Originally Posted by TravelSolo
Combined weight under 26k
Max trailer of 10k GVWR
You can get an endorsement for up to 15k 5th wheel RV, but still subject to 26k combined.
I was not able to find the portion of the quoted above that I have underlined and highlighted in bold in the CA DMV handbook, nor on the CA DMV website.
TravelSolo, can you show us where you found any published guidance from CA that states that California Class C license holders are "still subject to 26K combined
" even if they have an endorsement to tow up to a 15K 5th Wheel travel trailer, and/or even if their travel trailer is under 10K GVWR?
I am not finding any 26K limitation under the two circumstances described.
Here is what is stated in the CA DMV guidance is that Basic Class C license holders:
You May Drive:
- A 2-axle vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 lbs. or less.
- A 3-axle vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. gross or less.
- Any housecar 40’or less.
- A motorized scooter.
You May Tow:
- A single vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less including a tow dolly, if used.
- If the towing vehicle weighs 4,000 lbs. or more unladen, you may tow a:
- - Trailer coach not exceeding 9,000 lbs. gross.
- - Trailer coach or 5th-wheel travel trailer under 10,000 lbs. GVWR when towing is not for compensation.
- - 5th-wheel travel trailer exceeding 10,000 lbs. but not exceeding 15,000 lbs. GVWR, when towing is not for compensation.
Applying the foregoing guidelines into scenarios...
I may drive a two axle Super C Class C based on an M2-106 with a GVWR of 26,000 lbs, and I may tow a trailer with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. The combination of these two vehicles obviously exceeds 26,000 lbs by 10,000 lbs, and is not prohibited by the guidance.
On the other hand, while I may drive an E-450 based Class C with a 14,500 lb GVWR, I may not tow an 10, 500 lb GVWR trailer, even though the combination of the 14,500 lb GVWR Class C plus the 10,500 GVWR trailer adds up to only 25,000 lbs GVWR combined... a full 1,000 lbs less than 26,000 lbs, yet this combination is not supported by the DMV guidance (nor is it supported by the model code provided by the FMCSA).
The key is the trailer GVWR. As long as the trailer GVWR does not exceed 10,000 lbs GVWR, there is no restriction on towing that trailer with a vehicle that is up to 26,000 lbs GVWR, as long as the tow vehicle is greater than 4,000 lbs GVWR.
If you have a specific resource that you can link to that supports your interpretation, it would be useful to post it. The resource that I am using is posted up thread, but I will repeat it with the link below: