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Old 11-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Just got a new Providence 42P

I got a new 2013 Providence 42P about a month ago. It has been some combination of fun and stressful.

The fact that is 42 means that I I had to get a non-commercial Class B license in CA. That was a nightmare. Nobody at DMV had any idea how to process it. But after a few days work I got one. Apparently 2' is critical because you can walk onto a lot and buy a 40' with no experience driving anything but a car and drive right off with no special license.

Hooking everything up has also been a challenge but all in all I'm really enjoying it. It's a nice Coach and it seems to all be coming together.

Happy RVing to all
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:27 AM   #2
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Congratualtions! Got any pics?
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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Welcome!!!

Nice coach, got pix?
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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Congrats! I happen to work for Penndot (Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation). Anything over 26,000 lbs must have a class B license. In addition if you are towing something weighing over 10,000 lbs you will need a class A (combination vehicle license). Can't imagine why CA had a problem. New to RVing also, just purchased a Sportscoach Cross Country. Maybe see ya down the line.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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Congrats, we love pics. Enjoy!
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stienjef - you have to experience California's department of motor vehicles to truly understand... LOL
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I suspect that's why your hair looks the way it does, LOL. Did anyone ever tell you that you have a very strong resemblance to Jack Nicholson, LOL.

I will be domiciling in Florida. They require just a normal Class E license for larger RVs. Since I just gave up my CDL A in 2012, I feel I am able to drive my large coach safely, and teach my DW to do so in an emergency. So far I have done 100% of the driving, but since I only go about 250 miles a day every few months or so, I should be able to handle all the driving duties quite easily.
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Ya' gotta love Jack!
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I suspect that's why your hair looks the way it does, LOL. Did anyone ever tell you that you have a very strong resemblance to Jack Nicholson, LOL.
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Enjoy your new coach ! Congrats

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Thanks for the nice welcomes

Thanks to everyone for welcoming me. I appreciate it.

I will take some pictures and post them soon.

I just got back from my first trip to LA from San Francisco. We stayed in a park north of LA and I rented a car and drove to meetings downtown. It was great except that the park wifi was useless.

As for CA and the DMV, they were nice people but were generally clueless as to how to process the license. Apparently most people who drive 40+ just ignore the requirement. More than a few RV dealers told me that "nobody takes it seriously." I went to a busy DMV office and they said they didn't ever remember doing one before. When I went to take the driving test (all the way down in San Diego) he said it was only the second one this year. So they are sort of reinventing every time.

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Jack says, if there ain't no pictures, it never happened...

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Thanks to everyone for welcoming me. I appreciate it.

I will take some pictures and post them soon.

I just got back from my first trip to LA from San Francisco. We stayed in a park north of LA and I rented a car and drove to meetings downtown. It was great except that the park wifi was useless.

As for CA and the DMV, they were nice people but were generally clueless as to how to process the license. Apparently most people who drive 40+ just ignore the requirement. More than a few RV dealers told me that "nobody takes it seriously." I went to a busy DMV office and they said they didn't ever remember doing one before. When I went to take the driving test (all the way down in San Diego) he said it was only the second one this year. So they are sort of reinventing every time.

Happy RVing to all.
Good that you didn't drive into the big city (LA). My first drive in my DP was Redlands to Ventura on the 210. After the first 30 minutes the blood came back to my fingers Second trip on the 210 I was between big rig trucks on both sides and all. No problem. Amazing what you get use to. Of coarse DW and I have completed driving training which really helped with the small parking lots and such.
Just renewed my registration on-line and it was so easy and no added processing fees. Nice DMV surprize.
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Jack says, if there ain't no pictures, it never happened...
I'm stealing this pic!
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