questions about the marker lights positions on the vehicle and/or trailer.
Some of the questions that I remembered are below. These are not the exact question, nor is it all of the questions, but is the best I could do from memory.
* What minimum size of chemical type-fire extinguisher must be carried on all school buses, buses, taxis, and other vehicles hauling passengers? (ans: 1 qt - I missed this and said 2 qt)
* Mud Flaps - must be within 8 inches of road surface.
* Mud Flaps - all trucks and trailers with four or more tires on the rear axle must have mud flaps behind the rear wheels
* Lighting for Tractors built after 1972 - must have 2 head lamps
* Slow-moving vehicle emblem required for all vehicles designed to operate at a max speed of 25mph or less.
* No Passenger vehicle with an unloaded weight of less than 2500 lbs may be coupled with more than 1 trailer.
* No more than 3 vehicles can be operated in any combination. --- This one got me. I remembered the 3 as being 3 trailers, and the manual actually shows that. The correct answer is 2 trailers max - never any more. I missed this one too
* Max height is 14Ft. I missed this one, because for some reason I thought 13-6 was the max. This question is there with both answers..14ft is the right one.
* towing - when using a draw bar, rope, or chain a "white" flag must be used.
* any load longer than 4 feet beyond the rear requires a "RED" flag
* maximum length of any one vehicle is 45 Ft. max length.
* maximum length of any combinations is 65 Ft.
* The length requirements for vehicles and combinations of vehicles do not apply if they are operated only within the city limits
* Railroad Grade Crossing - outside a business district or residence district any school bus carrying a school child and all other buses carrying passengers for hire must stop at all railroad grade crossing
* Max Speed on a highway during day - 70 night 65
* Max Speed for a Taxi during day - 70
* Maximum trailers behind a passenger vehicle - 1 - -- This one got me too. I was thinking RV, and that should allow 2, but this is really referring to a bus.