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Old 12-15-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
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dangers of driving this?

So im looking into buying this bus in a few days(after weeks of price negotiations may i add) and was wondering if there are any regulation/rules to driving something like this that i dont know of? its a 1997 bluebird tc1000





I dont have a CDL and i dont know if i will need one cause some of these tc1000 blue birds gvwr are under 16k and some are like 25k so idk, not sure about much to be honest but i posted a party bus link on here once and people told me to be careful when crossing state lines and to unplugg things(something to tht extent)/ not sure what they were talking about. also im driving this from from wisconsin to LA. any help or info would be great. also what should i get in term of insurance and registration and what should i watch out for... first time buyer, almost peed myself when we came to an agreement earlier today
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:21 AM   #2
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In California, you need a Class B with passenger and an air brake endorsement.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:47 AM   #3
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In California, you need a Class B with passenger and an air brake endorsement.
I thought the CDL rules were national. If it is an RV title, your state may require air brake endorsement.
But for class:
0 to 18.000 lb = Class D
18.001 to 26.000 = Class C
26.001 + straight truck = Class B

So you would still need a CDL, but if it is 25k it should be Class C.

In this "right coast" people's republic, the legislature gave everyone with a class D drivers' license the privileges of non-CDL class C, or 26.000 not for hire with hydraulic brakes.

It's been years since I passed, but I think the air brake endorsement portion was a "multiple guess" written test. There were brake skills demonstrations as part of the CDL A or CDL B driving test, but I don't think that was part of just getting the endorsement.

You may also need a passenger endorsement written test depending on how many seats are installed.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:56 AM   #4
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is it titled as an rv?
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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(non commercial) In TN register as private vehicle and all you need is a regular license
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Old 12-16-2015, 09:26 AM   #6
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Registered in NJ as an RV, all you need is a standard Class D and no air endorsement
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:07 AM   #7
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In California, you need a Class B with passenger and an air brake endorsement.
Does that bus even have air brakes?

I've got a tc2000 that's about that short and it doesnt have air brakes.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:09 AM   #8
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As far as licensing, you need to figure out the gvw and air or hydraulic brakes. Their should be a placard about the door or above the driver's seat with that info.

Insurance is a completely different matter. I doubt any company will insure that as an rv, regardless of what it is titled as. So your mainly looking a commercial insurance with private usage. You'll just have to submit the paperwork(which will likely reuire pictures) and see what an underwriter will sign off on.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:18 AM   #9
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(non commercial) In TN register as private vehicle and all you need is a regular license

Same here in Texas.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:53 PM   #10
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I was able to change title to RV by just signing an affidavid that states I did a full conversion and got RV plates. Insurance is same as any other RV here in Ohio. I don't have air brakes so that may be a snag.
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As far as licensing, you need to figure out the gvw and air or hydraulic brakes. Their should be a placard about the door or above the driver's seat with that info.

Insurance is a completely different matter. I doubt any company will insure that as an rv, regardless of what it is titled as. So your mainly looking a commercial insurance with private usage. You'll just have to submit the paperwork(which will likely reuire pictures) and see what an underwriter will sign off on.
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