Originally Posted by PhotiniJ
My husband and I went back and forth about that a lot and determined that was certainly the case in NY and very possibly the case in GA.
I presume this was a reference to licensing ...
New York requires an "R" endorsement for heavy RVs. That's an endorsement on your regular license.
Georgia has no requirements.
A few states appear to demand a CDL. Whether they do or not they do not make the CDL Regs. Those regs are federal and there is an exemption for RVs. That exemption is national. An RV, not being driven commercially, does not require a CDL in ANY state in the union. Period, whatever your state says.
That said, your state is perfectly entitled to demand non-commercial classes for any vehicle, and many do based upon weight, RV or not. They cannot demand a CDL though because they do not make the rules.
The grey area is an unconverted bus.
Again, the CDL Regs are pretty clear. They apply only if the vehicle (any vehicle) is being driven commercially. If it is being driven for personal or pleasure reasons the CDL Regs do not apply. It's right here in the regs
This is the reason that states impose Non-Commercial Classes on state licenses. Some states, not all.
So from the standpoint of the regulations, it's not a grey area, but it is quite possible that some states have laws that are contrary to federal law.
The problem with that is that you may be well within your rights to drive with the license you have, but you would have to fight in court to have that right recognized, and none of us wants to do that.