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wa8yxm wrote:

Some states require a special endorsement. Some require it if you are over xxxxx pounds... And the number of pounds varies from state to state. YOUR HOME STATE (That is the one that issues your license) makes the decidsions.
EXAMPLE. at Less than 26,000 pounds from Michigan I need only an "Operators" (Standard Driver's license)
IN Texas over 26000 pounds I'd need an endorsement. Under 26000 I do not know. Actually I do not know if it's 26000 pounds either.


In Ontario, with a regular license, Class G, you are allowed to drive any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kilograms, 24,310 lbs., provided the vehicle towed is not over 4,600 kilograms. A pickup truck towing a house trailer exceeds 4,600 kilograms, but the total combined weight of the truck and trailer does not exceed 11,000 kilograms is deemed a Class G.
If you drive a MH exceeding 11,000 kilograms, 24,310 lbs, or your registered gross weight or any combination including your trailer or toad is over 11,000 kgs provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kilograms, you need a Class D license.

License regulations and classes are similar in many other provinces and states.

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You need to check with your own state DWV requirements. Every state is different.


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States vary. Check with your resident state and that license is valid in any state you drive in. ie License reciprocity applies.


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gbopp wrote:

Ava wrote:

In Canada if you have a rig with air brakes, you need an air brake endorsment on your license. Not sure about different US states

I think Pennsylvania requires an Air Brake Endorsement.


Remember My "Your millage may vary" comment.

now why woudl Pa require me to have an air brake endorsement for my 38' Class A.. It's a gasser. Hydraulic brakes.. NOT AIR.


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I've driven several people to the NY DMV 'R' endorsement road test. They've all told me it was even simpler than the standard car license driving test. I have the 'R' endorsement although my current rig doesn't require it, but I got mine on request when I dropped my fully endorsed CDL. No road test needed.


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wa8yxm wrote:

EXAMPLE. at Less than 26,000 pounds from Michigan I need only an "Operators" (Standard Driver's license)

What happens if it's a Truck and 5th over 26k, but still privately owned?

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Captain_Happy wrote:

You need to check with your own state DWV requirements. Every state is different.

Exactly what you have to do. My state requires an A non-CDL if combined gvwr exceeds 26000 lbs. It's not enforced except if a major problem occurs.

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philh wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

EXAMPLE. at Less than 26,000 pounds from Michigan I need only an "Operators" (Standard Driver's license)

What happens if it's a Truck and 5th over 26k, but still privately owned?


It would appear that one still only needs a standard operator's license, as far as I can make out from the web sites, but if you're in or about to be in that particular set of circumstances it would behoove you to enquire at the appropriate government offices. They do explicitly say you don't need a CDL, as is true everywhere; and as there don't appear to me to be any other applicable non-commercial license classifications, I gather that a standard license is all that is required. (There is an additional endorsement needed for recreational double towing--i.e. a fifth wheel RV plus some other trailer.)





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It depends on what state you are in as each has it's own requirements, or nothing special . Check with your licensing department for your state.

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Not all states do but they should, for any type RV. Driving an A,b,C, or pulling a TT or 5W all need skills not used driving the family car. The biggest is you can not see what directly behind you as the rear view mirror is useless.


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