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Old 08-22-2016, 07:24 AM   #1
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Class A Drivers test

Can anyone tell me how to schedule a Class A skills test for an RV when you cannot speak with anyone at any of the DPS offices or in Austin, I have to travel an hour and a half to two hours to borrow my father in laws 5th wheel to take the test and the closest one to im in Rosenburg says the first available test is October 14th. THat is 7 weeks away,
Any advise. I have already passed the written test
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:33 AM   #2
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I assume you mean here in Texas which I just finished a couple of months ago...

First - good luck -
they messed it up EVERY step of the way for me -
didn't know what test to give me...
took wrong one and I finally convinced them which one...
passed even though most of the questions were about farm equipment !

told me to send email for appt to here --> 1B_CDLTest@dps.texas.gov

at first made me go thru the air brake test even though I wasn't supposed to.
dinged me because I was swerving too much and I'm like I was missing the trees - he looked at me like I was crazy !
He brought me down a 2 lane residential street with overhanging trees in the 8 or 9 foot high range that I had to go around.

got with his supervisor and I passed. but other than that it went smoothly

in the dfw area I had to send an email to them @
1B_CDLTest@dps.texas.gov
(but this was just in my region)

and they responded with:


Thank you for your appointment request. This is a follow-up email confirmation of your driving examination (road test) appointment scheduled for Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:15am.
Your appointment will be administered at the TX DOT facility located at 804 E. Waggoman in Fort Worth. This facility is located on the east service road of Interstate 35W; between Seminary Drive and Ripy Street. Arrive at location no more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled time.
To prepare for your driving test; we suggest you familiarize yourself with the document below.
http://dps.texas.gov/Internetforms/Forms/DL-60A.pdf
Region 1B CDL
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So do you actually get a class a license if u pass or are u just having to do this whole ordeal because of "weight" and they give u an endorsement on your regular license? I was not aware you could acquire a cdl by testing with an rv??
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In CA it's a Class A 'Non-Commercial'. Permits you to tow a 5th wheel that weighs greater than 15,000 lbs. You cannot use the license for paid service. If you have a 5th wheel that weighs under 15,000 lbs you can get by with just an endorsement.
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In Texas it is a Class A Exempt or sometimes called a class A Non-CDL.

Best place to take the exam is Livingston. The Escapees are there and they deal with a lot of RVs.

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I drove to Austin to the main CDL testing center. They had the drill down and only waited two days to take the test.


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Got it done in Livingston. They were very familiar with what I was needing and the process was very easy.
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Got it done in Livingston. They were very familiar with what I was needing and the process was very easy.
I took the written test in West Texas, with the air brake endorsement test.

I did the driving test last month in Livingston and it is a Class B non commercial. The guy said they do not do any physical test for the air brake endorsement for RVs. The examiner knew what he was doing and it was very smooth.

As the other fellow said, most of the questions on the written test did not apply to RVs. DPS does not have a test only for RVs. I suggest you study the relevant chapters in the DL-7C booklet.

As to making the driving test appointment, I called a telephone number, talked with a gal, she asked what location I wanted to take the driving test, told her and a desired date and it was scheduled.



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You only need a class A if you are a commercially operated vehicle OR you operate a vehicle over 26,000 lbs. GCVW.

So as long as your fully loaded and fully fueled MH doesn't weigh 26,001 or more, you do not need a class A.
If your fully loaded and fully fueled truck And trailer do no weigh 26,001 or more, you do not need a class A.

You can buy the biggest semi out there and slap a 5thw on it and as long as you do not weigh 26,001lbs GCVW or more, and you slap "not for hire" sticker on the side, you do not need a class A.

straight from texas dmv website

Classification
Description
Class A
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
  2. A combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds
Class B
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
  2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or more that is 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
  3. A bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more including the driver
Class C
Authorizes an individual to drive:
  1. Single vehicle or combination of vehicles that are not included in Class A or Class B
  2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
  3. Designed to transport 23 or less passengers including the driver
    Note: Vehicles rated for the transport of 16-23 passengers including the driver require a Class C CDL, unless exempt
  4. An autocycle.
Class M
Authorizes an individual to drive a motorcycle or moped.
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And here's another tip...

You can register your dually for it's actual fully loaded weight with the trailer connected instead of it's Labeled GVWR.
This will save you money when it comes time to register it.

Just make sure you add some extra weight for people that may ride with you.
Because over weight fines are charged by the pound.
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