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Old 07-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #113
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Originally Posted by hawk57 View Post
You are wrong! Unless being paid or operating in commerce Texas does not require anything but a regular drivers license.
Some have made references to the laws in question, here is the excerpt from the current Texas Transportation code:

Sec. 521.082. CLASS B LICENSE. (a) A Class B driver's license authorizes the holder of the license to operate:
(1) a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating that is more than 26,000 pounds;
(2) a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or more towing:
(A) a vehicle, other than a farm trailer, with a gross vehicle weight rating that is not more than 10,000 pounds; or
(B) a farm trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating that is not more than 20,000 pounds; and
(3) a bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more.
(b) For the purposes of Subsection (a)(3), seating capacity is computed in accordance with Section 502.253, except that the operator's seat is included in the computation.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 161 (S.B. 1093), Sec. 20.017, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 521.083. CLASS C LICENSE. A Class C driver's license authorizes the holder of the license to operate:
(1) a vehicle or combination of vehicles not described by Section 521.081 or 521.082; and
(2) a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating that is not more than 20,000 pounds.

Section 522.004 on Commercial Driver's Licenses does list an exemption for Recreational Vehicles for personal use, but that only exempts from having to obtain a full CDL, not a Class B Operator's license.

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Old 07-26-2014, 06:35 PM   #114
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Oh God, not again!!! This guy hawk57 was wrong in March- four months ago- he's still wrong, and now it's all being recycled yet again.

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Old 07-26-2014, 06:58 PM   #115
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I still laugh because of 2 questions on my Tx class B test. How many headlights are required on a farm tractor? When were trucks required to have turn signal lights?
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:30 AM   #116
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Originally Posted by JFXG View Post
Oh God, not again!!! This guy hawk57 was wrong in March- four months ago- he's still wrong, and now it's all being recycled yet again.
I was looking at renting a 40' Fleetwood Discovery for a weekend for a test run. I told the owner of the rental company that I already have a Class A license. He told me that I only need a regular license to drive an RV. I told him that was not true because a Class C only allows up to 26000 lbs. He adamantly disagreed and said it was a contradiction and that he rents motorhomes every day to people w/o a Class A or B. I didn't rent it due to the cost, but it shows the degree of confusion and mis-information that is out there. I assume this requirement would be a kick in the pants to a small rental business.

It seems like the most recent driver's handbook has made this more clearly defined. To me, it is very specific on what you are allowed to drive with a Class C Operators license.
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The guy that helped arrange our purchase explained that he believed I was better off with it. His very good friend did not have it and wrecked his very expensive coach, totaling it. The insurance company fought him in court to avoid paying the loss and Texas fined him somewhere in excess of $5000.00. I also have had all the dealers tell me I didn't need it but I rest a lot easier with it in my pocket. YMMV

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