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GlennWest

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Know I need a Class A license but I 'm working in Louisiana 7 days a week. I can take the written test likely when I pick up truck. The driving test is the problem. Seems I will have to drive it here and hope I don't get pulled over. Do this when I return to Texas. Again hoping for the best. This is not a good situation. Should have done this when in Texas but hind sight is 20/20

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Since you're operating out of class either way, I don't see an advantage to taking the written test until you're going to be able to schedule an appointment for the driving test, which is probably what they'll expect you to do anyway. I believe that I'd wait until you're going to be back in Texas for a while before you start the process of obtaining the Class A.

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Know I need a Class A license but I 'm working in Louisiana 7 days a week. I can take the written test likely when I pick up truck. The driving test is the problem. Seems I will have to drive it here and hope I don't get pulled over. Do this when I return to Texas. Again hoping for the best. This is not a good situation. Should have done this when in Texas but hind sight is 20/20

Could someone in "Wherever-Texas" just meet you at the DMV at the test schedule time........and just loan you a truck for the test.......maybe a insurance issue but maybe not???

 

Who knows.....

 

Drive on.......(Pass the test with........a loaner truck??)

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Bad idea to be driving a commercial truck without the appropriate license. Fines for commercial violations can be very steep. Murphy's Law has a way of striking at the worst possible time. You would be wise to pay a properly licensed driver to relocate the truck or, store the truck in its' current location until you can move it legally yourself. Would your DW be able to get her Class A first? Then, you get a Lerner's Permit and, can drive legally under her supervision.

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It isn't commercial. It is a motorhome. You don't understand the situation. Can't even get a Class A without the camper in tow.

 

The truck is now a Motorhome, all by itself. Your new motorhome is also under 26k#, correct? Your class C is all you need to drive just your motorhome. Now once you connect your 5th wheel your GCW will exceed 26k# and the trailer is over 10k#, at that point you will need a class A in order to move your motorhome down the road, legally,

 

As for the test, I don't believe you can take the test online. I would imagine you will have to take it in person. When I took my test I had to take the written. Once passed they issue a "learners permit". Then once ready, you can taken the driven the test. I took mine the following day. For the driven test you have have to make an appointment. The way the appointment worked in Collin County is I had to arrive at the testing facility early in the morning. They advised of the available times left for the day for the driven test. I then returned at that time to take my test.

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Rick, I've been thinking same way. Have not recalled this ever being posted on this forum though. Maybe Phil will comment but I believe you are right. If this is true, I will be fine bring it here. Trip back to Texas will be only illegal tow. Also when job is over I will be unemployed, :) , so will have time for this.

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The truck is now a Motorhome, all by itself. Your new motorhome is also under 26k#, correct? Your class C is all you need to drive just your motorhome. Now once you connect your 5th wheel your GCW will exceed 26k# and the trailer is over 10k#, at that point you will need a class A in order to move your motorhome down the road, legally,

This raises a question. Is it the actual weight or the registered GVWR that determines your categorization.

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In Texas only the vehicles actual weight is on the registration for a motorhome. You do not have to declare a carrying weight as a motorhome. If the truck was registered as a private truck then a weight would have to be declared.

By the way, what does my truck weigh? I have read around 17k. Is this right? Not able to weigh it just now. Which it soon will be 700# heavier. Hitch soon be ready

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I've also never heard of taking the written test online. If that's an option, it's something that's been added in the last seven years.

 

Regarding your earlier question, Glenn, about anyone being stopped just to check for proper licensing, I've never heard of it happening, but conceivably it could. My impression of the process, though, is that the DPS is more concerned that you're making a timely effort to "get legal" than they are looking for an opportunity to ticket you for operating out of classification. After all, no one ever has their rig driven to the exam center for their driving test by someone with a Class A license, so by definition, 100% of the candidates for a Class A license are in violation when they show up for their test.

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The truck is now a Motorhome, all by itself. Your new motorhome is also under 26k#, correct? Your class C is all you need to drive just your motorhome. Now once you connect your 5th wheel your GCW will exceed 26k# and the trailer is over 10k#, at that point you will need a class A in order to move your motorhome down the road, legally,

Sorry Rick, not so. The GVWR is well over 26,001 lbs.

 

This raises a question. Is it the actual weight or the registered GVWR that determines your categorization.

The law says use GVWR or actual weight, whichever is greatest.

 

REGISTERED gross is what determines the class. NOT the actual weight.

I could "register" the smart for 80,000lbs but it doesn't mean I need a Class A. GVWR is what determines the required DL class.

 

 

 

Glenn, the odds of getting stopped are slim. Worry more about getting back to Texas safely than about getting stopped. It is ONLY a traffic ticket.

 

 

Check this page for the chart:

 

 

Class A

Authorizes an individual to drive a vehicle or combination of vehicles:

  1. Not described under a Class B or Class C driver license
  2. With a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds including vehicles in Class B or Class C

Class B

Authorizes an individual to drive:

  1. Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more and any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a GVWR that does not exceed 10,000 pounds or a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
  2. A bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more including the driver
  3. Any vehicle included in Class C

Class C

Authorizes an individual to drive any single vehicle:

  1. Or combination of vehicles that are not included in Class A or Class B
  2. With a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
  3. Designed to transport 23 or less passengers including the driver; vehicles rated as 16-23 passengers including the driver require a Class C CDL unless exempt
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