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Old 01-18-2017, 06:22 AM   #1
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Texas Class B license

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My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a new to us 2013 Tiffin 40QBH. We domiciled in Texas and know we need to get a Class B license but are getting different information. Talking with the DMV when in Texas last summer in 2016, they told us we wouldn't need to do the walk around Pre-Trip. That is where we are now getting the mixed info. We know we will need to take the written Air-Brake and General Knowledge tests Driving test and show we know how to do the in cab Air-Brake test. Does anyone know for sure if the walk around Pre-Trip needs to be done? I have called the DMV in Texas, but no one seems to want to answer the phone.

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Old 01-18-2017, 06:50 AM   #2
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I can't answer for Texas but in CA, you need a Non Commercial Class B for a coach over 40 feet. I didn't have to know how to do a leak down test but during the skill's portion of the drive test, the examiner had me do the test while she talked me through it.

I went to DMV and asked for a pamphlet that dealt solely with that class of license and it told me everything I needed to know to take the written and skills/driving test. It was worth the trip to DMV as the pamphlet contained very useful information.

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Old 01-18-2017, 07:02 AM   #3
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:11 AM   #4
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I acquired my Class B non commercial drivers license last year.
I took the written test and the written air brake test in west Texas.
Study the drivers handbook, relevant sections. Free advice.

I took the driving test in Livingston Texas about 1 month after the written test.
The examiner asked for proof of insurance, had me turn on all the turn signals, as he checked, front and back, for operation.
Then we did the driving test.
I asked him about the air brake testing portion and he told me they do not do it any more for RVs.

If you know how to do the air test, then if asked you can. It is not difficult. My2c.
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:36 AM   #5
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Technically you don't need the air brake written but different dmv examiners may make you take it.

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Old 01-18-2017, 10:59 AM   #6
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I just took mine last month in Kerrville. Study chapter 14 of the CDL handbook.
On the driving test, the instructor checked insurance and registration. She also checked lights and signals. She walked me through the air brake test.

Let me know if you have further questions.
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:59 AM   #7
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It's all going to depend on your examiner. Be prepared to do the walk around, full equipment check and an air brake test. I had to do all three with my examiner before the driving test. Just do whatever the examiner asks you to do.
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i took mine a few years ago.. took a modified written test
no air brake test, and no walk around
but did have to drive through the neighborhood and parallel park
i think they should test to see if you know how to do the air brake test, its easy and most i bet have no idea how the loss of air emergency brake set operates

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Old 02-01-2017, 01:21 PM   #9
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Passed my written part today, as usual with DPs offices had to educate the desk clerk what a class b non CDL was.. took some effort as they " are always right" tell them same test as fire department test.. one test is all i took basically chapter 14...

Now waiting the 14 days then to schedule the driving portion of the test..
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In Fort Worth, Tx I did not have to do anything but written test on ch 14 ( no air brake items)

Driving test was a parallel park in their huge parking lot (no biggee)
nothing else other than driving - the doofus that gave me the test didn't know what he was doing... but his supervisor said no air brake, etc...

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