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So I have been reading through all of these comments for several hours now.  I have already take the chapter 14 special requirements test about a month ago and have my driving test scheduled for tomorrow in New Braunfels TX.  I had a few problems when I went to take the written test at the mega center in Leon Vally TX.  They were not real familiar with what test I was supposed to be taking.  I was under the assumption that I would have to take special requirements and combination vehicles test before I could do the driving test.  They actually tried to talk me out of taking any of the tests and told me there was an exemption for RV's and I didn't need anything more than my class C license.  They finally brought in a CDL specialist and I was given the special requirements test, but not the combination vehicle test.  After reading all the comments I was lucky enough to find an appointment to try and take the combination vehicle test tomorrow before I take the driving test.  I have also read a few comments about having to take the chapter 6 air brakes test, so now I am really confused.  There are no air brakes on my truck and fifth wheel so I am not sure about that one.  Hopefully all goes well for me tomorrow.  Ill update more when I get done with all of this tomorrow.    

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You might need a class A or class B or maybe a class C will do it....you haven't told us what you have, other than a truck and fifth wheel. Not all of those require a class A or B.

Depends on the weight ratings.

But there is no need to get a CDL to drive your own private RV.

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2 hours ago, Mike83 said:

So I have been reading through all of these comments for several hours now.  I have already take the chapter 14 special requirements test about a month ago and have my driving test scheduled for tomorrow in New Braunfels TX.  I had a few problems when I went to take the written test at the mega center in Leon Vally TX.  They were not real familiar with what test I was supposed to be taking.  I was under the assumption that I would have to take special requirements and combination vehicles test before I could do the driving test.  They actually tried to talk me out of taking any of the tests and told me there was an exemption for RV's and I didn't need anything more than my class C license.  They finally brought in a CDL specialist and I was given the special requirements test, but not the combination vehicle test.  After reading all the comments I was lucky enough to find an appointment to try and take the combination vehicle test tomorrow before I take the driving test.  I have also read a few comments about having to take the chapter 6 air brakes test, so now I am really confused.  There are no air brakes on my truck and fifth wheel so I am not sure about that one.  Hopefully all goes well for me tomorrow.  Ill update more when I get done with all of this tomorrow.    

 

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Just now, Mike83 said:

 

I know I need it.  I have a dually with a GVWR of 14,000 and a fifth wheel with a GVWR of 16750.  That will put me at 30750 well over the 26000 limit of a class C license.  So I know I need a class A, I am just confused about the appropriate written tests to take before I am eligible for the driving test.  The DPS office said I only needed the special requirements test and not the combination vehicle test. After looking at other posts on here I am pretty sure I do as other have said they had to.  I have also seen some post saying I am required to take the air brake test from section 5.  I was able to schedule another written test for tomorrow and will knock out the combination vehicle test hopefully and then hopefully make it through the driving test.  Thanks to this site I have read through a bunch of post and saw I have to take the IMPACT training as well.  Just hope they're a no more surprises for tomorrow.  I am also a little confused on what will be required of me for the pre trip inspection.  A lot of people here are saying the examiner looks over your truck and trailer rather than what I was expecting where I would have to explain everything to them.I guess I will find out tomorrow.  

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14 hours ago, Mike83 said:

I know I need it.  I have a dually with a GVWR of 14,000 and a fifth wheel with a GVWR of 16750.  That will put me at 30750 well over the 26000 limit of a class C license.  So I know I need a class A, I am just confused about the appropriate written tests to take before I am eligible for the driving test.  The DPS office said I only needed the special requirements test and not the combination vehicle test. After looking at other posts on here I am pretty sure I do as other have said they had to.  I have also seen some post saying I am required to take the air brake test from section 5.  I was able to schedule another written test for tomorrow and will knock out the combination vehicle test hopefully and then hopefully make it through the driving test.  Thanks to this site I have read through a bunch of post and saw I have to take the IMPACT training as well.  Just hope they're a no more surprises for tomorrow.  I am also a little confused on what will be required of me for the pre trip inspection.  A lot of people here are saying the examiner looks over your truck and trailer rather than what I was expecting where I would have to explain everything to them.I guess I will find out tomorrow.  

Mike, unfortunately many of the DPS offices just aren't very well informed about the Class A and B Exempt written testing requirements. It sounds like you got it straightened out though. 

As far as I know, you do NOT need to take the Air Brakes test, even if your rig did have air brakes.

And on the pre-drive inspection, all the examiner will do is check your vehicle to make sure it is legal to drive--basically the same things that are checked on the annual Texas safety inspection. I think I have a mostly complete list in the original post. You do NOT have to explain any of it or have any special safety equipment on board--that's only for CDL applicants.

When you've done the Impact training, would you mind posting here a description of what it was, how long it took you to complete, and any problems you had with taking it? That's a brand-new requirement and I haven't heard from anyone yet who has done it.

Good luck on your driving test!

David

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I'm working through the process of trying to get my class A exempt non-CDL. I went to the Spring DPS MegaCenter and took the written test yesterday. The common theme was no one had any clue what a class A non-commercial license was, what it required,  or how to do it.

 

After consulting with a supervisor they ultimately had me take the special requirements test,  but not the combination test. The supervisor explained the process to the person handling the steps after the written test,  and told me that for the skills test I only needed to bring the truck,  and not the trailer.

So at least I have the written test out of the way.  Unfortunately in trying to schedule a skills test the only location available with a date earlier than Feb 2021 is 155 miles away (Canton). So,  not sure where I go from here at all. The temporary learner's permit they gave me expires in 60 days. 

 

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9 hours ago, Moktor said:

The temporary learner's permit they gave me expires in 60 days. 

Welcome to the Escapee forums! Unfortunately with the DPS offices are still under mandate to limit exposure of both employees and the public to covid, they simply are unable to keep up with demand. When I renewed my license the employee told me that they are still losing ground on demand in most areas. 

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17 hours ago, Moktor said:

 The temporary learner's permit they gave me expires in 60 days. 

That learners permit should also be covered under the automatic 60 day extension currently being granted to all CDLs and DL's.

Also, as a backup plan, you might want to see if any of the third party skills test providers can give you the test you need....I think it would be worth a shot to make a few phone calls.

https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/scheduleTPSTDriveTest.htm

https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/cdlTPST.htm

 

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