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Old 02-06-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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If its registered as a bus, you'll need a CDL. If registered as an RV, you are good to go without one.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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"RV's" are exempt from CDL requirements.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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You don't need a CDL unless the bus has air brakes or is a certain size of GVWR's. I think it's 25,000 but don't quote me on that.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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Re: CDL

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"RV's" are exempt from CDL requirements.
Check, Lorna tells it as it is.......
Plus CDL requirements are above 26,000 lbs....... unless it's an RV.......
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #5
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But...if its seated for more than, what is it 7, 9 or 12 head [I forget the right number], CDL needed.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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Re: CDL

The requirements are absolutely going to vary by state. You should be untouchable, for the most part.

Things that can require a CDL:

Weighing more than 26,000 lbs without RV plates
Having seating for more than 15, including driver
Air brakes without RV plates
Towing a trailer in excess of 10,000 lbs if doing so puts your GCWR over 26,000 lbs


Keep in mind that there are other state requirements. For instance, you might not need a CDL based on weight, but might need a medical card and DOT number depending on what you are doing with it. Guys who race stock cars run into this all the time, even when pulling with their half ton pickups. Some states also have non-commercial higher class licenses for operating non-commercially with air brakes, pulling double trailers, etc.

The best people to ask are state troopers, and specifically, the commercial enforcement folks if you can. Also, remember that as long as you are legal in your home state you are legal anywhere through reciprocity.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #7
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What you guys who are rabid to get a CDL need to keep in mind is that the penalties for a CDL is way stiffer than for a standard drivers license. And these stiffer rules apply even if you are driving your car. My mother worked with a woman who got a CDL for her job. It was not required but if she had the CDL she could be a substitute bus driver for Head Start. Well, one summer weekend, she met up with her hubby in town and they had supper where she drank ONE beer with her meal. Then she drove home. She was pulled at one of Macon county numerous license checkpoints. To make a long story very short, she lost her driving privileges because she had a single beer and a CDL while driving her personal car when school was on vacation for the summer. If she had a regular license she wouldn't have even gotten a warning under NC state laws. Everything is much stricter with a CDL. So do you really want a CDL? I certainly don't.


On edit: This happened in NC.
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Re: CDL

Your own state may have stiffer penalties, but from a federal level the lower BAC restrictions apply only when operating a commercial vehicle. If you are operating a commercial vehicle you will be parked for 12 or 24 hours (I really can't remember) with no other penalty if you have any alcohol in your system. If your BAC is about .04 they will charge you with a DUI. Neither of these restrictions apply when you are operating a private, non-commercial vehicle unless your state has some very specific rules that are very backwards. Of course states that allow DUI checkpoints are already very backwards on a purely constitutional basis...
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I have my Class A and in MN the stricter rules only apply whilst operating any vehicle requiring a CDL. There are no special rules as far as I know in MN other than the federal laws regarding a CDL.

If you don't need to have one for your job, don't mess around with getting one. The rules change state by state and you really need to be on top of your game.
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Re: CDL

I gave up my CDL when I didn't need it anymore. My bus is registered as a motorhome so I don't need one. CDL rules apply to your personal vehicle in California. DUI is BAC of .04 or higher. No traffic school if you get a ticket.
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