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Old 04-25-2015, 08:18 PM   #43
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I realize that there are bad drivers in every state. The point I was trying to make is that California is being hard on upgraded noncommercial tests supposedly in the name of safety, but it doesn't help the people drive any better, it ends up just another government employee getting paid off the taxpayers and another fee(tax)to be collected.
I have no problem with upgraded licenses for large MH and large 5ers, in fact I think it is a good idea, but lets be reasonable about it. By the way, I have a Class A CDL and keep up my DOT physical card, so I do practice what I preach.
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Hi Frank,

I'm sorry if I came across wrong, I put the smiley face and called this state Commiefornia to try and lighten it up a bit . I agree with you that it and many other things in this state are another reason for the state to get into our pockets. The Non CDL A is largely unknown to most owners of the heavier 5th Wheels, and even those with 5th wheels in the 10,001 to 15,000 GVWR's don't know that an endorsement is required on their Class C licenses to legally tow here. Believe me, I deal with these drivers out here everyday, and look forward to when I can retire in 5 years, and leave this state and all it's problems. Those of you with the CDL's, you have my respect when driving out here.
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Rich1961,
No offence taken, just wanted to clarify my statement is all.
have a good one,
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Is there any difference in Texas between the testing for class A and class B? Or is it just a difference in price?
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:34 PM   #46
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Is there any difference in Texas between the testing for class A and class B? Or is it just a difference in price?

There is, as I recall, a separate set of questions regarding combination vehicles for the "A" but out of the same handbook. Also may/may not need the air brake questions and practical test. I did both a little over a year apart so can't remember exactly what's on each one.


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There is, as I recall, a separate set of questions regarding combination vehicles for the "A" but out of the same handbook. Also may/may not need the air brake questions and practical test. I did both a little over a year apart so can't remember exactly what's on each one.


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I need Texas Non-commercial class B. My motor home is 40ft with air breaks. Toad under 10k lbs. how was your test? What was the air break test about? What did you have to do on the driving portion?

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First of all do NOT take it where I did. Garland Texas DMV is full of people that do not understand RV. The air brake written is not tough but make sure you can demonstrate it completely before driving test. It's been awhile but chapter 14 I believe is where many of the questions come from. I did have to drive around a few blocks, get on and off the freeway. I also had to simulate a parallel park job along a curb but it wasn't tight or into cones. The class A I did a year later I took the written in Terrell and the driving test in Canton and it was much more pleasant. Also be aware it is the same test as a CDL and only 25 cities in Texas are allowed to give them so be prepared for a long (maybe 6 wk) wait to do the driving portion. Good luck.


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When I purchased my Jayco fifth wheel from RV Station in College Station last December, I had to sign a form saying I needed a non commercial Class A license because the towed vehicle (fiver) was over 10K lbs?! Since then, I've read the requirements in the Texas Commercial license handbook which indicates the 10K requirement is conditional if the total GVWR of both vehicles exceed 26K pounds. My Silverado 2500 GVWR is 10K pounds and the fiver is 12K pounds. Hence, I've concluded like those earlier comments on this post that I don't require a Class A TDL. I sure wish the dealer would get on board and cause less confusion. Has anyone had similar experience?
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This stuff is similar across the states with the 26,000 GVWR being the same. The dealer is basically covering their azzez rather than dealing with the nuances of trailer/truck combinations; which is smart on their part.
When you buy a 35-36 ft trailer with a GVWR of 12-14 thousand pounds, it ain't hard to go over the combined 26,000 GVWR and you likely will if you connect that bad girl to a dually, or even a SRW 1 ton. (hence the real reason a 2500 and 3500 carry substantially different rating despite being virtually the same truck.)
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We only follow the Last chapter of the Texas handbook. I had to get a class B non CDL Texas license for my motorhome AND can tow a car or trailer up to 10,000 lbs. If I had a car trailer and car over that, I would need a non CDL class A.
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