So, I've posted questions on some of the Facebook groups and found some advice, but much of that ended with "have you asked on the Escapees forum?" so here I am!
Backstory: I am looking at an HDT (either a day cab or low/mid conventional sleeper) to pull a larger 5th wheel toy hauler. Price range is < $25,000 for the truck. I have neither the 5th wheel or truck, just doing research now as I look to make purchases in the next year or two. The plan is to get the rig before 2020, spend about 3 to 5 years setting it up/camping when time allows, and by or before 2025, sell up the sticks and bricks and everything else and take the show on the road (me and wife only, all kids out the house, we'll still be in our 40's and able to see what we want to do with our lives).
I don't want to spend $60,000 plus on a diesal pick up truck when there are HDT's in good condition for half the price that'll do a better job at hauling. My issue is I live in MD which does not allow an HDT to be re-titled as an RV. I will also need to get a Non-Commercial Class A license which requires a written exam and a road test with my HDT and trailer. I've emailed the DMV in regards on how to title/register the HDT and was given the following repsonse.
"Dear MVA Customer,Thank you for your recent email inquiry. The answer to your question is as follows.The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will title the truck in your personal name even if it was previously a commercial vehicle. The Gross Vehicle Weight may be under 26,000 lbs; however, if the vehicle in combination exceeds 26,001 lbs you will be required to obtain a class A or B non-commercial license in order to drive the vehicle. If the Volvo Class 8 is considered by the manufacturer as a Tractor you will need a class A non-commercial license to drive this vehicle.We hope this information will assist you."
So, seems as though I'm stuck with a Non Commerical Class A license and a Tractor as a personal vehicle.
My questions for those in MD who've done this.
If you have an HDT in MD registered as an RV how did you do this???
If registered as an RV, did you get the corresponding Non Commerical Class A/B license??
Did you take the driving test for your Non Commercial Class A/B with your "RV"??
If you have an HDT in MD registered as a personal truck, how was the process?
How expensive is HDT personal vehicle MD registration???
HDT personal vehicle Insurance company/cost???
I think that's all I have for questions right now as this should be enough info. to point me in a general direction.