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Old 12-30-2016, 01:35 PM   #29
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I'd be careful using the document above. In many states, the laws change. Some of the links are just wrong (WA link points to VA!). I also noticed that some reference a "Driver's Handbook." Handbooks are just that, handbooks. They may not be as current as the law. Best advice is to read the laws. Many states, WA included, have a weight requirement, but exempt Recreational Vehicles. Better safe than sorry!
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I'd be careful using the document above. In many states, the laws change. Some of the links are just wrong (WA link points to VA!). I also noticed that some reference a "Driver's Handbook." Handbooks are just that, handbooks. They may not be as current as the law. Best advice is to read the laws. Many states, WA included, have a weight requirement, but exempt Recreational Vehicles. Better safe than sorry!
WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Who needs a CDL?

I found this for Washington. This points to the fact that in Washington you need a class B license to drive a MH over 26,000 lbs. You need a CDL even though you are not driving for commercial purposes. However, I called them and told them of the conflict in their website and they assured me that you don't need any special license to drive am RV.
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Here is what we found out:
  • California Class C license is all that is needed up to 40' "housecar" in CA.
  • They are exempt from the Class C 26k weight restriction
  • They are exempt from any Air Brake certification.
  • No extra braking requirement for the Toad, unless from 20 MPH it takes more than 50' to stop.
  • Also, if the manufacturer calls it a 40' motorhome on the plate, then even if its 41', its still licensed as a 40' motorhome.
All WA requires is the normal drivers license for privately owned RV's.
No air brake certification required.
Same exact braking requirement as CA. OR also goes to a performance spec., but it's tougher than WA or CA.
WA has a MH length limit of 45', don't know if they'd ever measure it though.
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WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Who needs a CDL?

I found this for Washington. This points to the fact that in Washington you need a class B license to drive a MH over 26,000 lbs. You need a CDL even though you are not driving for commercial purposes.
It pays to read ALL the site!
http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/cdlexempt.html
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Recreational vehicle (RV) operators are exempt when driving an RV for non-commercial purposes. This exemption includes 2-axle rental trucks and horse trailers.
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WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Who needs a CDL?

I found this for Washington. This points to the fact that in Washington you need a class B license to drive a MH over 26,000 lbs. You need a CDL even though you are not driving for commercial purposes.
This is from page 1-3 of the Washington Commercial Drivers Guide



Exemptions
The law exempts four groups of drivers from the CDL:
• Farmers transporting farm equipment, supplies, or products to or from a farm in a farm vehicle are exempted if the vehicle is:
– Operated by a farmer or a farm employee.
– Not used in the operation of a common or contract motor carrier.
– Used within 150 miles of the farm (in an air-mile radius).
Products include Christmas trees or wood products transported by vehicles weighing no more than forty thousand pounds licensed gross vehicle weight. The weight restriction applies only to Christmas trees and wood products.
– Farmers may operate vehicles that meet the de nition of a farm- exempt vehicle between the states of Idaho and Oregon if they meet all requirements of the farm exemption.
• Fire ghters and law enforcement personnel operating emergency equipment are exempted if they carry the certi cation card proving they have completed the Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention (EVAP) or Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention (EVIP) Programs.
• Recreational Vehicle (RV) operators are exempted when driving an RV for non-commercial purposes. This group includes:
– Two-axle rental trucks.
– Horse trailers.
• Military commercial drivers are exempted only when they are operating the proper military vehicles under a military license issued by their branch of service.

Notice RV drivers are exempt from obtaining a CDL

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In Washington, there are two web pages that conflict with each other. I brought this fact up to the DMV in Washington and they were surprised. They had to put me on hold and verify that you did not need a special license to drive an RV. My point was that even the websites can be confusing. If you had read the entire website you would have seen the conflict.
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