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Old 11-13-2016, 07:03 PM   #29
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And because of that rule, it's one of the reason's (along with no state income tax and cheaper vehicle licenses) that South Dakota is a go-to state for Full Timers to call home.
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Correct, RV's are excluded from the Commercial license requirements, but are specified in the Non Commercial handbook under "classes of licenses", page 6. It specifically pertains to any vehicle weighing more than 26,001 lbs as a class B required license, and RV's are not excluded. It also requires a separate written and driving test aside from the regular class D license.
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Can you post a link to that manual? It's nothing I can find on their website. In fact, I've never heard of a Class D license. Typically, class A, B & C (and assuming D) are all commercial licensing. RV's do not fall under commercial licensing in South Dakota unless you are using them to make money. Non-commercial licenses are Class 1, 2, 3 etc.

I've lived in South Dakota most all my life and I don't know anyone who has a special license to drive their RV.
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It is interesting tho that the manual no longer lists class 1, 2, 3 etc. My Class 2 license (as indicated on my card) is up for renewal so perhaps this week I'll go get it renewed and ask the DMV that question and post it back here. If there's been a rule change, it's been poorly advertised. The manual was revised in May of 2016. Stay tuned . . .
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:17 AM   #33
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Seems like every state is very confusing on Motorhome licensing. I live in NC, and asked 3 different DMV agents and none knew of a special license. I finally called the DMV office in the state capital and finally talked with someone who knew, and NC does have a special license for MH's weighing over 26,001. (A class B endorsement, called a "non-CDL class B endorsement" license. I even asked several State troopers, and only one knew of the upgraded license requirement. The trooper who knew about it, said that in the event of an accident, he looks at the GVWR placard in the vehicle to see it is over 26,001 lbs to determine if the driver is properly licensed.

In looking at the SD manual, the list of license types shows a class B license for vehicles weighing over 26,001 lbs. It does not specify that it is for Commercial only, nor does it exempt MH's. See page "v" for license types:

https://dps.sd.gov/documents/South%2...ual%202016.pdf

It could be that MH's are exempt, but the manual does not state an exemption.

Maybe call your state capital DMV office and try to get clarification on MH requirements.
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To the OP. Best way to learn is to keep driving as much as you can on wider lanes freeways or two lane roads. You should be watching the mirrors about 40% of your driving time. Also remember to scan your gauges every couple of minutes (when you can IE not on corners) as that engine and tranny are expensive to fix. The mirrors view will perfect your lane positioning and of course tell you what is behind you - this becomes subconscious kind of like muscle memory. I am lucky with my new to me coach as it comes with the Newmar Comfort drive which makes strong crosswinds feel non-existent. And I used to drive truck so my learning curve is less as far as experience but I am always willing to learn new tricks which can make me drive safer and place less stress on my coach and passengers. But the big thing is I still drive 60mph not 75. Why? Because if you double your speed you four times the stopping distance and if you double your weight you double your stopping distance. In Canada all drivers in an air brake equipped vehicle must complete a two day course, complete a practical and pass an exam. I recommend these courses regardless of your state requirements. You will learn a lot. Wife has done hers.
Take care and lots of good info from other posters.
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very very good advice. I've traveled millions of professional miles accident free. in earlier years I seemed to always be rushed (how I survived, I do not know). The best advice I'd ever give, or ever been given; "always assume the other guy is gonna do something stupid..."

My hat is off to you. I have gotten rear ended 5 times, while stooped at a light. Actually one time I was waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn. Making it to one million miles accident free is a major big deal.
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Just back from the South Dakota DMV. No special license needed to operate an RV in this state. And they still use the class system for non-commercial licenses. So got my Class 2 license renewed (car/lt truck/motorcycle). Not sure why the manuals don't list the non-commercial classes.

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