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Old 12-16-2015, 02:56 PM   #15
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Well, you learn something every day. I called the local DL office and they didn't know what I was talking about. Took my info and said they'd call me back.
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You funny Calling a gooberment office and expecting the correct answer?!?

I am about to drive over to the Tax Appraisal Office to get my exemption in that they have lost three times

(well, maybe it was the post office - oh, snap, they are gooberment too !!!!)
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Hahahahahahaha....All these tests in Texas.....and they're STILL the sorriest drivers on the road.

Don't believe me. Just look up the 10 states with the worst drivers....or follow a Texan.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:19 PM   #18
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When I took my driving test for the class b the lady checked my GVWR to make sure I was over 26000 lbs.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:22 PM   #19
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Texas Class B skill test

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From the tx dps website, class b non commercial requirements:

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Authorizes an individual to drive:



Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more AND any such vehicle 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

A bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more including the driver

Any vehicle included in Class C"



It doesn't mention combined weight anywhere.



The problem is, I don't know who to ask for clarification. The clerks at the drivers license office seem confused. Maybe a dps trooper or a judge?

Monty is correct.
The key words are "any single vehicle" AND any "SUCH" vehicle towing a vehicle less than 10,000 lbs. You do not have a vehicle over 26,000 lbs nor are you towing a trailer over 10,000 lbs. I've dealt with the language from the Texas traffic code for over thirty years (drove me crazy at times). It's the little words that muck up the works. You don't need a class B. If you call DPS it will only confuse you because you'll get answers from people that hand out tests.

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Monty,

You are a big help. I went back and read the definitions and I think I did mis-read. I also recalled a flow chart in the cdl handbook and went back to that which definitely confirms that if the power unit GVWR is under 26K, then it is either class C or A based on the GVWR of the towed unit being over or under 10K. So, I am comfortable cancelling the test and will only revisit if we ever get a heavier toad.

Thanks for all the help thinking through this!
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Don't feel bad. We have all been through the carnival. Besides being ambiguous, if you ask 3 different DMV officers you will get 3 different answers.
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Wayne,

when you were the designated driver, was the person testing that had to parallel park pulling a trailer? 20 years ago, I had a class b cdl when I drove a school bus. I had to parallel park for that test but obviously was not pulling a trailer.
No, his rv was over 26k lbs so the trailer was not a requirement.
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Well, you learn something every day. I called the local DL office and they didn't know what I was talking about. Took my info and said they'd call me back.
Call Austin. Local offices at many locations will not know what you are talking about. you can also send DPS in Austin a message from their link. They will get back to you.
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Monty is correct.
The key words are "any single vehicle" AND any "SUCH" vehicle towing a vehicle less than 10,000 lbs. You do not have a vehicle over 26,000 lbs nor are you towing a trailer over 10,000 lbs. I've dealt with the language from the Texas traffic code for over thirty years (drove me crazy at times). It's the little words that muck up the works. You don't need a class B. If you call DPS it will only confuse you because you'll get answers from people that hand out tests.

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The exact wording is:

"A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more and any such vehicle towing either a vehicle with a GVWR that does not exceed 10,000 lbs. or a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 lbs"
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You funny Calling a gooberment office and expecting the correct answer?!?

I am about to drive over to the Tax Appraisal Office to get my exemption in that they have lost three times

(well, maybe it was the post office - oh, snap, they are gooberment too !!!!)
Sorry to hear you get such bad service. I normally get pretty good service from the county tax office. Sometimes the DMV is slow, but its because of staffing shortfalls, not any inherent issues with the people working there. The blame is with the legislature funding enough people to do the job.
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Most DPS offices in Texas are clueless about RV requirements (especially Garland). I did have to get the class B endorsement and ended up with a CDL because I could not convince them it was not needed. You do NOT need the endorsement for a class C (under 26001#) towing a trailer that weighs less than 10K. The office in Terrell is good and Livingston is as well-possibly Marble Falls? Safe travels.


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X3 on Marble Falls. It's about 15 min from my house and on my side of Marble Falls. I drove my rig there, made an appointment, went to have breakfast at the Bluebonnet Cafe, and returned for my test. No questions asked as to how I got the rig there.
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