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I'm considering domiciling (is that a word?) in Texas when I make the move to full-time RVing. I'm not quite understanding the wording of the Texas Classified DL requirements and am hoping someone here can interpret for me.

 

If I'm planning to pull a 5th Wheel toy hauler (GVWR of 19,000 lbs) with something like a Ford F-350 diesel dually (7800 lbs), would the combined maximum weight of 26,800 pounds require a Class A license? Is a 5th wheel RV considered a "vehicle" in the nomenclature of the law?

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Yes, you are required to have a Class A exempt license. Not a CDL.

 

The key determining factor is the GVWR of the two items - truck and trailer. Not the actual weights, the rated weights. So if you are over 26K you need the upgraded license.

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In the Texas literature you may also see it referred to as a non-CDL Class A.

 

Fairly simple written test and a fairly easy driving test (take in Livingston, TX if at all possible)

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You could choose Fla or SD instead. They are the other 2 of the Big 3 states that many (most?) full timers use. DL requirements are 1 of several considerations. Healthcare is another consideration, as is vehicle insurance.

 

I'm weighing all the options and still in research phase. :)

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Yes, you are. Many do it though. I did for 8 years and never a problem. Through many states also. Not suggesting you break the law just providing facts. Most people don't even know they need a Class A. When I registered the Teton they deliberately put down the empty weight of our camper so my license would be good. Surprise. This was in Walker county, Texas.

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