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Old 03-25-2021, 05:28 PM   #1
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Who out there is over 26k combined GVWR between tow vehicle and trailer has their class A non - CDL as required by most states?
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Old 03-25-2021, 07:40 PM   #2
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In CA, itís trailer over 15k you need a non commercial class A license. I have mine. I think most donít, from others I talk to.
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Most states do not require a non commercial license to drive a private rig.
My MH is 45' long, weighs 52,000 #'s and tow a Jeep. Nothing but my normal drivers license required.
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Old 03-25-2021, 07:46 PM   #4
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In Texas over 26k combined.
I guess I will have to go through the process of getting mine.
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Who out there is over 26k combined GVWR between tow vehicle and trailer has their class A non - CDL as required by most states?
In Texas it's a Class B non commercial, not a Class A unless you are towing more than 10,000 lbs. With a Class B, you can operate a vehicle over 26,000lbs and tow up to 10,000lbs. I do have my Class B license.

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In Texas over 26k combined.
I guess I will have to go through the process of getting mine.
It's not combined weight, it's the GVRW of the motor home. If your motor home is less than 26,001 you only need a Class C.
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In those states requiring licensing for various weights is there a reciprocity agreement? Meaning, if I'm legal in my home state am I legal in yours? Also, curious if anyone knows this - if there is reciprocity, is it the state of your driver's license or the state where the tow vehicle is registered? This has never mattered before but I'm moving to Hawaii and will have my DL there but RV still registered back on the mainland.
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Yes, there is reciprocity on your driver's license and insurance. Anything other, like length or speed limits you must comply with rules of the state you're in.
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Yes, in Texas you will need a Class A Exempt license. Get a copy of the commercial drivers handbook , be familiar with the entire book, but pay attention to Chapter 14. That is where your test questions will come from. The license is not only for RV'er, but other drivers as well, so some questions may not seem important to RV's but remember the license covers more than RV's.
When taking the driving portion of the test, I found it best to take it in an area outside of a large city. Less traffic to deal with and less pressure.
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We are from TX and are over the 26k. My driver has commercial class A CDL with doubles and triples endorsements so we're good to go.
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I am in CA, 5th Wheels up to 15000# require the endorsement (Non-commercial Class A, NCCA, written), 15001#+ is both written and practical, so you get the full NCCA. Also, if your Travel Trailer is 10001#+ you need the NCCA.

A Non-Commercial Class B is required for Motorhomes above 40' actual length.

I have my NCCA.
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Thanks for all your feedback folks.
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Who out there is over 26k combined GVWR between tow vehicle and trailer has their class A non - CDL as required by most states?
Had mine almost 10 years here in Texas.
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I forgot to mention about our Tx A/B non-CDL . After 2years you can go back & take the full written test & with a Med card change it to a CDL if your so inclined. I had been toying with the idea of either delivering RVs or doing hot shot but like the flu I got over it.
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We have had our Class A Exempt for our 54er and truck for better than 12 years now. My wife got the upgraded license as well. It is not hard to get and quiet frankly if you cannot pass written and driving portion, you need to hang up the keys.

As suggested, take the driving portion in a smaller city area, like Livingston, TX as this is the HQ for Escapees and the DPS gets lots of RVers through there.

There are practice test you can do on line in Texas that will help.

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