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  1. Pre-1986[edit] Driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), which are primarily tractor-trailers (or Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVs)),[2] requires advanced skills and knowledge above and beyond those required to drive a car or other light weight vehicle. Before implementation of the commercial driver's license (CDL) Program in 1986, licensing requirements for driving larger vehicles and buses varied from state to state. Many drivers were operating motor vehicles that they may not have been trained or qualified to drive.[citation needed] This lack of training resulted in a large number of preventable traffic deaths and accidents.[3] 1986 when the Act became law, all drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed testing standards for licensing drivers. U.S. states are able to issue CDLs only after a written and practical test have been given by the State or approved testing facility' The states issue Commercial CDL according to Federal Standards..... Every State issued Commercial CDL issued according to federal regulations is good in ALL states that was the purpose ........Any State can require a special license to operate a RV and several do.They call the Non Commercial CDL. an they are not legal to pull Commercial. The not for hire on a HDT that pulls a RV indicates that truck is NOT for hire, does not pull commercial..... The HDT is not always hooked to a RV and lets anyone of interest know you are not commercial.. You are correct there is no such thing as a Non Commercial CDL as what it says is....Non Commerical...Commerical Drivers license and there is no such thing. BTW My Ohio Drivers License looks exactly like Regular Ohio Drivers license except across the top it says " Commercial Drivers License" and the endorsements are listed on the back ..School bus, Tanker, etc /Other State may differ I do not know. Some States are going away from the NON Commercial CDL language and going to a RV endorsement on your Regular Drivers license. This was my original post and perhaps it was not clear enough . Remember the "C" in CDL means commercial it is a Commercial drivers license that is required by the Federal Government if you are driving Commercial or for hire... Pulling a RV for pleasure is NOT commercial and a CDL is NOT required. Some states have a CDL but it is not really a CDL just a way for the State to make some money from Rv'ers....(should have said Non Commerical CDL) In fact if you work for a RV transporter company you ARE required to have the Federal CDL because you are pulling Commercial If you hold a so called CDL from one of the States that require it for a RV and decide to jump in a 18 wheeler and pull commercial...you will arrested. The State CDL is worthless. I have held a real CDL for years.( Should have said Non Commercial CDL)
  2. If you hold a so called CDL from one of the States that require it for a RV and decide to jump in a 18 wheeler and pull commercial...you will arrested. The State CDL is worthless. I have held a real CDL for years. .That would be a non commercial CDL.Can not pull commercial on a non Commercial CDL.I said the Commercial CDL is issued by any State but regulated by FMCSA. A Non commercial CDL is NOT a Commercial CDL Ohio Requires a CDL to drive a School bus, A state can Increase the requirement but can not decrease them(Actually it pertains to BOTH. You can drive commercially and be required to have a CDL even if you are not driving a "commercial" motor vehicle. I'll see if you can find that one on "Truckingtruth.com" Of Course the HDT meets the definition of a Commercial vehicle but when pulling NOT FOR HIRE it is not a commercial vehicle .My F-350 is a commercial vehicle IF pulling for hire like delivering RV's for a transport company. states rule that individuals operating a motorhome exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members, for non-business purposes, are exempt from CDL requirements... That is pulling for pleasure.. Read the knowledge for DC CDL is it the same as the knowledge test for a Commercial CDL. A Commercial CDL and a NON commercial CDL are two different things. You can not use that NON commercial CDL to pull OTR for trucking company. Ohio does nor require a special license to operate a RV but if I went over to Indiana and worked for a transporter company I would be pulling commercial and would need a Commercial CDL. A NON commercial CDL would not do it. Very few states require you to have a CDL to operate a motorhome. Earlier you said that no one required . It is not required by the FMCSA.. A State can require it as it is in excess of the FMCSA rule not les than.
