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Old 11-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Do I need an Air Brake endorsement

I notice most diesel pushers mention air brakes or air suspension. Do I need an endorsement for air brakes or how do I determine which Class A RV I can drive without an endorsement which is also a diesel pusher.? Thanks:
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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Hello, most states say over 26,000# to do something above your normal auto license. Some states may go with the air brake update on your license also.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Most Canadian provinces require an air-brake endorsement...suggest you call you motor vehicles branch & enquire about the regulations in Saskatchewan.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
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how do I determine which Class A RV I can drive without an endorsement which is also a diesel pusher.?
There isn't many. Our coach is one of the few that does not have air brakes.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Some states do and some don't. WA doesn't.

Check with your state of residency for their requirements.
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The requirement of an air brake endorsement, should not deter you from getting a coach with air brakes. You get to go to class for about 16 hours +/_ . When finished, you may or may not have to pass a pre trip inspection (depends on course you take). You get a understanding of the foundation brake system, better then most people will have their cars system. Check out your local community college for information. Lots of driving schools teach it as well.
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The requirement of an air brake endorsement, should not deter you from getting a coach with air brakes. You get to go to class for about 16 hours +/_ . When finished, you may or may not have to pass a pre trip inspection (depends on course you take). You get a understanding of the foundation brake system, better then most people will have their cars system. Check out your local community college for information. Lots of driving schools teach it as well.

I'll second that post. This is not like driving your fathers Buick.
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The air brake endorsement is a tax grab. No audible leaks and your air gage reading is normal is all you need to know. The rest of it is for the mechanics. It doesn't matter if you have been driving your air braked vehicle for many years, someone wants there hand in the pie.
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You can drive any size of motorhome with or without air brakes in West Virginia on a regular car licence. As others have said you need to check with the DMV in the state you reside.
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Air Brake Problem

Thank you all for your help in this matter. Yes in Saskatchewan the endorsement is a requirement. It has been a real hindrance in trying to buy a diesel pusher. I phoned the govt. insurance guys and could not believe the stringent requirements. They referred me to a brake manual which is an overkill to say the least. A regular medical check-up is also required along with an annual fee. All this after lessons, 16 hour log in the said vehicle with an instructor, a written test and a conventional driver exam with an official. A MUCHO TAX GRAB.
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Medical exam & annual fee?? Sounds like someone thinks you are a commercial operation..
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Thank you all for your help in this matter. Yes in Saskatchewan the endorsement is a requirement. It has been a real hindrance in trying to buy a diesel pusher. I phoned the govt. insurance guys and could not believe the stringent requirements. They referred me to a brake manual which is an overkill to say the least. A regular medical check-up is also required along with an annual fee. All this after lessons, 16 hour log in the said vehicle with an instructor, a written test and a conventional driver exam with an official. A MUCHO TAX GRAB.
I do not live in Saskatchewan so my input is of limited value...but if you google this question there are any number of sites which specify you can drive a Class A Motorhome with your regular drivers license....however...if it has air brakes you will need an endorsement on your license. There is nothing about an annual medical or fee. This is the same requirement we have in Alberta. I would suggest you contact a local heavy equipment Driver Training School about taking their air brake course for certification.
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Keep in mind that the laws have changed recently regarding Motorhome licensing so check the dates from your google searches.
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air brake understanding won't hurt you. The course and exam are quite simple. I'm glad I took it. It gives me a good undrstanding of the system - the most important part of your hm
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