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Old 12-16-2019, 10:00 PM   #41
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Hi Mike. From Pa but now in New Mexico. Used to live just north of you on Butler. As long as you have registered as RV in Pa, the air brakes will not require a CDL. In 1995 I had an 84 passenger Thomas that I had the seats yanked out of and registered as RV. I never did a convérsion. Just insured as comercial.

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Old 12-16-2019, 10:08 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Hengy View Post
Sorry to jump in on a thread towards the end, but I now have new questions regarding CDL in Pennsylvania.

I'm planning to purchase a bus once I find the right one. I prefer one of the larger pusher-style buses and most if not all of them come with air brakes. I was planning to register it as an RV in Pennsylvania by using the method in another thread of using the PA MV-41 form to correct the title to RV.

If the vehicle is titled as an RV legally, but still prior to conversion, would a CDL still be required to drive it legally in PA? I really just want to bring it back home to begin working on it and converting it to a true RV, but I don't want to do it illegally. I have no problem with the idea of getting commercial-for-personal-use insurance on the vehicle, but I don't have a CDL and prefer not to get one unless absolutely necessary.

Mike in Pittsburgh, PA
Just today in Ohio, I got 'commercial vehicle for personal use' insurance on my bus. I was asked if I had a CDL (might have lowered my rate?) but was told it wasn't necessary. And at $189/year I can't imagine it would have lowered it by much.

My registration from Vt says Truck/ Motor Home, but that's for future convenience...
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