  3. More "http://www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-training-program/page1
  4. Why do I need a CDL? The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 was signed into law on October 27, 1986. The goal of the Act is to improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses are qualified to operate those vehicles and to remove unsafe and unqualified drivers from the highways. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed and issued standards for testing and licensing commercial motor vehicle drivers. Among other things, the standards require states to issue a Class A CDL to a commercial motor vehicle driver only after the driver passes knowledge and skills tests administered by the state related to the type of vehicle to be operated. Drivers need a CDL license if they are in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce. A CDL is issued by any State but the guidelines are issued by the FHWA. You can not pull commercial with a Non Commercial CDL. Question Why do we see HDT's pulling RV's with the statement "not for hire" on them. " Licensing Driving a commercial motor vehicle is a big responsibility. It requires special skills and knowledge. Most drivers must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) through their home State (it is illegal to have a license from more than one State). In addition, special endorsements may be required if you or your company drivers will be driving any of the following vehicles: a truck with double or triple trailers a truck with a tank a truck carrying hazardous materials a passenger vehicle
  5. What did I say that is not true .My CDL was issued by the state of Ohio. Some people may wonder if they have to get a Commercial Driver’s License. Rules for U.S. Commercial Drivers Licenses are administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Although this federal administration sets minimum rules that apply to each state, but states and provinces have the right to set more strict rules. RV's used strictly for recreational and other non‐commercial functions do not meet the FMCSA definition of a CMV. This does not mean that there are not more strict rules, and even special drivers licenses for operators of RVs. Be sure to thoroughly understand the requirements of each state you plan on visiting. In some circumstances you will need to understand the different classifications for motor vehicles, which may impact what type of special license you may need. These classifications are based on the weight and length of your vehicle. Larger and longer vehicles in some cases require that operators have an appropriate class license based on the class of the vehicle. CDL’s pertain more to why you are driving, rather than what you are driving. Very few states require you to have a CDL to operate a motorhome. CDL’s are intended for vehicles with commercial use, so unless you drive a motorhome for a living, you probably don’t need a CDL. There are a few exceptions though. For motorhomes over 26,000 lb., Washington, DC, and Hawaii require you to have a CDL. In Washington, DC, the road test is not required to get your CDL, but you do have to pass the CDL knowledge test. Wisconsin and Indiana require a CDL for motorhomes longer than 45’. Most states rule that individuals operating a motorhome exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members, for non-business purposes, are exempt from CDL requirements.
  6. I posted this in another thread of the same name. Remember the "C" in CDL means commercial it is a Commercial drivers license that is required by the Federal Government if you are driving Commercial or for hire... Pulling a RV for pleasure is NOT commercial and a CDL is NOT required. Some states have a CDL but it is not really a CDL just a way for the State to make some money from Rv'ers. In fact if you work for a RV transporter company you ARE required to have the Federal CDL because you are pulling Commercial If you hold a so called CDL from one of the States that require it for a RV and decide to jump in a 18 wheeler and pull commercial...you will arrested. The State CDL is worthless. I have held a real CDL for years.
  7. We are 56 feet long Truck and 5th wheel. We use truck stops primarily Pilot/FJ. The RV plus card gives good discount on Diesel. We use the big truck lanes when we have to Many Pilot/FJ have RV lanes that are easy in easy out.
  8. Remember the "C" in CDL means commercial it is a Commercial drivers license that is required by the Federal Government if you are driving Commercial or for hire... Pulling a RV for pleasure is NOT commercial and a CDL is NOT required. Some states have a CDL but it is not really a CDL just a way for the State to make some money from Rv'ers. In fact if you work for a RV transporter company you ARE required to have the Federal CDL because you are pulling Commercial If you hold a so called CDL from one of the States that require it for a RV and decide to jump in a 18 wheeler and pull commercial...you will arrested. The State CDL is worthless. I have held a real CDL for years.
  9. Same here in many years of Rv'ing we have never known anyone who suffered theft from the RV. We can change the locks if that makes you feel better but a screw driver and 30 seconds will get me into any compartment. Make that 15 seconds.
  10. Good explanation you enrolled prior to 2003. I also would have been in that same group had I applied for eligibility In 2003 or before. This is a good lesson on the value to keeping up to date.
  11. Yes that is a very good post and the information is right out of VA health care benefits overview, Vol 2 that I got just a few days ago. We also know veterans that have no disability and use the VA healthcare system. We have no experience in using the VA healthcare system so have no comments on the quality of care. We do have several friends that do use the system and they have had good experiences.
  12. Starting with the present priority group five veterans with no service connected disabilities are eligible for VA healthcare. Veterans at low income levels would be eligible. VA health care benefits overview, Vol 2 has the latest up to date information on VA healthcare. Prior to 2003 all veterans even at the lowest priority level were eligible for VA healthcare. I would never have used VA health care as my Federal Employees health benefit plan is sufficient along now with Medicare.
  13. I was not aware there was a difference till I went to the VA to inquire about eligibility . I have never interacted with the VA on Health care before. From what we read we were of the opinion that veteran would be "taken care of" that is now not true as it depends on your status and income. Prior to 2003 veterans like myself would still have been in the lowest group but still eligible for VA healthcare; Note said "veteran like myself) of which there are many. If you have a service connected disability it makes no difference how long you served. It was a education.
  14. Remember I am NOT retired military.Veteran 3 years in and out no service connected disabilities I would be in the lowest group in any case and rightfully so.
  15. That is different you would not be in priority group 8b but a much higher group and eligible for benefits..