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Old 06-24-2015, 08:24 AM   #15
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oldeguy,
powderman is correct, if you meet your home state(vehicle registration and driver's license state) requirements, then you are legal in all states. The exception to this is tandem towing, that would be towing your 5th wheel with a trailer on behind it. That you would have to follow each state's rules.
My truck has a 11,400# GVWR and 5er has a 16,300# GVWR and I have not been stopped in any state. I am plated in Ohio as non commercial. I have had my unit for 6 years and over 20,000 miles and have traveled the midwest and eastern US.
So you have no worries and enjoy your setup.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:02 PM   #16
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Agree with Scottybdiviv. After much research I concluded I did need the class A endorsement. When I checked in for my driving test the examiner at first told me that I didn't need to take the test. 😠 After she had discussions with several supervisors it was determined that I needed to take the driving test.😊. I was prepared so it was a breeze including the parallel parking.

Also, I have been getting my safety inspection for several years and just renewed my registration under the new Texas System. I renewed on line and they had my current inspection in the system. Easy to interpret...it isn't. No problem unless a State Trooper chooses to enforce. My understanding is some Troopers in the Houston area are in the enforcement mode.

Just another item to consider... in Texas is that on a dually, mud flaps must be installed on the rear and must be no more than 8" from the ground. That is a recent requirement. It used to be higher. 😡


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Old 06-24-2015, 06:46 PM   #17
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Texas is awful about these non-CDL licenses. Literally, between my wife and I, we've taken 5 different written tests. And I've probably "escalated" the issue more than 4 times. What tests you take depend on who you're asking and which way the wind is blowing.... I'm still trying to get something from DPS in writing so I can provide it to my fellow IRV2 friends that are going to face the same massive waste-of-time...

I take a driving test tomorrow.. I'm expecting that to be mostly a non-issue. If they give me an endorsement w/o the test, I'll certainly take it.

Note, Texas inspection - DPS currently makes you provide proof of inspection, despite that inspection being required for current registration. So if you go in to take a driving test, you'll need a record of your inspection on truck AND trailer.
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good info and helpful for me understanding all this RV'ing stuff. thank you all.

I do have to get a one time EPA inspection, which will give me the E-check paperwork to get a Ohio plate for my truck. This will happen today at one of the state operated station with an inspector from EPA office that is 1 hour away. From my conversation with the inspector, this is just a visual inspection.

I do have mud flaps...have to measure the distance from the ground. Is that loaded or unloaded heights? my quess would be at the time they measure.

I will post my EPA inspection results.
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Never thought about the rear flaps being measured loaded or unloaded. Mine meet the requirements unloaded. Remember I am in Texas Ohio may not have the same requirement as Texas.

I did read a report that a Texas State Trooper stopped an individual and gave him a warning that his flaps were flapping as he was driving and exceeded the 8". He didn't have the anti-sail. All I can say is that Trooper must have had a bad day. 😄


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Just returned from my EPA inspection. He looked at the truck, checked the VIN...title verses the truck, went into a office, then returned with E check permanent exemption slip. Then went the license bureau for my plates. Hade to sign a waver for non commercial use... $80 dollars later I got plates!

conclusion...no CDL

no commercial plates!

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Just returned from my EPA inspection. He looked at the truck, checked the VIN...title verses the truck, went into a office, then returned with E check permanent exemption slip. Then went the license bureau for my plates. Hade to sign a waver for non commercial use... $80 dollars later I got plates!

conclusion...no CDL

no commercial plates!

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Our Drill-less Installation DuraFlap mud flaps for the duallys are made to be just 7" off the ground on stock trucks. If needed, we can make them a custom length for those with lifts and oversized wheels or tires.
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oldeguy,
Glad that everything worked out for you and you didn't have any hassle, the way it is supposed to work. Now it is time to get out there and enjoy your RV.
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