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cookeze

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Posted: 12/06/10 11:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Which states require at special license to tow over 10,000 lbs GVWR? A Non-Commercial Class A is needed in California. Here's the wording. A Class C is a normal driver's license:

With a Class C License, with a vehicle weighing 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 and with endorsement.


With a Noncommercial Class A License you may tow:

* travel trailers weighing over 10,000 lbs. GVWR, not used for hire.
* 5th-wheel travel trailers weighing over 15,000 lbs., not used for hire.

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Posted: 12/07/10 12:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The states all have reciprocity laws, meaning if you license makes it legal for you to tow your rig in your home state (California), it is legal in all other states.

This only applies to the type of license, not to whether or not the type of trailer combination is legal. That part is not reciprocal.


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Your OWN states laws are the only ones you need be concerned with. If you're legal at home you're legal everywhere. Unfortunately, California is one of the MOST picky states concerning RV use so you will probably actually exceed the needs for most states you'll travel through. the basic premise remains the same however. Legal at home means legal anywhere.


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"Legal in your home state means legal anywhere" Not true!! Just because you can pull a boat trailer behind your fifth wheel in Kansas doesn't make it legal in Eastern states...illegal in almost all Eastern States. Some states you can ride in the trailer going down the road....other states it's illegal....always check to see the laws.


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many states have a similar restriction on motorhomes over 26,000 lbs.
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For those states that do have additional requirements on licenses, does anyone know if the governing law would be YOUR home state's or the state in which the vehicle (or trailer) is titled? I happen to have a CDL Class B to comply with Maryland law, but our rig is titled in Montana in preparation for going full-time. Montana doesn't have a requirement to hold more than the regular Class C. Which state's laws apply?


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JoeGood988 wrote:

"Legal in your home state means legal anywhere" Not true!! Just because you can pull a boat trailer behind your fifth wheel in Kansas doesn't make it legal in Eastern states...illegal in almost all Eastern States. Some states you can ride in the trailer going down the road....other states it's illegal....always check to see the laws.


IF the other states alow doubles towing some do and some dont (boat behind 5er ect) and your lic in KS alows it you can do it in other states also

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as for the license, states will comply with issuing state. but as far as doubles, trailer behing a 5th wheel. does not transfer, you can only haul passingers in a trailer in states that allow it, same for doubles. if you violate local laws, it's at your expense...
just like obeying the local speed limits.
also as a precaution, check the manufactures fine print for your trailer tires. as some are only rated for a max of 65 mph.... i only found this out while shopping for new tires.... i was just lucky with the old ones, as i'm upgrading the tires this time...
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Posted: 12/07/10 09:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Washington state exempts RV drivers from needing a CDL.


"Recreational vehicle (RV) operators are exempt when driving an RV for non-commercial purposes. This exemption includes 2-axle rental trucks and horse trailers."

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Which states require at special license to tow over 10,000 lbs GVWR?


Nevada. 10,000+ gvwr TT or FW requires an endorsement on the normal drivers license.


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