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Old 04-03-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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CNN is telling on us..........

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Great Story. The secret is out on how great of a family vacation RV'ing can be
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Great story, but it will fill up the CGs faster.
I wish she had not made the statement that no special license is required to drive an RV, as it really depends on state and other varying factors.
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:40 AM   #4
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I think a majority of the general public doesn't have any idea of what RVing is, and now in todays busy times how it can pull a family together for quality "family time". I grew up in a Rving family and once I broke away from the nest I started tent camping with my wife. She came from a camping family too. The rest is history...now just moving up the progression of larger RV's... From the CNN video I like listening to a persons terminology of RV terms. She was talking about the sewage..... I just keep thinking about Robbin William's move "RV the Movie"......I think the movie gave people different ideas what is involved in dumping the sewage.
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:49 AM   #5
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Great story, but it will fill up the CGs faster.
I wish she had not made the statement that no special license is required to drive an RV, as it really depends on state and other varying factors.
I know of no state that requires a special license to drive MOST <40' RVs.
Which states are a concern?
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:22 PM   #6
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I know of no state that requires a special license to drive MOST <40' RVs.
Which states are a concern?
i'm not going to look it up again but Calif has some vehicle code dealing with special license requirements for towing trailers above a certain weight, i think it is trailers with rating over 10K pounds? or maybe 15K pounds?,
and I believe both my my 31' and my 33' 5'rs put me into its requirements for an extra stamp on my driver's license,

i went to our DMV once to inquire on it but the 3 people there i talked to were clueless on it and i left without it
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #7
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I know of no state that requires a special license to drive MOST <40' RVs.
Which states are a concern?
I don't think that's quite right. I believe many states have 26k lbs limit and I think most 32+' with a toad will exceed that.

I agree that, if nothing else, the statement in the news is not good since it's way too generic. I think it should have been something like 'Many states may not require a special license to drive some RVs. Check with local regulations on specific requirements ...' I also feel that it diminishes the extra caution that should be taken and dissuades education. Driving a mh (even a small one) is not like driving a sedan or a minivan.
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Hamguy--

On the licensing issue,

Here is a recent thread on this subject and some answers----

Heck, I just looked at the dates of the post and I found an old one--- Sorry. I had just read of this issue recently here on irv2--- But where?
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I don't think that's quite right. I believe many states have 26k lbs limit and I think most 32+' with a toad will exceed that.
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I believe that it the GVW itself that has to be over 26K pounds before a special license is required. Our RV has a GVW of 22K and we can drive it with a standard Class C license.
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I believe that it the GVW itself that has to be over 26K pounds before a special license is required. Our RV has a GVW of 22K and we can drive it with a standard Class C license.
I suspect that many states are different so I'm not even going to try to know the requirements for each however I believe several have something like '... a combination of vehicles that has a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more ...' requiring a special license (I'm in Ontario, Canada and have have that (although ours is only about 24,000 lbs)) and with a toad, I think many RVs exceed that).

All that really matters is that drivers need to know what applies in their home state and should look it up.
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"All that really matters is that drivers need to know what applies in their home state and should look it up." That's the best advice to anyone.
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:44 PM   #12
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I am in Louisiana and the limit is 26k as mentioned above, HOWEVER, if it is an RV then NO SPECIAL LICENSE or CDL is required. They are exempt.
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In Illinois the law is >16k need a special endorsement.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:09 AM   #14
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It is easy to get side tracked here
the important message is that RVing with your family is a fun way to have a vacation
it could even be cost effective \see now I am going to get them off the licencing thing and back onto whether it costs more
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