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schlep1967

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Posted: 04/18/19 07:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ford truck guy wrote:

J&E wrote:

Schlep 1967 had it correct. I called Penn Dot, he had to leave the phone three times to get the correct answer. If the combination is under 26,000 Lbs, no class A license is required.
Thanks everyone for your input.


under the listed GVW.. or actual weight ??

because this- 10# off... skin of your chinny chin chin
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As long as you are not driving a "company truck" with a name on the side of it, you have no reason to enter a weigh station. So they would only be looking at paperwork. GVW. If your truck becomes commercial (company name on the side of it) you are not only looking at different license but also different (higher) registration ratings.


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As rigs get larger and heavier here's something to think about in my opinion. Most folks you see hauling RV's , a male/husband is driving. Based on posts so far f your over 26K GVW and RV is over 10K (which is most nowadays), how many females are willing to get a non CDL A? Personally, I enjoy a break every now and then when on long trips from driving and DW takes the reins. As a semi driver w/ a CDL A and several endorsements, not a prob for me to drive whatever. The DW just has a regular standard NYS driver's license as no non CDL A is required here in NY that I know of. She does a GREAT job yanking this down the road as I fall asleep and she only wakes me if something is amiss Not saying this part to be a wise azz, but perhaps being married to a truck driver has helped her.

So my point is (at least for this thread/topic), would females be willing to take a non CDL course if they are to drive heavy RV's? Same thing can be said about anyone buying a 45' diesel pusher . Just my thoughts.


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I love to brag that my wife drives our rig as much as I do. However, I am a fan of people getting training when they drive the big stuff. I remember the guy who was afraid that if his Class A diesel ran out of air he wouldn't have any brakes. I think the idea of a non-commercial CDL is confusing to a lot of people. Perhaps it should be called an RV license so there isn't any confusion.

What confuses me is most RVers don't need any sort of special training or licencing to drive the big stuff yet I need a CDL with Air Brake endorsement to drive the big stuff because I'm being paid to drive by an RV dealer. Are were not driving the same RV's? Why do I need special training and licencing and you don't? That's what is confusing to me.


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I've been researching this currently as I am thinking about a F450 and a larger 5th wheel in the future. Had a Dually and 5th in the past but I was not over the 26,001 lbs GCW.

I am in Pa and like said before if over 26,001 lbs towing you do need a Class A. If diesel pusher etc over the 26k you need a Class B Non commercial license.

Now the kicker is if you have a F450 with a 14000lb GVWR and a 5th wheel that has a 14000lb GVWR the state see's that at 28000lbs no matter what even if you are pulling under the 26,001 because your trailer is not fully loaded. They will go by the possible GCWR of both vehicles.

$5 for the Class A non commercial permit and you must have another Class A non commercial or higher licensed person with you when you take the driving test and a truck trailer over that 26,001lb to test on.


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Have a class A for years I'm at 62,500# combined


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ACZL, might want to double check, last I knew if your TV/RV combo was over 26001 an "R" endorsement to your license like a Motorcycle endorsement is required.


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Do I need a special license to drive an RV?

The answer to this common question may surprise you. In most cases, RV owners do not need any special license in order to drive their rig.

As long as your motorhome weighs in at less than 26,000 lbs—and most are well below this threshold—then you’re good to go in every single state, without needing to meet any special driver’s license requirements.

This article shared good information about RV driving license.

https://rvingreviews.com/need-a-special-license-to-drive-an-rv/

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frankgibbons1947 wrote:

Do I need a special license to drive an RV?

The answer to this common question may surprise you. In most cases, RV owners do not need any special license in order to drive their rig.

As long as your motorhome weighs in at less than 26,000 lbs—and most are well below this threshold—then you’re good to go in every single state, without needing to meet any special driver’s license requirements.

This article shared good information about RV driving license.

https://rvingreviews.com/need-a-special-license-to-drive-an-rv/

Just remember, in states that have the license upgrade requirement, it is the listed gvwr that governs this rule, not what the rv scales at on any given day unless your running over gvwr & get stopped by the portable scale Troopers, rv probably odds slim & none.

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