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Old 12-31-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Anyone do this? Travel while delivering RVs or buses from point of manufacture to sales point? How did you find the companies to hire you?
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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Most are trucked, purchasers don't want the miles added prior to putting the unit into service.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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Most are trucked, purchasers don't want the miles added prior to putting the unit into service.
True with cars and small trucks. Less true with buses and large RVs. Generally, they are delivered by road to the customer. I have seen as many as a dozen city buses heading toward the east coast in Ohio and Indiana.

To the OP, you will need a CDL and generally go through the DOT testing.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:36 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I was reading info that claims no CDL is needed for smaller vehicles, including school buses. The article that piqued my interest was written b the Dolans - the financial advice couple - and that led me to another site and another - and everywhere it claims you do not need a CDL - think about it - you don't need one to drive your own RV or a school bus.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I've visited with a couple guys who delivered 5th wheels. They have to have their own truck and don't get paid much. They're not supposed to use the camper while delivering it, although I don't imagine anyone would know if they sacked out on the mattress in a sleeping bag.
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:10 AM
 
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There are some race car drivers that have people that drive their RV to all their races and set it up for them. So those jobs do exist, finding them however is probably hard.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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I was reading info that claims no CDL is needed for smaller vehicles, including school buses. The article that piqued my interest was written b the Dolans - the financial advice couple - and that led me to another site and another - and everywhere it claims you do not need a CDL - think about it - you don't need one to drive your own RV or a school bus.
You don't need one for your PERSONAL RV under 40 feet and/or 26,000 pounds. You need a CDL to drive ANY vehicle over 40 feet or 26,000 pounds, or any vehicle with air brakes, or any commecial vehicle (which includes school/transit buses). (Dry weight on a transit/school bus is 28,000 pounds)

This will explain it all in more detail: RV Driver's License Requirements

Bottom line, to work as a transporter of anything other than cars, the company will likely want you to have a Class A CDL with valid medical card.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:04 AM
 
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There are some race car drivers that have people that drive their RV to all their races and set it up for them. So those jobs do exist, finding them however is probably hard.
Most of those guys are former stage coach drivers.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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Hey, I used to RIDE the stage coaches - must be some of my friends
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Here are a couple links to jobs and discussions of RV / Bus delivery. Often through a 'transit' company, or a 'hot-shotter' (light truck owner that hauls commercial goods). I would go ahead and get a CDL (probably required by company, and certainly required by DOT (driving for hire)).
http://www.hoosiertransitinc.com/
http://www.rvforum.net/joomla/index....d=42&Itemid=41

You can sign up for a FedEx route and get some great free training (including Smith Driving Course), as well as a class C CDL. I keep my Class A current just for such opportunities, and frequently help contractors / farmers / truckers who get in a 'pinch' and need a 'cheap' driver.

It does cost some bucks to keep it current, I just spent $140 for my annual 'Drug-consortium' requirement (as if they will ever detect anything more than aspirin in me...) but random drug testing is a requirement for CDL + DOT physicals every 2 yrs + $75 renewal fee rather than $15 every 5 yrs. + NEVER get a DUI. Zero Tolerance, (tho there are plenty of drunk & druggie truckdrivers on the road...)

Craigslist posts lots of 'transit' / driver jobs, but usually for very cheap pay, or a free 'ride'. I think you can get on a 'relocating' list for the major companies (U-Haul, Ryder, Budget).
They can be good (airfare home) or bad (make you stick a car in the rear of truck and drive home with 3 people you don't feel comfortable with).
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