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Old 02-26-2018, 01:22 PM   #1
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Need to take CDL exam?

Go here first; America's Independent Truckers' Association

Getting an AITA card gives you a nice discounts on parts at NAPA too.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:32 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing that.

While most of us don't need CDL I think that learning about our buses and taking the practice exams would be beneficial.
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:42 PM   #3
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I didn't think my state required CDL to drive a large RV or bus conversion. It used to not be a requirement, now it is. Well, sort of. It's new classifications a person can get for different vehicles and operations. One is an RV over a certain size, air brake, and towing because of length and weight. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that have not gotten the proper endorsement(?) on their license. It's a computer test and a driving test in your equipment registered to you.
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:21 PM   #4
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I didn't think my state required CDL to drive a large RV or bus conversion. It used to not be a requirement, now it is. Well, sort of. It's new classifications a person can get for different vehicles and operations. One is an RV over a certain size, air brake, and towing because of length and weight. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that have not gotten the proper endorsement(?) on their license. It's a computer test and a driving test in your equipment registered to you.
Be clear ... What you are describing is a Non-Commercial Class B (letter may vary) on your regular state driver's license.
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:29 PM   #5
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Be clear ... What you are describing is a Non-Commercial Class B (letter may vary) on your regular state driver's license.

Yes correct. I forgot to add that in there. There are a few other classes or endorsements that can be gotten for bus and pulling a trailer.
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:59 PM   #6
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Yes correct. I forgot to add that in there. There are a few other classes or endorsements that can be gotten for bus and pulling a trailer.
Non-Commercial Class B - Vehicles 26001 lbs or more
Non-Commercial Class A - Vehicle pulling a trailer in excess of 10000 lb (Semi)

In a few states the letters vary ... May be E or F

In some states your regular license is all you need (I'm looking at you, Oklahoma).

The Class B is all most would need as a school bus isn't likely to pull a trailer over 10000 lbs, but if you do, be warned.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:27 AM   #7
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Non-Commercial Class B - Vehicles 26001 lbs or more
Non-Commercial Class A - Vehicle pulling a trailer in excess of 10000 lb (Semi)

In a few states the letters vary ... May be E or F

In some states your regular license is all you need (I'm looking at you, Oklahoma).

The Class B is all most would need as a school bus isn't likely to pull a trailer over 10000 lbs, but if you do, be warned.
Not sure of the exact lettering here but that's the jest of it. I wouldn't pull 10,000lbs but I would pull my Ranger. It will weight about 4400lbs when it's done.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:49 AM   #8
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I've done some research in WV and it looks like I am going to have to get a CDL. Anything over 26,000 and air brakes endorsement.... UHGGGGG I'm glad I've givin myself 3 years for this project, seems like I'm going to need it.
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Unless you plan on using the "C" in CDL (i.e., operating your vehicle for "Commercial" purposes)...you should not need a CDL license. That said, many states do have limits on what you can operate with just a standard issue drivers license. Anything over a certain weight, length, etc. and sometimes for air brakes, but those requirements are met by adding an endorsement to your regular license. Same as a motorcycle endorsement. The CDL is a Federal/interstate mandate as I understand it, and states cannot impose those requirements.

If anyone knows otherwise...please...chime in. This seems to come up at least once a week.
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:30 PM   #10
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I've done some research in WV and it looks like I am going to have to get a CDL. Anything over 26,000 and air brakes endorsement.... UHGGGGG I'm glad I've givin myself 3 years for this project, seems like I'm going to need it.
Can you point me to where you found this info?

I did a search and found conflicting information.

The WV site makes no mention of RV license requirements that I could find. It does simply state that vehicles over 26k require a CDL.

There are a couple of websites that claim no CDL for RV's in WV. No mention of size or brakes.
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