Originally Posted by RobOfYork
Sounding very good. I guess I just need to find out if I need any special endorsement on my regular drivers license for a heavy vehicle and or air brakes. Can't seem to find any info on this that does not pertain to a CDL.
In Florida, a personal recreational RV with air brakes, you are exempt from needing an air brakes endorsement on your drivers license.
You do not need to get a CDL either!
But what I would strongly suggest, is go ahead and study the air brakes portion of the CDL test and take the journey and go to the DMV and take the official test once you are confident in passing it.
This serves two purposes.
- You will now better understand how an air brake system works and learn how to do a pre-trip inspection on your air brakes system. This inspection is very, very important for safety purposes, yours, your family and every else out on the road. Not understanding
why you are losing air or not building up pressure really comes from not learning how the system operates.
- There are a small handful of states that do require "Their" residents to have an air brake certificate/endorsement on their DL for handling RV's equipped with air brakes.
By getting the test done and out of the way you will be on safe ground in other states in case you run into a hard-headed cop!
So two good reason on why I would suggest it, but again, not required by law at least in Florida.
Here is a video on testing / pre-trip school bus air brakes.
Module 3 School Bus Air Brake Test Training