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Posted: 11/25/19 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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.)

I did check and they explicitly stated I don't need a CDL... however, I have learned to never trust this as being legal advice. Reading the plain language of the statute, it appears there's a hole in the published law.

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In NC if your motorhome is over 26000 you are suppose to get your license upgraded to a B instead of C. That is what I did when I had my dp. I also got my air brake endorsement. I expect you just need to check with your state DMV.


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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.


YMMV with this as well. I would stick to the 11k kilo GCVWR with G lic though just for safety sake.


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philh wrote:

DrewE wrote:


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.)

I did check and they explicitly stated I don't need a CDL... however, I have learned to never trust this as being legal advice. Reading the plain language of the statute, it appears there's a hole in the published law.

Could be like here in Tx. On first page of commercial handbook says RV's exempt. Then several paragraphs into the regs is the " exceptions to the exemptions " and there is the >26000 lb rules for non-CDL requirements of the higher weights.

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