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View Poll Results: Should states require a motorhome endorsement?
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Unread 10-26-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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Question Motorhome endorsement on drivers license

Are there any states that require a motorhome endorsement on your drivers license for the large (class A i think they are called) motor homes that are as large as tour buses?

It seems about half of the people drivers I see in those constantly have issues while driving or backing them.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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...motorhome endorsement for Class A motor homes
Not for the gassers that I'm aware of...

...that are as large as tour buses?
but iirc diesel pushers and/or over a certain weight do need such.

It seems about half of the people drivers I see in those constantly have issues while driving or backing them.
Want to hear some stories about soccer moms in mini-vans?
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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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Want to hear some stories about soccer moms in mini-vans?
I agree except a minivan is not 45 feet long and weighing in over 40,000 lbs gross.

I suppose it is like anything else and a few bad drivers make all the drives look bad.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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I suppose it is like anything else and a few bad drivers make all the drives look bad.
Indeed.

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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Are there any states that require a motorhome endorsement on your drivers license for the large (class A i think they are called) motor homes that are as large as tour buses?

It seems about half of the people drivers I see in those constantly have issues while driving or backing them.
California requires a non-commercial Class B endorsement for motor homes over 40' but not longer than 45'. Trailers over 10,000 lb GVWR and fifth wheels over 15,000 lb GVWR require non-commercial Class A.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Want to hear some stories about soccer moms in mini-vans?
hey, I drive a mini van. That phrase really needs to be changed to SUV.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I know what you mean though. When we were looking, the sales people would let anyone test drive drive those things.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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There are a few states but it's pretty much a waste of time. Kind of like by MC endorsement I had on my drivers license. I had it on my license for 30 years and never had to take any type of test over those 30 years to keep it.
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Unread 10-27-2011, 12:04 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Looks to be only HI and DC.

Not necessarily an 'endorsement' for MH. Trailers are far more dangerous / accident prone. (RV and others). States should beef that program up...

I will concur with CDL rule of trailer weight over 10,000# or any combination over 26k should require a CDL (or more preferred a special license for RV'rs), but for RV's I would add any trailer that could exceed GW of towing vehicle (of course those SHOULD have brakes on each axle (tho many do not...)).

40+ yrs of accident free CDL for me, but CDL is NOT ez to get, nor keep current. I spend $$$$, on MANDATORY drug tests, as I MUST be in a consortium for EACH and EVERY company I drive for (including my own LLC's). I also am subject to MUCH higher scrutiny on Blood Alch (Zero tolerance), and do not qualify for ticket 'deferrals' offered in many states.

CDL requirement would not likely work for most RV / state DMV / DOT / ICC folks.

DO BE ADVISED... CDL is for GCVWR, thus NOT the scale weight, BUT INSTEAD the titled / manufacturer's peak capacity rating. (of a single or Combination unit) BTW, I am seeing a lot more RV 'triples' (Trailer pulling trailer)... Not legal in my state, but it is next door (ID, OR). THAT is an accident waiting to happen... I got passed this week by a 3x RV combination that was going way in excess of 90 MPH... Nuts ...

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There are a few states but it's pretty much a waste of time. Kind of like by MC endorsement I had on my drivers license. I had it on my license for 30 years and never had to take any type of test over those 30 years to keep it.
If you relocate to WA State (and I'm sure several others) you will be required to take a MC skills test on a size appropriate MC (I think 500cc + is a 'break-point'.). I know MANY transplants who not only failed their MC, but also their auto. (My CA boss had to have his wife drive him to work for several months till he could figure out how to pass ! bosses , nuff said)). WA charges an arm and leg each time to renew MC, it is several times more expensive than DL, and even more than my Class A CDL (fees pay for the MC skills test / edu program).

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Unread 11-02-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Greeley CO, and Bend Or.
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There are a few states but it's pretty much a waste of time. Kind of like by MC endorsement I had on my drivers license. I had it on my license for 30 years and never had to take any type of test over those 30 years to keep it.
42 years here. same scenario
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