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Old 06-15-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Have Texas Class C -> Process for Class B?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what the right process is for this and the Texas DPS website wasn't very helpful.

1) I don't have my new DP yet, but I don't want the liability of driving it without the proper license. Can I take my Class B test in a big truck that weighs less than 26,000 so I am still legal under class C? If no, then what is the way around this?

2) There is no way to schedule a non-CDL class B license online. They only give two options online (1) Regular class C OR (2) CDL. Is there some third option I have to go in person to sign up for? Do I just schedule CDL?

I did find an exemption form but it wasn't too helpful

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Old 06-16-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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First I would Google "Texas class B license" here on iRV2 and read for days on the subject.
In general you must pass a written test (believe it is over the last 2-3 chapters of the CDL booklet). No appointment necessary. Then a driving test in an appropriate vehicle which is where the problem starts. You need a friend with a 26,001+ lb. motorhome. That test is scheduled after taking/passing the written.
Noting you are in Plano, I would also do the tests in a smaller jurisdiction like McKinney or Sherman.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for the Info.

I unfortunately don't have a friend with a motorhome. Besides renting a semi from a CDL place, do I have any other options?

I was thinking of renting a 26,000 from budget rent a truck. Any ideas if that would work?
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I had the fellow I purchased the Motor Home from drop me and the Safari at the testing station -- not sure what i would have done had I failed.
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Another thing to remember -- once you have passed the written test they give you a licence that allows to to drive the class B (like a learners permit) with a class B licensed drive in the vehicle with you. So you can have whomever you are buying from go with you to practice for a bit then take you to the testing location -- note: they will make you parallel park it
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I was born, raised and still live in Texas. I've owned and operated Class A motorhomes and currently own a Class C. Never to my knowledge has Texas required anything other than a standard driver's license to operate a motorhome.
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Yes Army I think you were correct until sometime in recent history -- When I purchased my motor home I called the DPS -- they said that anything over 26000 pounds had to have a class B -- but for those driving an RV it was an exempt class B (have no idea what that means) -- but anyway you take a much shorter version of the written test but must still take the driving test.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:25 PM   #8
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Go back to the book. There are commercial licenses, and non commercial as well.

RV's are exempt from the commercial needs unless you are getting paid to do the driving.

The B rating for RV's is needed over 26,001#, and the A for towing something over 10,000#. You need to test in the correct vehicle. Most rental trucks are now rated below the limit so anyone can rent them.

I have read and also was not asked how my coach got to the test. I just had to renew my B and had to re-sign the exempt form.
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